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After School Programs / Camps

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

Action for Children

Provides child care and early learning information free of charge for parents, including parenting classes and information about choosing quality child care. Also assists people who operate home-based childcare. Their website provides free resources for people living in 7 central Ohio counties. Offers year-round parenting classes for parents with kids of all ages at many locations in Franklin and Delaware counties.

78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-0222

African American & African Studies Community Extension Center (AAASCEC)

Offers many programs for youth, including a week-long summer overnight program at OSU for high school students, poetry workshops, computer classes and a science club. Programs are designed to provide students with an appreciation for African American culture. Financial help is available, and many of the activities are free.
905 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 292-3922

After School All-Stars Columbus

Provides free after school programs for middle school youth ages 12 to 15, with programs ranging from kickball, to poetry and drama. This program serves youth at several schools and Blackburn Recreation Center.
1743 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 257-1678

American Camp Association (ACA)

Allows individuals to find camps that are accredited by the ACA. Families can search for a camp according to age, location, activities, special needs, cost and more.
5000 State Rd 67 North, Martisnville, Indiana 46151
(800) 428-2267

American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio Buckeye Girls State

Girls State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The week-long program is offered every summer to more than 900 girls across Ohio, and participants in the past have included many famous people.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245

American Legion Buckeye Boys State

Boys State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The program is offered every summer to more than 1000 boys across Ohio, and participants in the past have included many famous people, including Neil Armstrong.
P.O. Box 8007, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 362-7478

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides a variety of services for the Asian community:

    • After school and summer tutoring and mentoring programs for Asian Americans in grades K to 12, including educational, ESOL and college prep activities
    • Family Support Program (counseling) for victims of bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes
    • 24-hour interpreting / translation services
    • Computer and English classes
    • Career and college development workshops
    • Free health clinic and Hepatitis B testing

4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
Main Line: (614) 220-4023
Interpreting Hotline: (614) 216-4988

Audubon Summer Adventure Camp

Offers themed camps, including outdoor safety, flying animals and nature-based art for students entering grades 1 to 5. There is also a leadership skills program for students entering grades 6 to 8. Week-long, day sessions are available at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, and scholarships are available.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475

BalletMet Summer Dance Camp

Full and half-day summer camps for children ages 5 to 13 are available to help children learn ballet, tap, modern jazz, yoga, improvisation, music and more.
322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 229-4860

Bexley Recreation & Parks Jeffrey Summer Camp

Full-day and half-day camps are available during the summer for children ages 4 to those entering grade 9.
165 North Parkview Avenue, Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 559-4300

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

The community-based program matches children ages 5 to 14 with an older Big Brother or Big Sister friend. The school-based program in Franklin, Union and Delaware counties allows students to meet once a week at their school with a mentor who can help them reach career and academic goals. In Franklin County, they reach out to Spanish-speaking youth and families through their Hispanic Mentoring Program.
1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 839-2447

Big Brothers Big Sisters Oty’Okwa Summer Camp

Offers week-long, overnight programs during the summer for children ages 6 to 14. The camp is in Hocking Hills. Reduced fees are available for children enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
1855 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 839-2447

Bold Columbus Summer Leadership Camp

Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for Franklin County youth ages 9 – 12. Based at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park just west of downtown Columbus, Bold Columbus provides fun and educational experiences, including group challenges, leadership training, team games, nature education, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking and more.
1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
(614) 813-0351

Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council

This program serves 17 counties in central Ohio and includes around 35,000 youth members. It builds on the strong traditions of youth and community service, including cub scouts for boys ages 7 to 10, boy scouts for boys ages 11 to 18 and venturing for boys and girls ages 14 to 21. They offer year-round camping opportunities.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 433-4051 or (614) 436-7200

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 to 18 from all over Columbus. For a very low cost, the club provides members with access to after school programs, gymnasiums, play areas, teen centers and libraries at 2 locations in Columbus. They have summer programs and scholarships available as well.

