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Global Citizen Summer Camp

A week-long summer camp that introduces middle school students (grades 6-8) to multiple world languages and global citizenship. Participants receive a couple hours of world language instruction in small groups, followed by a cultural lesson taught in English, and activities on global issues and what it mean to be a global citizen. Scholarships are available.
The Ohio State University
1775 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
u.osu.edu/globalcamp

Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

A one-week camp that is designed for high school students who have an interest in learning more about the brain and spinal cord. Students will learn through a variety of approaches including lecture, discussion, debate, games, laboratory visits, and hands-on experiments. Financial need scholarships are available upon request; contact for more information.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
wexnermedical.osu.edu/neurological-institute/departments-and-centers/departments/department-of-neuroscience/outreach-and-events/explorations-in-neuroscience-summer-camp

Turfgrass Science Summer Camp

A free week-long summer program that provides a fun outdoor learning environment for rising 6-8 graders. Students learn about the different sports playing surfaces and how STEM is used in turfgrass science from Ohio State University faculty and staff.
2710 North Star Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
hcs.osu.edu/programs/turfgrass-science-summer-camp

Data Science for Women Summer Camp

A free week-long summer camp that introduces young women in grades 8-10 to the data science and analytics field. Students will gain hands-on experience on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data, using animation software, giving presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University, Translational Data Analytics Institute
1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
tdai.osu.edu/summer-camp

Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp

A week-long summer learning program for high school students, organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University (OSU). It’s designed to introduce students to philosophy through learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging and fun. Need-based financial aid is available.
230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7914
philosophy.osu.edu/pact

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp

Offers a week-long overnight summer camp for youth ages 6 to 18 who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Youth can attend camp at no cost to their families.
MDA Columbus Office: 500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1014
mda.org/summer-camp
mda.org/office/columbus

My Summer Camps

Provides a comprehensive online directory of summer camps for kids, teens and youth. They list summer camps for kids with a wide range of abilities and special needs, such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, diabetes, physical disabilities, muscular dystrophy and more.
(877) 777-7738
mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps

Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide

Columbus Parent publishes a directory of summer camps in the Columbus area every year. Go online to see their most recent list of summer camps.
columbusparent.com/guides/summer-camp

Bold Columbus Summer Leadership Camp

Offers a low-cost outdoor leadership program for youth ages 9 to 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.
Park Address: 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio 43119
(614) 813-0351
boldcolumbus.org

Otterbein Summer Music Experience

Offers rising 9th through 12th grade string players, guitarists, pianists, vocalists, wind and brass players, percussionists and composers music education. Students have opportunities to get an introduction to college music training, daily one-on-one instrumental or vocal lessons, musicians’ health, music technology, music history and more. Scholarships are available.
170 West Park Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1219
ocweb.otterbein.edu/public/About/Community/summercamps/music-camp.aspx

MD Camp

An intensive, three-week summer day camp for high school-aged youth interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. Scholarships are available based on need and academic merit. Visit the website for contact information.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 West Ninth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
medicine.osu.edu/students/diversity/programs/md_camp/pages/index.aspx

Camp CAR (Center for Automotive Research) at The Ohio State University

A free week-long summer camp for students 14-18 years old. Students learn various aspects of engineering, including automotive, simulation and manufacturing. They will have the opportunity to hear from CAR researchers, complete hands-on projects and take field trips.
930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
car.osu.edu/about/car-outreach

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) Camp

A residential summer camp program for gifted and talented in grades 6-8. Campers select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience. Scholarships are available.
(740) 368-3939
61 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
owu.edu/about/offices-services/owjl-camp

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Supports children in the Columbus community whose parent has cancer, by providing a free summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem is operated by student volunteers and serves approximately 150 campers ages 6-16 every year.
PO Box 3501, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 908-3386
campkesem.org/ohio-state

Center for Architecture and Design Camp Architecture

A summer camp for central Ohio youth ages 8-18, that introduces them to the world of architecture and design through hands-on activities, field trips, walking tours, presentations by professionals and imaginative games. Scholarships are available.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-1973
columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture

Camp Corral

A free summer camp for military children ages 8 to 15. Priority enrollment is given to children of wounded, injured, ill and/or fallen military men and women. 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
campcorral.org

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. It’s full of activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills, operating under Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 506-7959
camplionheart.org

Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Provides summer overnight camps, day camps and respite weekends for children and adults with special needs.
4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
(330) 644-4512
akronymca.org/rotarycamp

Camp Nuhop

Provides overnight summer camp opportunities for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders age 6 and older in Ohio. They also have weekend respite programs throughout the year.

