When “school’s out for summer” we know finding camps to keep the kids busy and cared for is on the top of every family’s to-do list. From Tech to Surf, Sports to STEM, Zoo to Art, Theatre to Cooking, We hope this ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in around Jacksonville helps you plan for a fun and memorable summer, full of exploring and new experiences!
Duval County Public Schools
Duval County Public Schools will host a variety of summer programs this summer for students in grades Pre-K through 12 including: 3rd Grade Reading Recovery Program, 8th and 12th Grade Retake Program, 6th Grade STEM Summer Enrichment Program, 6th Grade Summer Bridge ELA Program, Summer Voluntary Kindergarten, ESOL Summer Maintenance Program, Extended School Year (ESY) Summer Services, Summer Driver’s Education and Fee-Based Enrichment Camps.
DATES, HOURS and COST varies per program.
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: May – August
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. TThe offerings include dance, cooking, academic preparation, music, art and computer programming.
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 4 – July 27.
CAMP HOURS: 9 AM – 3 PM, Extended care available 7:30 AM – 6 PM.
CAMP COST:$200/week. Specialty camps: $300 – $400/week.
First Coast YMCA
The First Coast YMCA is getting ready for the Best. Summer. Ever! with Worlds of Imagination at Super Summer Adventure Day Camp. Children ages 5-15 (varies by location) will travel through time, visit the dinosaurs, blast into the future, and everything in between—all while developing their character in interactive games and activities. We have dozens of locations across the First Coast. A typical week of camp includes: Camper’s Choice & Play during early morning and late afternoon hours, Skills building related to STEM, Art and Humanities, Sports and outdoor recreation play, Participates in Camp Readers Program, Start and end a camp day with a 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 which is designed to gain the basics skills of water safety in a group setting, Character development with a focus on our core values: Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility. A variety of either onsite special activities & guest speakers or off site field trips. *Vary per week, per camp site.
CAMP DATES: 5/29 – 8/10. CAMP COST: YMCA members save 20% on summer day camp!
Jax Surf Camp
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. Camps feature a 5:1 student to teacher ratio in calm conditions, additional teachers are brought in during any kind of rough conditions. Ocean safety and your little surfer’s safety is a major focus of our day, keeping your child safe is number one. We grew up surfing this area and prefer the less crowded and family friendly location. 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. Lesson Plan: ocean safety, correct stance, pop-ups, proper paddle technique, entering/exiting the ocean, standing up, riding, and falling. Other activities throughout the week might also include paddleboarding, yoga & stretching, relay races, beach sports, races, exercise, and classroom style whiteboard sessions. All skill levels are welcome at our camp. After day one evaluation, campers break out into age/skill appropriate groups to maximize fun and learning curve for student. If we are familiar with your surfer, we can place them in the appropriate skill level group. All 5 day camp graduates receive a goody bag and pizza party on Fridays!
CAMP DATES: Spring Surf Camp March 19 – April 6, Summer Surf Camp May 28 – August 10 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) $350, Single Half Day Drop In $50, Single Full Day Drop In (lunch included) $100
MOSH Summer Discovery Camp
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. This summer, campers will go on an epic adventure through our new exhibit, Earth Explorers! They will learn all about how people travel to the most remote places in the world, as well as create their own tools for exploration in this exciting new camp. And, space camps will feature a trip to Kennedy Space Center. More than 25 camp topics will be offered over eight weeks. Under the Sea, Amazing Architects, Storybook Science, School of Magic, Backyard Explorers, Sailing Through the Stars, Extreme Explorers, The Human Body Machine, Engineer It, Jr. Inventors, Pirates Only, Incredible Insects, Race Through Space, Marine Biology, Science of Sports, Operation Space and Movers & Makers are among the offerings. Plus, campers will get to explore the Museum’s traveling exhibit, National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers. Offered primarily for ages kindergarten through 5th grade with select weeks offered for 6th through 8th grade.
CAMP DATES: June 4 – August 3, 2018 (No camp week of July 4th )
CAMP HOURS: Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 3 pm. Before Care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and costs $25 per week.After Care: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CAMP COST: $180 for MOSH Members / $225 for Non-Members. Cost of Extended Care: $10 per child per day. (Some camps are an additional $25 for
additional supplies and/or field trip transportation).