  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • Westside Clubhouse
    115 South Gift Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-8830

Camp Corral for Military Kids

Camp Corral is a free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15.  Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, disable or fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The camp is a week-long helps kids learn new skills, build character and make new friends while enjoying the outdoors.  Complete their online application for enrollment or call the hotline below for more information.
801 North West Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(855) 605-1267


Summer day camps and camps during winter and school holidays are offered to children in grades K-12. Financial aid is available, and themes include space, robotics, dinosaurs and more.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 819-2674 or (614) 228-2674

Camp Lionheart

This summer camp is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camp Lionheart is full of regular summer camp activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while incorporating structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Otyokwa in Hocking Hills.
24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
Campground phone: (614) 839-2447

Camp Wyandot

Offers overnight camps, day camps, family camps and grief camps. Camp Wyandot in Hocking Hills is the site for many programs, but other programs are located near Columbus.
1890 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 481-8227

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Disease Detective Camp

The Global Health Odyssey Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, presents this academic day camp in Atlanta for students who will be high school juniors and seniors. Campers learn how the CDC safeguards the nation’s health and learn about careers in public health. The program is free, but campers must pay for their own lunches and transportation.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
(800) 232-4636

Central Community House Youth & Family Services

Children in grades 1 through 8 are transported to and from several schools in southeastern Franklin County for before and after school care. Children and teens can also participate in summer and after school programs.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157

Christian Assembly

Offers low-cost summer camps for students in grades 3 through 5.
4099 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 261-8440

Columbus Academy Summer Experience

Offers week-long day camp programs in academics, arts & sciences, and athletics. There are many weekly sessions to choose from, starting in June and going through August. There are programs for Pre-K through 12th grade, including before and after care options, as well as courses for high school credit. Programs are very diverse and include themes such as skateboarding, coding, fashion design, sailing, ice hockey, languages, drones, musical instruments and many more. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students. They also have a “Family” division that includes Caregiver and Young Child, Grown Up and Child, and Adult/Senior classes that meet once a week at convenient times for all.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 509-2267

Columbus Children’s Choir

Offers vocal instruction and music education to young singers in Central Ohio ages 5-18.  Financial aid is available to students who currently qualify for free or reduced school meals.  Contact directly for costs and payment plan details.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 220-5555

Columbus City Schools Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers support services for families, with classes at different sites throughout Franklin County. They have free GED prep and ESOL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs for adults.  They also offer low-cost online adult classes.
270 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5000

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Programs

Creative Summer Workshops are a series of intensive workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12. Scholarships are available.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-9101

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Provides excellent programs for Columbus high school teens who are interested in leadership and international issues. Students collaborate with community groups and businesses to learn skills in areas such as interacting with the media, making legislative change, direct social service, event planning, speech-making and more.
51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 229-4599

Columbus Metropolitan Library Homework Help Center

Offers free programs and services for children and teens throughout Columbus. They provide school supplies and homework help after school, including services in Spanish and Somali. Go online to search by location or date.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2ASK or (614) 645-2275

Columbus Montessori Education Center

Camp Montessori is for grades 1 to 6 and includes local field trips, special guests, and private morning swimming lessons at the Eastmoor pool. The Children’s House Summer Program is for ages 3 to 6. Two sessions are available with all-day or morning options.
979 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
(614) 231-3790, ext. 22

Columbus Museum of Art Summer Programs

Offers a host of activities, such as drawing, art programs, family programs, musical performances and free admission to the museum during the summer months.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801

Columbus Parent Magazine Summer Guide

Publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
7801 North Central Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
(614) 461-8878

Columbus Recreation & Parks APPS Violence Reduction Program

Offers youth ages 14-21, living in zip codes 43207, 43203, 43223, and 43211 evening activities to help reduce violence.  Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday the recreation centers located in these zip codes are open until 11:30 pm to keep the youth occupied with arts, educational and recreational activities. Gang and violence mediation and intervention are also provided.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-8430

Columbus Recreation & Parks Capital Kids

Offers academic programs and a safe place to learn and play after school and during the summer for a very low cost. Capital University students provide homework help, and programs are offered in anger management, substance abuse, violence prevention and recreation.

