by Kellie Abrahamson
Summer Archaeological Field School
June 27- July 12, 9 am- 4 pm
$199 per week (Ideal for ages 16 and up)
If the idea of digging up artifacts from the past appeals to your teen, look into this fascinating offering from UNF. Presented by the University of North Florida Archaeology Lab (Department of Sociology and Anthropology), the 2011 Field School will give participants hands-on experience in archaeological fieldwork including excavation, screening, mapping, artifact and feature identification, and record keeping. For more information, visit www.ce.unf.edu or call 620-4200.
Eco Camp & Eco Camp Advanced
June 13- August 5, 9 am- 4 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$200 per week/general public, $185 per week/faculty, staff, student, military and multiple children (Ideal for ages 6 to 13 [Eco Camp], 13 to 15 [Eco Camp Advanced])
This outdoor adventure day camp, presented by UNF’s Department of Campus Recreation, is a great way for kids to get in touch with nature. In addition to learning about and exploring the world around them, campers will also experience hiking, canoeing, swimming, arts& crafts and much more. Eco Camp Advanced participants will learn about survival by honing skills such as food gathering, fire building, tracking, camouflage, wild crafting and much more. For more information, visit www.unf.edu/recsports or call 620-2998.
2011 Summer Adventure Camp
June 13- August 19, 9 am to 3:30 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$180- $220 per week/non-members, $160- $200 per week/members (Ideal for grades Pre-K to 6th)
A myriad of possibilities awaits campers at MOSH’s 2011 Summer Adventure Camp. Depending upon the week, participants will explore ancient seas, take a trip into outer space, walk with dinosaurs, become the next Steven Spielberg and much more, all while never actually leaving the museum. Twenty three different programs will be held over the course of the summer, each designed with a specific age group in mind, each an unforgettable adventure in science, history or astronomy. For more information, visit www.themosh.org/Summer_Camp.html or call 396-MOSH.
Jacksonville Zoo Summer Camps
June 13- August 12, 9 am- 3 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$200 per week/non-members, $175 per week/members (Ideal for grades K to 8th)
Participants at this annual camp favorite will get to spend an entire week at the Zoo exploring the animal kingdom, conservation, zoo careers and the great outdoors. All programs include instruction, behind the scene tours, animal encounters, train ride, hands-on activities and crafts. Campers will be sorted by age with all activities, instruction and encounters designed with them in mind. For an additional fee each week, 8- to 14-year-olds have the option of spending the night at the Zoo for a unique look at creatures that go bump in the night! For more information, visit www.jacksonvillezoo.org or call 757-4463.
11th Annual Camp Broadway
June 13- 17, 8:30 am- 5 pm
$550 (Ideal for ages 9 to 17)
Your little ham could be a star at Camp Broadway, presented by the Artist Series. During this five-day performing arts program campers will get an introduction into the world of theatre both on-stage and behind the scenes by working with actual Broadway directors, choreographers and musical directors. At the end of the program, your child will perform ensemble pieces live on stage! For more information, visit www.artistseriesjax.org or call 632-3015.
Summer Camps at the Performers Academy
July 5- 22 (Hello Hollywood) and July 11- 29 (Broadway Bound), 9 am- 2 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$250 per week/Hello Hollywood, $240 per week/Broadway Bound
Aspiring actors and filmmakers will get hands-on training in their chosen path during the Performers Academy’s Hello Hollywood summer camp. Future stars will get to learn about auditioning, getting an agent and, of course, performing, while those more comfortable behind the camera will get experience at every gig from pre- to post-production. During the Broadway Bound camp, theatre veteran Lisa Clarson will give participants in-depth instruction on all things musical theatre. For more information, visit www.theperformersacademy.com or call 322-7672.
Summer Camp at the Cummer
June 17- July 22, 9 am- 3:30 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$195 per week/non-members, $180 per week/members (Ideal for grades 1 to 8)
Younger kids (grades 1 to 6) will get to express themselves through paint, draw, sculpt and other disciplines during Camp Cummer while middle schoolers (grades 6 to 8) will expand their skills through printmaking, ceramics, papermaking and much more during Middle School Camp. This is a great way for little Picassos to try their hands at creating art and for older kids to build on their existing portfolio. For more information, visit www.cummer.org or call 355-0630.
Artoga’s Summer Camp
June 6- August 19, 9 am- 3 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$175 per week (Ideal for ages 5 to 9)
Summer camp at Artoga is more than just yoga. While participants will get to learn different poses and get fit through flexibility training and focus, this Beaches facility also boasts a customized program that includes visual art and theatre to further the mind/body connection. Each week has a different theme but all will include performances, beach days, healthy eating and cooking and so much more. For more information, visit www.artoga.org or call 477-0400.
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex Summer Camp
June 6- August 12, 8:30 am- 3 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$215 per week (Ideal for ages 6 to 14)
Chill out at Jax Ice this summer! Those enrolled in Basic Skills Camp will learn to skate like a pro while those who choose Bridge Camp will build on their current skills through more intensive training. Each week has a designated theme including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Broadway Biz” and “New York, New York.” The facility also offers Academy Camp for more experienced skaters, Elite Figure Skating Camps and Hockey Camp. For more information, visit www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com or call 399-3223.
World Class Gymnastics and Cheerleading Camp
June 20- August 19, 9 am- 3 pm (extended care available for additional fee)
$200 per week (Ideal for ages 3 to 12)
Aspiring gymnasts and future cheerleaders will love the program at World Class Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Each week will include games and activities, arts & crafts, and instruction in events like vault, bars, balance beam and more. Participants will also get to experience the facility’s in-ground foam pit, in-ground trampoline, tumble track and obstacle courses. For more information, visit www.wcgumnastics.com or call 262-2002.
Other Cool Camps
SailLaser Summer Sailing Camp
June 13- August 8, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm (Club Manatee), 9:30 am- 4:30 pm (Learn to Sail and Intermediate Sailing)
$179 per week/Club Manatee, $285 per week/Learn to Sail and Intermediate Sailing (Ideal for ages 5 to 17)
Little sailors (ages 5 to 7) are invited to experience their first taste of sailing during Club manatee while older kids (8 and up) will get to learn the fundamentals and expand on their current skills with day trips on the water with Learn to Sail and Intermediate Sailing camp. Programs include everything, from lunch to lifejackets, and the focus is on learning and improving in a fun and safe environment. For teens already experienced in sailing, SailLaser also offers intensive weekend racing courses. For more information, visit www.sail-laser.com/jacksonville or call 215-4773.
Camp Paw Prints
June 13- August 19, 8:30 am- 4 pm
$300 per week (Ideal for ages 7 to 13)
Animal lovers will get a chance to see what working at the Jacksonville Humane Society is like during Camp Paw Prints. Campers will be assigned to a dog at the beginning of the week with one goal: get that pup adopted! Participants will take care of “their” dogs, teaching basic obedience, grooming them and making sure they have plenty of food, water and exercise. Besides paling around with their new furry friend, campers will also enjoy arts & crafts, games, guest speakers and more. For more information, visit www.jaxhumane.org or call 725-8766.