  • Office: 404 Hillcrest Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805
    (419) 289-2227
  • Camp: 1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville, Ohio 44864
    (419) 938-7151

nuhop.org/camp-nuhop

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
techcorps.org

KidsCamps.com

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.
kidscamps.com

Camp Akita

A faith-based co-ed, residential summer camp in Hocking County, Ohio for youth in grade 1-12. Kids explore nature and the outdoors and build community.

  • First Community Church, North Campus
    3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
  • Camp Location
    29746 Logan-Hornsmill Road, Logan, Ohio 43138

(614) 488-0681, ext. 101
campakita.org/summer

Camp Hope

A four-day summer day camp for children and youth ages of 6-17 who have lost a loved one. The goal is to help kids survive the bereavement journey with skills, caring, and friendships to support them along the way. Camp Hope is open to the public. The camp is sponsored by Hospice of North Central Ohio (covering Ashland, Knox and Richland counties).
(800) 952-2207
hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/bereavement

Wellington School Summer Program

Offers week-long summer day camp programs from creative arts and outdoor adventures, to athletic skill-building and academics for grades pre-K to 12. Participants do not have to be Wellington School students.
3650 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 324-8882
wellington.org/summer

Columbus Academy Summer Experience

Offers week-long summer day camp programs in academics, arts and sciences, and athletics for youth grades pre-K through 12.  They also have a “Family” division that includes programs for parents/caregivers and their children ages birth and up. Participants do not have to be Columbus Academy students.
4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 509-2267
columbusacademy.org/summer

Discovery Riders

We provide equine assisted activities, summer camps and therapies (including Therapeutic Riding, Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Learning) to individuals with special needs, ages 4 years old and up. Horses provide a special format for children to connect and socialize with the animal and each other.
(937) 935-654
1797 State Route 47, East Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
discoveryriders.org

Medical Academy

A free 4-day summer camp that gives high school-aged youth a chance to explore careers in healthcare. During the camp, high school students will engage in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities and get a chance to work directly with medical and physician assistant students, doctors, and other health professionals.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin
6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 793-5556
ohio.edu/medicine/about/campuses/dublin/reach.cfm

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Explore the museum’s interactive STEM learning labs and planetarium, art gallery, and local history. They offer summer camps for youth and fun programming for people of all ages year-round. There is a minimal fee per admission. The Works also provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.
55 South First Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-9277
attheworks.org

Ohio Military Kids (OMK)

Offers one-time events, summer camps and scholarships to support the youth of military families. Visit the website for contact information.
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
OMK Contacts: ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/operation-military-kids/about-omk/contact-omk
ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/ohio-military-kids

The Learning Spectrum (TLS)

Program: services for kids with autism, in and out of the school setting, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral health, support groups, summer camps, educational services and more
Eligibility: ages 2 ½ through 22
Cost: Caresource and most insurances are accepted; also, Jon Peterson, Autism Scholarship and District Placements accepted
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by parents, physician or organization

  • Central
    125 Dillmont Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • North East
    3060 Johnstown Utica Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031
    (740) 759-7099
  • South
    122 Washington Street, Suite 401, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-1114
  • Behavioral Health
    1277 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43085

(614) 844-5433
thelearningspectrum.com

Center for Courageous Kids (CCK)

Offers summer camps and family retreat weekends for seriously ill children. Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by a full-time medical director. They provide camps for kids with asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, blood disorders, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, spina bifida and more.
1501 Burnley Road Scottsville, Kentucky 42164
(270) 618-2900
Camper Admission’s office: (270) 618-2912
courageouskids.org

Urban Arts Space

Offers free educational and art-making opportunities throughout the year for youth, including a free arts summer camp.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
(614) 292-8861
uas.osu.edu/programming

Fugees Academy Columbus

Provides refugee youth ages 11 and up education, year-round soccer programming, after-school tutoring, academic enrichment summer camp, leadership training and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in academics, soccer, and to positively impact their wider communities. Tuition is free and they offer free lunch.
1933 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(678) 358-0547
fugeesfamily.org

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted & Talented

This residential summer camp at the campus of Otterbein University offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Need-based financial assistance may be available.
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1570
otterbein.edu/summercamps/essex

