Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many camp organizers are either moving their 2020 summer camps to online offerings or canceling their programs for this year. The state of Ohio declared May 14 that day camps would be allowed to operate under specific guidelines as of May 31, so some camps are still taking place in person, though with special precautions. This list, part of our 2020 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide, was accurate at the time our Spring issue came out in early March, but many camp plans have changed since, so be sure to contact the organizer of any camp you have already enrolled in or are hoping to sign up for to confirm whether it is still taking place.

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS

ART

Columbus College of Art & Design: CCAD College Preview
Ages served: 15-18
Dates: 7/12-8/1
Description: CCAD College Preview is a residential program for high school students in grades 10-12 considering a future in art and design. Students select a program such as animation or fashion design and earn three college credits while living in a CCAD residence hall for three weeks. Program choices include Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Fashion Design, Fine Arts and Illustration.
Cost: $3,450
Camp location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus
For more information: Jordan Smith, outreach@ccad.edu, 614-222-3236, ccad.edu/collegepreview

EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT

Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University: Summer Programs
Ages served: 4-18
Dates: 6/28-8/7
Description: The Center for Talent Development offers residential programs providing challenging enrichment and honors and Advanced Placement courses taught in a supportive environment. Commuter programs also are offered.
Cost: $275 to $5,795
Camp location: Northwestern University, 617 Dartmouth, Evanston, Illinois
For more information: ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu, 847-467-1575, ctd.northwestern.edu

Otterbein University: The Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented at Otterbein University
Ages served: 16-18
Dates: 6/14-6/20
Description: The Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented at 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.
Cost: $650
Camp location: Otterbein University, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville
For more information: Kathy Ullom, kullom@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1570, otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/essex

MUSIC

Otterbein University: Otterbein Summer Music Experience
Ages served: 14-18
Dates: 6/1-6/6
Description: The camp gives students an introduction to college music training. Daily one-on-one instrumental or vocal lessons will be combined with opportunities to play or sing in ensembles. Individual lessons and different chamber music opportunities will round out the experience.
Cost: $600
Camp location: Otterbein University, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville
For more information: Nicholas Ross, summermusic@otterbein.edu, 614-823-1219, otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/music-camp

NATURE/OUTDOORS

EJ’s Warrior Karate Academy: Warriors Karate Camp at YMCA Camp Kern
Ages served: 5-17
Dates: 8/12-8/16
Description: Cabins, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, zip line, martial arts, BB gun shooting, hiking and more. This week of overnight camp is preceded by seven weeks of day camp. Participants may sign up for either, or both.
Cost: $500
Camp location: Camp Kern, 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia
For more information: Sensei EJ, warriorskarateacademy@hotmail.com, 614-999-6361, warriorskarateacad.wixsite.com/warriors

Swift Nature Camp: Swift Nature Camp
Ages served: 6-17
Dates: 6/14-8/10
Description: Swift Nature Camp attracts bright, curious and creative children with a passion for nature and the outdoors. At camp, they tackle adventures and gain confidence and independence with their outdoor explorations
Cost: $600 per week
Camp location: Swift Nature Camp, W7471 Ernie Swift Road, Minong, Wisconsin
For more information: Lonnie Lorenz, swiftcamp@aol.com, 630-654-8036, snc.camp

The Wilds: WildeCamp
Ages served: 8-18
Dates: 6/4-8/6
Description: Campers stay in Mongolian-style yurts while participating in hands-on education activities throughout the nearly 10,000 acres of The Wilds’ property. Other activities include canoeing, horseback riding and unique animal experiences.
Cost: $220 to $885
Camp location: The Wilds, 14000 International Road, Cumberland
For more information: The Wilds Education Department, education@thewilds.org, 740-638-5030, ext. 2286, thewilds.org 

RELIGIOUS

Coley Corral: Christian Girls Teen Horse Camp
Ages served: 13-17
Dates: 7/12-7/17
Description: This camp is for girls who want to spend time with horses and get deeper in their understanding of living their lives following Jesus. Camp features daily Bible studies, daily riding, grooming and caring for horses, crafts and time for relaxing, including bonfires.
Cost: $300
Camp location: Coley Corral, 8861 Johnstown-Alexandria Road, Johnstown
For more information: Paula Coley, pcoley1@yahoo.com, 614-632-6186, coleycorral.com