  • Beatty Community Center
    247 North Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 645-3218
  • Douglas Community Center
    1250 Windsor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 645-7407
  • Marion Franklin Community Center
    2801 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-3160
  • Sullivant Garden Community Center
    755 Renick Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 645-8171

Columbus Recreation & Parks City Leaders Program

Offers City of Columbus middle-school youth, ages 10-15, the opportunity to gain real life skills by working on projects and attending exciting events that will guide them towards becoming positive leaders in their communities. They meet different people and see different places throughout the city. Participants will need to be recommended by their principal, assistant principal or teacher in order to be considered.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3330

Columbus Recreation & Parks School’s Out Program

The School’s Out summer program allows children ages 6 to 14 to take part in a variety of fitness activities all day, Monday through Friday, at 4 recreation centers in Columbus. This program is open to residents of Columbus that meet certain income guidelines, for a very low cost. It is designed to meet the needs of working parents.
(614) 645-8597

Columbus Recreation & Parks Summer Camps

Offers a wide variety of summer camps for children. Go online to look at their comprehensive list of programs.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3300

Columbus State Community College Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5353

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Programs

  • Zoo Aides: Summer volunteer opportunity for teens ages 13 to 17, giving teens their first work experience and helps them develop key work skills. The program is highly competitive, and the deadline to apply each year is usually in February.
  • Zoo Kids: Summer day camps for kids of all ages.
    4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (800) 666-5397 or (614) 724-3588

Community for New Direction (CND)

  • Once a year, offers a one-week tour across the U.S. of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) every year for youth ages 14 to 18.
  • Offers a 6-week Summer Day Camp for youth ages 5 to 14, which includes a balance of education, prevention programming, and fun summer field trips.
  • Provides a 32-week after school peer group at three locations in Columbus and addresses alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence prevention education, for youth ages 5 to 14.
  • Offers addiction programs, including intensive outpatient, drug screening, group and individual counseling, mental health education, medically assisted treatment, anger management and life skills education.


  • 2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204 (Administrative Office)
    (614) 272-1464
  • 993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205 (Near East Office)
    (614) 257-0305
  • 1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203 (Near East Office)
  • 2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223 (West Office)
    (614) 272-1464

COSI Academy

Offers a career exploration program for high school students in grades 9 to 12 who dream of pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, health or technology. Financial aid is available.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(888) 819-2674 or (614) 228-2674

Department of Defense Science & Engineering Apprentice Program

Sponsored by George Washington University and the Department of Defense, this program places gifted high school students who are at least 16 years old with an interest in science and math in the Department of Defense laboratories for an 8-week period over the summer. Participants are awarded an educational stipend of $2000 and are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor.
(603) 228-4530

Directions for Youth & Families Ohio Avenue Youth Center

Offers after school and summer camp programming for youth ages 8 to 17 living in the 43205, 43206 and 43207 area codes. The free after school program includes instruction in art, computers, music, photography and recreational activities. Call for information about their summer program.
657 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 258-8043

Directions for Youth & Families Short Stop Youth Center

Offers free programs and homework help for youth ages 7 to 18 Monday through Friday during the school year. They also offer dance, theatre, music and art programs. Call for information about their summer program.
1066 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 299-5541

Dowd Education Center

The Homeless Families Foundation’s (HFF) Dowd Education Center provides a stable and safe haven for 80 students during the school year and during the summer. They provide Franklin County students an academically focused program that follows the curriculum of the Columbus City Schools and helps the children overcome their obstacles to succeed in school. Programs include: Project Based Learning, Literacy Program, Parent Participation Night, and Nutrition Program. Other activities include a curriculum based arts program, recreation program, field trips and other enrichment activities to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247

Dublin Community Recreation Center

Offers schools day off events, spring break and summer camps for kids of all ages. Programs are available for kids with special needs as well.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 410-4550

Dublin Recreation Services

Offers spring break camps and summer camps. Special needs accommodations are available as well.
5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 410-4550


Nationwide Children’s Empower is a six-week recreation and wellness program open to all adolescents grades 6-8. Sessions take place twice per week for 90 minutes after school at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Each week is filled with activities to help your middle-schoolers navigate changes in the world, from staying active and coping with stress, to dealing with complicated relationships and fostering healthy relationships. Activities range from social games, group and team challenges, safe supported discussions, community outings, scavenger hunts, swimming and more. Visit their webpage or call directly for details.
150 W. Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 685-4348 or (614) 685-6345

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

The after school and summer programs prepare children ages 5-13 for proficiency tests, provide homework help, give health information, train youth in computer skills and organize soccer clubs.

