Your Guide to 2018 Summer Camp and Activities in Tampa Bay!
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Join us on Saturday, March 24th from 9am-12pm at Glazer Children’s Museum for our annual Summer Camp Expo where you can bring the kids and meet the leaders of area summer camps face to face to find one that’s the perfect fit for your family and child! Take advantage of special admission rates to the museum from 9am-10am. Admisson will be regualr price after that. Glazer Children’s Museum Members are free. Stay and play after you discover a camp just for you!
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At Farragut, summer means jump right in! Our campers get a glimpse of the “awesome” that happens here all year long. Day camps include Little Captains (PreK-6th), Little Explorers (PreK-2nd), STEM (4th-7th), Coed Basketball (6th-11th), and Writing (4th-8th). Summer@Farragut is a unique six-week summer boarding and day program for teens entering grades 8-12. They will attend college-prep classes and participate in fun activities while living in campus dormitories at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg. Online courses also available.
Summer Camp is JUMPING at Altitude Trampoline Park. Our campers will enjoy physical, as well as educational and creative activities. We will provide a snack for half day, and lunch for full day campers
American Stage Summer Camp & Teen Summer Institute : First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Dr. NE St., St. Petersburg | firstname.lastname@example.org | 727-823-1600 ext 204 | americanstage.org/summer
Ignite your child’s creative voice! At American Stage, we provide quality theatre training in a positive and inspiring environment that gives young people the tools to be fearless, focused, and flexible on stage and in life. Studying theatre arts does not only help students become accomplished and confident performers, it also empowers creative, intellectual, and emotional growth. Our staff is comprised of working, theatre professionals who have a passion for teaching. All experience levels are welcome!
Each week will include ceramic painting techniques and projects, and a variety of craft projects which may include wood and paper crafts, decoupage, paper-mache, acrylic paints, stamping, fabric dyes and beading.
Creative Clay’s 10th Art Around the World inclusionary summer camp, for children ages six through 12 of all abilities. In Summer 2018 we will be studying the countries of Kenya, Norway, Lebanon, and South Korea. Class size is limited to 12 students with a professional teaching artist and two teaching assistants.
Meet a sea of friends this summer! AquaCamps at The Florida Aquarium include science explorations, tours throughout the Aquarium, water play, arts and crafts, and much more. A variety of fun and engaging camp themes are offered for ages 3-18.
App Programming, Jeroo Programming, Archery, Fine Arts, Lego, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Band, Debate, Football, Musical Theatre, Pottery, Swimming, Golf, Rock Climbing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Chess, Water Polo, Driver’s Ed, Woodworking, Math Camp, and so much more – there’s something for everyone at Berkeley Summer Programs! Pre-K to Grade 12. Register online. Over 100 camps and classes, including high school credit courses. Before and After Care. Lunch options available.
Have the BEST SUMMER EVER at your Tampa area YMCA. Enjoy a wide variety of activities including sports, swimming, arts & crafts, science and more! At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work toward not only having a fun camp experience but also helping your children to learn, grow and thrive.
“This is our most popular program in the past 5 years! High quality training! We focus on skills, game understanding, rules of beach volleyball while practicing strategy so players feel comfortable and prepared to play in tournaments. Athletes will have a lot of fun learning the game on the sand and meeting other players and learning how to work with a partner. ”
Athlete will have the chance to train with our amazing BA Staff in a fun, positive, energetic, and safe environment. This camp is designed to focus on fun, but will allow kids to work on stretching, jump, tumbling, stunting, dance and much more!
Every week is a new exploration. Every day is a new adventure. Experience adventures throughout the world and even in outer space with super heroes, spies, detectives, world travel, animals, chemistry, electricity and more creating super heroes that save the cities they built, dusting for fingerprints to catch villains, exploding two-liter bottles like mad scientists and racing across the globe to unwrap real-life mummies. Early drop-off (7:30-8:30am), and aftercare (4-6pm) included $95 per week May 29 to August 3 ages 5-12.
Busch Gardens Day camps are weeklong and provide campers in kindergarten through eighth grade hands-on, educational experiences with animals and the outdoors, as well as Counselor-In-Training programs for grades 9-12. Resident camps marry the best of the park’s offerings into multiday, sleep-away programs for students in grades five through college. Whether looking to push adventure to the limit or a career in the zoological field, Busch Gardens camps have something for everyone.
