Summer Enrichment Program Meeting Notes and Information

**Please note that some of the programs may have upcoming deadlines; and it is encouraged to contact them soon.**

Senate Bill 216 Information: Check on for updates regarding the SB 216, especially in regards to gifted services.

COSI: Camp COSI Summer Camp programs are open for registration in February. Topics may change, but dates are set. Scholarships will be awarded after the applications close.

OWjL (Ohio Wesleyan University and Junior League of Columbus: One week residential camp where students stay in the dorm and eat at the cafeteria while taking classes in university classrooms throughout the day. There are many need-based scholarships available. Registration is open now and will close in January, with results in February. The first week is June 10th for three consecutive weeks. or (740) 368-3939

Martin W. Essex:  A pre-college summer experience that offers rising high school juniors and seniors  identified as gifted to spend a week at university taking courses and go to various museums and theater performances. (Exploring the arts, sciences, and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. This year’s dates are June 17th-23rd. Scholarships are available. or (614)823-1570

Support for Talented Students (STS): This non-profit gathers funds throughout the year to grant need based scholarships to students identified as gifted for summer programs. There is a list of encouraged academic summer programs on the website to help students pursue their passions. The application is available on the website. Scholarships are awarded to some extent on a first come, first serve basis. Check the website now and work through the application process. If you have a unique request, please ask through the application process. or (614) 370-1912.

OAGC/ Ohio Association for Gifted and Talented: Provides college scholarships and student activity scholarships and enrichment program scholarships throughout the year up to 75%. Go to the website in the beginning of February to apply. or (614) 337-0386

CCS (Columbus City Schools): Publishes a list of summer opportunities each year sorted by grade band, elementary, middle, and high. They’re also sorted by topic (sciences, leadership, etc.). Last year’s list is online, it is usually updated in January, so keep an eye out. CCS will also advertise when scholarships from OAGC and STS are open so you can always check the CCS website.

Summer Camps at the Zoo: or (614) 645-3488

ZOOTeen Day Camp (Grades 8-10)

Lights, Camera, Action! Creative kids will learn the tricks of the trade from Jack Hanna’s team, and have the opportunity to get up close with several of his animal ambassadors.

Art Studio Camp: Aspiring artists will experience the Zoo in a totally new and exciting way. Campers will get up close with animals as they explore various art materials, techniques and styles.

ZOO Game Designer Camp: Campers will be able to join a creative team of teens who will be exploring Zoo careers and learning how to use TaleBlazer, a game design software created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Summer Experience Camp : (Grades 1-7)
Summer Experience gives your child the opportunity to experience the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – getting an in-depth opportunity to learn about our natural world.

WildCamp at the Wilds: Junior Explorers, Ages 8-9; Animal Explorers, Ages 8-9; Conservation Crew, Ages 10-11; ECO Ambassadors, Ages 12-15; Adventure Camp; Ages 12-15; Dirty Wilds Jobs: A Conservation Career Camp for Teens, Ages 15-18


Thurber House: or (614) 464-1032 ext. 16 -*Financial Scholarships available!

Education Programs for ages ranging from, PreK to High School

PreK-1st Grade – Write ‘n Ready
Grades 2-8 – Summer Camp of week long day camp sessions; walking field trips, etc.
Grades 4-6 – Ghost/Fable Workshops (seasonal)
High School – Young Writers’ Studio
Writing Wizards: Takes place on five Saturdays from February-March
All ages: Children’s Writer-in-Residence:

Note: There are other organizations that are still in the process of planning their summer programs; and will be providing us with their information in the weeks to come. We will make this information available here on our webpage as well as our Facebook page, ( as it becomes available.