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The Coolest Sleep Away Summer Camp Programs for Tampa Bay Kids

If you’ve been thinking about a sleep away camp for your child, we’ve got a few ideas for you!

There are some really amazing camps highlighted in our 2022 Summer Camp Guide, so we’ve pulled together this list of camps for your child to help them create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Camp Blue Ridge

355 Playhouse Drive, Clayton, GA 30525
954-665-8686; blueridgecamp.com

Camp Blue Ridge is a family operated, activity-oriented, coed, accredited summer camp. At Camp Blue Ridge, we strive to develop an independent camper within a community setting. We offer children and teens an ever-evolving collection of specialized activities in the areas of aquatics, athletics, outdoor adventure and the cultural arts.

Cost: varies by session, *please call for first-time camper rates and camp specials
Dates/Times: June 12 – July 30, sleep-away
Ages: 5-16, Coed


Camp Dovewood

23221 101st Road, O’Brien 32071
386-209-1908 or 386-935-0863; campdovewood.org

Camp Dovewood celebrates 45 years of dynamic Christian camping for girls 7-16 in North Florida. We have an outstanding equestrian program with certified instructors: huntseat, rodeo, dressage, grooming, vet care and trail rides. We also offer swimming instruction, tennis, cheerleading, art, drama, archery, Bible, volleyball, softball, cooking, gymnastics, music and baton. ACA and CHA accredited.

Cost: $775-$1,295
Dates/Times: June 12 – July 23, 1-2 week sessions
Ages: 7-16, Girls Only


Camp Gilead

1445 Camp Gilead Drive, Polk City 33868
863-984-1353; campgilead.com

Camp Gilead is a year-round Christian Camp and conference center that has served central Florida since 1938! Whether your children are seasoned campers or first-timers, we are confident that they will find the friendly atmosphere at Camp Gilead refreshing and exciting. We exist to glorify God by creating a fun, safe, Christ-centered place for children and teens to evaluate their relationship with Jesus Christ and to be challenged both physically and spiritually while making lifelong friends.

Cost: $345 Overnight Camp, $245 Commuter Camp
Dates/Times: June 5 – July 22, times vary
Ages: K-12, Coed


Camp Osprey

18050 US Highway 301 S., Wimauma 33598
941-928-6860; camposprey.com

Camp Osprey Kid’s Day / Overnight Adventure Camp is located on 204 acres that meander along the Little Manatee River. Horseback riding, zipline, giant swing, paintball, BB guns, archery, kayaking, paddleboards, swimming, fishing and art and crafts are offered in a Christian-based environment of family fun. Make a lifetime of memories in just one summer.

Cost: Day Camp $325/week, Overnight $645/week
Dates/Times: Day Camp M-F, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Overnight Camp Sun. 4 p.m. to Sat. 9:30 a.m.
Ages: 7-15, Coed


Camp Rockmont for Boys

375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-686-3885; rockmont.com

A Summer of Adventure. A Lifetime of Friendship. At Rockmont, campers get to experience the wildness of being a boy outdoors, the welcoming embrace of a loving community and the wonder of being alive. What makes Rockmont different is Age Progressive Programming. As your son grows, so will his camp experience! And our incredible counselors and staff are with him every step of the way.

Cost: $1,000-$6,800
Dates/Times: June 5 – Aug. 5, 1-4 week overnight sessions
Ages: 6-16, Boys (Counselor in Training Program for 17-year-olds)


Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731
423-472-6070; campwoodmont.com

Imagine a home away from home where your child feels secure, welcome and reassured—that’s Camp Woodmont! Just two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta, this ACA-accredited camp boasts two generations of family management. Overnight camp for boys & girls ages 6 to 14. Activities include archery, climbing, horseback riding, crafts, games, sports and more!

One- and two-week sessions available.

Cost: $1,075/week or $1,650/2 weeks
Dates/Times: May 29 – July 29, Overnight 1 and 2 week sessions
Ages: 6-14, Coed


Girl Scout Camp Wai Lani & Wildwood

500 Wai Lani Road, Palm Harbor 34683 & 9583 County Road 223, Wildwood 34785
813-281-GIRL; gswcf.org/summercamp

You’ll have countless opportunities to access your inner go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader as you try new things and explore the outdoors. Go paddling in the bay in a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard! Visit the marine science lab, go on a hiking adventure or conquer the climbing tower, all while building friendships that last a lifetime at Camp Wai Lani. Camp Wildwood is the place for girls who want to go on a horseback riding adventure and explore hundreds of acres of forest with miles of beautiful trails. Learn about native plants and animals, travel back to the pioneer times and visit the barn to spend time with our many horses, all while building friendships that last a lifetime.

Cost: $250-$650
Dates/Times: June – August, Times Vary
Ages: 6-17; Female


Earth Immersion SCUBA Summer Camp

180th St., Live Oak 32060
352-641-0350; earthimmersion.com/scuba-diving-summer-camp.html

Earth Immersion is a scuba, adventure and outdoor education camp for teens (13-17) looking for an unmatched experience exploring North Florida’s crystal-clear springs. Activities include earning SCUBA certifications, snorkeling, canoeing, hiking, fishing, tubing, community service hours and learning about freshwater/marine biology. We offer 7- or 13-day overnight coed programs.

Cost: $2,050-$3,650
Date/Times: June 12 – Aug. 7, 7- or 13-day overnight programs
Ages: 13-17, Coed


Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp

606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731
706-862-2231; valleyviewranch.com

Since 1954, this horse lovers’ paradise on top of Lookout Mountain offers 600 acres of scenic trails and panoramic views where all levels of riders will learn English and Western. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls and is open to ages 8-17. Spend up to six hours a day riding and caring for your OWN camp horse.

Cost: $2,200-$3,800
Dates/Times: June 5 – Aug. 5, Overnight
Ages: 8-17, Female


A Word of Life Camp: The Coast

13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson 34669
727-379-5005;
wol.is/tbpm

Are you ready for a summer you’ll never forget? Campers at The Coast will experience high energy action, form lifelong friendships and make defining decisions about their faith as they spend their days worshiping, studying Biblical truths and having a ton of fun in the Florida sun!

Cost: Junior Weeks (6-12yr): $253-$344, Teen Weeks (12-18yr): $279-$399
Dates/Times: June 5 – July 29, day camp and overnight camp options
Ages: Junior Weeks: 6-12 years old, Teen Weeks: 12-18 years old, Coed


 

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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