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Columbus Parks & Recreation Camps

Recreation Day Camps
Kids, come out & play & join us for another fun filled summer of day camps! Children must be 3 yrs old by May 1, 2018 for the 3 – 4 yr old camps (3 – 4 yr old campers must be toilet trained- No one is allowed to wear diapers to camp). All day camp participants will receive an information letter one week in advance of the camp.

American Girl Doll Fun
Ages 5 – 12
Bring your favorite American Girl Doll to life by reading books, playing games, acting out scenes, making crafts & learning a bit about our dolls. This year we will focus on the 2018 Girl of the Year- Luciana Vega and explore her love for science and space with a field trip to the Planetarium at Columbus East High School. We will also welcome Jim Lemke to learn how astronauts train using scuba diving. We will visit the wonderful world of animals with Nikki and go back in time with Kaya and her Native American adventures.

Bike Camp Beginner Course
Ages 5 & Over
Goal: Bike without training wheels!

Bike Camp Intermediate Course
Ages 5 & Over
Become more confident biking & learn basic rules & maintenance! All participants must have a bike and wear a helmet. The camp will be held in the back parking lot at Donner Park. Class size is limited.

Camp Superkids!
Ages 8 – 12
Campers will spend their days at Ceraland & participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Miniature golf, swimming, basketball & golf driving range will be included. Campers will also play disc golf & horseshoes. Highlights of the week will be special guests for a “Trash to Treasure Day”, Rachel Leshinsky with Columbus Area Arts Council will join us for bubble wrap art, and “Drum It Out” drumming workshop! Get your creative juices flowing with our “Chalk It Up” contest!

Camp M*A*D (Music, Art, Drama)
Ages 3 – 7
Get M*A*D with us the summer! Campers will engage in MUSIC activities with song, instruments and creative movement. ART activities such as paper mosaics, nature art and paint creations! DRAMA experiences with puppets, skits and theater games! We will welcome special guest Wendy for a M*A*D Show!

Camp Utopia
Ages 10 – 12
Kids ages 10-12 and wild about animals- Camp Utopia is where the wild things are! Meet owls, skunks, eagles and other animals native to our area. Fun and learning through animals crafts, games, snacks, activities, and best of all actual animals! Camp takes place at Utopia’s facility near Hope, IN. Transportation provided to and From Donner Center.

Cheer Camps
Ages 3 – 12
Cheer for our camps! Participants will learn new skills, chants & motions & basic tumbling. A short performance for all campers will be held on the last day of camp. Camp will be taught by local high school cheerleaders. Camps held at Columbus Gymnastics Center.

Down on the Farm
Ages 3 – 7
Join us “down on the farm” as we explore life on the farm through stories, games, crafts & snacks! We will visit the farm animals at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds and take a trip back in time.

Fiber Arts/ Knit Camp For Kids
Ages 8 & Over 
Five full days of fiber and fun! Along with the beginning knitting project, each day campers will be learning a new skill while working on a project for the day! Campers will learn simple sewing skills while making a fleece hat. Tassels, pom-poms and i-cords will be made to create unique garland decorations and embellishments. Along with a simple weaving project, every day will be filled with surprises and learning a new skill from boiling wool to painting yarn! Yes! We will take a break mid-week and spend the early afternoon at Donner Aquatic Center, where campers may swim or work on their project. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch. Daily snack provided.

Great Outdoor Adventures
Ages 8 – 12
Get back to nature! We will make our own paper, visit the landfill and their outdoor wetlands, explore Mill Race Park in a new way, make solar powered pictures, bake a bird cake, make a terrarium and more!

Gymnastics Camp
Ages 5 – 7
Beginning-advanced skills on bars, beam, vault, floor & tramp will be covered in our gymnastics camp. Beginning-advanced skills on floor & trampoline will be covered in the tumbling camp. A snack will be served at camps.

Tumbling Camp
Ages 5 – 7 & 8 – 15
Beginning-advanced skills on bars, beam, vault, floor & tramp will be covered in our gymnastics camp. Beginning-advanced skills on floor & trampoline will be covered in the tumbling camp. A snack will be served at camps. 

Kids in Motion
Ages 8 – 12
Kids will be in constant motion during this fun filled week. Campers will participate in heart healthy activities such as swimming, batting cages, ice skating & new games. Healthy snacks will be served. Highlights of the week will be a field trip to Monkey Joe’s indoor inflatable play facility and a special guest for martial arts! New this year campers will be playing one of the fastest growing games- pickleball with members of the Columbus Pickleball Club. We will also visit Par 3 Golf Course for a round of Foot Golf!

Little Laboratory
Ages 3 – 7
The scientists in the Little Laboratory will make frozen hands, their own volcanos, see how geysers rise, give an egg an acid bath, find out what a bubble bomb is and paint with popcorn! We will have a visit from Professor Steve and his Amazing World of Science and welcome a special visitor from Kidscommons with some fun Buology!

Magic Camp
2nd – 6th Grade
Join award winning magician Travis Easterling & have some amazing fun at summer magic camp! Campers will learn basic magic, how to twist balloons, build magical props, check out some cool puppets & meet Harry the magic bunny!

