Summer will be here before you know it, and if you have kids, it’s time to start planning summer activities. There are plenty of activities going on throughout the summer to keep your kids entertained, educated, and occupied! Whether your kids are interested in learning about archeology, becoming a junior lifeguard, or learning all there is to know about pirates, there’s something for everyone.
So, instead of sitting around and watching TV all summer, give your kids the chance to explore, make new friends, and have some fun this summer.
Not sure what camps are going on this summer? Not to worry!
Here is our comprehensive list of summer camps in and around St. Augustine:
When: Sessions last from June 5-Aug. 4
About: This summer, send your kids on a weeklong wildlife adventure. Kids spend their days viewing animal presentations and shows, taking zoo tours, chatting with the zookeepers, playing games, arts and crafts, and much more! Each guide group is no larger than 12 students. The themes for each week are unique and offer different experiences. Themes include Bird’s Eye View, Outback Adventure, and Zooney Tunes.
When: Sessions last from May 22-Aug. 7
About: Are your kids interested in learning how to surf? St. Augustine Surf School is offering surf camp at St. Augustine Beach and Vilano beach this summer. With a 3:1 student to teacher ratio, each child experiences personalized coaching. All camps are open for 7-15 year olds and are co-ed. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
When: July 2017
Where: Flagler College
About: Florida Filmmaking Academy is offering several summer programs this year for those interested in cinematography and photography. The Pre-College program offers the chance for students (ages 14-18) to work with industry professionals as they learn the ins and outs of filmmaking. Two Make a Movie programs are being offered for ages 7-12 and 13-15. During this program, students will work together as a film crew to produce their very own film. The Creative Photography program allows students (ages 14-18) the opportunity to learn about the post production and editing phases of photography.
When: Sessions last from June-August
About: Bricks4Kidz® has developed and scheduled a series of summer camps for the youth of St. Johns County. These camps are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused and use LEGO® Bricks to learn about science, history, math, geography, and vocabulary. Camp themes include robotics, stop-motion animation, remote control models, and comic creation.
When: June and July
Where: Colonial Quarter
About: The Colonial Quarter is offering three summer camps this year: Pirate Summer Camp, Archaeology Summer Camp, and Theater Summer Camp. Pirate Summer Camp includes pirate-themed games, a history of pirates, and creating a unique pirate outfit. Pirate Camp takes place from June 16-19 and July 14-17. Archaeology Summer Camp includes learning about the importance of digging up artifacts and recreating artifacts found at the Castillo de San Marcos Museum and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Archaeology Camp is held from June 23-26 and July 21-24. Theater Summer Camp focuses on live theater. It includes workshops with an emphasis on writing and staging theatrical performances, as well as designing and building sets for their own show. Theater Camp is from July 7-10 and July 28-31.
When: Various dates in June and July
Where: Limelight Theatre
About: Is your child interested in theatre? Limelight Theatre is hosting six different summer camps this year!
- K-2nd Grade: Despicable Me Play Time Camp (June 5-9), Beauty & The Beast Play Time Camp (June 12-16), and Cars Play Time Camp (June 19-23) will focus on theatre essentials such as music, storytelling, and set/costume basics.
- Grades 3 and up: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. (June 26-July 21) will will allow students the cance to perform a fully staged and costumed musical.
- Ages 12-18: Improv Summer Camp (June 5-9) will allow students to explore the basics of improv. There will be a showcase for friends and family at the end of the week.
- All ages: Cinderella Kids (July 24-August 4) will allow students the cance to perform a fully staged and costumed musical.
When: Various dates in June and July
Where: Summer Musical TheatreCamp
About: Does your child want to explore the world of musical theater? Summer Musical TheatreCamp gives students an overview of musical theater production including acting, music, and dance. Campers have the chance to perform a complete production in front of a live audience. Summer Musical TheatreCamp is hosting three different camps this year!
- Ragtime – The Musical
- Dates: Mon., June 5 thru Fri., June 30
- Time: 9 a.m.-Noon – Mon. thru Fri.
- Ages: High School
- Shows: Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. / Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. / Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m.
- The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White
- Dates: Monday, July 3 thru Fri., July 28
- Time: 9 a.m.-Noon, Mon. thru Fri.
