IDEAS Day Camp at Columbus School For Girls

Offers Young Boys and Girls an Exciting New Theme Each Week of the Summer

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An All Inclusive Experience!

Instructional Swim, Rock Wall, Extended Care and Snack are all included in the weekly tuition.

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The IDEAS Day Camp, the #1 Day Camp in Columbus, will sell out each week.

Register today to secure your reservation. To preserve an incredible experience, certain to exceed the expectations of both parents and campers, this camp will sell out. Low ratio. Instructional swim. Day campers are split into grade appropriate groups. Safety is the top priority – always!

Why Attend an IDEAS Day Camp?

Led by experienced adults who work in education, children enjoy a safe, nurturing and fun summer camp environment. We aim for a 6:1 camper to counselor ratio (3:1 lifeguard to camper ration during swimming), because every child deserves personal attention. IDEAS’ Day Camp offers stimulating and traditional weekly themes, complemented with an abundance of varied daily activities and traditions. Day campers also enjoy daily instructional swimming from our highly-trained lifeguards and swim instructors. Review the themes below and register today for multiple weeks, or better yet for the entire summer. Perfect for kids who are either experiencing camp for the first time or returning from a fun experience last summer. To be a kid again!

*Children must be fully potty-trained to participate in this program. For camper and counselor safety and health reasons, there are no exceptions.

2023 Date and Themes For IDEAS’ Day Camp

June 5: 3...2...1...Outer Space!

IDEAS Summer Camp is out of this world! Prepare for an important space mission by creating your own specially-equipped space helmet. Then blast off into space by building your own rocket. We will explore the planets and meet some space friends as we make our journey through the universe. Be ready to join in on all the fun and prepare to countdown….3..2…1..outer space!

June 12: Pirate Adventure

Ahoy Mateys! Day campers jump aboard Captain Ozzie’s pirate ship and live the life of a pirate; creating pirate hats, patches, hooks, and even their own pet parrot. Campers join together to help Ozzie find his buried treasure wearing their pirate garb. Ozzie is known to share his pirate coins with campers! Come join us on an IDEAS Camps pirate adventure!

June 19: Kings, Queens & Castles*

Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all Lords and Ladies of the land. Join us in the Camp Kingdom as we take off on an adventure back in time. Campers will enjoy puppet shows, Renaissance dance parties, and the Noble Knight training course. Make your own Renaissance costume complete with a family crest! Beware of wise wizard Ozzie, as he’s been known to cast spells that make water balloons fall from the sky.

*No Camp on Monday, June 19 in recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday. Tuition will be prorated accordingly.

June 26: Star Spangled Celebration

Oh say can you see…all the patriotic-packed games and crafts in store for campers as we celebrate our nation’s birthday along with Ozzie’s. Shhh, don’t ruin it! We are throwing Ozzie a surprise party! Campers create patriotic hats, construct firecracker shakers, decorate Ozzie’s birthday card, have a watermelon contest, and participate in the U.S.A.-themed fun and games. This is a jam-packed week full of celebrations!

July 3: Wild West*

Yee-haw! And welcome to the Wild West! Put on your cowboy hat and look toward the horizon for some awesome Western-themed activities and crafts. Expect a visit from the silliest cowboy around, Oxbow Ozzie. Campers will have fun creating their own cowboy costumes and testing out their ranch hand skills in friendly competitions throughout the week. Saddle up for a week in the West you won’t forget!

*Due to the Independence Day Holiday, observed on Tuesday July 5th, this session will not have camp on Tuesday, July 5th. Instead it will only meet for 4 days (Mon, Wed-Fri). The tuition will be prorated accordingly.

July 10: Star Wars Padawan Academy

Climb aboard the Millennium Falcon and set your sights for a Galaxy Far Far Away! See if you have what it takes to be the next IDEAS Camp Jedi as campers compete with fellow Padawans in Storm Trooper Bowling. Our Day Camp Padawan program will blow campers’  minds as they build lightsabers and go through The Saber Training Academy with the great Ozzie-Yoda. 

