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
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
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
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.
Administration Office: 1016 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
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
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
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
The Columbus Learning Cooperative is a holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
731 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
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
Offers after school and summer programs for youth ages 8 to 17. The free program includes life skills education groups, homework help, computer lab, tutoring, fitness and recreation, art, music and dance programming and meals provided. They also have a teen pregnancy prevention group called, My Best Self, serving high-risk boys and girls, ages 11 to 18, in local schools throughout Franklin County.
Offers free programs for high school juniors and seniors at more than 15 school districts in central Ohio, including job training, career programs, college prep classes, GED classes, ESOL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.
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
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
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Engage 9-15 year-old boys of color from zip codes 43206 or 43207 whose families earn 200% of poverty or less. Offer fun, healthy safe experiences during the school year and throughout the summer, building academic, career, artistic, and physical strengths. Many activities overlap with Columbus Urban League initiatives, placing the young men in summer internships, hands-on digital learning opportunities, drug, alcohol and violence prevention activities and other initiatives based upon their individual needs.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, basic living needs, after school programs for youth ages 5-13, Lao events and more.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
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
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
Offers spring and summer camp programs at the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village. Each camp is one week long and programs are geared toward kids ages 6-14 years old.
Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;
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
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
After school programs, summer programs, youth employment programs, tutoring and early childhood care from ages 6 weeks old to 4 years old are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, community garden, bike loan program, Christmas gift programs and family services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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.
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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
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
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
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
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