Coley Corral: Girls Christian Horse Lovers’ Camp
Ages served: 9-12
Dates: 7/26-7/31
Description: The camp features daily Bible lessons on living a life of faith. Activities include daily horseback riding, grooming horses, caring for horses, free time with swimming, bonfires at night and a horse show at the end of the week for parents to see skills. 
Cost: $475; discounts available
Camp location: Coley Corral, 8861 Johnstown-Alexandria Road, Johnstown
For more information: Paula Coley, pcoley1@yahoo.com, 614-632-6186, coleycorral.com

Marmon Valley Farm: Marmon Valley Ministries
Ages served: 7-17
Dates: 6/14-8/8
Description: Marmon Valley Farm is a Christ-centered, family-owned farm whose goal is to share Christ’s love with all who come on the grounds. The farm atmosphere provides many opportunities to grow in faith.
Cost: $425 to $730
Camp location: Marmon Valley Ministries, 7754 State Route 292 S., Zanesfield
For more information: Daniel Horton, dhorton@marmonvalleyministries.org, 937-593-8000, marmonvalley.com

West Ohio Camps: Camp Widewater
Ages served: 6-17
Dates: 6/8-8/6
Description: This Christian camp focuses on faith formation, Christian community and abundant adventures with a wide variety of camp offerings for all ages. It also offers family camps and is accessible for all campers.
Cost: $175 to $395
Camp location: Camp Widewater, 4050 County Road 424, Liberty Center
For more information: Rachel Palmer, rpalmer@wocumc.org, 419-533-5900, westohiocamps.org/camp

West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church: Camp Otterbein
Ages served: 6-18
Dates: 6/8-7/24
Description: Camp Otterbein is all about participating in activities, meeting new friends and learning about God. Camp Otterbein is a place where your faith can begin, grow or thrive.
Cost: $20 to $390
Camp location: Camp Otterbein, 15779 Cox Road, Logan
For more information: Andrew Templeman, atempleman@wocumc.org, 740-385-5712, westohiocamps.org

SPECIAL NEEDS

Central Ohio Diabetes Association: Camp Hamwi
Ages served: 7-17
Dates: 7/12-8/1
Description: Spend six days in the beautiful hills of Knox County. Activities are geared to entertain and encourage campers as they build new friendships and learn how to better live life with diabetes every year.
Cost: $200; income-based fee waivers available
Camp location: Camp Mohaven, 18744 Turkey Ridge Road, Danville
For more information: Anthony Myer, amyer@lifecarealliance.org, 614-437-2918, diabetesohio.org

Flying Horse Farms: Family Camps
Ages served: 7-100
Dates: 5/2-10/11
Description: Flying Horse Farms is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. Four three-day Family Camps are scheduled between May and October.
Cost: Free to eligible campers
Camp location: Flying Horse Farms, 5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead
For more information: Abby Rieger, abbyrieger@flyinghorsefarms.org, 419-751-7077, flyinghorsefarms.org

Flying Horse Farms: Ranger and AYA Camps
Ages served: 16-21
Dates: 6/9-6/14, 6/18-6/23, 7/8-7/13, 7/17-7/22, 10/23-10/25
Description: Flying Horse Farms is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Cost: Free to eligible campers
Camp location: Flying Horse Farms, 5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead
For more information: Abby Rieger, abbyrieger@flyinghorsefarms.org, 419-751-7077, flyinghorsefarms.org

Flying Horse Farms: Summer Camps
Ages served: 7-15
Dates: 6/9-8/1
Description: Flying Horse Farms is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Cost: Free to eligible campers
Camp location: Flying Horse Farms, 5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead
For more information: Abby Rieger, abbyrieger@flyinghorsefarms.org, 419-751-7077, flyinghorsefarms.org 

