This warm winter weather has us ready and dreaming about summer break, which begins in just three months! Early registration for summer camps has begun, so we wanted to put together the ultimate Guide to Summer Camps for the Jacksonville area. This comprehensive list covers everything from Art to Zoo, Sports to Technology and more!
Let’s explore where we can send our little happy campers this summer!
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
When school’s out, Zoo Camp is IN! Nowhere else on the First Coast can your child spend the day nose-to-nose with an elephant, toe-to-toe with a flamingo, neck-to-neck with a giraffe, eye-to-eye with an anaconda or shoulder-to-shoulder with a gorilla! All of our programs include Zoo tours, activities & games, crafts and hands-on encounters with animals everyday. Members of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens receive discounts on Education Programs and FREE admission every time they visit. Become a Member today and take advantage of the discount right away!
Summer Zoo Camp has two alternating themes for each age group – Week A and Week B. Topics include Best of the Best: Animal Champions, ICKYology, Destination Conservation, Zookeeping 101, Say What? Animal Communication, Wildlife Warriors, Troops, Groups, and Herds, Arts Alive
CAMP DATES: (Registration coming soon!) Weekly sessions from June 12 – August 4 for campers in grades K-8th. Campers should register for the grade they are rising in the fall. CAMP HOURS: 9:00am – 4:00 pm and Extended Care: 7:45am – 8:45am & 4:15pm – 5:15 pm. CAMP COST: Zoo Members: $195/week/child; Non-Members: $220/week/child; Extended Care: $50/week/child.
From June 5 through August 4, MOSH Summer Discovery Camp goers will get to explore science, history, astronomy and more with weekly adventures that are sure to tap into a child’s interests. Campers will become honorary members of the MOSH Exhibits Team to explore the history of engineering, build with different types of materials, and construct their very own take-home creations in MOSH’s workshop! And, space camps will feature a trip to Kennedy Space Center.
More than 25 camp topics will be offered over nine weeks. Building Bricks, Mythbusters Physics Frenzy, Mini Engineering, Superheroes Science Academy, Hunger Games Survival Science, Dino Discovery, Space Travelers, Inventors Workshop, and Body Works are among the offerings. Plus, campers will get to explore the Museum’s traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion.
Summer Discovery Camps are offered primarily for kindergarteners through 5th graders with select weeks offered for 6th through 8th graders. Camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are $205 for the week (some camps are an additional $25 for supplementary supplies and/or field trip transportation). MOSH Members receive a 20% discount. Before- and after-care is available. To register visit: www.themosh.org.
CAMP DATES: June 5- August 4 9am – 3pm
Before Care: 7:30am – 9am
After Care: 3pm – 5pm
Cost of Camp: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for Non-Members
Cost of Extended Care: $10 per child per day.
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Summer programs at Episcopal School of Jacksonville are all about fun and self-improvement for grades K-12. The classes give students the opportunity to enjoy the subject matter at a relaxed pace, with fewer students and greater teacher attention. The sports and arts camps stress the love of the game and offer something for everyone, whether it be volleyball, swimming, music, dancing or fencing. Activity camps offer a variety of opportunities, include driver’s ed or fishing. Eagle Arts Camp and Coach Mark Brunell Football Camp are two favorite ESJ camps! The safe, secure environment at Episcopal allows students and parents to focus on what is important: improving academics, athletics, and fine arts skills. The School prides itself on being a small, close-knit community that welcomes anyone to join us! Come play and learn with us this summer. We know you will find a camp you will love at Episcopal.
CAMP DATES: June – July
Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association
Come join us for fun and skills this summer at the largest indoor volleyball training facility between Orlando and Atlanta.
SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS at JJVA is a high-energy youth sports experience providing unforgettable memories and friendships to last a lifetime! The SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS focus on team building, leadership skills, sports, fitness and fun! JJVA camp counselors make sure that every child has a rewarding, safe, and fun camp experience. Camp is open to boys and girls, graded K through 5.
