Summer Student Enrichment Opportunities

NOTE: As part of its newly formed COVID Education Recovery Corps, this summer the ESC will be placing AmeriCorps members in schools to serve as reading tutors for grades K-3, math tutors for grades K-5, and SEL mentors for students in grades 5-12. In an effort to help districts and schools combat learning loss due to the pandemic, the Ohio Reading Corps, Ohio Math Corps, and AmeriCorps Mentors for Success are offering tutors and mentors from June 1 to August 20.

For more details on bringing tutors and mentors to your district or school this summer, please see below.
    Ohio Reading Corps and Ohio Math Corps
    AmeriCorps Mentors for Success 

Delaware County

AIR Camp
  •  Inspiring students to new heights of scholarship, leadership and citizenship while they experience the thrill of flight and study the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. It’s a week packed with fun, adventure, learning, and challenge. 

Arts Castle
  • Arts Castle offers a variety of multi-arts experiences such as classes, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and special events. Continue to check their website for current offerings.  

B-Wiser Science Camp: Buckeye Women in Science, Engineering and Research Institute 
  • B-Wiser Science Camp is open to girls who have completed grade 7. It is a week-long residential experience to promote the interest of young women in science and engineering at The College of Wooster.

Big Walnut Day Camp Options-YWCA

Big Walnut Local Schools

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA

Buckeye Valley Local Schools

  • Camps for all ages & opportunities for the whole family Offers a variety of science-related experiences, career discoveries and academies. 

  • Camp OFLA is an elementary foreign language camp for students in grades 3-8. Offers German, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. 

Columbus Zoo Camps
Delaware City Schools
  • The Delaware City School District offers an Extended Learning Opportunity sometimes referred to as  "Reading and Math Camp" for student's seriously at risk of not meeting Ohio assessment requirements.  Detailed information will be sent home with students in need of additional instruction as the school year progresses.

Math Plus Academy Summer Camps 
  • Camps for ages 4-14. Offering a variety of STEM-related, week-long camps including LEGO Robotics, Shark Tank, Chess, Computer Programming, Girls Only Camps and more. 

Olentangy Local Schools

YMCA Summer Day Camps
  • At the YMCA, providing safe, high-quality, and enriching experiences for all youth has always been our top priority, and even in today’s world, this promise remains true. Although we can’t know for certain what the future holds, we are busy planning camps that are SAFE and full of life-changing experiences and unforgettable memories. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that every child has access to summer day camp programs. 

Franklin County

Bexley Recreation and Parks

Big Brothers Big Sisters Oty’Okwa Summer Camp
  • Since 1942, Camp Oty’Okwa has worked with the belief in mind that working with children “in small, family- oriented groups away from their home environment could produce positive results that could last a lifetime.” And 70 years of success may just prove their point. At Oty’Okwa, campers ages 6-14 spend their week camping, hiking, learning about nature and spending time with their peers. The camp also works with parents to plan and personalize schedules and activities for campers with a variety of special needs, including learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, behavior or mood disorders and Autism.

Boy Scouts Summer Camp
  • Boy Scouts in Central Ohio have 5 different camping opportunities to choose from this summer. Some are residential and some are day camps, but all provide scouts with a chance to experience a myriad of summer activities, including “climbing, archery, BB shooting, slingshots, handicraft, the pool, nature.”

Camp Invention at Central College Christian Academy Westerville, Ohio

Camp Invention at Summit Road STEM Elementary School

Camp Lionheart
  • Camp Lionheart is truly a unique camp experience. Specializing in youth who have dealt with the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver, Lionheart allows children experiencing these traumatic events the chance to heal and recover with peers and professionally trained staff. This week-long camp boasts all of the activities of a traditional camp, including hiking, swimming, and arts & crafts, all while “incorporating structured grief and trauma-informed group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals.”

Camp Otonwe Day Camp
  • Offers eight sessions for youth going into the 1st to 6th grade in the fall. The fourth of July session is a day shorter and is for youth from Kindergarten to the 6th grade. Camp activities are full of fun and adventure from crafts, hiking and outdoor skills to team games and archery. 

CampVentures at Kiddie Academy of Westerville (Summer Camp)

Capital University Winds and Percussion Camp
  • Young adults in grade 7-9 can participate in Capital’s Winds and Percussion Camp on the University’s campus in Bexley. Directed by renowned local composer James Swearingen, campers will have the opportunity to take part in an amazing concert band, guided by award-winning educators and surrounded by musically enthusiastic peers. At the end of the camp, a concert will be performed for free, which is open to the public and often attended by both family members, community members, and educators!

