Summer Camp

Registration is now closed for 2019 Summer Camps.

If you would like to be added to the wait list for camp, or if you would like to receve announcements about future education programs, please email Elizabeth at

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General Camp Information

Thurber House turns the big 3-5 this year, and we are excited to celebrate with your campers! We have new teachers joining our camp favorites, walking field trips, a “Flat Thurber” to write about, a chance to play in dirt (and write about it), solve mysteries, craft poems, and meet others who love to read and write, too.


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. Our camps fill quickly, so get your registration in early.

Thurber House takes online registrations as well as regular mail. We will confirm 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 x13.

For a downloadable brochure, click here.


Contact Elizabeth at or 614-464-1032 x13.

2019 Summer Writing Camp Schedule

Grade levels refer to the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2019. Please register your child for only one week of camp.

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2/3 Grade Camps: 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.--$150*

June 3-7
June 10-14
Please register your child for only one week of camp

Writing isn’t just an indoor activity. This week we’ll explore our great big world Lorax style, “talk” to plants, and hypothesize what animals are really thinking all while writing and drawing stories. There is a lot to discover and create this week! Each day includes a mid-afternoon snack.

4/5 Grade Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm.--$225*

June 17-21 [SOLD OUT]
June 24-28
July 8-12 [SOLD OUT]
Please register your child for only one week of camp

To be placed on the wait list for a week that is sold out, please email Elizabeth at

We'll cover everything from Ohio to the worlds beyond at camp. You'll work with historical fiction, fly out of this planet with our world building generator, develop your own suspenseful story that may or may not include the Thurber House ghost, plus much, much more. Did we mention that we have a Flat Thurber? Campers bring their own lunch every day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack.

6-8 Grade Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm.--$225*

July 15-19 [SOLD OUT]
July 22-26 [SOLD OUT]
July 29-August 2 [SOLD OUT]
August 5-9 [SOLD OUT]
Please register your child for only one week of camp

To be placed on the waitlist for a week that is sold out, email Elizabeth at

Break out of your writing rut with our imaginative and sometimes wacky teachers this week. From stretching our stories to make tall tales, to flexing our poetry muscles, to trying our hands at graphic novels, we will cover different writing styles that will have you filling journals all year long. Campers bring their own lunch each day; Thurber House provides an afternoon snack.

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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 and verification of enrollment in a free school lunch program or letter from a school official stating financial need. Partial scholarships require the $10 registration fee, and one half of the tuition fee ($75 for grades 2-3; $112 for grades 4-8) and verification of enrollment in a reduced school lunch program or letter from a school official stating the need for partial financial assistance.

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. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, April 12, 2019.

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.

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Summer Writing Camp Interns

During the summer, high school and college student interns assist with our summer writing camps for kids in second through eighth grades. We offer nine weeks of camp and have a new group of campers each week. Camps are from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day. Interns are expected to attend Monday through Friday, a minimum of one week; additional weeks are negotiable. Interns assist camp counselors, work with campers on activities, accompany groups on field trips, prepare snacks each day, and other duties as assigned.

All internships are unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. If you are interested, please download the application form, fill it out, and mail it in along with a letter of interest. A Thurber House staff member will call or email you. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Falter at 614-464-1032 x13 or Please note: Internship application deadline is March 15, 2019


Thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council; the Bette Wallach Fund for Columbus, the Charlotte R. Haller Fund, and the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation; and the Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

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