For our volleyball enthusiasts, JJVA offers a VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CAMP. The world-class JJVA coaching staff focus on fundamental skills through game-based drills and daily scrimmages. The VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CAMP is open to boys and girls grades 4-12 is designed for the beginner to intermediate player and will incorporate teamwork and sportsmanship
CAMP DATES: JJVA Camps will run weekly from June 5 – August 4. SPORTS CAMP is offered daily or for a full week. SKILLS CAMP is offered Mon-Fri (5 days), Mon-Wed (3 days) or Thu-Fri (2 days)
CAMP HOURS: SPORTS CAMP: Full-Day 9a-4p / Half-Day 9a-12p / Extended 8a-6p. SKILLS CAMP: 9am-4pm
CAMP COST: SPORTS CAMP: Full-Day Week $200 / Half-Day Week $140 / Daily $45. SKILLS CAMP: Mon-Fri $265 / Mon-Wed $165 / Thu-Fri $110
ADDITIONAL: Lunch Available Daily $7 / Extended Day Weekly $50 / Free Camp T-Shirt
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Spend the summer creating! The Cultural Center’s Summer Arts Programs offer studio-based arts curriculum in an intimate, creative environment that supports the artistic journey of each young artist of any skill level. Our arts instructors are all working artists and/or arts educators that focus of the process and experimentation of art-making which is the pathway to creativity.
During the weekly summer arts programs, young artists explore a wide range of styles, tools, materials and techniques in a supportive and enjoyable environment. Structured projects support the freedom of independent expression while careful attention and guidance is given to the individual needs of the young artist. No pre-requisites or skill level required for our programs but we suggest that your child have a desire to learn about the arts. Receive discounts on the Summer Arts Programs by purchasing a family membership.
For our Mini Creators & Youth Arts Camps, week long art-making education encompasses a combination of different disciplines to include painting, drawing, sculpture, new media, printmaking, mixed media, art history, and more. Even though we prioritize process over final results, our arts educators will select artwork form each child to be displayed at the end of each week for their family to view.
CAMP DATES: June 5 – August 4 (REGISTRATION COMING SOON!) Campers may register for just one or several weeks of camp. CAMP HOURS: Ages 4 – 8 | 9:00am – 12:30pm. Ages 9 – 16 | 9:00am – 2:00pm. CAMP COST: Mini Creators Camp AGES 4-5: Members: $115/child/week; Non-Members: $140/child/week.
Youth Arts Camp AGES 6-8: Members: $190/child/week; Non-Members: $215/child/week. The Artist Academy AGES 9 and up: Members: $320/child/week; Non-Members: $375/child/week.
Cummer Museum of Art
Immerse your child in summer art camp for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the Cummer Museum’s Galleries and Gardens. Camp Cummer is for children entering grades 1 through 6.
CAMP DATES: June 5 – July 21, July 24 – July 28 (Middle School Camp Cummer).
CAMP HOURS: Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Extended Extended Care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and costs $25 per week. PM Extended Care is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and costs $35 per week.
CAMP COST: Members: $180/child/week; Non-Members: $215/child/week.
White Oak Conservation
Summer camp at White Oak is an experience your child will never forget! Campers ages 10 – 17 explore White Oak’s conservation breeding center for endangered species for a week-long journey in STEM education, exploration and fun. At White Oak, your child will get up close to amazing species like rhinos, cheetahs, okapi while they learn from leading experts in veterinary care, wildlife conservation and more. Campers also enjoy horseback riding, swimming, hiking, boating and other classic camp adventures! You can rest assured that your child is having fun in a safe, unique environment nestled in north Florida at White Oak’s 13,000-acre private conservation center.
CAMP DATES: Week-long camp sessions will begin the week of May 28 and end August 4. Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and Depart Friday evening. There are no camp sessions the week of June 12, July 2, and July 23.
CAMP COST: $1,100 and is all-inclusive (materials, t-shirt, food, lodging).