White Oak Conservation
Summer camp at White Oak is an experience your child will never forget! Campers ages 8 – 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 16,000-acre private conservation center.
CAMP DATES: Week-long camp sessions will begin the week of June 3rd and end August 3rd. Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and Depart Friday evening. There are no camp session the week of July 1st. All sessions, with corresponding age ranges, can be found via www.whiteoakwildlife.org
CAMP COST: $1,100 and is all-inclusive (materials, t-shirt, food, lodging).
Cummer Museum of Art
A creative summer starts at Camp Cummer. The mission of the Cummer Museum is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. Children will learn, grow, and explore new ways of expressing themselves. Camp Cummer is for children entering grades 1 through 6. Middle school camp is also available.
CAMP DATES: June 11 – 15, June 18 – 22, June 25 – 29, July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20, July 23 – 27
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.
Theatre Jacksonville’s SUMMER CAMP is gearing up for another fantastic time! Each of our 4-week sessions celebrate the joyful, ridiculous and brilliant imagination of your child. It’s time for them to explore, have fun and make new friends all while discovering the world of live performance. Our experienced artists share their passion for theatre through classes in acting, music, dance, and improvisation. Each session wraps-up with campers putting on a show for you! Unfolding before your eyes is everything our campers have learned. This is a performance written and created just for them. Also supporting our campers throughout their day are our energetic camp counselors, some of the best and brightest teens from area high schools. We look forward to working with you and your creative child year! Camp ages include 7-14 years of age.
CAMP DATES: Session A: June 4 – 29, Session B: July 10 – August 4. CAMP HOURS: Monday -Friday 9 a.m. -2 p.m. , Extended Day 2 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at $10 a day.
CAMP COST: $530 per camper, discounts available when enrolling in multiple sessions and/or with siblings.
The Bolles School
Every summer The Bolles School plays host to a variety of opportunities that enable children to have fun, learn and grow with their peers. There is so much to love about Bolles Summer Camps! Whether your child loves to B-Athletic, B-Innovative, B-Smart or B-Artistic, Bolles has a camp for them. Vand select from over 100 camps for ages 6 – 18! This is your summer to fall in love with all the options at Bolles!
CAMP DATES: Sessions are available from June through August 2018.
CAMP COST: Costs begin at $180 for a week.
Beaches Episcopal School
Beaches Episcopal School offers an exciting summer camp experience available to students rising into PreK4 through 6th grade. Amazing offerings, dynamic teachers, and a fun atmosphere make this the best camp at the beach! Oh, and don’t forget about Water Day on Fridays!
CAMP DATES & SCHEDULE: Rising Grades 3-6 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
June 11-15: Sports to the Max with Mrs. Novak, June 18-22: Lego Robotics with Mrs. Doughty or Pottery with Mrs. Henson, June 25-29: Sports to the Max with Mrs. Novak, July 9-13: F.A.C.E. with Kirk Farber
Rising Grades PreK4-3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
June 11-15: Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Legos/Robotics, Moving and Grooving, June 18-22: Cooking, Arts and Crafts, F.A.C.E., Moving and Grooving, June 25-29: Gymnastics, Arts and Crafts, Legos/Robotics, Moving and Grooving, July 9-13: Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Legos/Robotics, Moving and Grooving
CAMP COSTS (per week): Morning Only Program (9a-12p): BES Students: $175, Non-BES Students: $200. Extended Day (12p-4p): $20 per day (all students)
Tommy Hulihan's Basketball Camp
Tommy Hulihan Basketball is offering all-sports camps and basketball camp this summer at a new location, Beaches Chapel School!
CAMP DATES: Summer All-Sports Camp 4 Weeks! July 9th – 13th, July 16th – 20th, July 23rd – 27th, July 30th – August 3rd for girls and boys 5 years old through 6th grade. CAMP HOURS: 8am-3pm Extended Care: 3pm-6pm. Basketball Camp June 11th – 15th Session #1 9am -12pm Boys currently in 2nd – 4th grade (Please use CURRENT grade)*Extended Care Available 8am-9am and 12pm-5pm. Session #2 1pm-4pm Boys currently in 5th – 7th grade. Session #3 5:00pm-7:00pm Girls currently in 2nd – 7th grade (Girls separated by grade 2nd-4th / 5th-7th on different courts)
Camp Encore, presented by the Cathedral Arts Project, offers 6- to 11-year-olds the opportunity to discover new passions and grow their creativity. Campers of all experience levels will enjoy a fun-filled week of one-of-a-kind instruction in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, led by qualified teaching artists.