Munchkins In Motion
Ages 3 – 7
Jump wiggle, giggle and roll! A shorter version of Kids in Motion, The Munchkins will be on the move all week with games of all kinds, hula hooping, creative movement and obstacle courses! Highlights of the week will be swimming at Donner Aquatic Center, field trips to Columbus Gymnastics Center and Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena.

rades K – 2
Finally a chance to perform on the BIG stage. Campers will play theater games, use their imaginations & develop their performance skills. On Friday evening they will perform with the Project: A*C*T production of “Winnie the Pooh” Additional camp time will be added on Friday afternoon/ evening for final rehearsal & performance. Camp conducted by North High School Theater & Choral Dept. students & staff. Registration deadline May 18. Please specify shirt size when registering.

Project: A*C*T
rades 3 – 6
An intro to theater experience for kids who are looking to perform. Campers will audition on Monday morning and on Friday will perform “Winnie the Pooh”. Campers will experience some of the technical aspects of the show and work on improvisation. Camp is run by North High School Theater & Choral Dept. staff & students. Registration deadline May 18. Please specify shirt size when registering.

Project: D*R*A*M*A
rades 5-8
An advanced theater experience for those who are serious about performing! Campers will audition on Monday morning & on Friday will perform the show “High School Musical”. Campers will experience all technical aspects of the show & work on improvisation. Camp is conducted by North High School Theater & Choral Dept. students & staff. Registration deadline June 1. Please specify t-shirt size when registering.

Super Sitters
Ages 11 & Over
We’ll explore the characteristics of a good babysitter & cover topics such as infants, toddlers, basic first aid & what to do in an emergency. Participants will receive a variety of related materials.

Tots, Trails & Tales
Ages 2-5
We know that exploring the outdoors with your child is one of the best ways to help them form a lifelong bond with nature, so come along for an adventure of reading and the outdoors! Join us for story time, a tot-sized walk, and a craft, all of which will open your eyes to the wonderful world of nature and sharpen your skills to be their future guide and teacher. This particular 3 day class series will focus on ornithology (the study of birds). Every class will include a snack.  Every child will receive a book at the end of the 3 day session.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

CampDate TimeAge/Grade**LocationFeeRegister
Cheer Camp June 11 - 13 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.3 - 5 yrs Col. Gymnastics Ct.$22Online
Project A*C*T*June 11 - 159:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.3rd - 6thNorth High School$175Online
P*L*A*Y ON!June 11 - 159:30 - 11:30 a.m.K - 2ndNorth High School$60 Online
P*L*A*Y ON!June 11 - 151:00 - 3:00 p.m.K - 2ndNorth High School$60 Online
Camp SuperKids!June 11 - 159:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.8 - 12 yrsCeraland*$88Online
Camp M*A*DJune 18 - 229:00 - 11:30 a.m.3 - 4 yrsDonner Center$58Online
Camp M*A*DJune 18 - 221:30 - 4:30 p.m.5 - 7 yrsDonner Center$68Online
Camp UtopiaJune 18 - 228:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.10 - 12 yrsUtopia Wildlife Rehabilitators* $125Online
Magic Camp June 19 - 21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.2nd - 6thDonner Center $49 Online
Cheer CampJune 25 - 282:00 - 3:30 p.m.6 - 10Col. Gymnastics Ct.$37Online
Project D*R*A*M*AJune 25 - 299:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.5th - 8thNorth High School$175Online
Munchkins in MotionJune 25 - 299:00 - 11:30 a.m.3 - 4 yrsDonner Center$58Online
Munchkins in MotionJune 25 - 291:30 - 4:30 p.m.5 - 7 yrsDonner Center$68Online
Super Sitters June 25 - 262:00 - 4:00 p.m.11 & OverDonner Center$35Online
Little LaboratoryJuly 2-3 & July 5-69:00 - 11:30 a.m.3 - 4 yrsDonner Center $47Online
Little LaboratoryJuly 2-3 & July 5-61:30 - 4:30 p.m.5 - 7 yrsDonner Center $58Online
Gymnastics CampJuly 9- 122:30 - 4:00 p.m.5 - 7 yrsCol. Gymnastics Ct.$37Online
Down on the FarmJuly 9 - 139:00 - 11:30 a.m.3 - 4 yrsDonner Center$58Online
Down on the FarmJuly 9 - 131:30 - 4:30 p.m.5 - 7 yrsDonner Center$68Online
Fiber Arts/ Knit CampJuly 16 - 20 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.8 & OverDonner Center$90Online
Kids In Motion July 16 - 209:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.8 - 12 yrsSmith School*$88Online
Bike Camp BeginnerJuly 17 - 19 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.5 & OverDonner Park$15Online
Bike Camp Intermediate July 17 - 19 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.5 & OverDonner Park$15Online
Tumbling Camp July 23 - 26 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.8 - 9 yrsCol. Gymnastics Ct.$37Online
American Girl Doll Fun!July 24 - 26 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.5 - 10 yrsDonner Center$42Online
Great Outdoor AdventuresJuly 24 - 26 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m.10 - 12 yrsDonner Center$55Online
Tots, Trails & TalesAugust 1 -3 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.2 - 5 yrsDonner Center$25 Online
*Campers will be bussed to & from Donner Center each day. **Grade 2018 – 2019 school year.