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Summer Camp

Mark your Calendars for Summer 2015!

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Thurber Summer Writing Camp! For our 20th anniversary season, we're super-charging camp. With a superhero theme, our teachers will take writers above and beyond to explore all different writing styles, techniques, and genres that will supersize every young writers talents. Imaginations are required, capes are optional! Here is just a sampling of all the great things that your child will experience during camp. 

Click here to download the 2015 Thurber Summer Camp brochure.  

Grades 2 & 3 ($100)
June 8-12 (FULL), June 15-19 (FULL)

12:30-4:00 p.m.
Each day includes a mid-afternoon snack. Please register for only one week.
Every superhero needs a great backstory. Cindy Thomson works with you on creating yours based on your own stories and memories. Sarah Magill stretches your imaginations to the max with her tall tale activity and then you will let loose when Ashley Fournier stops by to help you write and act out your own skits. We will have a few super surprises and characters up our sleeves, so you won't want to miss this week of camp!

Grades 4 & 5 ($175)
June 22-26 (FULL), July 6-10 (FULL), July 13-17 (FULL)
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack. Please register for just one week of camp. 
Superheroes aren't the only ones who fight crime and solve mysteries. Jim Flanagan will enlist you as detectives to solve the mystery on Jefferson Avenue that may have a ghostly connection. Dan Mushalko and Kathy Matthews return with a super-sized caper that will most certainly end with a great story and lots of laughs. No story is complete without a twisty-turny, suspenseful plot and Jennifer Maschari will show you how to make your own page-turner. This is just a tiny sample of the "heroic" writing you'll do this week. 

Grades 6, 7, & 8 ($175)
July 20-24 (FULL), July 27-31(FULL), August 3-7 (FULL)
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack. Please register for just one week of camp.
You will unleash your writing super powers during this week of camp. You'll tackle myth writing with Kelsie O'Hanlon, soar through comics and create your own with Rebecca Riley, and use your imagination to develop choose-your-adventure stories with Valerie Cumming. There's no resting for the all-powerful writer as we keep you going with walking field trips, open mic opportunities and a few villainous plot twists to keep you on your toes. You will need sharp brains and pencils for this week of camp.  

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 the 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. 

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.

Please contact Katie Poole at kpoole@thurberhouse.org with any questions about Summer Writing Camp. To be added to the email mailing list to receive future information about camp and other Thurber House programs for children, email your contact information to thurberhouse@thurberhouse.org.

Thank you to the Greater Columbus Arts Council, PNC Bank, State Auto Insurance, Susan Scherer, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Robert W. Steven and William A. and Jane B. Scheurer Funds of The Columbus Foundation.