This year, Camp Dovewood celebrates 41 years of dynamic, fun-filled camping in North Florida. Dovewood is a traditional interdenominational Christian camp for girls 7-14 offering one and two week sessions from June until the end of July. We have an outstanding equestrian program as well as many more activities like: archery, drama, dance, swimming, river rafting, cheerleading, cooking, art, music, softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, Bible, soccer, baton, water ballet, basketball, Christian leadership and more. Accredited: American Camping Association, Camp Horsemanship Association and Christian Camp and Conference Center.
Camp Fun is a camp specifically designed for children with special needs. Each camper has a one-on-one buddy, work on fine/gross motor skills, crafts and a daily Bible lesson, all in a safe and loving environment. All of our lead teachers and volunteers are trained to work with individuals with special needs and have a heart for our unique individuals.
Camp Idlewild is for campers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our low staff to camper ratio (1:2) allows flexible, choice-based activities. Campers participate in classic camp activities, and can access them at a level where they feel comfortable. Our staff knows how to adjust activities to be accessible for kids who are anxious trying new things, have sensory issues, different communication styles, short term memory issues, difficulty in groups, or who need more support around transitions.
Staffed by Corbett Prep’s dynamic counselors, our summer camp provides extraordinary experiences in Sports, Academics, Recreation, and Field Trips in an exciting, fun, and supportive environment. Open to PreK3-high school campers from all over the Tampa Bay area, CAMP IDS offers more than 100 camps during seven weeks of options! The campsite is located on beautiful Lake Lipsey, providing an idyllic setting for a terrific summer experience.
Camp Illahaw is a coed sleep-away horseback and adventure camp for kids 9-16 years old. Where you stay on a real working cattle ranch, and wildlife conservancy! Featuring a Base Camp and 3 Specialty Camps. Wild West Camp is designed for the camper that wants to relive the days of the original Florida Cracker Cowboys and Cowgirls!
Extreme Outdoor Camp is our “specialty” camp designed for the adrenaline junky!
Camper vs. Wild Camp is our “speciality” that is designed to bring out the inner hunter gatherer in you!
At Glazer Children’s Museum, your little learners imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them. Register your kids to play with purpose and embrace curiosity at Camp Imagination. With imaginative weekly themes, there’s a camp for every kid! The mission of Glazer Children’s Museum is to create a learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect with the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.
Camp Invention’s all-new summer program, Fast Forward, shows children that even the wildest and craziest ideas can become reality! Campers in grades K-6 will create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register. Use promo code ThinkBig25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and ThinkBig15 to save $15 (expires 5/4).
Join a summer of laughs, friends and fun! Camp J offers a signature camp at the JCC on the Cohn campus for campers entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Camp J includes a variety of indoor and outdoor activities as well as swim every day! Mix and match with specialty camps at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC – try a week of cooking and a week of art. Weekly options from June 4 – August 3!
Run by 2 registered nurses, Camp Osprey is a traditional, overnight adventure camp on 204 acres that run alongside the Little Manatee River offering ziplines, tri-level high ropes challenge course, giant swing, horseback riding, paintball, swimming, tubing, water sports, and the blob in Lake Dot, knockerball, canoeing, kayaking, dances in our beautiful lodge overlooking Lake Dot, excursions to our magnificent beaches and world renown theme parks (Disney, Universal, and Busch Gardens). All inclusive pricing.
Camp R.O.Y.A.L. (Real Outstanding Young Achieving Ladies): 4200 54th Avenue S St., St. Petersburg | 813-699-0564 | email@example.com | camproyaltampa.org
Camp Royal is a girl’s empowerment & leadership organization for girls between the ages of 10-16. Join us at Eckerd College this summer for our residential program and the chance to win a trip to Washington, DC. Payment plans available and sponsorship opportunities also.
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48-acre Camp Wai Lani sits just off St. Joseph Sound, behind walls of mangroves teeming with life. This marine science destination is where generations of girls have learned about Florida sea life and the importance of protecting our precious natural resources while enjoying traditional camp activities. From its ever-popular raised cabins, to the new challenge course, she’ll experience challenging activities and learning opportunities.
CDS “Turn It Up” Summer Camps offers full and half day themed and enrichment camps running from 9am until 3:30pm for students 3 – 18 years old. These camps provide opportunities for children to explore their imagination and develop skills during the summer weeks. Each week brings a new set of exciting camps including sports, arts, cooking, STEEM, drones, and so much more. Before and after care is also available. For more information, visit www.carrollwooddayschool.org
Circle C Ranch Academy is a hidden gem in South Tampa located just north of the MacDill AFB. Think of the country only closer, on 5 shaded acres for the children to play on. We have horses, a swimming pool, and playgrounds! We are a preschool during the school year and a summer camp during the summer. We also provide VPK all year round. We have been open for over 30 years. Come join us!