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. They offer a special “Family Access Membership” that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Ohio Craft Museum

Offers art education classes, workshops, summer camps, spring break mini-camps and more for children, teens and families throughout the year.
1665 West Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 486-4402
ohiocraft.org

STEM-U

Offers year round math and coding classes, STEM workshops, tutoring in math and all day and half-day summer camp classes.
7227 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 407-4666
stem-u.com

Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus (BNCC)

Provides case management services, health and wellness services, education programs (like ESOL, tutoring and summer camps), language and culture programs, and sport clubs for Bhutanese people living in Columbus, Ohio.
4646 Tamarack Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 396-8965
facebook.com/bnccohio

Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT)

Offers theatre classes, workshops, summer camps and private lessons for kids and teens. Private lesson subjects include: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano. Financial assistance is available for families.
Columbus Children’s Theatre: 512 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
CCT Studios & Administrative Offices: 177 East Naghten Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6672
columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus (ATC)

Offers theatre classes and summer camps for children and teens. They provide actors of all experience levels a place to grow and strengthen their acting and performing skills.
1000 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Performance Location: Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-6888
theactorstheatre.org

Ohio History Connection

Across the state, the Ohio History Connection oversees 58 historic sites and museums located in 40 counties. At the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village they offer spring and summer camp programs and one-time events for kids ages 6-14 years old.
Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
800 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 297-2300 or (800) 686-6124
ohiohistory.org
Museum & Historic Site Locator: ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-historic-site-locator

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

A free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy preparing youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 688-3875
osulifesports.org

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

Serves Deaf and Deaf Blind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment. They provide advocacy on systems and policy issues, offer summer camps for kids, and provide information to individuals and families on their website.
8623 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington 98115
National Hotline: (855) 812-1001 Voice/VP
adwas.org

Leaders Emerging & Developing (LEAD)

A STEM education and financial literacy organization serving 3rd–12th grade students. Their programs include: STEM clubs, workshops, leadership training, summer camps and mentoring. Their E-STEM Chapter gives youth an opportunity to be exposed to STEM and business concepts. Some services are free. Scholarships are available.
PO Box 361061, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 407-6049
leademerging.org

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 verses part-time.
425 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 471-9269
llccgahanna.org/summer-camp-program

Cornerstone of Hope

Focuses on helping ages 6 and up who are grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide services for individuals and families through different methods of counseling and therapy. They also provide educational training to extended family members so that they can help care for someone affected by the loss of a loved one. Families also participate in remembrance ceremonies such as a butterfly release and holiday candle lighting in the winter. Click here for information about their summer camps and support offered to schools.
1550 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 824-4285
cornerstoneofhope.org

Haugland Learning Center (HLC)

Educates youth with autism and Asperger syndrome in classroom and home-based settings from preschool through grade 12. All educational costs are covered by the autism scholarship or by school districts. They have academic and activity-based summer camp programs, autism testing, ABA therapy services, tutoring programs, after-school programs and counseling as well.

  • Administrative Building: 2540 Billingsley Road, Columbus Ohio 43235
  • Columbus Campus: 7690 New Market Center Way, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Lancaster Campus: 625 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
  • Athens Campus: 5196 Washington Road, Albany, Ohio 45710
  • Autism Intervention Center
    6608 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 407-7508

(614) 602-6473
hauglandlearningcenter.com

Bridgeway Academy

A full-day private school program from early-intervention/preschool through high school for children with developmental disabilities. They also provide speech, music and occupational therapy, psychological services, social skills groups, summer camps and parent support groups. Bridgeway Academy utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). They are a provider of Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, Jon Peterson Scholarship, Title XX (20), Medicaid, Level One, I. O. and Self Waiver and some insurances.
2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 262-7520
bridgewayohio.org

Community Services for the Deaf (CSD)

Offers several services for the deaf and hard of hearing population. Most of their programs are offered through the Dayton office, including emotional support and counseling, summer camps and sign language classes, speech-to-print captioning services, sign language interpreting, parenting education and more. They also provide alcohol and drug treatment services for the deaf and hard of hearing and advocate for the deaf community.
2211 Arbor Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45439
(937) 222-9481 PH/TTY or (937) 641-8186 VP
fsadayton.org/services-for-the-deaf

Deaf Services Center (DSC)

