2021 Summer Camp Guide: Residential Camps

17 overnight options for various interests and ages

Columbus Parent
Flying Horse Farms Family Camps

ART

Columbus College of Art & Design: CCAD College Preview 

Ages served: 16-18 

Dates/times: 7/11-7/31 

Description: High school students in grades 10-12 considering a future in art and design can see what college is like while also earning three college credits. Participate in classes, workshops and activities during the three-week residential program. Register by June 1. 

Cost: $3,450; scholarships are available 

Camp location: Columbus College of Art & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 

For more information: collegepreview@ccad.edu, ccad.edu/collegepreview

NATURE/OUTDOORS

Swift Nature Camp: Swift Nature Camp 

Ages served: 6-17 

Dates/times: 6/15-8/15 

Description: At SNC, we use adventure, learning and kindness, all in a natural setting to promote each camper’s personal development. Our nurturing atmosphere gives campers confidence to make friends easily and to try new activities.  

Cost: $700 per week 

Camp location: Swift Nature Camp, W7471 Ernie Swift Road, Minong, Wisconsin 

For more information: Jeff Lorenz, swiftcamp@aol.com, 630-654-8036, snc.camp

Warriors Karate Academy Inc.: EJ’s Warrior Karate Camp 

Ages served: 5-17 

Dates/times: 8/9-8/13 

Description: EJ’s Warrior Karate Camp is located at YMCA Camp Kern for the fifth year. Campers are transported to the site. Activities include martial arts, obstacle courses, hiking, fishing, archery, BB shooting, horseback riding, swimming, campfires and a zip line. 

Cost: $450 

Camp location: YMCA Camp Kern, 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia 

For more information: Sensei EJ, warriorskarateacademy@hotmail.com, 614-999-6361, warriorskarateacad.wixsite.com/warriors

The Wilds: WildeCamp 

Ages served: 8-18 

Dates/times: 6/2-8/5 

Description: WildeCampers spend their days adventuring all over Wilds’ property, staying overnight in Mongolian-style yurts while learning about and exploring the outdoors. Join us this summer to make new memories and friends that will last a lifetime. 

Cost: $190 to $890; scholarships are available 

Camp location: The Wilds, 14000 International, Cumberland 

For more information: Emily Knapp, eknapp@thewilds.org, 740-638-5030, ext. 2232, thewilds.columbuszoo.org/home/discover/learn-at-the-wilds/wildecamp

RELIGIOUS

Coley Corral: Christian Horse Lovers’ Camp 

Ages served: 8-14 

Dates/times: 6/27-7/2 grades 7-9, 8/1-8/6 grades 4-6 

Description: This Christian overnight horse camp includes activities such as daily horseback riding, Bible studies, crafts, swimming, horse activities and campfires. A daytime option is also available. 

Cost: $325 grades 7-9, $475 grades 4-6  

Camp location: Coley Corral, 8861 Johnstown-Alexandria Road, Johnstown 

For more information: Paula Coley, pcoley1@yahoo.com, 614-632-6186, coleycorral.com

West Ohio Camps: Camp Widewater Retreat and Ministry Center 

Ages served: 6-17 

Dates/times: 6/7-8/6 

Description: West Ohio Camps provide a spiritual, relational and recreational environment where everyone can experience the love of Jesus. 

Cost: $360 

Camp location: Widewater Retreat and Ministry Center, 4050 County Road 424, Liberty Center 

For more information: Rachel Palmer, rpalmer@wocumc.org, 419-262-7598, westohiocamps.org

West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church: Camp Otterbein 

Ages served: 7-17 

Dates/times: 6/5-7/31 

Description: Camp Otterbein is all about meeting new friends and learning about God. From high ropes to hammocks and disc golf to fort building, we have something for everyone. Camp Otterbein is a place where your faith can begin, grow or thrive. 

Cost: $190 half week, $360 full week 

Camp location: Camp Otterbein, 15779 Cox Road, Logan 

For more information: Andrew Templeman, otterbein@wocumc.org, 740-385-5712, westohiocamps.org

SPECIAL NEEDS

Central Ohio Diabetes Association: Camp Hamwi 

Ages served: 7-17 

Dates/times: 7/18-8/7 

Description: Campers learn about diabetes management, including nutrition and carbohydrate counting, insulin therapy and blood glucose monitoring, and participate in summer camp activities. Many cabin counselors, social workers, nurses, dietitians and physicians have diabetes themselves. 