Spend summer on the water learning to sail, windsurf and paddle!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium has combination camps that infuse our popular snorkeling adventures with exciting off-site excursions and enriching classroom activities, hands-on learning from Aquarium personnel to provide campers with fun and engaging marine life learning in a working marine animal hospital.
Looking for a fun and safe summer camp that your kids will LOVE? Clearwater Summer Camps are the place to Be! Each week campers will enjoy a wide variety of fun activities including; exciting field trips, goofy games, creative crafts, guest speakers and other awesome activities. Additionally, each week campers learn about a positive character trait such as; courage, respect, and responsibility. Don’t Be left out of the fun – register today!
Camp TI is gearing up for another fantastic camp season filled with sailing, tennis, culinary fun, special guest speakers and, of course, the Tampa Bay Rowdies!
Dance, Theatre and Music Camps at the Patel Conservatory: The Straz Center 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa | 813-222-1040 | firstname.lastname@example.org | patelconservatory.org
At the Patel Conservatory, we believe that every student, regardless of age, or experience, deserves the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and discover their creative potential. Our summer programs provide 10 weeks of training in the disciplines of Dance, Theater and Music. Camps, intensives and classes vary by length, participant age and level of proficiency. All Patel Conservatory summer experiences, whether auditioned or non-auditioned, require active learning participation by campers and result in an in-class showcase or ticketed performance element. Pre-camp and post-camp options are available weekdays at an additional cost.
The Delphi Adventure is where you will find the traditional summer camp! Weekly field trips and optional overnight trips throughout the summer. Days are filled with crafts, games, STEM projects, cooking classes and so much more! Group activities as well as individual projects. Summer is the perfect time to give Delphi Academy a try. Most of our regular school year curriculum is available to students, but we spend a lot of our time during the weeks just having fun. Summer at Delphi is available for students from the age of two through seventeen. Younger students can take advantage of our early-reading program offered during the seasonal camp.
DFAC’s Art Academy: Summer Camps offer 7 different art-focused camps featuring 11 fun, uniquely themed weeks taught by local art teachers and art professionals. Psychedelic Pyramids & Pharaohs, Shark Week III, Dino-topia, Steampunk Star Wars, Zombie Plants vs Robots are but a few of the weekly themes students will be using as their inspiration for Drawing, painting, clay, 3-D, iPad, Music Theater, darkroom, photo-shop, Murals and more.
The Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp offers classes in Exploring Watersports, Sailing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Little Mariners, and Exploring Marine Life for students ages 5-17. Located on Boca Ciega Bay, the camp provides the perfect environment for learning watersports! Through the past 45 years of camps, we have introduced thousands of children to the wonderful world of watersports. We look forward to providing your children with exciting and educational experiences they won’t forget!
Does your child have an interest in marine science? Do they have a love for the ocean and all its inhabitants? If so, this is their chance to learn more about it! Send them to Tampa Bay Watch this summer for some fun in the sun with our Estuary EDventures Marine Science Summer Camps where they will learn about amazing Tampa Bay!
Horse-lover’s paradise! Since 1954, the purpose of Valley View Ranch has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having her own camp horse, all a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain. We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in all of them: English and Hunt Seat; Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana); Trails and Vaulting. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite ranch horse during her stay, or she can bring her own. Ranchers will find the facility comfortable, safe, and spacious. Located on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls and is open to ages 8-17. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!
GRC is an intensive, six-day program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting, band practice, live performances by visiting artists, and a showcase concert. Campers receive instrument instruction each day in small groups organized by skill level and age. On the first day, campers form bands, and during daily band practice, campers write music and lyrics collectively, assisted by band coaches. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to sound engineering to self-defense. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase concert. Workshops, classes, and band practice are led by volunteers. We strive for camp to be a week that is super fun and meaningful for campers from a variety of identities, perspectives, and experiences.
Great Explorations Summer Camp is where your child’s creativity will come to life! Each week we have a new theme, ranging from A Journey through Europe to Aquatic Adventures, with unique art projects, activities, guest speakers and field trips! Campers will also enjoy museum play time, along with some outdoor fun!
Youths and teens quality summer programs that focus on education and career pathways; learn new skills; make meaningful friendships; and discover that learning can be fun!