Offer services and classes for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreting, case management, sign language (ASL) classes, deaf equipment modifications, early intervention, employment, youth clubs, summer camps and mentoring. Their deaf equipment modification program provides funding to help people buy equipment that makes their home more accessible.
Columbus Office: 5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice or (614) 515-6065 VP
dsc.org

Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB)

As the first public school for the blind in the U.S., they are dedicated to the education of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. Visit their resources page to find useful information about the blind community and visual impairments and summer camps they offer.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
(800) 310-3317
ossb.oh.gov

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Offers diabetes education services and programs, including diabetes camps and events for youth provided by a team of dietitians, nurses and social workers. Their camps provide a fun summer camp experience and helps kids with diabetes learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. Day camps are available for youth ages 3 to 12, and their residential camp program, Camp Hamwi is for youth 7 to 17. Scholarships are available for any family who qualifies.
1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 884-4400
lifecarealliance.org/programs/coda

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office
    100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Cultural and Educational Centers
    3431 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    3360 Kohr Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204

(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-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, ESL training and help finding a job. They also offer free summer camps for students in grades 6 to 8 explore career options.

  • District Office
    4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530
  • Eastland Career Center
    4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    High School: (614) 836-5725
    Adult Workforce Development: (614) 836-4541
  • Fairfield Career Center
    3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    High School / Adult Workforce Development: (614) 837-9443 or (740) 756-9243

eastlandfairfield.com

Community for New Direction (CND)

A non-profit that offers mentoring and leadership development, bullying and violence prevention programs, summer camps, job readiness programs, college and university tours to elementary school, middle school and high school youth. CND also offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • Near East Office
    993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • West Office
    2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • South Office
    1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • CND Outpatient Addiction Treatment and Counseling
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

(614) 252-4941
cndonline.org

Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN)

Offers online help and information for parents raising children and teens affected by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Parents can search for psychologists, treatment centers, legal services, support groups and summer camps. They can also participate in online support groups and email questions to the “family response team.” It is a program from Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
55 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
(800) 826-3632
24-hour Crisis Helpline: (800) 273-8255 or Text “DBSA” to 741-741
dbsalliance.org

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Offers educational nature programs for children and adults. They host bird walks, bird counts, preschool story time and summer camp programs.
505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 545-5475
grange.audubon.org

BalletMet

Offers mini, full-day and half-day summer camps and year-round dance classes, children from ages 3-18 learn creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Pilates and more. Scholarships are available some classes are free. They also offer free pre-performance discussions and offer free tickets to individuals from under-served groups and those with special needs.

  • BalletMet Dance Centre, Downtown
    322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    BalletMet Dance Centre, Worthington
    McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
    777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085

(614) 224-1672
balletmet.org

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Offers half-day and full day summer camps, workshops for homeschoolers, free and pay-what-you-want admission days and offers free studio space for children and teens to experiment, play, and explore with imaginative ideas and unexpected materials. General admission is free on Sunday.
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-6801
columbusmuseum.org
Teen Open Studio: columbusmuseum.org/calendar-and-events/?search=teen+open+studio

King Arts Complex

Offers a visual and performing arts summer camp and “school break” camps in the spring and winter for children ages 5 to 13.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 645-5464
kingartscomplex.com

Thurber House

Offers several creative writing workshops and classes, summer camps, publishing opportunities and more for children ages 7 to 19. Scholarships are available.
Thurber Center: 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Thurber House: 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 464-1032
thurberhouse.org

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

Offers school and summer programs for grades K to 12 that teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, partnering with schools and teachers. College scholarship opportunities and internships are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 704-3707
juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh
Summer Camp: juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh/ja-biztown-summer-camp

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 (ARS) programs to serve children with disabilities year round.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-8787
recsports.osu.edu/community-programs

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

This program serves 17 counties in central Ohio. 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. They offer summer camps and other programs during the year at various camp locations in Ohio. Visit the website for specific camp locations and prices.
807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 436-7200
skcscouts.org
Boy Scouts of America (National): scouting.org

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
tvml.org

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Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability)

Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University, Campbell Hall 135
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Futures Matter Program

An 8-week paid summer research experience on the campus of Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school sophomores and juniors will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience, while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. Visit the website for contact information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/research/training-opportunities/futures-matter-program

