Camp CAR


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Camp CAR dates for 2023 will be announced by mid-January,
with the application link going live on February 1, 2023 on this page. 

If you would like to be on our mailing list for Camp CAR 2023, please send an email to CAR's Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Jennifer Humphrey (she/her/Ms) at

Camp CAR is a free*, weeklong summer day camp for students who will have completed their first year of high school, ages 14-18/rising sophomore, junior or senior. Participants gain hands-on experience related to various aspects of automotive research, engineering and mobility including simulation, testing and manufacturing. Participants will also have the opportunity to (informally) tour The Ohio State University campus and visit local automotive research facilities.

General information on Camp CAR

  • All applications we receive are reviewed after the closing deadline, by our 8-member Camp CAR Team (half of whom are current CAR graduate students). 
  • We endeavor to send out all notifications by the end of April and we do notify each applicant regardless of outcome.
  • The application will ask for an email/mobile for both the student and a parent/guardian, and each will be copied on the notification email.
    • NOTE: in 2022, we received approximately 100 applications for 24 spots. 
  • The general hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each weekday, during the week of camp.
  • We accept 24 students for our free*, week-long, in-person camp. The maximum is based on staffing requirements, as well as space limitations for our activities. 
    • If our only option is virtual programming, we will be able to accept up to 500 virtual campers. 
  • We accept students from anywhere! If your student is accepted, we provide housing suggestions as well as fun things to do in Columbus while you are with us. 
    • Fun fact: Columbus is within 500 miles of 50% of the US population and we have one of the best zoos in the world, featured on the Nat Geo Wild show, Secrets of the Zoo.
  • Our camp includes continental breakfast, lunch, all-day snacks and non-soda beverages each day, as well as transportation to/from our building to any field trips.
    • *We are able to make our camp free-of-charge through the generosity of donors, as well as program grant funds. 
    • Note that we are unable to provide housing (either on-campus or off-campus) for campers and families, and are unable to provide oversight of campers outside of the camp hours.
      • We are happy to recommend accommodations for out of town guests.
  • Our camp is fully compliant within the State of Ohio and The Ohio State University guidelines with regard to care, custody and concern of minors.
    • This includes each Camp Staffer being fingerprinted, background checked, and trained, prior to the start of camp. We take everyone's health and safety very seriously!

(Note: Our camp does not focus on automotive service or maintenance, but our friends at Columbus State Community College and Sinclair Community College both offer degrees in those areas.)

For more information or to be added to our Camp CAR mailing list, please contact CAR Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Jennifer Humphrey (she/her/Ms) at Thank you!

(Updated 08.14.2022)