Step back into Florida’s past with unique games and projects, themed field trips, outdoor fun, and hands-on interactions with real historians and experts during the History Center’s History Adventure Camps! Six different themed camps explore Florida’s unique history, from Pirates and Explorers to the Everglades. Camps are led by experienced educators dedicated to providing unique, educational and engaging experiences campers won’t forget.
Get ready for a summer full of adventure at Innisbrook with our summer camps!
Rated the “#1 Horseback Riding Rental Ranch & Children’s Camp in the SEUSA”. We rent our lovely horses to the general public daily! 300 acres of trails! We offer horse camp any day there is no school! For ages 5 & up with rates starting at just $39 a day. Swimming with the horses is big!! We swim in our creek that stays 72 degrees all year round or out to our island in our 62 acre lake! Custom Parties, Pony Rides, Photo Shoots, Lessons, Boarding, Hayrides/Bonfires & much, MUCH more! FUN FOR ALL AGES!
Best. Summer. Ever. The Jewish Community Camp offers fun for all ages in an environment that puts community at the core. Our campers build community between themselves as they play and explore through the lens of our six camp values: Community, Respect, Tenacity, Courage, Compassion, and Responsibility. Our campers explore the community through every-day active fun, and also support the community with tailor-made give-back community service projects throughout the summer.
Become a Junior Docent at The Dali Museum’s week-long camp, where campers discover new ways to interpret and create art, meet new friends, and have fun. This year, campers will learn how Salvador Dali and other Surrealist artists used the power of their dreams to build imaginary landscapes, or dreamscapes. Campers will learn the fundamentals of landscape drawing and composition along with surrealist techniques to create their own dreamscapes. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to explore the idea of dreamscapes through various media, including writing and photography.
North: 813-977-8800; 234A E. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33613
South: 813-832-8800; 3311 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa 33629
Martial Arts Summer Camps are the perfect way for kids to have fun all Summer long and get introduced to the Martial Arts, even if they’ve never trained before! Our camps have weekly themes to keep things exciting week to week. Your youngster will train like a ninja, swing light sabers like a jedi, and build like they’re in MineCraft. We have the coolest themes for the hottest Summer Camp in all of Tampa Bay!
Our Camp is a place where faith and fun come together. We embody St. Don Bosco’s oratory by creating a home, school, church, and playground. A home where campers feel welcomed and loved, a school by teaching them through our leadership and actions, a church by being witnesses of the Gospel to one another and celebrating Mass and Faith Time, and a playground with numerous activities to enjoy. In Don Bosco’s words, camp is a place to “Run, jump, and shout, but do not sin!”
Hands on Approach to learning including Math, Language, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages and more! Call to schedule a tour or for more information! Enrolling now for summer.
MOSI’s Summer Science Camps bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) alive through hands-on experiments and building projects. From extracting DNA to building and launching robots, we create the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Real science tools and technologies used by industry professionals inspire campers with a can-do attitude that lasts a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within.
The ultimate camp experience! Have you ever wanted to play a guitar or drums in a rock band or song and dance with a Glee group? How about learn to play a recorder? Now is your chance to learn to play a musical instrument, sing in a group, and have fun at this all-day music camp. Other activities include acting, games, field trips, arts and crafts and much more! Camps offered on a weekly basis. Registration fee includes a t-shirt, recorder to take home, supplies, and much more!
Protential Sports Summer Camp is action packed! Filled with sports instruction, swimming, field trips, and MORE! Athletes of all levels are welcome. At Protential Sports, we focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills.
Camp Riverview for Girls NUT FREE campus. Enjoy Extraordinary Experiences Everyday! Girls from Tampa and surrounding area have been attending for years! Only 2-hours from Atlanta located on Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL. For Girls Ages 6-16. We offer one and two-week sessions beginning May 27th through July 27th. We offer more than 20 activities to choose from. We also have Mother-Daughter Weekends in the spring and fall. You’ll be amazed by all you can do! Website has multiple videos/photos/information: www.riverviewcamp.com 800-882-0722. Riverview Camp is recognized as one of the South’s favorite Over-night Christian Camps for Girls. Accredited by American Camping Association and Members of Christian Camping International.
Intense golf and tennis instruction and play at Tampa’s premier Golf & Tennis resort with a 16-acre Golf Training Center and 2 Arnold Palmer golf courses, as well as 45 tennis courts in every Grand Slam surface…minutes north in Wesley Chapel.
Make the most out of summer through discovery and fun! Themed camps are available for grades K-8, featuring hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Your child can sharpen their academic skills in a fun, supportive learning environment free of stress and pressure. In addition to fun learning experiences, our camps also offer before and after care hours for your convenience and provide free lunch for our campers.
