SCHOOL’S OUT PROGRAMS: Columbus Recreation and Parks
Columbus Recreation and Parks is offering a wide range of summer camps and programs, often low- or no-cost, at community centers to provide enriching activities in arts, sports, science experiments, nature exploration, and more. The Late Night Basketball program has begun, offering kids and young adults ages 12-30 a safe place to spend their evenings, and city pools are now open and free of charge.
Website Address: www.columbus.gov/schoolsout/.
YOUTH SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM: Columbus Recreation and Parks
When meals through school go away each summer, providing proper nutrition for kids can be a challenge. That is why the city provides a free youth summer food program as well as free mobile produce markets at local community centers.
Website address: www.golunch.club
SUMMER PROGRAMS: Past Foundation
A variety of camps will be offered this summer, including virtual, in-person, and outdoors. The camps will take place at multiple locations, including The Lawn at CAS.
Website address: https://www.pastfoundation.org/student-experiences/past-summer-programs
EARTH SERVICE CORPS … YMCA
High School Aged Youth and Young Adult - Led Environmental Leadership
YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that empowers teens and young adults, ages 15-21, to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities, and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world.
The pay is $12 an hour, 20 hours per week. The hours of operation vary by location.
The locations: Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA, Jerry L. Garver YMCA, Hilltop YMCA, North YMCA, Douglas Rec Center, Milgo Grogan Rec Center.
The dates of operation: June - August (Monday-Friday); August - October (Saturdays only)
Web address: https://ymcacolumbus.org/yesc
Contact: Amber Broadus: email@example.com or Tanyah Shackelford: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL’S OUT: A WORKING PARENT’S GUIDE TO SUMMER … Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services
The Franklin County Commissioners are supporting programs to keep young people engaged throughout the summer. These enriching activities include everything from free day camps to paid work experience and mentoring and summer school programs for high school juniors and seniors.
To help families connect with the programs, the commissioners’ Department of Job and Family Services has created School’s Out: A Working Parent’s Guide to Summer, a one-stop website with information for students and parents about all of the county’s summer programing in one place.
Web address: https://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/summer
Contact: (844) 640-6446
PATTERNZ SUMMER CAMP … Lincoln Theatre Association
This program runs June 21 – August 12 and consists of 8 one-week camps for children ages 6 – 13. The camps are designed to spark creativity and a passion for the arts through experience with multiple art forms.
Facilitated by graduates of the Lincoln Theatre’s “Expand Your Horizons” Artist Incubation Program, campers will begin each day with affirmations of excellence, then rotate through workshops in dance, theatre, music, and visual arts. At the end of each week, campers will put on a program for their families to show what they’ve learned throughout the week.
Web address: https://www.lincolntheatrecolumbus.com/patternz/
SUMMER OF SUCCESS … Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Ohio
This program kicks off June 14. It is an affordable summer program option for Columbus families. It’s a full-day camp with a structured, Common Core-approved curriculum that supports academic success, healthy lifestyles, leadership development, and strong emotional and mental health.
The program is available at each of the 7 Central Ohio Boys and Girls Clubs locations. Designed to help kids and teens in grades K-12 reach their full potential, these fun programs support academic success while offering fun-filled activities like teambuilding sports and games, water days, arts and crafts and healthy meals.
Web address: https://www.bgccentralohio.org/
SUMMER ACADEMY … The King Arts Complex
Summer Arts Camp is an 8-week, all-day program, running from June 14 – August 6, 9AM – 4PM. Spring Academy runs throughout the Columbus City Schools summer recess. The program is designed for children ages 5 – 13. The KAC Youth Arts Education Program is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary initiative designed for children during out-of-school hours.
The program is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and administered by Franklin County Department of Jobs & Family Services.
Website address: https://kingartscomplex.com/programs/youth-arts-education
Contact: Helen Corder, email@example.com
SUMMER SINGERS CHORAL DAY CAMP … Columbus Children’s Choir
The Summer Singers Day Camp runs July 19 – 23, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 12:30 PM).
The camp provides an opportunity for singers entering grades 4 - 7 to develop vocal technique and musicianship skills in a fun, fast-paced, and challenging choral ensemble setting. The program welcomes singers with treble, unchanged voices at all levels of experience. In addition to full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, the week includes interactive experiences with ukulele playing, drumming, and music reading.