Nuhop: Camp Nuhop
Ages served: 6-18
Dates: 6/14-7/31
Description: Camp Nuhop is a weeklong residential summer camp and respite program for children diagnosed with (but not limited to) attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, various mood disorders and other delays or learning differences.
Cost: $850 to $1,000
Camp location: Camp Nuhop, 1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville
For more information: info@nuhop.org, 419-938-7151, nuhop.org

Recreation Unlimited Farm and Fun Inc.: Recreation Unlimited
Ages served: 8-80
Dates: 6/15-7/31
Description: The mission of Recreation Unlimited is to provide year-round programs in sports, recreation and education while building self-confidence, self-esteem and promoting positive human relations, attitudes and behaviors for individuals with disabilities and health concerns. Recreation Unlimited’s summer residential camps provide a full schedule of activities, lodging, meals and snacks, counselors, program leaders, on-site nursing and indoor and outdoor fun.
Cost: Free to $860
Camp location: Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Road, Ashley
For more information: David Hudler, dhudler@recreationunlimited.org, 740-548-7006, recreationunlimited.org

SPORTS

Columbus Crew SC: Youth Residential Camp
Ages served: 9-15
Dates: 6/21-6/25
Description: Columbus Crew SC Youth Residential Camp is the most exclusive and complete soccer experience following Crew SC methodology. Campers will train three to four and a half hours a day, supplemented with classroom sessions and team building.
Cost: $500 to $600
Camp location: Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus
For more information: Tim McCarthy, camps@columbuscrewsc.com, 614-447-4211, columbuscrewsc.com/camps/residential

STEM

Be WISE Camp: Be WISE Residential STEM Camp
Ages served: 11-13
Dates: 6/7-6/12
Description: Be WISE is designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in middle school girls in STEM. The goal is to get girls to be motivated and have confidence to take more of these classes in high school and college in pursuit of a STEM career. Camp is for girls going into grades 7 or 8 in the fall.
Cost: $550; scholarships available
Camp location: Kenyon College, 209 Chase Ave., Gambier
For more information: Becky Bringardner, bewisecamp@outlook.com, 614-327-6224, bewisecamp.org

College of Wooster: B-WISER Camp
Ages served: 12-14
Dates: 6/7-6/12
Description: B-WISER for rising eighth-grade girls utilizes state-of-the-art labs and programming to engage students in science, research and career exploration. Delve into experiments to learn chemistry, physics, Lego engineering, geology, biology and model-robotics. Camp culminates with a Lego Mindstorms robotic competition.
Cost: $515; scholarships available
Camp location: College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Ave., Wooster
For more information: Mary Kilpatrick, mkilpatrick@wooster.edu, 330-263-2101, bwiser.spaces.wooster.edu

iD Tech: iD Tech
Ages served: 7-19
Dates/times: Various dates in June and July
Description: iD Tech specializes in STEM education, with 450,000 alumni and over 20 years of experience. Summer programs are held at 150 campuses across the country. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics and creative arts.
Cost: Starts at $849 per week
Camp location: Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and Xavier University
For more information: hello@idtech.com, 888-709-8324, idtech.com

Ohio Supercomputer Center: Ohio Supercomputer Center Summer Institute
Ages served: 14-17
Dates: 6/14-6/26
Description: SI is a two-week residential program that gives gifted high school students project-based, hands-on learning during the summer after their freshman, sophomore or junior year. Working in small peer teams, the students use supercomputers for practical applications.
Cost: $526
Camp location: Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus
For more information: Elizabeth Stong, stong.3@osu.edu, 614-688-8300, osc.edu/education/si

Ohio Supercomputer Center: Young Women’s Summer Institute
Ages served: 11-14
Dates: 7/12-7/18
Description: YWSI is a weeklong program sponsored by Ohio Supercomputer Center for middle school girls in Ohio. It promotes STEM skills, provides hands-on experiences and helps girls develop an interest in STEM by working on an interesting scientific problem using computer technology.
Cost: $264
Camp location: Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus
For more information: Elizabeth Stong, stong.3@osu.edu, 614-688-8300, osc.edu/education/ywsi