CAMP DATES: June 11-15 | June 18-22 | June 25-29 | July 9-13
CAMP COST: $199 per camper, per week.
Shepherd of the Woods 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 11-August 3, Summer School – June 13-June 28 and July 10 – August 2
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 June 4 – June 8 and August 6 – 10; Session I: June 11 – 22; Session II: June 25 – July 6; Session III: July 9 – July 20; Session IV: July 23 – August 3; Stage Door Theatre Camp Session I: June 11 – July 6; Stage Door Theatre Camp Session II: July 9 – August 3; J-Teens: Register by March 30.
Girl Scouts of
Join Girl Scouts of Gateway Council to make the story of this summer the best yet! Girls in grades K-12 participate in age-appropriate outdoor experiences, plus STEM, confidence-building and leadership development activities. GSGC offers two locations for day camp, weeklong resident camp and “samplers” that provide a shorter overnight camp experience. There’s something for every girl to experience!
CAMP DATES: June 10-Aug. 3; weekly and partial-week sessions available.
CAMP COST: Resident camp, $450; day camp, $200; sampler camp $225. Add $25 for non-Girl Scouts.
Jax Cooking Studio
Let JAX Cooking Studio teach your child or teen to cook this summer! During our week-long camps, kids practice culinary skills and work in teams to cook the day’s recipes. Diverse themes and concepts of math, chemistry, team-building, world cultures, geography, sustainability, and nutrition are woven into our interactive discussions. This is the kind of summer school every kid will enjoy! Each day, campers get to chow down on the recipes they worked hard to prepare. The week culminates in a nail-biting food challenge with teams competing against each other using their newfound cooking skills and campers leave home with recipes to treat you to a delicous home-cooked meal!
CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 7 – 12, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., ages 13-18, CAMP DATES: June 18 – 22 International Street Food, June 25 – 29 Food in the Movies, July 2, 3, 5, 6 Baking Bonanza, July 9 – 13 Global Flavor, July 16 – 20 Culinary Bootcamp: Let’s Learn the Basics! July 23 – 27 Food in the Movies, July 30 – Aug 3 Baking Bonanza CAMP COST: All camps: $300/week, except July 2 camp: $240/week
Nifty Nickelodeon! – Chappell’s Summer of Fun and Slime!! Join us for an amazing, action-filled, nine-week summer camp program. Camp is being held at Chappell San Marco and Chappell Deerwood.
Week 1 – Ninja Turtles, Week 2 – Nella the Princess Knight, Week 3 – Kid Danger Superhero, Week 4 – Alvin and the Chipmunks, Week 5 – Double Dare, Week 6 – Sponge Bob, Week 7 – Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Week 8 – Fairly Odd Parents, Week 9 – Glitch Tech
Twice-weekly field trips!
CAMP COST: $180/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.
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 19 – July 26. Held Daily Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes. CAMP HOURS: 9am – 12pm. CAMP COST: $35/day.
Bittersweet Summer Circus Camp
Join us for a truly unique Summer Camp experience for kids/teens ages 8-17, interested in learning the basic skills of circus and aerial arts. Campers will learn basic moves and transitions in acrobatics, aerial hoop (lyra), silks, and vertical pole (as seen in Cirque De Soleil), while building their strength and flexibility. They will also have the opportunity to develop dance, tumbling skills and to practice some very basic costuming and make-up skills. Each session we will have a special theme we will work with to create our special show and performance. An exciting evening of performances will be hosted at the end of each session; campers will perform their skills for family and friends.
CAMP DATES: Session 1: June 4th-June 15th *Performance Night is June 15th, Session 2: July 9th- July 20th *Performance night is on July 20th
CAMP HOURS: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Extended pick up and drop off (8:00am to 5:00pm) are available for an additional fee. Due to the unique nature of our camp, there will be limited spots available to ensure individualized instruction and safety. The camp sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and all fees must be paid in full to reserve your spot.
CAMP COSTS: Sessions Pricing $700 / Extended Care $300 (per session)
Shiva Robotics Academy
Shiva Robotics Academy is an educational institution that teaches kids about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through various hands-on activities. Enjoy LEGO Robotics Camp and more all summer long!
CAMP DATE: June 4 to 8 : Robotic Arm Summer Camp Week, June 18 to 22 : Smart Vehicles Summer Camp Wee, June 25 to 29 : Industrial Robots Summer Camp Week, July 9 to 13 : Rise of Humanoids Summer Camp Week, July 16 to 20 : Animatronics Summer Camp Week, July 23 to 27 : Video Game Designing Summer Camp Week
CAMP HOURS: 9 am to 3 pm Extended Fun Hours Available from 7.30 am to 6 pm CAMP AGES: 4 to 15
The Topgolf Kids Summer Academy is five days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids 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, kids will learn everything they need to know to improve their game. 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 COST: $199 PER CHILD | REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
Entry to the Academy: 5 half days, Monday – Friday, Topgolf Game Play and Golf Instruction, Lunch, One Summer Academy T-Shirt, One Junior Golf Glove, One Water Bottle, One Cinch Backpack, Additional Topgolf Gift, and a Certificate of Completion.
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. – Child drop off
9:00 a.m. – Academy begins
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:00 to 12:15 p.m. – Child pick up
CAMP AGES: This program is designed for children between the ages of 6-12 years old.
Prices will increase as dates get closer. We are also running a special right now if they sign up before March 2nd they will receive a $50 game play coupon.
First Coast Center for the Arts
An easy going approach to fun activities for ages 2 – 10 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 11 – July 27. No camp week of July 4.
CAMP HOURS & COST: 9 AM – 12 PM Half Day ($80/wk) or 9 AM – 3 PM ($130/wk). Full Day. $50 deposit required.
La Petite Academy
Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Enjoy weekly themed experiences, engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals. Campers receive a T-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag for summer adventures!
CAMP AGES: 5 to 12
CAMP DATES: Summer camp is perfect for younger children too! Throughout June, July, and August, children will continue to learn and grow with fun themed activities and special guests.
Jax Humane Society
At the Jacksonville Humane Society Camp for Kids, campers in rising grades K-8 will make new friends – even the furry kind! Join us for a week of hands-on animal activities including dog training, bottle feeding kittens and helping promote animals for adoption. Learn how to help pets in your home and our community in a safe, fun environment with experienced, professional counselors. Extended care is available. Pick from any of our exciting 7 weeks this summer!
CAMP DATES: Camp is M-F. First week begins June 4 and the last week ends on August 3, 2018. (No camp from July 2-13.)
CAMP HOURS: 9-4 with extended care available 8-5
CAMP LOCATION: Jacksonville Humane Society Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center
Bolts & Bytes Makers Academy
Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy was founded on the belief that children learn best when they are truly interested and excited by what they are learning. Our classes are built around project-based learning, where there is no right answer, and creative solutions and approaches are encouraged. We combine maker technology like 3D printing, coding, robotics, electronics and drones with a fully featured makerspace packed with all the fabrication tools that your imagination may require.
June 4 – June 8
am > 3D Printing Exploration
pm > DIY Skateboard Design & Build
June 11 – June 15
am > Spy Lab
pm > Drone Pilot Race School
June 25 – June 29
am > Drone Pilot Race School
pm > DIY Musical Instruments
July 9 – July 13
am > 3D Printing Exploration
pm > Inventor Studio
July 16 – July 20
am > Silk Screen Printing
July 23 – July 27
full-day! > Build an Escape Room (with special tours of our Escape Room on Fri & Sat)
Camp Broadway introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes. Training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement and dance make up the intensive class work. Triple-threat workshops give one-on-one instruction in singing, dancing and acting. It has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for all those starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway someday. Camp Broadway is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country, bringing Broadway to kids. Aspiring young campers learn about the theater from New York staff members of Broadway performers, choreographers and musicians.Located at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
CAMP AGES: 10-17
CAMP DATES: June 11-15, 2018 8:30am-5pm (6pm on Friday)
CAMP COST:: $575 includes full tuition, lunch, snacks, t-shirt and headshot