School's out for the summer … and kids are dying of boredom. What to do? Check out one of these great local kids summer camps in Florida.
KinderCare Learning Centers
What I like most is that, on top of education being one of their top priorities, they created their program by actually talking to kids to find out what they wanted to do this summer. Using the information received from over 3,000 children, KinderCare Learning Centers crafted a summer day camp that delivers just what kids are looking for: irresistible learning opportunities, hands-on involvement and unique experiences.
Their program has different themes for each week, including Wild, Wild West, Wilderness 101, Dig Ancient Egypt, You've Got Talent!, Puppeteer Road Show, Gross & Gooey Science, Spectacular Sports, Animal Antics, Science Adventures, Art Expo, Kid's Kitchen, Splish, Splash!, Surfs Up! and Everyday Heroes.
Ages vary from Pre-K to school-aged children based on the program selected. Registration can be done online at www.kindercare.com/summercamp.
Success Oriented Achievement Realized is a program for preteens, teens and adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD). This program is designed to help develop self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, a willingness to attempt new challenges and the motivation which comes through successful goal orientation. SOAR believes all individuals identified with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder possess talents and gifts that can prove incredible success once the student negotiates the challenging obstacles of childhood, adolescence, and a traditional educational system that is unable to respond to individual learning styles.
SOAR has programs in seven different locations worldwide including North Carolina, Wyoming, California, Costa Rica, Belize, Peru and the Florida Keys. You will find three types of programs available in the Florida Keys: Standard, SCUBA, and Advanced SCUBA. The Standard program includes activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tubing, fishing and marine travel. There are four sessions available, each ten days long. The maximum number of students per session is 14, so if this is something you or your child is interested you'll need to act fast. Ages for this program are 11 to 18. Tuition is $2,900.
Circle F Dude Ranch Camp
This private 500+ acre property has a 45 acre lake and over 25 different activities including a rock wall, zipline, paint ball, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, dance, tumbling, cheerleading, football, soccer, volleyball, swimming, blobing, and more. Enrollment is limited to 100 boys and 110 girls, ages 6-16. Tuition includes the complete camp program (including horseback riding), room, food, arts and crafts materials, a Circle F yearbook and camp t-shirt. Extras not included are personal laundry ($15 per week) and camper's personal bank account (suggested deposit of $25 per week). Paintball is an additional $50.00 per week and off-site excursions require an additional fee that varies by destination. There is no sales or tourist tax on camp fees. Circle F offers several discounts when registering.
Circle F Dude Ranch is located at Highway 60 E & Dude Ranch Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33853. They can be reached at 863-676-4113 or by visiting their website www.circlefduderanchcamp.com.
Southeast Museum of Photography Summer Camp
This program offer campers the opportunity to learn a broad spectrum of photo tips and tricks, as well as have the chance to improve their picture taking skills at any level. No experience is necessary. There are three sessions available, each a week long.
Camp runs 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday. Tuition is $185 per child per session. All material costs are included in the weekly session price, but children are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras. This is a coed day camp for children ages 8 to 15 with limited spaces, so if your child loves photography act fast!
The camp is located at the Southeast Museum of Photography at 1200 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach FL, 32114. You can download the registration form online at www.smponline.org. For more information about the summer camp program, please contact Christina Katsolis, Educational Services Coordinator at 386-506-4569.
This overnight camp offers adventure packed activities and non-stop fun for children ages 8 to 14. Camp Frontier facilities include over 200 acres of Florida wilderness with miles of hiking and horse trails, arts and crafts shack, basketball court, bathrooms with private showers, cabins (900 square foot) with bunks, lights and fans, separate girls and boys camps, and a campfire area with torch-lit stage. Parents and family are permitted to visit on Sundays from 12pm-3pm. You can choose from overnight camps designed anywhere from one week to five weeks. Day camps run from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, but campers can be dropped off as early as 8am. Day Campers will be provided with lunch and afternoon snack each day. Day Campers receive a Camp Frontier shirt and water bottle and may choose to participate in evening campfires and talent show and are welcome to join overnight campers on the Saturday theme park trips (cost $100). Daily bus transportation is free of charge.
Camp Frontier is located at 18050 US Hwy 301 South, Wimauma, FL 33598. For more information, call (888) 977-2267 or visit their website at http://campfrontier.com.