Cost: $200 

Camp location: Camp Mohaven, 18744 Turkey Ridge Road, Danville 

For more information: Anthony Myer, amyer@lifecarealliance.org, 614-437-2914, lifecarealliance.org/programs/coda/camp-hamwi

Cornerstone of Hope: Camp Erin (Columbus) 

Ages served: 8-17 

Dates/times: 8/6-8/8 

Description: Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with traditional camp activities. 

Cost: Free 

Camp location: Templed Hills Camp, 5734 Durbin Road, Bellville 

For more information: JoAnn Borer, joann@cornerstoneofhope.org, 614-824-4285, cornerstoneofhope.org/columbus

Flying Horse Farms: Family Camps 

Ages served: 7-21 

Dates/times: 5/7-8/29 

Description: FHF will host nine in-person, physically distanced Family Camps for children with serious illnesses and their families from May through August. 

Cost: Free of charge for families who qualify 

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 Center for Experiential Learning: Camp Nuhop 

Ages served: 6-18 

Dates/times: 6/13-7/25 

Description: Camp Nuhop is a weeklong, residential summer camp for children diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, ASD, various mood disorders and other neurodiversities. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing and dynamic learning environment where children are empowered to succeed. 

Cost: $450 for half-week programs, $1,050 to $2,600 for one- to two-week programs 

Camp location: Camp Nuhop, 1077 Township Road 2916, Perrysville 

For more information: Becca Mitchner, info@nuhop.org, 419-938-7151, nuhop.org

Recreation Unlimited Farm and Fun Inc.: Recreation Unlimited 

Ages served: 8 to adult 

Dates/times: 6/21-8/6 

Description: Recreation Unlimited’s mission is to provide year-round camps in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities and health concerns. Our camps provide a full schedule of activities, lodging, meals and snacks, counselors, program leaders and on-site nursing. 

Cost: $860; scholarships available 

Camp location: Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Road, Ashley 

For more information: Michelle Higgins, info@recreationunlimited.org, 740-548-7006, recreationunlimited.org

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Ohio Supercomputer Center: Young Women’s Summer Institute 

Ages served: 11-13 

Dates/times: 7/11-7/17 

Description: YWSI is a weeklong program for middle school girls in Ohio. It promotes computer, math, science and engineering skills and provides hands-on experiences. 

Cost: $264 

Camp location: Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus 

For more information: Liz Stong, stong.3@osu.edu, 614-688-8300, osc.edu/education/ywsi

TRADITIONAL 

Camp Kesem: Camp Kesem at Ohio State University 

Ages served: 6-18 

Dates/times: 6/27-7/2, 7/5-7/10 

Description: Camp Kesem is driven by passionate college student leaders who support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. We offer innovative programs that foster a lasting community, aiming to ensure that every child impacted by a parent’s cancer is never alone. 

Cost: Free to children who qualify 

Camp location: TBD 

For more information: Abby Singler and Sonya Kim, osu@campkesem.org, 419-366-7991 and 440-552-9163, campkesem.org/find-a-camp/camp-kesem-at-the-ohio-state-university

Falcon Camp: Falcon Camp

Ages served: 6-16 

Dates/times: 6/20-8/14 

Description: Falcon Camp offers a beautiful lakefront setting, a talented staff and a wide variety of activities. Campers choose their own schedules within a general framework. The camp is ACA-accredited. Activities include horseback riding, sailing, riflery, drama, archery, canoes and much more. Sessions run from two to eight weeks, with a special one-week program for ages 6-9. 

Cost: Varies with session length, $1,400 to $8,525 

Camp location: Falcon Camp, Leesville Lake, 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 

For more information: Dave Devey, office@falconcamp.com, 216-991-2489, falconcamp.com 

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America: Chief Logan Reservation Summer Camp 

Ages served: 11-17 

Dates/times: 6/20-6/26, 6/27-7/3, 7/4-7/10, 7/11-7/17, 7/18-7/24, 7/25-7/31 

Description: Chief Logan Reservation is nationally accredited and located outside of Chillicothe. Enjoy a flexible program and a friendly staff. Highlights include a climbing tower, zip line, shooting sports, STEM, handicraft and much more. Scouts may attend multiple weeks. 

Cost: $300 to $350 

Camp location: Chief Logan Reservation, 3600 Scout Camp Road, Ray 

For more information: Phillip Smith, skcquestions@scouting.org, 614-436-7200, skcscouts.org

YMCA: YMCA Camp Willson 

Ages served: 6-17 

Dates/times: 6/13-8/6 

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: $595 per week 

Camp location: YMCA Camp Willson, 2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine 

For more information: Heather Graham, heather.graham@ymcacolumbus.org, 614-593-5722, ymcacampwillson.org/summer-camp