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Summer Camp

Thurber Summer Writing Camp is excited to be entering into its 19th season this year! In conjunction with Thurber House’s 30th  Anniversary, we’re adding in new activities, amazing field trips, and bringing back our popular Writer’s Kits. We leave no stone unturned during summer camp as we’ll cover everything from nature journaling to creating cartoons to solving mysteries and we may even travel through time. At our camp, we focus on creative thinking and learning, and throw the red pen out the window! We encourage campers to take their ideas over the moon, through mountains, and under the ocean, as long as they contine to build stories and let their imaginations take them on a thrilling ride! All camp sessions are held at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, next door to Thurber House. Enrollment is first-come, first-served, and each week of camp is limited to 40 students. Campers will be split into four groups of ten, with one counselor per group. Grade levels refer to the grade the student will be entering in the fall. 

To register online for camp, click here.
To download a PDF of the camp brochure and a hard copy registration form, click here.

2014 Camp Dates

2-3 Grade ($100*)
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 9-13, June 16-20

You won’t want to miss this exciting week of camp. You’ll go crazy twisting your own fairytales with Ashley Fournier and explore Franklin Park Conservatory while writing from different perspectives. What does a butterfly think? If you think your family is funny, that’s good! Valerie Cumming will challenge you to create your very own cartoon strip about them, drawing skills not required. On top of all that, we’ll build group stories, create a Word Wall, and be visited by a few crazy characters along the way. 

4-5 Grade ($175*)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
June 23-27(FULL), July 7-11(FULL), July 14-18(FULL)
Warning: You may suffer from writer’s cramp during this jam-packed, fun-filled week. There’s nature journaling with Dr. John Becker at the Topiary Garden, time traveling adventures with Dan Mushalko and Kathy Matthews, and inspiring poetry activities with Meghan Vesper, just to name a few. But that’s not all! You’ll take a boring shoebox and create your very own Writer’s Kit that we’ll load up with tools and games to keep you writing all year long.

6-8 Grade ($175*)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
July 21-25(FULL), July 28-August 1(FULL)August 4-8(FULL) 
Pencils, paper, publication! We are your one-stop shop for writing as we tackle believable dialogue and scenes with Sarah Magill’s crazy deck of character cards, dig into the good, the bad and the ugly characters as Jim Flanagan teaches the world of heroes and villains, and learn new tricks of the trade when it comes to revising with Valerie Cumming. Don’t forget walking field trips, open mic sessions, and a new Writer’s Kit to round out the week. We will have you writing up a storm, or a hurricane in a far off galaxy, or…the possibilities are endless.

Students whose families need financial assistance may apply for one of a limited number of scholarships, thanks to our generous sponsors. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full scholarships require a $10 non-refundable registration fee and verification of enrollment in a free school lunch program or letter from a school official stating financial need. Partial scholarships require verification of enrollment in a reduced school lunch program or letter from a school official stating te need for partial financial assistance, the $10 registration fee, and one half of the tuition ($45 for grades 2-3, $83 for grades 4-8). Scholarship spaces are reserved in the requested week along with all other registrations. Since our camps fill quickly, we highly recommend submitting your scholarship request as soon as possible. Deadline for scholarship requests is Friday, April 18, 2014. 

Refund Policy
The registration cost includes a non-refundable administration fee of $10. If a camp session is full or is cancelled by Thurber House, a full refund minus the administration fee will be given. Tuition is 70% refundable for cancellations received no later than two weeks before the scheduled start date for your chosen week of camp. There are no refunds of any kind within two weeks of your chosen week of camp.

To be added to the email mailing list to receive future information about camp and other Thurber House programs for children, please contact thurberhouse@thurberhouse.org.

Thank you to the Greater Columbus Arts Council, PNC Bank, State Auto Insurance, Susan Scherer, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Nina B. Pohlman, Theodora Roberts and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation.