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Summer Camp Guide :: How to Choose a Camp and Save Money This Summer

Summer will be here before you know it! Many summer camps are filling now and you want to get in on summer camp discounts! There are more than 1,000 summer camps in Jacksonville this year, including academic camps, overnight camps, sports camps, all summer programs, specialty camps, and vacation bible school programs. If you're like us, you don't quite have summer plans figured out. Don't sweat! Fun4FirstCoastKids.com has put together a guide on how to choose the best summer camp fit for your family. Below are 5 steps to take to do the research and register. Then you can have your summer plan all set and enjoy time with your family. Scroll down for info (and how to find FREE camps!) and our top summer camps in Jax!

1. Determine When You Need Camp

Summer begins June 4 and ends August 10 before school begins August 13 for Duval County Public Schools. If you are working all summer, there are over 60 camps that care for kids in one place, all summer so you don't have to worry about multiple camps and changes during the summer.

If you're a stay at home parent or a teacher home for summer, there are pay by the day camps, week long morning or afternoon camps, and even evening camps for sports in the outdoors so kids can stay cooler. Find those camps by using our nifty filter! Simply go to our SUMMER CAMP home page, then click the box for the time you need camp - half day morning, half day afternoon, evening, or all day. All the camps in that time slot will pop up for you to choose from!

Some families have care from family members, but still need a few days or a week here and there for summer care (or maybe you need a week here or a week there away from the kids just in general!). For random weeks of camp, get our your calendar and, simply go to the, "Camp Week," section and click the box for the week of summer in which you are looking. Camps in that week will pop up. Or go to the, "Pay by the Day," section and click yes. Drop in camps will come up with that filter. Our summer camp filter system will make it easy for you to find camps during the week and time you need them!

2. Determine the Goals for Your Child at Summer Camp

One way to pick a camp out of thousands is to determine the goals for your child in attending camps this summer. Sit down with your child and go through our camp theme pages - Art Camps, Volleyball Camps, Water Sports Camps, and see what their interests are. Or if they need to improve on a sport or improve academics, check out the basketball camps, soccer, softball, or academics, stem and engineering camps. Is it a week of fun in a traditional summer day camp or overnight camp with swimming, outdoor activities, recreational camp, arts, or horseback riding? Check out our variety camps page, over night camps, or our new gaming and fun center camps pages. Do they want to try a new hobby like cooking, surfing, farming, chess, or public speaking?  Check our specialty camps page!

3. Get the Discounts

Summer camp can be expensive! Once you determine which dates and which type of camp your child needs over summer, your next goal is to save money on camps! Here are a few tips and tricks to finding discounts for summer camps!

4. Unique Jacksonville Camps!

There are so many camps in Jacksonville! What are our favorites? We love that there are All Girls Camps now-a-days! Plus, there are more than 40 Science and Tech Camps in Jacksonville with the promotion of STEAM education. Also, we love that Jacksonville is a mecca for Water Sports Camps with 8 surfing camps plus fishing, rowing, watermen, and swimming camps.

5. Meet the Camps!

The Fun4FirstCoastKids.com 3rd Annual Jacksonville Summer Camp Festival was in March at the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium! We had over 50 summer camps in attendance with activities, games, and summer camp giveaways and almost 1,000 people in attendance! Stay tuned for next year's event so you can meet the camps, experience activities related to their camp, and of course win camp! See those in attendance in 2018 by visiting this page!

In Summary

Finding a summer camp for your children can be overwhelming due to the number of camp offerings now a days, being busy during the end of the school year and having limited time to plan, and due to costs involved.  Fun4FirstCoastKids.com makes finding a camp easy with our easy to search website and summer camp filter system. Pick your interest, pick your age, pick your week, pick your area of town and click SEARCH and you have all the camps you are looking for on one step! Check it out here and we hope you have a fun summer in #ilovejax!

Top Summer Camps on the First Coast

Episcopal School of Jacksonville Summer Camp

Summer programs at Episcopal School of Jacksonville are all about fun and self-improvement. The camps allow students to pursue their passion, whether it be basketball or dancing. The classes give students the opportunity to enjoy the subject matter at a relaxed pace, with fewer students and greater teacher attention. The welcoming 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!

Aquatics Camp

We are a camp for boys and girls ages 6-14. Owned and operated by the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, the property is located at the St Johns River Base at Echockotee sitting on Doctors Inlet. We provide day camp during summer weeks highlighting one of our local treasures; the water. Here at Aquatics Camp youth can experience the thrills of repelling 50' and getting up on a wake board behind one of our Tigè Ski boats, plus so much more.