Beaches Episcopal School
Mark your calendars and make plans now for your children to “Live the Adventure” at the 2017 BES Summer Camp! Your students will experience an enormous variety of exciting activities centered around amazing themes for each week of camp. Summer Camp is open to all students entering PreK4 through sixth grade (students must be 4 years old by July 21, 2017, to attend as a PreK4 student). Students will be separated into two groups based on their rising grade level. One group will be comprised of PreK4 through first-grade students while the other group will consist of second through sixth-grade students. Each week will feature activities based on a theme (Under the Sea, Princesses and Superheroes, Ooey Gooey Fun, and The Mighty Jungle) in the areas of Art, Cooking, Science, and Games. And don’t forget about Water Day every Friday of camp! Discounts will be offered to Beaches Episcopal School students.
CAMP DATES: June 12-16, June 19-23. July 10-14, July 17-21. CAMP COSTS (per week): Morning Only Program (9a-12p): BES Students: $160, Non-BES Students: $175. Full Day Program (9a-2:45p): BES Students: $210, Non-BES Students: $225.
Jacksonville Country Day School
For over forty years, Jacksonville Country Day School has provided students with a high quality and enriching summer day camp program to enjoy. Campers experience a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, daily pool time, music, games, sports, fun field trips, and more! The camp program is divided into 8 one-week sessions. The campers are placed into cabins according to the grade they will be entering in the fall. The programs are specifically designed for each age group. In addition to our day camp, JCDS is proud to offer a number of quality and exciting specialty camps. The offerings include dance, literature, academic preparation, computers, painting, robotics, and music theater camps.
Our camp is staffed with trained counselors who allow the campers to be creative and express their individuality, while at the same time providing leadership in a safe, enjoyable environment. Choosing the right summer program for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. We are confident our diverse, camper-focused program will provide your child with a memorable summer experience. We look forward to seeing you and your camper this summer!
CAMP DATES: 8 Sessions of summer day camp beginning June 5 – July 28. CAMP HOURS: 9 AM – 3 PM, Extended care available 7:30 AM – 6 PM. CAMP COST: $200/week. Specialty camps: $300 – $450/week.
Come join Renaissance Youth Summer Day Camp! Experience the best the First Coast has to offer without breaking the bank! Renaissance Youth this the parent company of Soccer Shots, Next Generation Athletics and Engineering for Kids. This year we are pulling some of our best and brightest instructors from each of these companies to offer what you’ve been asking for for ages 5-13 (rising kindergarteners – 8th grade). Register now to send your kids to camp where they will learn archery, robotics, sports, and more, all during our fun thematic weeks, such as Minecraft, Wizarding Worlds, Mad Scientist and Rogue 2 – A Star Wars Camp!
CAMP DATES: June 5 – August 11
Smitty's Day Camp
At Smitty’s Camp, we provide a nurturing, safe and fun-filled environment for all of our campers. We strive to introduce new skills and activities to the campers each day that will foster personal growth and development, help them gain confidence in themselves, build strong character and leadership skills, and also help them to learn to work together as a team. Whether it is through swimming, sports, imagination, music or other fun activities, our goal is to help your child grow in ways that will benefit them long after summer camp is over.
CAMP DATES: June 5 – August 11.
The Goddard School Ponte Vedra Beach
GODDARD CAMP…Powered by STEAM, Fueled by FUN!
The founding principle of The Goddard School’s program is that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning while they are having fun. We’ve incorporated this philosophy into every aspect of our summer program, from STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to outdoor play. We’ll explore a wide range of STEAM activities through indoor and outdoor games, messy crafts, regular water play and cool experiments. Young scientists, artists and adventurers will visit other parts of the globe to study animals, habitats and cultures. They’ll sing along to live music, watch a woman transform into a clown, marvel at the hilarious tricks of our favorite magician, and enjoy live animal encounters with weekly visitors and special events. We’ll fuel your child’s imagination in a fun-filled and friend-filled environment! Camp is for Preshool/PreK – K and Students entering Grade 1.
Join Florida Film Academy at Flagler College campus for a Summer Filmmaking Academy for students aged 7 – 18. There are options for advanced filmmakers as well as beginner-intermediate levels. Residency and Day Camp options. Residency students stay in Flagler College Dorms.