  • 3800 Briggs Road, Columbus, Ohio  43228
  • 4790 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio  43026
  • 4337 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio  43224
  • 2169 Ferris Road, Columbus, Ohio  43224

(614) 252-5362

First Church of God

Offers a variety of faith-based programs for youth, including personal tutoring, music, sports and youth mentoring.
3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 338-8338

First Community Church Camp Akita

Day and overnight summer camps in Hocking Hills are offered for children in grades 1 to 12. They also offer a family camp in September.
3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 488-0681

Fun & Recreation for Youth with Special Needs

Visit the special needs section of CAP4Kids to find out about after school programs, camps and recreational opportunities for youth with special needs.

Gahanna Parks & Recreation

Day camps in Gahanna are available for children ages 5 to 12 during the summer. They also have financial scholarships available.
200 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 342-4250

Girl Scouts Ohio’s Heartland Council

Helps girls build strong self-esteem and learn skills such as financial literacy, teamwork, respect for the environment and appreciation of the arts. Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5 to 17. They also offer overnight and day camps for both members and non-members.
1700 WaterMark Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 621-7042 or (614) 487-8101

Gladden Community House: Youth Services & Preschool

Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills. They have a preschool and their year-round After-School Recreation program offers healthy age-appropriate programming every weekday after-school and throughout the summer. There are free meals each month to children ages 5 to 18. Offers year round team sports for youth K-12 in the Franklinton Community and a traveling summer day camp that explores central Ohio.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600

Godman Guild Youth & Family Services

Offers after school and summer programs for youth in grades 3 through 5 living in the 43201 area. They also offer free after school and summer programs for teens, focused on career development and leadership.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation

Provides summer recreational, educational and fitness programs for children of all ages.
1515 West Goodale Boulevard, Grandview, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-3111

Grove City Parks & Recreation

Offers before and after school programs for children in grades K to 4 in the Grove City area. They also offer part-day and full-day summer programs and outdoor activities which are open to all children in grades K to 6 in the Southwestern City Schools district.
4035 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 277-3050

Groveport Parks & Recreation Department

Has many classes and programs throughout the year at their outdoor water park, recreation center, parks and athletic fields.
7370 Groveport Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-1000

Habitat for Humanity Youth Programs

Children and teens can learn about homeownership, outreach, construction and become involved in their local communities.
3140 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 422-4828

Hilliard Recreation & Parks Department

Offers summer week-long day camps for children ages 6 to 12. They also have a variety of programs for children and families throughout the year.
3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 876-5200

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more. At the JCC there is something for all ages.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

Offers many after school programs for grades K to 12. All programs teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, including Franklin, Licking, Fairfield and surrounding counties. College scholarship opportunities are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 704-3707

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Dedicated to supporting youth ages 12 to 20 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and questioning. They offer a range of programs and activities, all of which are free, including discussion groups, social activities, leadership training and support for gay-straight alliances.
603 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-5437

Kicks for Kids Soccer Mentoring Program

Offers year-round soccer camps and health education for at-risk boys and girls ages 4 to 18. The cost is free, including uniforms and equipment.
340 North 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 258-4357


An online summer camp directory that connects people with camps in the U.S. and worldwide. Camps are organized by category, including sports, academic, adventure, religious, arts and special needs.
909 North Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, California 90245
(877) 242-9330

King Arts Complex Summer Camp

Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. Limited financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-KING or (614) 645-5464

Liberty Farm Summer Horse Camp

Offers week-long horseback riding day camps for children ages 6 to 15 of all different skill levels (beginners to advanced riders). They also offer after school and winter programs.
2620 Fisher Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 279-0346

Little Lambs Children’s Center

Provides a faith-based summer camp in Gahanna for Kindergarten through 6th graders in Franklin County. Tuition varies per group, and is based on full-time vs. part-time.
425 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 471-9269

Marburn Academy

Provides non-traditional K through 12 schooling for bright students with learning difficulties such as ADHD and dyslexia in central Ohio. They also offer free parent seminars, free early reading screenings, assessment, private tutoring and summer school. They have financial aid and tuition loan programs as well.
9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 433-0822