July 17: Superhero Adventure

It’s a Bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s superhero Ozzie! Join Ozzie and the rest of the IDEAS campers as we discover our super powers and create superhero costumes. To become a superhero, campers participate in the superhero ultimate challenge. Remember, superheroes are healthy eaters and good helpers!

July 24: Silly Scientists

Campers, Welcome to the IDEAS Camp Laboratory! Put on your very own customized lab coat and step into a world of curiosity and discovery. Throughout the week, campers will conduct experiments that fizz, fly, stick, and even create artwork by manipulating the molecules of color in markers! This fun-filled week is sure to strike the curiosity of every little scientist. 

July 31: Dinosaur Detectives

Calling all future paleontologists! Grab your fossil brushes as we step back in time to discover the age of dinosaurs. This week campers will create their own dinosaur costumes, uncover mysterious fossils, and even build their own binoculars for a dinosaur hunt around camp.

Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Ironman are trademarks of the Marvel and The Disney® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes. “Dr. Seuss” is a trademark of its respective owner which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes. Star Wars® is a trademark of the Disney® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse IDEAS Camp or any of its classes

IDEAS’ Day Camp Weekly Activities Include:

GaGa and Backyard Sports

Traditional indoor and outdoor sports including: GaGa, Soccer, Volleyball, Beach Games, Cornhole.

Interactive Play-Fitness Games

Get your body moving and your steps in as campers experience the Camp Rock Wall, Mini Ninja Obstacle Course, Relay Races, Scavenger Hunts, and more.

Innovation Lab

Design, create, and innovate through exploration and discovery. Kids will be challenged to use their critical thinking skills.

Creative Visual Arts

Time to get the smock and open the “right” side of the brain during this relaxing and engaging part of the week.

Creative Culinary Design

Head to the “kitchen” to create your own Edible Craft such as Pretzel Rockets, Yummy Dr. Seuss Sushi and other allergy-free snacks.

Instructional Swimming

Summer is hot so we like to cool down daily with Instructional Swimming led by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Swim Instructors.

A Typical Day At IDEAS’ Day Camp

Complimentary Morning Extended Care
(7:30am to 8:45am – included and free)
Normal Camp Hours
(8:45am to 9am)
Each Day Begins With:

Morning Meeting & Counselor Challenge Games


Theme of Week Morning Activity 1


Outdoor Backyard Sports


(Before 10:30am – included and free)


Theme of Week Morning Activity 3


Interactive Play and Fitness


Campers Bring Their Own Lunch

All of the above is an example of a daily schedule. Activity times and programs change week-to-week.


Swimming & GaGa


Tech Time or Creative Visual Acts


Theme of the Week Afternoon Activity 7


Innovation Lab or Digital Arts

Each Day Concludes With:

Afternoon Meeting & Counselor Challenge Games

All of the above is an example of a daily schedule. Activity times and programs change week-to-week.

Normal Camp Hours Pick-Up
(2:55pm to 3:15pm)
Complimentary Afternoon Extended Care
(3:15pm to 5:30pm – included and free)

About IDEAS Day Camp

Led by experienced adults who work in education, girls and boys enjoy a safe, nurturing and fun summer camp environment. There will be no shortage of stories being shared when your son or daughter returns home each day from IDEAS Camps! This program provides young boys and girls with stimulating and traditional weekly day camp themes, but adds a healthy offering of appropriate age-level interactive activities into each summer camp day. Experiences should be as diverse as a child’s growing interests, therefore,

IDEAS’ Day Camp offers a variety of hands-on activities for curious young minds. Our variety of offerings sets the stage for exploration, activity, creativity, discovery, and innovation. Movement and experimentation are the building blocks for this young group of campers and IDEAS Camps delivers with eye-opening activities to uncover talents and establish new friendships. Through a mix of art, music, crafts, technology, introductory science, and performing arts,

IDEAS’ Day Camp is unlike any other camp experience in the area. Our leadership team ensures a safe, experimental, nurturing and stimulating traditional camp environment with a new themed-session each week – encouraging campers to enroll in multiple weeks, if not for the entire summer.