The registration deadline: July 15, 2021
Website address: https://columbuschildrenschoir.org/summer-singers/
SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP … Ohio Hispanic Coalition
The Ohio Hispanic Coalition offers an 8-week day camp that focuses on providing a safe, fun, and educational environment for the Hispanic/Latino participants when school is not in session. The children participate in sports, arts, and music activities alongside daily reading and math lessons.
In partnership with Columbus Parks & Recreation, participants receive daily nutritious snacks and lunches and go on weekly field trips to locations such as the pool, the movies, and the Olentangy Caverns. The program operates in Northside Columbus, Eastside Columbus, and Westside Columbus and serves approximately 120 participants, ages 6 – 13, in the Franklin County area. The Summer Learning Program will operate for a total of eight weeks starting on Monday, June 7th, 2021 and ending on Friday, July 31, 2021. The hours of operation for participants will be 9:00AM- 3:00PM.
Website address: www.ohiohispaniccoalition.org.
Contact: (614) 796-3809
SUMMER PROGRAM … Children’s Defense Fund
CDF Freedom Schools is a national, literacy-education movement, impacting the lives of children across the nation by cultivating a love of reading, encouraging high self-esteem, and offering amazing program opportunities. The program serves more than 50 scholars in grades K - 12 in the South Side area and beyond. Staff members work with small groups with special focus on literacy enrichment, extended learning opportunities, academic enrichment, leadership and character development, homework help, STEM enrichment and arts enrichment. The CD4AP summer program is offered at no cost to families and provide healthy meals and snacks for each participating child.
Website address: https://www.childrensdefense.org/programs/cdf-freedom-schools/
COLUMBUS COMMUNITY YOUTH CAMP … Greater Columbus Sports Commission
The Columbus Community Youth Camp is a four-day camp that provides equitable sports opportunities for children ages 6 - 12. Community Youth Camp promotes confidence and personal wellness while teaching life lessons like teamwork, sportsmanship and overcoming adversity.
Website address: www.community.columbussports.org
SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS … Columbus Recreation and Parks
Columbus Recreation and Parks presents a summer of nature, wellness and creativity. Children need opportunities for fun, engaging enrichment experiences each summer. Those ages 6 - 14 can be healthy, active, make new friends and create lifelong memories at Columbus Recreation and Parks Department day camps. There are a variety of camps to meet many interests, including arts, fitness, sports, science/STEM, outdoor exploration and adaptive recreation.
Website address: https://crpdcamps.com
SPORTS LEAGUES: Columbus Recreation and Parks
Kids, and kids at heart, can sign up for a variety of sports leagues including kickball, softball, volleyball, soccer and more. Leagues run throughout the summer and fall. Learn more and register.
Website address: http://crpdsports.org
CAMP CREATIVITY … McConnell Arts Center
Young people can spend their days having fun at the MAC, learning about ceramics, painting, photography, and the theatre arts. First session begins June 7.
Website address: https://www.mcconnellarts.org/summer-camps/
VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS … Junior Achievement Columbus
JA is offering three distinct Virtual Summer Camp sessions for students. The options focus on business and personal finance.
Students can experience JA BizTown Virtual with opportunities to innovate products, services, and ways to attract new customers.
At JA Finance Park Virtual Camp, teens get ready to manage their own money, job, and entry into higher education and the workforce.
And, at JA Bitsy Entrepreneur Virtual Camp, campers conceive of and develop a product they will sell in an online small business store (think “Etsy”) called JA Bitsy.
Website address: https://www.juniorachievement.org/documents/4344415/4406520/2021+Summer+Camp+Flyer/9aa77b9e-4837-4f93-b80d-da8a9e898a0
SUMMER JOBS … Think Make Live
TML is looking for young people who are interested in working alongside small businesses employers. Youth will get 6 weeks of paid experience and potentially an opportunity to continue to work for that business.
Website address: www.tmlyouth.org
OPPORTUNITIES IN ENERGY PROGRAM: American Electric Power
AEP will offer an immersive energy-training internship for high school students in order to address the demands of a growing workforce in energy efficiency. The Opportunities iN Energy (ONE) Program is a partnership between American Electric Power Company, Ohio Means Jobs and IMPACT Community Action. The internship will provide an innovative opportunity that allows youth to earn an income, an OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal and workforce support services through IMPACT Community Action in an effort to build awareness about the energy/utility sector and to expose youth to a real-world work environment.
This 8-week program will engage youth beginning June 14, 2021.
Website address: www.impactca.org