2024 SUMMER MINI-CAMPS

Aley is excited to be offering several mini-camp opportunities throughout the entire summer! 

Each camp will have a specialized focus that's interactive, fun, and educational. 

Days, times, and ages vary - we have camps for kids and adults! 

Grades are based on students grade for the 2024-2025 school year.

If a Mini-Camp reaches maximum enrollment, you will be notified and added to a waitlist.

  • Take A Hike! (All ages - minors must have accompanying adult)

    Nature is a wonderfully complex yet simple thing and provides a variety and beauty at every turn! We’re fortunate to have several GREAT places to explore in our area. Moving your body and being outdoors both provide great physical and mental health boosts! Join us as we explore a few of the great parks; some hikes may include extra perks like create your own trail mix, a nature scavenger hunt, etc. Plan to meet at the designated park, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring your own water. See the registration form for more details about each visit. We hope you'll attend as many hikes as possible, but you do not have to attend all of


    June 2 @ 2pm, Narrows Reserve --- June 23 @ 2pm, Sugarcreek Metropark --- July 7 @ 2pm, Eastwood Metropark --- July 21 @ 2pm, John Bryan State Park --- August 4 @ 2pm, Oakes Quarry/Pearl's Fen

    Click here to register for "Take a Hike!"


  • Local culture & History (All ages - minors must have accompanying adult)

    There is so much culture and history to explore right in our own backyards! Join us for a journey of exploring some of our local culture and history in the greater Dayton area. We’ll explore each site together; some sites may have a guide for us, others will be self-guided. After each site visit, you’ll have the option to continue the conversation while enjoying lunch at a local establishment (lunch will be at your own expense). See the registration form for more details about each visit. We hope you'll attend as many visits as possible, but you do not have to attend all of them to register.


    June 29 @ 9am - National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

    July 13 @ 9am - Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center

    July 27 @ 10am - SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park


    Register by June 23 - Click here to register for "Local Culture & History"


  • Adulting 101 (grades 8-12)

    There are several life-skills that we often don’t realize how much we need them, until we actually need them. We’ll be hands-on learning about essential car maintenance, save your life sewing, easy meals, and fundamental personal finance. Come learn these important life-skills so you’re ready when you need them! Students are asked to bring their own water bottle labeled with their name and dress prepared to be outside. 


    July 10, 17, 24, 31 → 6-8pm

    Location: Aley UMC (4143 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45431)

    Register by July 3 - Click here to register for "Adulting 101"


  • book club (Adults)

    The book club meets once a month to discus a book. The members of the club chose the books based on a set of guidelines. A variety of genre are read, including best-sellers, classics, and mysteries. Join us for discussion of these stories with timely topics and fellowship. If participants need help securing books, please contact Aley Church (aley@aleyumc.org)


    July 30th @ 6:30 PM - "Lessons in chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus

    Location: Aley UMC (4143 Kemp R. Beavercreek, OH)


    Register by 3 days before the meeting - Click here to register for "Book Club"

  • Landscape fabric art (grade 9 - adult)

    No experience needed to attend this 3 evening mini camp for teens and adults! You will use fabric, yarn, beads and more to create a one of a kind art piece. If you can cut with scissors and have patience to try new things consider trying your hand at art quilting. Skills of color, design and texture will be explored as well as options for minimal sewing on a machine and by hand. Starting from a reference landscape photo (bring an original or borrow one online) we will cut, layer and fuse fabrics. Next we will add in some basic straight stitches using a sewing machine or hand stitching. Last, we will embellish and add texture using a variety of materials. Students will be free to work at their own pace and much assistance will be available to those in the learning process. (See the registration form for an example of the art)


    July 15, 16, 18 → 6:30-8pm

    Location: Aley UMC (4143 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45431)

    Register by July 8 - Click here to register for "Landscape Fabric Art"



  • Art cycle it! (grades 3-6)

    What can happen when you recycle? Art can happen! In this camp we will learn about how to recycle, especially by making art out of things we might otherwise throw away! We will also learn about what happens when we don’t recycle and how to recycle properly. Students are asked to bring their own water bottle labeled with their name and dress prepared to be outside. 


    July 22 - 24 → 9-11am

    Location: Aley UMC (4143 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45431)

    Register by July 15 - Click here to register for "Art Cycle It!"


  • Knitting (Grade 6-Adults)

    Come learn the basic skills of knitting, no experience necessary! We’ll learn the basics and create a dishcloth, patterns will be available to create a scarf for those who may be more advanced. If you already know how to knit and want to join in for some social knitting, come join us! Each participant will go home with knitting needles and some yarn to continue their new hobby. 


    Tuesdays, July 23, 30 & August 6 → 6-8pm

    Location: Aley UMC (4143 Kemp Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45431)

    Register by July 15 - Click here to register for "Knitting"