Discover a summer of fun at Skycrest Christian School. Choose from our half-day specialty camps; Band, Drama, Romotics, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball and Volleyball. Or select one of our full-day camp options from Soul Adventures with Outdoor Adventure Camps for 10-14 year olds and Jr. Advenure Camp for 5-9 year olds.
Join us for an unforgettable summer on Skyland Hill, where girls grow into their best selves and forge lifelong friendships. In operation since 1917, Skyland Camp for Girls is the premier traditional overnight camp in Western North Carolina, inspiring girls to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover their extraordinary potential. Girls in rising grades 1-10 will develop independence and self-confidence, try new and exciting activities, and build friendships that last beyond the summer.
The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall offers kids a summer in the spotlight, discovering talents and making new friends! One-week performing arts camps are available in musical theater, drama, dance and on-camera acting ending in weekly performances for family and friends. Multi-week, large scale production camps are offered as well, giving students the opportunity to perform on our BIG stages. Enroll now! Call 727.712.2706 or visit RuthEckerdHall.com.
Fun-loving kids ages 3 and up may choose from themed day camps, technology, sports and enrichment camps at the Academy of the Holy Names’ ever-popular Summer on Bayshore! From legos to lacrosse and cooking to cartooning, Summer on Bayshore has something for everyone. Complete session information and online registration is available at www.holynamestpa.org/summer. Full and half-day weekly sessions run from June 11 – July 27.
Summer Fun Learn to Skate Camp: Florida Hospital Center Ice 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel | 813-803-7372 | email@example.com | floridahospitalcenterice.com/sports/lts-camps/
This camp is designed for the beginner-intermediate skater who just wants to have fun. Our team of skating counselors will introduce new skating skills in a safe and supervised setting. Class runs from 9-3, Mon-Fri. Each day has 2, 30-minute lessons, a 75-minute practice session, and 30-minutes of strength/conditioning and other fun off-ice activities.
Our Summer Day Camp includes more than 60 offerings in art, sports, recreation, technology, and enrichment for children age 3 through rising 9th graders. Our Summer School program offers both noncredit and for-credit courses. Noncredit courses for children in grades K-rising 8th graders strengthen students’ knowledge and skills in key areas like math, reading, and writing. For-credit high school courses include math, foreign language, and more. For-credit courses are delivered in a blended learning format.
At Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, your child will explore the wonderful world of the performing arts while encountering an educational, fun-filled experience. Students will be introduced to various paths of the arts and given opportunities to act, sing, dance and be creative. They will develop friendships and a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment promoting the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth of your child.
Day Camp and Specialty Camps for all ages and interests! New options for older students and parents.
We are pleased to announce our camp program that is the first of its kind in the state of Florida! We currently provide programming to children ages 8-11 throughout Hillsborough County. Our program has been designed with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) as well as Project WILD.
Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs and Camp Terrapin: 727 West Cass Street, Tampa | 813-251-8481 | firstname.lastname@example.org | tampaprep.org/summer
Camp Terrapin is Tampa Prep’s well-known coeducational, sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. Structured activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Additional Summer Programs include a variety of Sports Camps and courses in Robotics, Academics and Enrichment. This summertime extension of our award-winning day school program offers something for everyone!
Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of live action and stop-motion animation filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a 3 to 5-minute movie to showcase.
USF Soccer Camps are the best soccer camps in Florida! Boys and girls will have a blast learning from our professional, energetic coaching staff and getting to play on USF’s beautiful campus. We have day camps, residential camps, indoor and outdoor camps! Find your perfect camp today. Go Bulls!
Vosler Young Artists’ Studio Teen Classical Drawing Workshop: 1906 North Armenia, Tampa | 813-417-5867 | vosleryoungartistsstudio.com
This workshop will introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction. Students will learn to draw through direct observation. Supplies included. Kerry Vosler, master instructor, will do frequent demonstrations and give regular instruction at the artist’s easel. Workshops will vary in content from year to year so returning students can continue to build both skill and knowledge.
Explore the Zoo like never before! Get nose-to-horn with a majestic Indian Rhino, hand-to-fin with playful stingrays and test the smarts of a clever rat. Join one of our premium camps to become a Junior Zoo Keeper or a novice Animal Trainer. Snap and click your way around the Zoo in Wildlife Photography camp. All campers get exclusive behind the scenes access and unlimited splashes on our all-new water adventure, Roaring Springs! Book now, space is limited.