Listing: private school and religious camps

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.

B'nai Israel Community Day School Summer Camp: Children participate in summer fun, including water play, dramatic play, outdoor fun and more.

Dates: June 10-28 (Session 1); July 1-19 (Session 2); and July 22-Aug. 9 (Session 3). Three- and five-day options are available with both full-time and half-day programs.

Ages: 2-Pre-K.

Location: B'nai Israel Community Day School.

Contact: 376-1508, ext. 110.

Sonshine Day Summer Camp 2013: An exciting summer program full of Bible lessons, creative activities, arts and crafts, clubs, gym time, sports, field trips and more. Students receive quality care and learning in a Christian environment.

Dates: June 10-Aug. 15.

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ages: Children who have completed K-5th grade.

Contact: 333-0017.

Gainesville Country Day School: This camp offers elementary students an opportunity to experience an enriching, exciting and fun summer. The talented and creative faculty acts as camp counselors, while the after-school staff helps with specialty classes and athletic games and clinics. Student-selected activities include mad science, arts and crafts, top chef, technology trains and many more, with a carnival every Friday. Gainesville Country Day school also offers a summer preschool.

Dates: May 28-Aug. 2.

Hours: Full- and part-time options available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ages: Preschool and elementary students.

Location: 6801 SW 24th Ave.

Cost: Varies according to hours. Contact: 332-7783 or visit

Millhopper Montessori School Camp: This camp offers an enriching and exciting day camp for preschoolers through high schoolers. Program activities include specialty classes, sports, theater, weekly educational fun themes, arts and crafts, music, playground fun and special events which revolve around a variety of themes. The program's focus is the Montessori hands-on curriculum. Every Friday is splash day, a fun-filled hour of water activities, and there are thematic dress-up days on Thursdays. High school students can volunteer as a Junior Counselor and earn volunteer hours required for graduation.

Dates: June 10-July 19.

Cost: $140 to $200 per week.

Location: 8505 NW 39th Ave.

Contact: 375-6773 or visit

Camp Good News: Camp Good News offers a summer program with activities that include swimming, water slides, fishing, archery, scooter/skating, basketball, a climbing wall and arts and crafts; amenities include a large, multi-purpose activity field, bike trail and outdoor game pavilion. Campers learn life skills gleaned from the Bible and the adventures of missionaries from around the world.

Dates: June 10-Aug. 16.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with early morning drop-off at 7 a.m. and late pick-up by 6 p.m. Children can be dropped off directly at camp or at several convenient pick-up locations, including Westside Park in Gainesville.

Ages: 5-12.

Location: 120 Twin Lakes Road, Hawthorne.

Contact: 481-3550, 378-0949, or visit

Heart Pine School Summer Camp: Three sessions available for children, including "Urban Nature" (June 17-21), "Puppetry," (June 24-28) and "Cooking up the Future with a Little Taste of History" (July 8-12).

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with aftercare until 4:30 p.m. available.

Cost: $175 per week. Discounts for early registration (by April 15), multiple-session registration and sibling registration available.

Location: Heart Pine School, 1001 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville.

Contact: or visit

Oak Hall Summer Program: Program open to the Gainesville community has more than 100 sessions and 17 new camps to choose from. Camps available in art, drama, enrichment, sports, summer studies and technology. Five summer camp package deals are new this year.

Hours: Half-day and full-day programs are available.

Ages: 3-18.

Cost: $75 to $495.

Contact: For specific dates, hours and camps, visit

VBS at Trinity United Methodist: Children are invited to celebrate God's welcoming love for everyone at the "Everywhere Fun Fair VBS," where God's world comes together. Children learn to love and serve God and be a neighbor to the world.

Dates: June 10-14.

Hours: 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: 3 (as of Sept. 1, 2012) through fifth grade.

Cost: $15 per child.

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville.

Contact: 376-6615 or visit Online registration opens April 2.

Winshape Camp: Camp combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one unforgettable week.

Dates: July 15-19.

Hours: 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Friday).

Ages: Completed first- to sixth-graders.

Cost: $189.

Location: Westside Baptist Church, 10000 W. Newberry Road.

Contact: Visit

Cross Champions Camp: Campers learn about character building, good sportsmanship, confidence, sports conditioning, coordination, agility and speed development through positive reinforcement. Sports include soccer, basketball and flag football.

Dates: June 24-28.

Hours: 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: 5-12. Older siblings may participate as volunteers for high school credit hours.

Cost: $60 per child, $35 for second child and $5 for each additional child.

Location: The Family Church, 2022 SW 122nd St.

Contact: The Family Church at 332-6459/ or Jude at 316-5784/

VBS at The Family Church: Campers travel back in time to the Kingdom Chronicles to learn about standing strong in the battle for truth. Students learn more about the Armor of God in lessons, crafts, snacks, and games.

Dates: June 10-14.

Hours: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ages: 4 years old through completed fifth grade.

Cost: $15 registration fee includes a drawstring bag, water bottle, wristband, souvenir guide, crafts and snacks.

Location: The Family Church, 2022 SW 122nd St.

Contact: Angela Renick at 332-6459, or visit

Camp Kulaqua: Campers enjoy a summer filled with fun activities and new friendships in a Christian atmosphere. Kulaqua is located about 20 minutes north of Gainesville, and activities include horseback riding, go-carts, guitar, swimming (on-site water park and natural spring), exotic zoo, BMX, gymnastics, and much more.

