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Summer Camp

Grab your pencils, thinking caps, and creativity because it is time for Thurber Summer Writing Camp. You will go on adventures, solve mysteries, create worlds, write songs, lose yourself in poetry, and laugh along the way. We are leaving no stone unturned or idea unwritten this summer and can’t wait for you to join us!

Grades 2 and 3 
June 6 - 10, $100
June 13 – 17, $100
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Each day includes a mid-afternoon snack. Please register for only one week.

What won’t you write about at camp this week? You will create crazy personalities for different animals and tell their tales with author, Andra Gillum. Shannon Warren takes you on a hot air balloon ride from your imagination to the page where you will write and paint your adventure. No week of camp is complete without using a dancing Santa, bowling ball and plastic pizza in order to write a story. Thankfully, Sarah Magill has just the items for you to spark your creativity.

Grades 4 and 5
June 20 - 24, $175 SOLD OUT
June 27 - July 1
, $175 SOLD OUT
July 11 - 15
, $175 SOLD OUT
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.

We’ve got imagination, yes we do. We’ve got imagination, how about you? Our teachers can’t wait to get yours going with their wild and wacky writing exercises. From Dan Mushalko and Kathy Matthews taking us on an amazing ride to solve a mystery, to special surprise guest, Grandma Sarah, who will take us back in time to write historical fiction, to breaking out your inner songwriting skills with Kelsie O’Hanlon, there isn’t anything you can’t write after this week of camp.

Grades 6, 7, and 8
July 18 - 22, $175
July 25 - 29, $175
Aug. 1 - 5, $175
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.

This isn’t your typical “what I did over the summer” essay class. Matt Betts will stretch your mind in all directions with his science fiction poetry class. Jim Flanagan will throw your brain into problem solving mode trying to figure out how to save your friend or character from a dangerous situation. Never giving your imagination a break, Beth Grace takes you into the world of magical realism. You will have a journal full of writing from all types of genres for you to work on over the rest of the summer.

General Camp Information
All camp sessions are held at 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. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 6th. Our camps fill quickly so get your registration in early. We will be confirming receipt of online registrations via email. If you do not receive an email within one week of submitting the registration, please contact us at 614-464-1032 ext. 13. 

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 ($55 for grades 2-3, $93 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 15, 2016.

Four special full scholarships, also based on financial need, will be given in memory of Thurber House friends Ruth Spain, Norm Spain, Jan Hammock, and Peggy Touvell. To apply for these scholarships, follow the guidelines and deadlines listed above.

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 Jessica Sarber at jsarber@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.

Thurber House would like to extend a special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of our Children’s Education Programs to PNC Bank and State Auto Insurance Companies.

We also thank the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and the Robert W. Stevenson and William A. and Jane B. Scheurer funds of the Columbus Foundation for their ongoing support of our programs.