Activities & Philosophy

IDEAS Day Campers will sleep well at night after a fun-filled, action-packed camp day! We believe there is a direct correlation between the movement of the body and an enhanced capacity for the developing mind to innovate and create. Therefore, there is no shortage of daily indoor and outdoor activities and play for all young campers attending IDEAS’ Day Camp.

At IDEAS’ Day Camp, we provide a safe, nurturing and fun-filled environment for our younger campers. Our well-trained and experienced teacher/early childhood counselors foster personal growth and development each every child. Our primary focus in Day Camp is for campers to: meet new friends, learn new skills, try new things, and gain confidence that will benefit them for years to come.

Each day, all Day campers participate in a variety of play, from the enjoyment of traditional sports and games to IDEAS’ interactive art, music, introductory science and performing arts. All activities and games are team-based and challenge campers in a positive manner to either beat the clock or even their own counselors!

Our Leadership

Rest assured parents, because we are obsessed with the details of sourcing, hiring, and training excellent instructors and counselors to work at IDEAS Camp. Our company has 22+ years of experience sourcing, hiring and training well-qualified professionals to lead your children, who are entrusted under our supervision and care, each and every day. All IDEAS Day campers are led by experienced and creative adults who have extensive experience working in education and/or working in a camp setting. Each IDEAS Camp instructor who works with your son or daughter is fully vetted and has passed local and nationwide criminal background checks, in-depth reference checks, and a behavioral personality test – all to ensure that our company core values are upheld and our expectations are fully met each and every camp day.

Moreover, we have a dedicated team at IDEAS’ Winter Camp Headquarters who work year-round to ensure each camp team member is a proper fit and represents our high level of standards including: safety, experience, courtesy, respect, professionalism, flexibility, and enjoyment. Our entire team of full time and seasonal professionals is filled with persons who lead-by-example, put others before themselves, serve as mentors and friends, and lastly celebrate your camper’s effort over results.

Our Training

IDEAS’ dedicated full time Talent Acquisition team works year-round at our Winter Headquarters, all of whom have children of their own and obsessed with the execution of a proven and extensive professional hiring process. Moreover, we work throughout the year to develop an immersive multi-day, 30+ hour training experience, which includes teachings, materials, professional development, and lessons presented: online, during webinars, in-person and on-the-job.

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Our Reviews

“All 3 of my girls appreciated the opportunity you provided them with last week. Jennifer (pre-k) now wants a rolling robot for Christmas, Julie (1st grader) said she wants an Ozzie birthday party (do you even do that?) and Billi (6th grader) told me last night she wants to become a space engineer because, as she told me, “we need more girls in space!” Incredible job. Thank you for inspiring my 3 girls. See you next summer.”


Lindsi V.

“As a single dad of two twins the school year becomes exhausting. When I heard you guys provide free snack and extended care I was ecstatic. I signed Bryan and Caleb up for your IDEAS Camps program because I knew they would love it. Well, they not only loved it, but I LOVED IT too. No lunch making, no rushing to pick them up or drop them off. You have made my summer so much more simple with all you offer and I want to thank you for that. Thank you.”

Ed K.

“Am I able to sign up for your camp the rest of the summer? We are in our third week of your camp and my son told me last night that he will not go anywhere else this summer. I am working on canceling and getting a refund from the camps he was supposed to attend this summer. Do you still have space if I can do so? Hopefully, we will see you again after the July 4th break. This is his second year attending a summer camp and I truly never thought he would love it this much, so thank you.”

Judy A.

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