Metro Parks Nature Programs

Click for a complete list of summer nature camps for children in grades pre-K to 9. They also offer a variety of weekend programs and events at various parks throughout Columbus and surrounding areas.
1069 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 891-0700

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science Program

MIT offers a 6-week overnight, academic enrichment summer program in Massachusetts for talented minority high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Selected students have housing, meals and activity costs covered and only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT.
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 253-8052

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mechanisms of Human Health & Disease

This free summer program targets gifted high schoolers interested in careers in medicine and research. Previous students have enjoyed success enrolling in Ivy League institutions and obtaining scholarships.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Summer Scientist Education Series

This free program exposes high school students to the scientific method and careers in medical research during the summer. The program is also available online.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Volunteen Program

Volunteens work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms and in office settings. Teens must be 14 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3635

Office of Naval Research Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

Provides competitive research summer internships to high school students age 16 and older interested in science and engineering. Students are paid a stipend, and the internships are offered at several locations throughout the U.S.
1818 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
(888) 715-ASEE

Ohio Afterschool Network

Contains comprehensive information for providers and professionals about after school care.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(877) 547-6978

Ohio Business Week Summer Program

Provides a week-long summer program that gives high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business at Ohio Dominican University. Limited financial aid is available for those who qualify.
1572 West First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-6327

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Hispanic community including:

  • Homework help and educational after school programs
  • Summer camps for Latino / Hispanic children
  • Translation and interpretation services
  • English (ESOL) and citizenship classes for adults
  • Support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 840-9934

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Offers several community sports and recreation programs and summer camps for youth year round. They also offer adapted recreational sports programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 West Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787

Ohio State University (OSU) Youth Programs & Camps

Offers several camps for children in grades 1 through 12. Topics covered include career exploration (medicine, engineering, technology), sports and foreign languages.
281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-OHIO

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Internships at OWC are career exploration and skill-building programs in a wildlife education center setting. They work with area schools to schedule volunteer internships of varying lengths during the summer and school year. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service obligations or learn more about animal-related professions. Preschoolers and children ages 7 to 12 can participate in summer camp opportunities.
6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 734-9453

Operation Military Kids

Supports military kids through activities and programming specifically targeted to youth of the guard and reserve. Programs include camps for youth and teens, family workshops and free days at the zoo. Most programs are free or for a very nominal price. Programs are open to all Ohio military members.
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-4444

Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (PACE)

Their website has a list of local summer camps for gifted and talented students.

Pickerington Parks & Recreation Department

Offers a variety of summer programs and classes.
100 Lockville Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
(614) 833-2211

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, 10-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Check web site for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
(609) 258-8046

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department

Offers a variety of programs for children (starting at age 2), teens and families.
7232 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
(614) 322-6806

Salvation Army After School Learning Center

This free program focuses on academic achievement in the areas of math and reading for students in grades 1 though 8. Program participants receive tutoring, proficiency test preparation and personal development during the school year and summer.

  • West Mound Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • East Main Street Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Livingston Elementary School
    825 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205

(614) 221-6561

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

    • Free adult English (ESOL) classes and after school programs for Somali youth
    • Legal services, including help with immigration problems, landlord-tenant disputes and workplace issues
    • Help with school concerns and personal needs
    • Translation services and job help
    • Housing assistance
    • Family counseling and support to Somali women who are victims of domestic violence
    • Shelter referrals

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068

St. Stephen’s Community House Youth & Family Services

After school programs, summer programs, developmental groups and tutoring are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area.
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 294-6347

Stowe Baptist Center

Offers after school tutoring help to students in kindergarten to 12th grades on Monday nights. They also have a program called Cross Town Kids on Friday evenings.
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400

SURGE Columbus

Provides free programs to teens at COSI, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, WOSU@COSI, and Transit Arts to allow them to discover or pursue their interests by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Open studio, one day workshops, drop-in hours and scheduled events give the teens hands-on experience and professional supervision. Contact directly for more details.
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-0330

Tech Corps Ohio Techie Camp & Clubs

Offers week-long summer technology experiences to elementary and middle school students. Scholarships are available. They also have Techie Clubs, which introduce elementary students to technology and typically meet weekly throughout the school year.
6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 583-9211

The Connectory STEM Resources

A comprehensive portal listing connections to STEM learning and fun opportunities throughout the country. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities help youth develop critical thinking, working with others, and problem solving skills, enhance creativity, and engage in an investigative process.