CAMP DATES: Pre-College Program: Ages 14-18 only, July 10 – 14 – Residency & Day Camp Options and July 24th-28th Day Camp
Make a Movie: Ages 7-12 Choose your week: July 10th – 14th, July 17th – 21st, July 24th – 28th, 9 AM – 5 PM
Make a Movie: Ages 13 – 15, July 10th – 14th, July 24th – 28th
Creative Photography: Ages 14-18 only, July 10th-14th
Residency & Day Camp Options available.
Weekly rates range from $350 – $1565. Residency students will stay at Flagler College Dorms and this camp price includes all accommodation and food.
Tommy Hulihan's Basketball Camp
Tommy Hulihan Basketball is home to all your basketball needs! Held at St. Paul’s Catholic School Gym, Summer Basketball League girls and boys 5 years old – rising 6th graders.
CAMP DATES: Summer Basketball Camp June 13- June 17 boys and girls grades 3rd – 8th grade, Shooting School – girls and boys 6th-12th grade, Player Development Programs 3rd -12th grade, Summer Sports Camp May 31 – August 5 girls and boys 5 years old through 6th grade.
Come create with us! Doing Dishes Summer Art Camp will get your creative juices flowing for ages 7 and up.. Each session will have a different theme and project. Campers will create at least two great projects a day, project mediums include, pottery painting, canvas and glass fusion.
CAMP DATES: June 20 – July 20. Held Daily Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes. CAMP HOURS: 9am – 12pm. CAMP COST: $35/day.
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School
Your child will have fun while enriching, maintaining, or remediating skills in a values-based environment emphasizing social, emotional, and academic learning. We offer a half-day Preschool Summer Camp (for 2 ½ year olds who are potty-trained through 5 year olds) offered either five-days, three-days, or two-days a week from 9am-noon at our Southside Campus. We also offer Summer School for K through 6th graders on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 4-week or 3-week sessions from 9am-3pm at our Mandarin Campus.
CAMP DATES: Preschool Summer Camp – June 12-August 4, Summer School – June 13-July 6 and July 18 – August 3.
Jax Surf and Paddle
Jax Surf Camp hosted by Jax Surf & Paddle is a great way for your little surfer to learn, grow, and have tons of fun this year. Camp is open to any child aged 6-16 who is able to swim. Camp curriculum consists of learning how to surf and improving current surfing skill set. Each camp will feature lessons and demonstrations as well as lots of practice.
CAMP DATES: June 5 – August 11 CAMP HOURS: Half Day Morning and Afternoon and Full Day Sessions available, single day Drop In Sessions also available. CAMP COST: Half Day (5 sessions M-F) $210, Full Day (10 Sessions M-F lunch included) $335, Single Half Day Drop In $50, Single Full Day Drop In (lunch included) $100
First Coast YMCA
It’s GAME ON! This year at the YMCA Day Camps across the First Coast. Campers will discover new adventures, interests, skills, build self-confidence, make new friends and feel a sense of achievement. Above all, we focus on making summer fun! Typical week includes: Camper’s Choice & Play, skills building related to STEM, Art and Humanities, Sports and outdoor recreation pla, Camp Readers Program, group assembly filled with song, dance and recognition to celebrate the spirit of camp. At least twice a week, campers participate in our Safety Around Water program and Character development.
CAMP DATES: May 30 – August 11.
First Coast Center for the Arts
An easy going approach to fun activities for ages 4 – 12 such as daily morning stretches, karate, gymnastics theater, art and dance! Each week is theme based and the campers get to pick their own theme. Each Friday will be a celebration and a performance by campers!
CAMP DATES: June 5 – July 21. No camp the week of July 4th. CAMP HOURS & COST: 9 AM – 12 PM Half Day ($80/wk) or 9 AM – 3 PM ($130/wk). Full Day. $50 deposit required.
Jewish Community Alliance
At the fully accredited JCA Summer Camp, campers, age 2 through grade 12, participate in age-appropriate activities and specialty offerings while being guided by a staff of mature and professional counselors. With programs such as arts and crafts, Stage Door Theatre Camp, sports, daily swim, horseback riding and other specialty activities, J-Teens leadership program and so much more, JCA Summer Camp gives your child the best possible summer camp experience in a positive, safe and fun environment. Campers can have even more fun during JCA Adventure Days offered before and after the regular summer camp season.