Dates: June 2-9, June 9-16 or June 16-23.

Hours: Overnight.

Ages: 7-17.

Cost: Prices start at $300/week.

Location: High Springs.

Contact: 386-454-1351, or visit

Montgomery Presbyterian Center Camp: Living in a Christian community, campers are free to be themselves while experiencing new and exciting activities under the direction of staff members who are dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and sharing His love. In the process of making new friends, sharing in Bible study and worship, laughing a lot and having loads of fun, campers are challenged to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially.

Dates: Week-long camps from June 23- Aug. 2.

Hours: Overnight camp.

Ages: Incoming second-graders to graduates, families.

Cost: Starting at $395.

Location: Starke.

Contact: 473-4516 or visit

Brentwood Summer Fun Day Camp: Themed weeks include games, arts, crafts, sports and swimming, with a mix of recreation and learning activities. Tutoring and extended care are available.

Dates: June 10-July 26.

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (full day) or 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (half day).

Ages: 3-11.

Location: Brentwood School, 1111 NW 55th St.

Contact: 373-3222 or visit

Summertime Fun: Campers are invited to join a fun morning of activities and play related to special Bible themes.

Dates: June 24-Aug. 8, Monday-Thursday.

Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ages: 1 (as of April 1, 2013) through first grade.

Cost: $375 per child for entire session.

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave.

Contact: 376-6615 or visit Online registration opens April 2.

Jordan Glen School's Summer Camp 2013: Camp offers children the opportunity to experience and explore a variety of activities such as soccer, world dance, tennis, arts and crafts, swimming, tie-dye, baseball, cheerleading, beading, ping-pong, archery, basketball, friendship bracelets, ultimate Frisbee, drama, football, nature crafts and more.

Dates: June 10-28 (Session 1) and July 1-19 (Session 2).

Ages: Incoming K to eighth-graders.

Location: 12425 SW 154th St., Archer.

Contact: 495-1222 or visit

Faith Alive Summer Day Camp: Campers enjoy several fun-filled days of outdoor activities, team-building exercises and Bible study. Refreshments provided.

Dates: July 29-Aug. 2.

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ages: Incoming second- to sixth-graders.

Cost: $75, financial assistance available.

Location: Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4011 NW 34th St., Gainesville.

Contact: 378-2915.

Abiding Savior Preschool Summer Camp: In a loving Christian environment, students enjoy a water slide and bounce house, dance, art, music, science, cooking activities and interactive white boards.

Dates: June 6-Aug. 2 (weekly sessions with flexible days and hours available).

Hours: Camp morning is 8:30 a.m.-noon, with pick-up options at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. is available. Summer VPK runs from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with wrap-around hours available.

Ages: 2-8.

Cost: Rates vary. VPK is free.

Location: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 9700 W. Newberry Road.

Contact: 331-7770 or

St. Patrick Interparish Summer Fun Camp: Camp offers arts and crafts, games and field trips, as well as specialty camps including sports, drama, chemistry, and math, reading and writing enrichment.

Dates: June 10-Aug. 2.

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ages: Incoming PK4-eighth grade.

Cost: Fun camp $100/wk. Specialty camps vary in cost.

Location: St. Patrick Interparish School.

Contact: Gloria Wessels at 376-9878, ext. 504, or visit

VBS at Westside Baptist Church: A free program that includes a Family Fun Night 6 p.m. June 28.

Dates: June 24-28.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Ages: Children age 4 (as of Sept. 1, 2012) through completed fifth-graders.

Location: Westside Baptist Church, 10000 W. Newberry Road.

Contact: Denise Lowenstein at 333-7700, ext. 120.

VBS at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville: Theme: "Kingdom Rocks!" Enter "Kingdom Rocks" and become empowered to stand strong in God! This heavenly kingdom isn't a medieval fairy tale, it's real and it changes people forever. Daily focus topics include God's love, family and friends, prayer, trusting God and the Bible. Members and non-members are welcome.

Dates: July 15-19.

Hours: 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: Incoming kindergarteners to sixth-graders.

Cost: $15 (scholarships available).

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Ave.

Contact: 378-1527 or visit

North Central Baptist Church Summer Program and VBS: Kicking off with a party on June 5, North Central Baptist Church has its Children's Colossal Summer Program 6-7:15 p.m. every Wednesday through July 24. The program includes story time, game time and snack time. Colossal Coaster World Week VBS runs 9 a.m.-noon July 29-Aug. 2, and is free to attend. The week is topped off with Family Night from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

Contact: North Central Baptist Church at 373-3341.

Super Kids Summer Camp: Campers participate in weekly activities, including games, arts and crafts, sports, cooking projects, swimming lessons, weekly field trips, dance and music.

Summer hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-10.

Location: A Child's Place, 6200 SW Archer Road.

Contact: 375-8900.

ACA's Superhero Training Camp: Get ready for an adventure of heroic proportions while learning to be a superhero. The heroes get strong and mighty in the gym and build super-smarts exploring science experiments. Campers design their own super-logos, masks and more to create the perfect superhero secret identity. Heroes also get to play each week in ACA's on-campus splash park. Children are welcome to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. Dates: June 10-Aug. 16. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with free before and after care from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Ages: 5-10. Cost: $149 per week plus a weekly activity fee ($10-$20). The weekly activity fee is waived if camper enrolls before April 30. Location: A Child's Academy, 3401 NW 34th St. Contact: Jayme Tate at 371-3360, or visit

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