- Ages: Age 5 thru 11
- Shows: Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m. / Sunday, July 30, 2 p.m.
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Dates: Monday, July 3 thru Fri., July 28
- Time: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Mon. thru Fri.
- Ages: Middle and High School
- Shows: Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. / Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
When: Sessions last from June 5-August 4
About: Do you have an artist on your hands? The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is offering great arts camps this summer. Their camps offer a studio-based arts curriculum supportive of any skill level. Students explore a range of styles, tools, materials, and techniques. Camps are divided into three age groups: Mini Creators Camp (Ages 4-5), Youth Arts Camp (Ages 6-8), The Artist Academy (Ages 9 & up).
When: Sessions last from May 29-August 7
Where: St. Augustine Yacht Club
About: The St. Augustine Yacht Club is offering their Junior Sailing Program which exposes children to the foundations of sailing in a safe environment. The program is taught by U.S. Sailing Certified instructors and is offered for ages 7-15.
When: May 29-July 20/ Tuesday and/or Thursday 6-7 p.m.
Where: Behind Fruit Cove Middle School
About: Members of the Creeks Athletic Association have an opportunity to get faster, stronger, better this summer! Creeks mission is to help athletes age 6 through high school achieve their goals in the sport(s) they participate in by developing speed, coordination, agility, flexibility, and strength. The six-week program will focus on the following areas: conditioning, speed development, power, coordination, and strength.
When: June 5-9 & July 10-14 (Full & half-day camps are available)
About: Aerial Athlete campers will have a jam packed fun filled week with an emphasis on learning the art of Aerial Silks! Campers will also have the opportunity to explore apparatuses such as rope, dance trapeze, lyra, aerial cube, & aerial net. Campers also learn dance fundamentals, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense, hula hooping, basic tumbling skills, rock wall climbing, yoga, & acro yoga.
Friends and family will enjoy an informal End-of-Camp Performance. Campers will show off their new skills on the apparatus of their choice. Each performance will be custom tailored to each camper.
When: June 5-9, June 12-15, July 10-13 (1-4 p.m.)
Where: Anastasia Fitness
About: These camps are designed for every active kid desiring to understand more fully proper body alignment, body awareness, and movement while improving strength, flexibility and overall mental and physical health. This class will follow USA Gymnastics progressions and safety guidelines in developing your budding athlete to become confident in proper technique and physical skill with the added bonus of accomplishing their tumbling skills! Camps are based on multi-skill level, but contacting the instructor prior to camp is encouraged. The activities in these classes will be a benefit to all sport, dance or any other extra-curricular activities your child participates in or for the child who just needs a safe cool environment to move. Camp costs $175 per week or $495 for 3 weeks.
When: July 24-28 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Trout Creek
About: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the Florida Wildlife Commission is offering a freshwater fish camp for middle school students. During this camp, campers will learn safe boat handling skills, about freshwater fish and their habitat, the proper tackle to use to fish in fresh water, and instruction on how to properly clean fish. Campers have to have completed 6th grade to be eligible for camp. Registration is $170 and includes one rod/reel, tackle box, and tackle. For more information, contact Ayolane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or email@example.com.
When: July 24-28 (Ages 5-8), July 31-August 1 (Ages 9-12) from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Ketterlinus Gym
About: During this camp, campers will have the opportunity to explore the natural world, study the wildlife of St. Johns County, and participate in hands-on activities. They will attend three field trips, along with expanding their understanding of local ecosystems, sustainability, and learn how to collect and analyze data. The camp is $100 per person. To register, contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Throughout June and July
- Summer Sampler: (June 19th-23rd) Discover the world of table top games! From exploring the seas and mysterious islands with the Settlers of Catan to kicking down the door and battling drooling slime with Munchkin, every day will be a new adventure!
- Star Wars: (June 26th-30th) Embark on epic adventures exploring the most popular Star Wars games! Fly your own personal X-Wing and command fleets that span the galaxy!
- Magic The Gathering: (July 10th-14th) Join millions around the globe and find out why Magic: The Gathering is such a popular game! This collectible trading card game has its own story line and can be played in a variety of ways and formats. Magic is rich in strategy and critical thinking! Come discover the possibilities!
- Pokemon: (July 17th-21st) Come make friends while learning more about Pokemon’s vast creature variety! Mastering the system means balancing your own team of Pokemon to counter act the opposing Pokemon you might run into! Gotta catch’em all!
Participants must be ages 8-14. To register, go to the Big Daddy Games website.
When: May 22-August 17 (Mon.-Thurs. from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Where: Meet at The Pit Surf Shop each morning
About: The Pit Surf Shop is hosting a summer surf camp for boys and girls of all experience levels. Campers can learn from experienced, CPR-certified instructors in a safe and fun environment! There is a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Surfboards and healthy snacks and drinks are provided, as well as Pit T-shirts.
The following camps have finished for the summer:
When: Sessions last from May 30-June 30
About: The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is hosting a unique summer camp this year. Each one of their five weeks has a distinct theme and includes topics such as shipwreck archaeology, exploring ocean depths, learning how to search for and excavate shipwrecks and conserve artifacts. This camp is open for K-5th grade and lasts from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Aftercare is available from 1-4 p.m.
Where: 18 Valencia St. (Check-in for Residential Camp)
1655 Old Moultrie Road (Check-in For Day Camp & Practice Field)
About: Shamrock Soccer Camps were started in 2000 by John Lynch, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Flagler College.
- Session 1 (Day Camp): June 5-9 / Ages 5-14
- Session 2 (Residential Camp): June 10-13 / Ages 8-18
- Session 3 (Residential Camp): June 18-21 / Ages 8-18
Hands-on History & Nature Camps
When: June 5-9 at Fort Matanzas National Monument
June 19-23 & June 26-30 at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
About: Is your child interested in learning about the history and nature around them? Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos are hosting Hands-on History & Nature Camps for ages 9-11 that will cover topics such as archaeology, Native Americans, nature, Spanish exploration, Colonial Florida, and Spanish military. The camps will also include interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, and living history demonstrations.
To register, contact Alicia Day, Reservationist, at 904-829-6506 ext. 239 Mon.-Fri., between 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.
About: The St. Augustine Art Association is hosting 4 week-long art camps during the month of June for grades 1-6 and an afternoon session for ages 12 and up. During the camp, they’ll explore painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media projects inspired by master artists. The sessions are taught by certified professional artist-instructors. Each week will have a different theme such as Star Power, Yellow Submarine, and Art Olympics. The Summer Art Camp will conclude with a Children’s Art Exhibit on Friday, June 7, during Art Walk.
When: June 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
Where: Marine Rescue Office
About: The St. Johns County Junior Lifeguard Program is a co-ed program for ages 9-17. The staff is comprised of certified ocean rescue lifeguards. The program’s focus is to provide water safety education, build teamwork, physical conditioning, and respect. It includes a uniform, First Aid lessons (including CPR certification), lifeguard rescue skills, bodyboarding and surfing, lifeguard competitions, special events, and a weekly cookout and awards celebration. Participants are required to pass a swim test prior to registration which includes a 100-yard continuous swim,5-minutee deep water tread, and 10-yard underwater swim. Tryouts will be held at the Solomon Calhoun Center (link) on April 8 and 22 at 4 p.m. and May 12 and 27 at 4 p.m.
When: May 30-June 2
Where: Ringhaver Student Center
About: Flagler College is offering a writing camp this summer with the theme “Journey Back in Time: Historical Journal Writing.” Campers will learn Florida history from the time of the search for the Fountain of Youth through the Flagler era. They will enjoy historical research and creative writing in their journal writing. Campers will go on field trips around downtown St. Augustine to gather information for their research and journals. This camp is for ages 6-14.
When: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19- 23
Where: Flagler Gymnasium
About: Flagler College offers three weeks of basketball day camp led by Bo Clark, the head of the Flagler College men’s basketball program. This program is for boys and girls ages 5–17, and morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions are offered.
When: June 12-16
About: The Salt Run LAX club is offering a lacrosse clinic staffed by local high school coaches and current and former college players. All experience levels are welcome. These clinics give girls the opportunity to try lacrosse without committing to a full season and current players will be able to hone their skills and improve techniques.