TRADITIONAL

Camp Roosevelt Firebird: Camp Roosevelt Firebird
Ages served: 7-16
Dates: 6/14-8/8
Description: This close-knit community fosters respect, self-confidence, creativity, leadership, empathy and humor. Campers gain an appreciation of diversity, inclusion and the natural environment. Campers choose from sports, swimming, boating, the farm, sailing, climbing, zip line, arts, music, hammock village, yoga, mountain biking, tennis, camping, weird wonderful games, campfires and more.
Cost: $1,250 per week; financial aid available
Camp location: Camp Roosevelt Firebird, 4141 Dublin Road SW, Bowerston
For more information: joe@camprooseveltfirebird.com, 740-269-0137, camprooseveltfirebird.com

Camp Wyandot Inc.: Camp Wyandot
Ages served: 7-17
Dates: 6/14-8/1
Description: Camp Wyandot’s mission is to provide an inclusive, nurturing environment for youth to have fun, make friends, serve others and explore the great outdoors. In operation for 92 years, Wyandot offers overnight and day camp co-ed sessions that build competencies and lifelong memories.
Cost: $490 to $560 for a six-and-a-half-day session
Camp location: Camp Wyandot, 23834 Clearcreek Road, Rockbridge
For more information: Connie Coutellier, connie@campwyandot.org, 614-481-8227, campwyandot.org

Falcon Camp: Falcon Camp
Ages served: 6-16
Dates: 6/14-8/8
Description: Falcon Camp offers a lakefront setting, an experienced staff and an extensive variety of activities, including riding, sailing, crafts, tennis, drama, archery and more. Sessions run from two to eight weeks.
Cost: Varies with length of stay
Camp location: Falcon Camp, 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton
For more information: Dave Devey, dave@falconcamp.com, 216-991-2489 or 800-837-2267, falconcamp.com

Falcon Camp: Falcon Young Adventure Camp
Ages served: 6-10
Dates: 6/14-8/8
Description: Falcon Young Adventure is designed to give first-time campers a warm and positive experience on their first adventure away from home. This camp offers the same activities as Falcon’s traditional program with more structure and extra care. 
Cost: $1,400 per week
Camp location: Falcon Camp, 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton
For more information: Dave Devey, office@falconcamp.com, 216-991-2489 or 800-837-2267, falconcamp.com

Geneva Hills: Geneva Hills
Ages served: 6-18
Dates: 6/1-7/31
Description: At Geneva Hills, kids get an opportunity to experience the great outdoors through swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more. Let your kids see what it means to spend time outside. This summer will be jam-packed full of games, activities and good food.
Cost: $250 to $350
Camp location: Geneva Hills, 1380 Blue Valley Road, Lancaster
For more information: Abbie Rogers, info@genevahills.com, 330-338-4533, genevahills.com

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland: Camp Molly Lauman
Ages served: 6-18
Dates/times: 6/10-8/7
Description: Camp Molly Lauman is the residential camp of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Located in Scioto County, it is a place in the woods where girls of all ages are able to explore the outdoors, ride horses and learn about STEM, all while building their courage, confidence and character.
Cost: $200 to $500
Camp location: Camp Molly Lauman, 9130 Big Bear Creek Road, Lucasville
For more information: customercare@gsoh.org, 614-487-8101, gsoh.org/camp 

West Ohio Camps: Camp Wesley
Ages served: 7-17
Dates: 6/5-8/9
Description: Come swim in the pool, ride down the turbo shoot water slide, jump off a floating playground in the middle of the lake, or sleep under the stars in hammocks on a floating cabin.
Cost: $189 to $395
Camp location: Camp Wesley, 653 Township Road 37 E., Bellefontaine
For more information: Ashlee Phillips, aphillips@wocumc.org, 937-935-1195, westohiocamps.org

YMCA of Central Ohio: YMCA Camp Willson
Ages served: 6-17
Dates: 6/7-8/8
Description: There’s nothing better than spending the summer in the great outdoors: swimming, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, making music, creating art and roasting marshmallows by the fireside.
Cost: $545 to $690
Camp location: YMCA Camp Willson, 2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine
For more information: Mary Sullivan, mary.sullivan@ymcacolumbus.org, 800-423-0427, ymcacampwillson.org