It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Summer Experience 2020. After considering many scenarios to possibly make our programs work, we cannot confidently solve the inevitable concerns of safety, which we hold to be the most important. We just cannot risk the health and well-being of our Summer Experience families in the unprecedented and constantly evolving situation presented by COVID-19.
While we are not able to offer the programming we had scheduled for this summer, we will be taking time to mindfully discuss if there is anything we can do to support your families through this difficult time. At the very least, we hope to tap into our wide network of outstanding educators, early childhood specialists and local organizations of all kinds to share virtual events and activities with our community.
SE20 Cancellation Letter (April 22, 2020)
Virtual Summer Resource Guide
We acknowledge that we cannot replicate the excellence of our experiential-based program online and therefore, we have decided not to move any of our Summer Experience to virtual learning. We would like to leave it to the experts in that field that are already established and able to do that platform justice. Therefore, we have reached out to our business organization partners and teachers who have existing online learning or virtual opportunities and have compiled this information into a resource guide for families. The guide includes fee based programs that require advance registration as well as free virtual events and/or activities. Please note CA Summer Experience will NOT be facilitating or managing these programs/events/activities, but simply providing a directory for families that may be interested in exploring these alternate opportunities.
CA Summer @ Home
CA Summer @ Home is FREE daily activities managed by SE administrative staff and provided through Google Classroom for grades PreK-6. There are weekly themes, guest appearances from familiar Summer Experience faces, and the feeling of community, all from home!
Summer Experience 2020 Brochure
Family (Explore with Me, Grown-Up & Child)
PreK (Ages 3-5 & fully potty trained)
Lower School (Rising K-5)
Middle School (Rising 6-9)
Upper School Rising (9-12)
"Rising" indicated the grade level your child will be entering in the 2020-21 school year.
Ready to Register?
Click here for step-by-step directions
Paper Registration Form: You may also register using the appropriate paper form found in our brochure at the end of each division. Please contact us at 614-509-2267 for a brochure copy or you may also use the brochure links above to print a form and mail with check payment (payable to Columbus Academy) to: Columbus Academy Summer Experience, 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna OH 43230
2020 Session Dates
1 June 2-5 (no camp on 6/1)
2 June 8-12
3 June 15-19
4 June 22-26
5 June 29-July 2 (no camp on 7/3)
6 July 6-10
7 July 13-17
8 July 20-24
9 July 27-31
CA Summer Experience Contact Information
Attn: Summer Experience
4300 Cherry Bottom Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
How do I register my child for Summer Experience?
There are two ways for you to register for summer: online or by mailing in a paper form. Online is the easiest and quickest method to reserve a spot with payment. We are not able to accept registrations or credit card payments over the phone.
- Filter classes by grade, program title, or session
- View current class availability
- Pay by credit card or e-check
- Visit www.columbusacademy.org/summer
- Click online registration
- Create and/ or sign in to your My BackPack account
If your child goes to CA, please use the same login credentials that you would for your student’s academic year account. If you are a returning SE attendee and have registered online before, you may use your login credentials from the previous year. There is an “I forgot my user name/ password” icon if needed.
- Click Summer Experience/ ASA Registration
- Click the Summer Experience (SE) REGISTRATION box
- Click the link to begin a NEW 2020 SE Registration
- Complete student biographical and medical information
- Select classes
- Pay online and submit
Paper registration form:
You may also register your child using the appropriate paper form found in our brochure at the end of each division section. These forms can also be found online to print off and complete. Please mail completed form(s) with check payment to:
Columbus Academy-Summer Experience
4300 Cherry Bottom Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
What is the price of camp?
Pricing can vary depending on the program age, grade and division you are looking for. Camp fees are per week rates that start at a base price of $270 for a rising grade K-9 full day camper. Specialty camps go up from there as they are typically providing additional materials, field trips and/or program supports. For PreK, an average example for a full week, full day is $235.
Do I need to pay when I register?
Yes. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Registrations will not be processed and a space is not reserved in any program(s) unless full payment is received.
What if I need to cancel or make a change to my child's schedule?
Deadlines are May 15, 2020 for sessions 1-5 and June 19, 2020 for sessions 6-9. Cancelations or changes made prior to the appropriate deadline will incur no penalty and will be refunded in full. Cancelations made after the deadline date will be refunded at 25% of the program fee. Please understand that after these deadlines, we have made firm financial commitments to our faculty and staff, in addition to purchasing materials for the class. If a cancelation is made after the camp’s start date, there will be no refund issued. Changes made to schedules after the deadlines will be charged a non-refundable fee of $25 per child plus any difference in camp fees. Refunds are issued in the form of a paper check and mailed out by our Business Office. Please note if your payment was made online with a credit card, convenience fees are non-refundable.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch is provided for all Half +Plus (9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and Full Day (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) camps that are held on campus and is built into the price of the camp. CA will offer a hot main dish with two sides including vegetarian options as well as a salad bar, pasta bar and deli bar. We also do our best to accommodate all dietary requests/restrictions. Children are welcome to pack their own lunch if they wish, but the lunch must be peanut and tree nut free.
Allergy policy: Columbus Academy Summer Experience is peanut and tree nut free.
Can you tell me what camps are available? How do I know if a camp is full?
We encourage you to create an account through our online system. This will show you availability in real time. Any camp that is full will be indicated as such in red letters next to the program name title. This will also allow you to search for a particular camp by grade, program title or session.
More frequently asked questions:
Click here for more Summer Experience information and a full list of frequently asked questions.