Thurber House Summer Writing Camp

Offers several creative writing summer camps for children entering grades 2 through 8. Scholarships are available as well.
77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 464-1032

Transit Arts

Offers free workshops for youth ages 12 to 21 in visual arts, dance and writing through the Central Community House.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157

TriVillage Mentor League

The weekly school-based mentoring program pairs Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights teen mentors with children enrolled in the after school programs in the Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights school districts. They award at least two college scholarships each year to volunteer teen mentors and also offer several summer camp opportunities.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 255-7942

U Give

This website connects high school students with volunteer opportunities in the community for free. Students have free access to volunteer opportunities for all types of causes that meet their own interests and schedules. Students can sign up for activities online. When students sign up for an event, their service activities go onto their resume which they can build during their high school career.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 255-6968

Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department

Offers a variety of camps, classes and activities for youth of all ages and interests, with sports, arts, science and fitness offerings.
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 583-5300

Vineyard Community Center The Zone After School Program

Provides homework help, creative arts, dance and sports after school and during the summer to youth in grades K to 8. Some transportation is available. The program runs Tuesdays through Thursdays and is free for families with a low income.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500

Wellington After School & Summer Option

Offers a wide range of fun and challenging summer and after school programs for grades Pre-K to 12. Course offerings include chess, yoga, robotics, music, cooking and more.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(877) 517-7883 or (614) 457-7883

Westerville Parks & Recreation Department

Provides a wide variety of programs for children, teens and adults, including aquatics, recreation, sports and special needs programs.
350 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 901-6500

Whitehall Department of Parks & Recreation

Provides some classes and events for people living in the Whitehall area.
402 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 863-0121

Worthington Parks & Recreation Department

Offers many year-round programs for youth.
345 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 436-2743

YMCA Before & After School Care

Offers state-licensed before and after school care at over 55 schools throughout central Ohio, including Bexley, Circleville, Columbus, Hamilton, Olentangy, Pickerington, South Western, Teays Valley, Whitehall, Worthington and the Catholic Diocese. Programs allow for activity choice and provide an educational curriculum, including homework help. They also offer childcare on days when schools are closed throughout the school year.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

YMCA Camp Wilson

This is a week-long, overnight camp in Bellefontaine offering swimming, boating, archery, campfires, food, singing, sports, nature and horseback riding for children ages 7 to 17. Financial assistance is available.
2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
(800) 423-0427

YMCA Day Camp

Offers themed week-long summer day camps for grades 1 to 10 at multiple locations in central Ohio. They also offer financial assistance.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

YMCA Leaders Club

This year-long program is for youth in grades 7 and 8. Under the leadership of YMCA professionals and peer mentors, participants learn leadership skills. This program is available at most YMCA locations in central Ohio.
4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43206
(614) 334-9622

YMCA Teen & Youth Programs

Teen Nights, High School Hoops, Teen Leaders Club, Leaders-in-Training and Minority Achievers are just a few of the programs for teens. The YMCA also provides an environment where children can feel safe, have fun and build trusting relationships.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

Young Women’s Summer Institute at Ohio Supercomputer Center

Provides summer overnight programs for talented high school girls interested in science and technology. The program offers talented students the opportunity to work through science and engineering challenges using cutting-edge research technologies.
1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 292-9248

YWCA Kids Place

The YWCA Kids Place serves the Westerville, Gahanna and New Albany school districts.  The programs are offered within the elementary school buildings, offering easy transition for the students.  Morning and afternoon programs are offered in Westerville and New Albany.  In Gahanna, they offer afternoon programs.  The hours are dependent upon each school district but all programs are completed by 6:00 p.m.   Students from the ages of 5 though 12 years old are eligible and the program costs are dependent upon the needs of the family.   There is a registration fee per family, per school year. Click here to register, or call the YWCA administrative office directly for child care costs.
65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 224-9121