CAMP DATES: Adventure Days May 25 – June 2, June 5 – 9 and August 7 – 11; Session I: June 12 – 23; Session II: June 26 – July 7; Session III: July 10 – July 21; Session IV: July 24 – August 4; Stage Door Theatre Camp Session I: June 12 – July 7; Stage Door Theatre Camp Session II: July 10 – August 4; J-Teens: Register by March 31.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
S.E.A Camp: Join our crew for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beachcombing and of course, dolphins! Campers will spend days outside enjoying the beach and exploring the Intracoastal hammock ecosystem. Science experiments, conservation projects and animal observations are included and camps will conclude with an exciting in-water dolphin encounter and a formal graduation ceremony.
T.E.E.N. Camp: An exciting opportunity for teenagers interested in the environmental field and local wildlife. This unique experience provides campers with an in-depth look into our local ecosystems and its diverse array of resident species. Campers will kayak the Intracoastal waterway, conduct lab experiments and perform mock field work for our Conservation Field Station. At the conclusion of the camp, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an in-water encounter with one of our bottlenose dolphins!
CAMP DATES: June 5 – August 11 CAMP AGES: S.E.A. Camp I: Ages 7 – 9 | S.E.A. Camp II: Ages 10 – 12 | T.E.E.N. Camp: Ages 13 – 17 CAMP COST: $550 CAMP HOURS: 5 day sessions; Monday – Friday*, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. *Friday will be a half-day
Join the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at the University of North Florida for an incredible week of tennis! Under the guidance of head men’s tennis coach, Mark Finnegan, campers will receive a fun and unique tennis camp experience in Jacksonville. At the University of North Florida tennis camp, we break the campers into small instructional groups of similar age and ability so each child is working in a group that is commensurate with their experience level. It is here where we tailor each program to the level of the players. Beginners would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building and percentage tennis etc.
CAMP DATES: Session I: June 12-16, 2017, Session II: June 19-23, 2017
CAMP COST: Full Day – $445 per week, Half Day – $325 per week
CAMP AGES: Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels
Get your Camera’s Rolling – Chappell’s Summer Camp is in Action!! Join us for an amazing, action-filled nine-week summer camp program. Camp is being held at Chappell Riverplace Tower and Chappell Deerwood.
CAMP COST: $160/week which includes all snacks, lunches, field trips, arts and crafts, and a camp t-shirt.
Registration is now open for children ages 5-12. The Chappell campuses at FSCJ South and FSCJ Downtown will also offer a summer program for school age children.
Summer fun for kids! Our half-day golf clinic is one summer “school” every kid will love! The program includes all of the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette, your kids will learn everything they need to know about the game of golf. Each Academy is designed and taught by our Golf Teaching Professionals in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Summer Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each junior golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing.
CAMP DATES: Every week from June 5th – August 7th CAMP TIMES: Start time is 9 a.m. Child drop off: 8:30-9 a.m., Lunch: 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m., Child pick up: 12:00-12:15 p.m. CAMP AGES: This program is designed for children between the ages of 6-12 and 13-16 years old. CAMP COST: $224 per week before May 31st, $249 per week after May 31st.
Christian Laettner Basketball Academy
Christian Laettner is hosting another summer basketball camp at Bishop Snyder High School in Jacksonville, FL. The Duke All-American and 13 year NBA Veteran will bring his Christian Laettner Basketball Academy to Jacksonville for a 4-day basketball camp, which he will lead himself, July 24 – July 27. Coach Laettner will provide a fun, learning environment for the basketball player looking to improve their game, with a focus on skill development, striving to help players improve their ball handling and passing, while increasing their understanding of offensive and defensive concepts. There will be great attention to detail on the core fundamentals of the game. Register now at http://www.theclba.com. Don’t wait- space is limited! This camp will be held at Bishop Snyder High School and is open for registration to all players, girls.
Campers will need to bring a personal lunch and water for each day of camp. Contact Nessa Gower if you have any questions: [email protected]
CAMP AGES: Boys and Girls Ages 10-18 CAMP DATES: July 24 – 27 CAMP COST: $265/Camper