Classroom Antics

The Coder School Virtual Summer Camps

Columbus Academy “Summer Experience”
  • Through the weeklong day camps at Columbus Academy’s Summer Experience, campers can partake in programs dedicated to academics, as well as arts & sciences and athletics. Columbus Academy is also one of the only summer camps in Columbus to offer  “a ‘Family’ division that includes Caregiver and Young Child, Grown-Up and Child, and Adult/Senior programming at convenient times for all.”

Columbus Children’s Theatre 

Columbus City Schools 2021 Summer Experience
  • The Summer Experience program will provide enriching experiences for all students in PreK through 12th grade. It is an opportunity for students to accelerate or recover credits. The need for a rich summer experience is critical now more than ever. The District’s focus this summer will be on engagement and empowerment for students and educators. Programs run for six weeks beginning on June 14. CCS is collaborating with a number of community partners to enhance the 2021 Summer Experience program including COSI, the Franklin Park Conservatory, The Ohio State University, and Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks.

Columbus College of Art and Design Summer Workshops
  • If your child is between Grades 1-12, they can participate in some of the unique summer workshops offered at Columbus College of Art and Design. These half-day workshops are focused on a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, digital media and even fashion. Camps run throughout the summer and CCAD encourages students to participate in multiple focuses.

Columbus Museum of Art Summer Workshops
  • The Columbus Museum of Art offers workshops for students Pre-K through Grade 8. The workshops include a variety of topics, but all focus on helping kids grow through creativity and imagination. Funky weeks like Quantum Creativity and Magical Makers are sure to keep young artistic minds enthralled. Camps are half-day or full day depending on age.

Columbus School for Girls Summer Programming
  • Columbus School For Girls offers an expansive list of programs, workshops, and camps for boys and girls over the summer break. Students from grade Pre-K through 12 can engage in meaningful programs, from robotics to fitness to fashion. For older students, Test Prep, Leadership Camps, and College Essay Writing workshops can help prepare them for college and beyond.

Columbus Summer Camps
  • Columbus Recreation and Parks Department have tons of camps taking place this summer. Sports, arts, recreational, and educational camps are all available for your child to participate in this summer. Ages range from 3-18 can choose from a multitude of camp adventures taking place from June through August. The Spring/Summer Guide also highlights many classes and courses that are available not just for youth, but for adults as well and is available for download through the link above.

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Summer Camp
  • Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has the perfect summer camp for your child! With chances to work directly with animals and learn about not only the creatures but the environment they exist in, campers can take away a meaningful experience of animal care and conservation. Camps have a variety of durations depending on age (Pre-K through Grade 10) and before and aftercare is available.

COSI Connects Live

Cultured Kids Club Summer Camps

Dublin City Schools Summer School

Dublin Parks and Recreation

Enchanted Care Kids Campus

Franklin Park Conservatory     

Gahanna Parks and Recreation 
  • (Missing 2021 Information. Below is information from 2020)
  • Camp Friendship Camping Company (CFCC)
  • Gahanna Parks & Recreation’s signature day camp program, offering sessions for children ages 4 – 14
  • Camp Hannah & Camp Friendship: Ages 5-12
  • Creating Opportunities for Recreation Experiences: Ages 12-14 
  • Nature Bugs: Ages 4-6
  • Summer 1-Day Camps: These are add days on to the beginning and/or end of the regular summer camp schedule 

Girl Scouts Summer Camp
  • Girl Scouts summer camps are a chance for scouts of all ages to have a traditional camp stay. At Camp Kenjockety, young women can participate in fishing, hiking, crafts, cooking, mapping and so much more. For both scouting programs, be sure to contact your Troup Leaders, as camps are organized and scheduled by them.

Goddard Summer Camp (Locations throughout greater Columbus Area)

Grandview Heights City Schools Summer Enrichment
  • Summer 2021 will be an opportunity for the Grandview Heights Schools and Community to connect, explore, bridge and ignite our passions for learning! In addition to our extended school year and intervention programming, we are planning to offer academic, enrichment, exploration and creative opportunities for all of our students to connect and engage.

Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation

Grandview Heights Public Library

Groove U 
  • Spend a week at Groove U’s state-of-the-art Creative Campus and get the full experience of being a songwriter, producer, artist, and performer (located in Dublin, OH).  

Grove City Parks and Recreation
  • Grove City Parks and Recreation offers hundreds of classes, programs and events for all ages and maintains three signature parks, a destination garden, a center serving the older population, a family water park, a skate park, an off-leash dog park, numerous playgrounds and 19 ball fields and miles of multi-use recreational paths.

Groveport Madison Parks and Rec Summer Programs 

Hilliard City School Enrichment Camps

Hilliard City Schools Summer School 

Hilliard Parks and Recreation

Jerry L. Garver YMCA Day Camp (Canal Winchester)

Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Martin W. Essex School Summer Experience

Metro Parks Summer Camps
  • Columbus Metro Parks offers a variety of Summer Camp options for kids from Pre-K through Grade 12. This year, there are two different types of camps available. Traditional Day Camps are for campers grades K-6, and are less structured and offer more free time. Campers are able to be registered for multiple weeks and before/after care is offered. The Nature Adventure camps are more specialized not only by topic but by age as well. Campers can also register for multiple weeks, but no before/after care is provided.

