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Summer Programs for Families

Looking for summer programs for your child this summer? In addition to our Summer Scholars program, many organizations are offering summer camps all around Cincinnati. We'll update this page as we receive more information.

Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.)

Founded in 2005, the Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.) is a volunteer organization created with the mission to diversify the field of architecture, by opening doors for children who normally might not think of it as a career option. C.A.M.P. was developed by a collaborative effort of a diverse group of five architectural professionals who all shared this common goal. These partners include the University of Cincinnati's DAAP School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), the American Institute of Architects, and the National Organization of Minority Architects.  

C.A.M.P.'s immersive summer camp experience helps bring the world of design to life for students in the Cincinnati area. The summer program provides building blocks for students to explore their creativity and passions while exploring this exciting new career path.

A few activities during the week include:

  • Habitat Design – Students will have the opportunity to visit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens to learn about animals that live at the zoo and how humans can help their environment. Campers will work together and participate in Animal Encounters and explore different parts of the zoo for inspiration on design projects.  
  • 100+1 Exercise – A "mystery box" style challenge where students will be tasked to create structures using multiples of common household items.
  • Architects of Color – students will be introduced to the many talented architects of color that have made significant contributions to local, national, and international buildings and structures.
  • Perspective Drawing & Presentation – Students will learn to apply various perspectives to present their ideas to "clients" and various stakeholders.

The program takes place from July 10–16 at the University of Cincinnati and the deadline to apply is May 1.

Cincinnati Parks Summer Day Camps

During these camps, campers will hike through forests and fields, explore creeks, make crafts and play games to learn more about the plants and animals that live right here in Cincinnati. These camps are run by Explore Nature! staff and summer counselors. These camps vary in topic and age range, but all children participate in active fun centered around local nature topics. Themes and activities vary each summer, so camp is "new" for your child each year!

Cincinnati Recreation Commission — Camp CRC

This year's 10-week Summer Day Camp Program will be offered at 19 recreation centers and run from June 6–August 12 for youth ages 6-12 (5 year olds who have completed full-day kindergarten are eligible as well). Camp activities will include STEM projects, arts and crafts, outdoor play, sports, open swim time, and much more! A CRC center membership is required for all camp participants. CRC will continue to follow health and safety COVID protocols including masking indoors for all staff and participants, daily temperature screenings for all staff and participants and reduced camp capacities. 

Cincinnati Summer Camp Guide

365 Cincinnati's list contains all kinds of Cincinnati Summer Camps: STEM camps, summer camps for teens, theater camps, art camp, overnight camps and more. There's even a summer camp that centers around horses! 

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation Spring, Summer Programs

The Cincinnati Tennis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to using tennis and education as a vehicle to positively impact lives. They offer ongoing outdoor programs at Withrow High School starting in May; and half- and full-day camps in July. (Scholarship pricing is available for qualifying families.) 

Civic Garden Center — Green Girls in STEM

Civic Garden Center is hosting Green Girls in STEM — a hands-on summer camp and year-long program exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with a focus on the environment. The program is open to girls in grades 9-12 with an interest in STEM, the environment and leadership development. Green Girls in STEM is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-10, 2022. 

Girls Who Code Summer Programs

Girls Who Code offers free virtual summer programs to teach the computer science skills that students need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood. Programs are available: June 17–August 12, 2022

Miami University Student Citizens

Student Citizens flier (all text on the page)Ever wonder what it means to be a citizen? What are your rights as a citizen — or your responsibilities? Ever thought about the relationship between citizenship, democracy and you?

Miami University Student Citizens is a rigorous, two-week summer program (for rising seniors from the class of 2023) where you can:

  • Explore these questions in a seminar with Miami faculty
  • Develop your skills in reading, writing, and creative problem-solving
  • Live on a vibrant college campus
  • Launch your college search with hands-on advice from Miami faculty and student mentors

The program runs July 9–23, 2022. Applications are due May 1.

YMCA

The YMCA offers Day Camps, Overnight Camps and Weekend Overnight Camps.

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