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Summer Camps in Jacksonville: Fun4FirstCoastKids.com Top Picks for 2019

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Summer is almost here! School is out on May 31 for Duval County and May 24 (before Memorial Day!) for St. Johns County Schools. That means it's time to start thinking about summer camp plans. Families should register early to gain access to early bird discounts lowering the rate of camp each week, to get early bird waiving of registration fee, and to ensure you get the top pick for camp and that there is space for siblings as many offer sibling discounts. When picking a camp, be sure to determine when you need camp. Do you work all summer? Find a camp like the YMCA, TNT Gymnastics, or Renaissance Youth Camp that is offered all summer. Do you have older kids that might get bored at one camp, pick camps they are showing interest in and do those for a couple of weeks here and there. Looking to learn a skill over summer or try out for a sport in fall? Try soccer camp, volleyball camp, music and band programs, or learn Spanish! Looking to learn something new? Try Jax Cooking Studio cooking camp, sewing camp, surfing camp and more! Of the almost 1,000 summer camps we have listed over in our Camps Section, which are the fun4firstcoastkids.com top picks? Scroll down below to find out and be sure to look for summer camp discounts mentioned below!! We wish you the best in planning summer and hope you enjoy your family time!

Aquatics Camp

Aquatics Camp is for boys and girls ages 6-14. Owned and operated by the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, this property is located at the St Johns River Base at Echockotee sitting on beautiful Doctors Inlet. We provide day camp for 7 weeks of summer, highlighting one of our local treasures: the water. But we are not just a water camp, we have a 50' climbing/repelling wall, BB and Archery Range, Fun Ecology Area, Sports Activities and much more! Register by May 20 and get FREE lunch for the week! Find info, here!

5 Tool Training Summer Camps

From all sports camp to softball camp to baseball camp, 5 Tool Training under the Above Athletics Pavilion and in the Above Basketball gym on Philips Highway is the most unique sports camp in Jax! Summer camp goals are simple: Be active, have fun & make new friends! Players will be grouped by age and skill level to allow them to play all different kinds of games. Baseball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Dodge ball, Capture The Flag, Kickball, SPUD, Relay Races and many more games. Water sports will be done each day to keep the campers cool. Register by May 1 to get 5% off summer camp! Find more info, here!

Smitty's Camp

Smitty's Camp has been licensed and in operation by the same family for over thirty years! The facility began as a small in-home center and has grown over the years to become the outstanding campus that we offer today. Smitty's Camp consists of acres of green grass, a lake, an in-ground pool, a ball diamond, sports field, and lots of room to run and play and just be a kid! Although we have grown over the years, we still maintain that "loving, family atmosphere" and the campers return year after year to see Ms. Michele, Grandma and Granddaddy, and all of the counselors who come back to work with us each summer. For over 30 years, Smitty's has given thousands of children camp experiences and friendships that they will cherish for a lifetime. Find more info, here!

Episcopal School of Jacksonville Summer Camps

Summer programs at Episcopal School of Jacksonville are all about fun and self-improvement. The classes give students the opportunity to enjoy the subject matter at a relaxed pace, with fewer students and greater teacher attention.

The camps stress the love of the game, whether it be basketball or dancing. 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!

 Find more info, here!

Engineering for Kids Summer Camps

At Engineering For Kids, our camps are carefully structured to provide your child with the enrichment he or she needs to grow and thrive! Our camps run in the spring, winter, and summer for your convenience. Our programs come in many varieties to accommodate your schedule, such as half-day camps, full-day camps, and holiday break camps. We also host camps on scheduled days off for reasons such as professional work days, teacher conference days, etc. Find more info, here!

Renaissance Youth Summer Camp

Owned by Soccer Shots of Northeast Florida and Engineering for Kids of Northeast Florida, Renaissance Youth offers all day summer camps combining STEM fun and sports fun!! Find more info, here!

Collage Day School Camp Collage

Camp Collage offers field trips, cooking camp, art, nature, STEM camp and more all summer! Plus, Collage is offering music camp, surfing, and TimberNook camp in shorter term sessions. Find more info, here!

The Discovery School Camp Discovery

From Chess camp to Spanish camp to cooking, LEGOS, sports, yoga, art and more, The Discovery School has tons of fun for your child over summer!! Find all the details on summer camp, here!

Girl Scouts Summer Camp

This summer, unleash your full potential with Girl Scouts. You'll adventure, explore and experience! You don't have to be a Girl Scout to camp like one — all girls are welcome at camp! Find all the camp themed weeks, here!

JJVA 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. Camp is open to boys and girls; grades K through 5 (ages 5-11).

Jax Cooking Studio Summer Camp

AX Cooking Studio Summer Camps are sure to be a highlight of your child's summer! We teach kids basic culinary skills while they work in teams to cook the day's recipes. Each week, we feature a different camp theme, so your child can choose the most interesting topic. At the end of each day, campers eat the recipes they prepared. On Friday of each week, the kids show off the skills they have acquired by cooking their favorite recipe from the week or making their own recipe or creation. Although our chefs will be there to offer guidance, our goal is to allow the kids to work as independently in the kitchen as possible. Mention fun4firstcoastkids.com! Find more info, here!

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. Find more info on MOSH Summer Camps, here!

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Summer Camp

Ready for the wildest week in town? Come to Summer Zoo Camp at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to experience tours, keeper chats, animal encounters, games and activities, and more! Find more info on Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Camps, here!

Camp Weed is an Episcopal camp operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida for youth! The Camp has existed for over 85 years in different locations in Northern Florida and now resides in Live Oak, FL. Campers of all denominations are welcome to attend Camp Weed to experience wholesome Christian fun in the great outdoors. Camp Weed is an overnight summer camp running from Sunday to Friday. Camp is for ages 6 - 18 years old!

A typical day at Camp Weed begins with morning devotions, breakfast, and cabin clean up. Aquatics, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living, sports, movie making, and high ropes are some examples of majors or cabin activities done in the morning. There are minors or optionals such as leather works, tie-dye, messy games, free swim, low ropes, kickball, and so many more activities to choose from for the afternoon. Evenings begin with a message from the Deans and a variety of all camp activities and programs. The traditional Weed Wide Olympics is always a hit and creates wonderful cabin camaraderie. Get $10 off camp with code FirstCoast on their website, here!

Join us for a fun filled summer of S.T.E.A.M. camp! Each week features engaging lessons in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and sports! Find more info, here!

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