Eckerd Connects Workforce Development

Provides free career training, job and post-secondary education assistance, industry-recognized certification and supportive services for young adults ages 14 to 28. The programs are offered year-round at various locations around Columbus. For youth in kindergarten to 8th grade they offer summer day camps. These services are free to those that meet TANF and/or WIOA eligibility guidelines. Please call for eligibility determination.
100 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-3398, ext. 101
eckerd.org/region/oh

iD Tech

Offers summer STEM camps (coding, game development, robotics, design and more) for youth ages 7-17. The week-long programs are held at Ohio State University and 150+ locations nationwide. This program costs a significant amount of money but scholarships may be available.
(888) 709-8324
idtech.com/locations/ohio-summer-camps/ohio-state-university

Tantrum Theater

Offers summer theater, drama, and film production camps for youth ages 7-18.

  • Administrative Office at Ohio University
    19 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
  • Performances in the Abbey Theater
    5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 793-5700
tantrumtheater.org

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

Offers summer visual and performing arts camps for children and teens. They also offer arts classes throughout the year.
777 Evening Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-0329
mcconnellarts.org

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Offers several camp options throughout the year from week-long summer day camps to one-day “school’s out” camps, providing experiences that connect children and nature.
2656 Hogback Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074
(740) 524-8600
preservationparks.com

Dawes Arboretum

Offers summer day camps, homeschool programs and preschool programs for youth ages 3-14. They have nearly 2,000 acres of plant collections, gardens, hiking trails and natural areas for people to explore. Scholarships are available.
7770 Jacksontown Road Southeast, Newark, Ohio 43056
(740) 323-2355 or (800) 443-2937 Toll-free
dawesarb.org

Classroom Antics

Offers summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps in multiple locations around the Columbus, Ohio area for kids 7-14 years old.
10143 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
(800) 595-3776
classroomantics.com/columbus-ohio

Drama Kids of North Columbus

Offers drama programs, classes and summer and holiday camps open to kids ages 3 to 18. They primarily serves the Olentangy Local School District, Dublin School District and Delaware Schools.
659 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(740) 201-1070
dramakids.com/north-columbus-oh

Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

Provides autism, disabilities and special needs services, including early childhood education, pediatric occupation, physical and speech therapies; adult day and in-home services, respite care for families who need a break from caring for their child with autism, and social skills groups. They also offer afterschool programs, summer day camps, vocational services, transportation and more.
3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 228-5523
easterseals.com/centralohio

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

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.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

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; as well as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC)

Offers summer, fall and winter day camps from ages 3 to 12 years old. Children explore wildlife, create nature crafts, go on hikes, help with animal care and more. High school and college students can volunteer for school credit, fulfill community service requirements or learn more about animal-related professions.
Ohio Wildlife Center: 6131 Cook Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital: 2661 Billingsley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 734-9453
ohiowildlifecenter.org

Locker Soccer Academy

Offers soccer development programs and summer day camps for children of all ages and abilities, including programs catered to kids with special needs.
Field Address: 300 West Case Avenue, Powell, Ohio 43065
Mailing Address: PO Box 1303, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 760-5522
lockersoccer.com/programs/special-needs

Recreation Unlimited

Offers summer day, overnight and weekend camps throughout the year for youth with disabilities. They have specialized camps for children with autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, epilepsy and other disabilities. Their year-round weekend respite care camps have on-site nursing and provide an environment for indoor and outdoor fun.
7700 Piper Road, Ashley, Ohio 43003
(740) 548-7006
recreationunlimited.org

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

Offers animal and nature programs and camps for youth ages 18 months to adults. Programs range from homeschool, summer and holiday camps, to volunteer opportunities, internships and opportunities to earn high school credit. Scholarships are available.

Ohio Business Week (OBW)

Provides a week-long summer program that gives high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business held at a college campus. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
2099 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-6327
ohiobusinessweek.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio

Offers one-to-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs, as well as week-long, overnight camps during the summer for youth. In Franklin County, they offer a Hispanic Mentoring Program for Spanish-speaking youth and families. Visit the website or call to find out how to enroll a child.

  • MENTOR Central Ohio / Main Office
    1855 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 839-2447 or (866) 892-2447 Toll-free
  • Delaware County Office
    39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-2447
  • Union County Office
    940 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (937) 642-0472
    emarysville.com/bbbs
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield
    625 Burt Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505
    (937) 390-9900
  • Camp Oty’Okwa
    Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
    Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
    (740) 385-5279
    campotyokwa.org

bbbscentralohio.org