Ohio 4-H
  • Through the Ohio State University, Ohio 4-H is able to provide tons of camp experiences for kids. Offering Sea Camp, Science Camp, Leadership Camp, Sports Shooting Camp and so much more, Ohio 4-H focuses on teaching campers responsibility, independence, teamwork, and creativity. Age ranges and dates for camps vary.

OSU MD Camp 2021
  • This intensive, three-week residential camp is designed specifically for juniors, seniors and recently graduated high school students to get an inside look at what it takes to become a healthcare professional. MD Camp “aims at increasing the number of physicians who are underrepresented in medicine and who elect to practice in underserved areas.”

OSU SLIYS: Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars
  • SLIYS is a very specialized camp. Focusing on foreign language, SLIYS is for high school students who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for foreign language and culture. SLIYS  is divided into 3 different sessions, increasing in difficulty as they move through the summer. This camp can be attended as a commuter or as a residential camper. Campers choosing to stay at the camp will have housing and meals provided on campus at the Ohio State University.

OSU Youth Summer Music Programs
  • The Ohio State University Music Department encourages students with a passion for music to participate in a multitude of summer workshops. Some programs focus on specific instruments or areas of focus, while others are larger bands, orchestras or choirs. Programs are available for students grades 4-12.

Otterbein-Hosted Summer Camps

PAST Foundation 

Purple Dog Summer Camps

Robot Academy Jr Lego Robot Camp, 5 Half Days or 5 Full Days

Robot Academy Sr Lego Robot Camp, 5 Half Days or 5 Full Days

Sandlot Westerville: building character through sports and games
  • Designed to promote physical fitness while challenging personal growth in areas of CHARACTER: sportsmanship, integrity, perseverance, and teamwork! 5-day camp for kids entering grades 1-8, Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm (8:00am early drop-off option). 

Thurber Summer Camp 

Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation

Upper Arlington Schools Summer Academy
  • By extending the school year, Summer Academy allows a large number of students to enrich, reinforce, or receive remediation in a variety of subjects and thus continue their education in a less traditional way.

Westerville City Schools Summer Enrichment Program - Summer Theatre

Westerville Parks and Rec
  • Westerville Parks and Recreation offers camps that are outside or inside, half-day or full-day, active or passive. For 2021, Westerville Parks and Recreation will offer 5 different camps for kids aged 6-12 around passive and active play. 

Whitehall Community Park YMCA - Specialized Camps

Worthington City Events

Worthington City Schools Summer Program
  • The 2021 summer programing window is June 7 - July 1, and there is an extended learning session July 6 - July 16 for high school students who need additional time for credit recovery.

YMCA Day Camp
  • YMCA Day camps are a ton of fun Monday-Friday throughout the summer. A variety of exciting themes are being offered this year where kids of all ages can explore, learn, and create. There are specialized camps for sports and the arts, and activities vary based on YMCA location.

Young Chefs Academy Culinary Camp

YWCA Kids Place Summer Day Camp (Also available in Gahanna)

Licking County

Licking County YMCA Day Camp
  • The Licking County Family YMCA offers Licking County children a host of opportunities for summers of fun. Our goal is to provide an environment where campers can grow physically, mentally and spiritually through challenging activities in both small and large group settings under the guidance of experienced YMCA staff.

OSU-Licking County: 4H Youth Development

The Works Summer Camp

Marion County

Marion YMCA
  • The  Marion Family YMCA  nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming. From cradle to career, the Y provides all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life. The Marion Family YMCA offers a wide variety of activities and programs for youth and teens.

Montessori School of Marion
  • Each session runs for 2 weeks from 8:30-11:30 or 8:30-3:15 and follows a different curriculum based on the topic. Our program follows Montessori philosophies but follows a slightly different routine compared to our regular academic Casa, Bambini, and Nido Program.

OSU Marion: Virtual Summer Engineering Institute for High School Juniors and Seniors
  • This Engineering institute is a 2-day virtual camp for high school juniors and seniors. The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of a variety of engineering disciplines. Institute participants will virtually meet OSU Marion faculty in math, physics, and engineering via Zoom sessions to participate in interactive sessions where they will learn about the engineering design process, problem solving, as well as engineering professionalism and ethics.

Morrow County

OSU-Morrow: 4H Youth Development
  • 4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

Ross County

Boy Scouts of America Resident Camp

Chillicothe City Schools

Union County

City of Marysville Parks and Recreation