Renaissance Youth Summer Camp

The owners of Soccer Shots, Engineering for Kids, and Next Generation Archery bring you full day affordable summer camp at two locations: Holiday Hill Baptist Church and Otis A. Mason Elementary! Week themes: June 4th: Minecraft Week June 11th: Super Hero Week June 18th: Wizarding World Week June 25th: World Cup Soccer Week July 2nd: LEGO Builders Week July 9th: Carnival/Game Show Week July 16th: Olympics Week July 23rd: Science Lab Week July 30th: Starwars Week August 6th: Minecraft Week

Engineering For Kids

Multiple locations for engineering fun! In STEM education, standard academic concepts are coupled with real world problems, and students are encouraged to apply science, technology, engineering and math within their solutions. -Week of June 11th LEGO EV3 Robotics - RoboSurgeons -Week of June 25th Video Game Design - Ninja Attack -Week of July 9th LEGO WeDo Robotics -Week of July 23rd 3D Printing and Design

The Learning Experience - Old St. Augustine

At The Learning Experience, we're creating smiles all summer long through our fun and engaging summer camp program! Camp TLE® is the perfect place for your little one to experience a summer like no other through a variety of weekly themed programs and hands-on activities. Camp TLE® children create exquisite works of art, conduct exciting science experiments, tap into their musical talent, enjoy outdoor sports and activities to fun-filled obstacle courses and water play days, host weekly themed programs provide new learning opportunities and allow each child to remain academically engaged while having fun! There's always an opportunity to have fun at Camp TLE®! All of Camp TLE®'s weekly programs and daily activities have been designed with maximum fun in mind.

Smitty's Summer Camp

Smitty's camp offers exciting weekly themes with activities sure to please all ages. A list of themes is available upon enrollment so that the children will know in advance what they can look forward to each week. We accept campers that have completed kindergarten through age 12. We also offer a "Mini-Camp" for children who are entering kindergarten. Please select Mini-Camp for more information. We have First-aid and CPR trained counselors who are excited about working with your child each day. They are looking forward to helping your child make lots of new memories and build new friendships.

Girl Scouts Summer Camp

Join us at Camp Kateri and North Fork and make the story of this summer your favorite one yet. Camp Kateri is Summer Resident Camp open for ALL GIRLS who are already Girl Scout members and girls who are not. With camp week themes like outdoor artist, enchanted forest, mermaid mania, and sugar and spice cooking week, your daughter will love her summer at camp!

Intercoastal Kids Summer Camp

Summer long fun with a trusted all summer camp! Fun field trips, arts and crafts, and more!

Shiva Robotics Academy Summer Camp

LEGO robotics design, problem solving using engineering to solve real world problems, outdoor play, and more!

Bolts and Bytes Maker Academy

Kids will enjoy engineering and art projects such as 3D design, drone pilot racing, spy lab, DIY skateboard design, DIY musical instruments, and more!

Jacksonville Zoo Summer Camp

Go behind the scenes, learn from the keepers, and explore the dinosaurs...Jacksonville Zoo Summer Camp will be the place to be this summer!

Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association Kidz Camp
Kidz Summer Camps at JJVA are a high energy youth sports experience providing unforgettable memories and friendships to last a lifetime! The Kidz Summer 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.

FSCJ Artist Series Hosts Camp Broadway

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.

Camp Weed Summer Camp

From friends and faith to confidence, we help our campers grow while trying new things! Use code Firstcoast for $10 off!

Creative Me Art Studio

Offered all summer, morning or afternoon, Creative Me offers art projects during themed weeks all summer! Long time art teacher walks kids through step by step masterpieces!

Florida Film Academy

Camps and courses are for ages 7-18 and include everything from beginner's make a movie and themed camps to more advanced DSLR camps and our full movie making experience Pre College courses.

MOSH Summer Discovery Camp

MOSH combines education and entertainment in our annual spring, summer and winter camps. Each camp encourages student curiosity and exploration as we venture around the Museum. Our highly-trained MOSH Educators utilize the entire Museum to make each camp engaging for children of all ages.

Rebounderz Summer Camp

Fitness, jumping, and fun this summer at Rebounderz!

Jax Children's Chorus River City Choral Music Festival Camp

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus is excited to announce our new summer day camp program, River City Choral Festival and Camp. A fun-filled week of music, choral singing, choreography/dance, games, swimming, field trips and performances – and lots of fun times and new friends! The New Jersey Youth Chorus, under the direction of Tara Postigo, will be joining us as our Choir-in-Residence for the week.

Saltwater Cowgirls Surf Camp

Saltwater Cowgirls Surf Camp has been around since 1999, and have proudly served the Jax Beach community in Northeast Florida with quality surf instruction. If you seek surf lessons from knowledgeable, skilled instructors in a comfortable environment, then you've come to the right place. Saltwater Cowgirls camps are so popular, they are now offering coed camp the last two weeks of summer!

My Gym Jacksonville Summer Camp

My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. Our goal at My Gym is to ensure that your children have the most fun possible in a safe state of the art facility. Whether you are looking for the best place to send your children on cold and rainy days or trying to keep them active and cool during the hot summer months, My Gym camp is the place to be. We make it easy for parents with our drop-off program, pay-by-the day options, and great discounts for booking in advance! We offer half days and full days!

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 Bishop Snyder High School for a 4 day basketball camp, which he will lead himself. 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 the link below. Don't wait- space is limited! This camp will be held at Bishop Snyder High School in Jacksonville, FL and is open for registration to all players, girls and boys in the area and region.

Central Florida Athletics Jax Summer Camp

To assist working parents during those days school is not in session our Jacksonville Summer Camp program provides day care for our athletes, as well as other non gym member families, who desire a wholesome family environment for their children. Central Florida Athletics JAX summer camp runs in tandem with Duval and St. Johns Counties public school systems summer breaks.

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