Listing: educational/enrichment camps

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

UF Entomology Field Camp: The UF Entomology and Nematology Department hosts a field camp for students.

Dates: June 24-28.

Ages: 5th-9th graders.

Cost: $175/student.


Etiquette Camp: Participants learn the basics of etiquette through games, role-playing and actual dining experiences, including an elegant, multi-course dinner.

Dates: June 10-14 and July 8-12 (Other weeks can be arranged).

Hours: 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.

Ages: 4-5 and first-fifth grade. Sessions for sixth-12th grade, group or private instruction also available.

Cost: $150.

Location: Tioga.

Contact: or 339-4941.

Sewing Camps: Both quilt and sewing camps are available. Quilt Camp involves straight sewing and all students make the same simple quilt from start to finish. Sewing Camp allows students to choose their own garment or craft item to make, and the instructors facilitate that process. Many students will be able to complete more than one item, with a fashion show each Friday.

Contact: Pam or Bunny at 371-9464 or visit

Summer Culinary Camps: Two camps for cooking enthusiasts and taught by Chef Billie DeNunzio at the Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside High School offer a hands-on cooking experience with trained chefs in a commercial kitchen. Camps are especially geared for kids to enjoy themselves, learn about good food and have a great time while learning about every aspect of culinary from the garden to the plate. Students learn to make a main course, side dish and dessert and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their efforts with their classmates. In "Cooking 101: A Taste of Summer," students learn garnishes, such as apple birds and melon swans, while learning knife skills. Students work with everything from omelets to pastries. In "Cooking 201: Advanced Cooking," students take classes in breakfast, lunch, dinner, salad and dessert. Recipes include pasta making, pastries, taco salads, quesadillas, decorating and sauces.

Dates: June 10-14.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-noon (Cooking 101) or 12:45-4:15 p.m. (Cooking 201).

Ages: 10 and older.

Cost: $180 per camp (if registered by April 15) or $195 (if registered after April 15). There is also a $50 supply fee.

Location: Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside High School. Transportation is available to and from Oak Hall School.

Contact: Oak Hall or Chef DeNunzio at

Yearbook Connection Yearbook Camp: Students learn about putting together the memories for their school, working together as a staff and becoming great leaders. This camp, sponsored by Herff Jones and The Yearbook Connection, gives students hands-on experience with layout and design using cutting-edge computer technology. Sessions include photography, interviewing, writing, graphic trends and marketing.

Dates: July 22-24.

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Monday-Tuesday) and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Wednesday).

Ages: Middle and high school students.

Cost: $225.

Location: TBD.

Contact: Steven Wallace at 665-3593, 800-972-6659, or visit

Blue Wave Adventure Camp: Campers participate in indoor and outdoor science and math enrichment game centers and awesome arts and crafts projects. Team-building and individual games fosters problem-solving skills.

Dates: June 10-14 and June 17-21.

Hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (full time) or 8 a.m.-noon or noon-5:30 p.m. (half time).

Ages: Incoming fourth grade and older.

Cost: $160 full-time week or $85 half-time week.

Location: P.K. Yonge, 1080 SW 11th St.

Contact: 692-3007.

Blue Wave Living Language Through Culture: Students learn and participate in conversational and cultural Spanish and French activities through games, songs, crafts and cooking.

Dates: Spanish weeks run June 17-21 and June 24-28 from 8 a.m.-noon. French weeks run July 8-12 and July 15-19 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Ages: Third-sixth grade.

Cost: $125 per week.

Location: P.K. Yonge, 1080 SW 11th St.

Contact: 692-3007.

Super Summer 2013: Super Summer is a challenging summer program for students who have been designated or identified as "gifted students" and are entering the first grade through the eighth grade in the 2013-2014 school year. The camp is also accepting first-graders who have been referred by their teacher for gifted testing and "high-achieving" middle school students who are enrolled in or have been invited to the Lyceum Program or the Pre-Cambridge Program. Courses are hands-on, fast-paced, advanced in content and stress higher-level thinking and creative productivity.

Dates: June 10-21 (session 1) or June 24-July 3 (session 2).

Hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $250 (session 1) or $225 (session 2).

Location: Westwood Middle School, 3215 NW 15th Ave.

Contact: John Schert at 339-4984, or visit to download the Super Summer 2012 brochure.

Wally's Wacky Science Summer Camp: Campers enjoy two to three hours of hands-on science, take-home experiments and other activities like skating, rock climbing and miniature golf.

Dates: June 24-28 and July 22-26.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Early drop-off available.

Ages: 5-10.

Location: Skate Station Funworks, 1311 NW 76th Blvd.

Cost: $159 per week.

Contact: 332-0555, 333-0108 or visit

Camp Invention: The Camp Invention program is a nationally-acclaimed weeklong summer enrichment day experience for children. The top priority of the Camp Invention program is to provide quality enrichment programming in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Local schools host the program and the week's hands-on activities are led by local teachers to ensure a safe learning environment.

Dates: June 17-21 at Lawton Chiles Elementary.

Contact Kelly Hage at; July 8-12 at Hidden Oak Elementary. Contact Paul Coletti at

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $235 per week or $230 if registered online. Visit, or for specific questions regarding the sites, contact Dr. Danute Krebs, regional consultant, at 800-968-4332, ext. 6920, or

Earth Academy Day Camp: Camp at Morningside Nature Center uses hands-on fun to focus on natural and cultural history.

Dates: Five one-week sessions are available.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up available.

Ages: First- to sixth-graders.

Cost: $110.25 per week (city residents) or $165.50 (non-city residents).

Location: Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave.

Contact: 334-5067, visit or register in person 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Thomas Center, 306 NE Sixth Ave.

Sylvan Summer Camps: Sylvan offers summer programs in reading, writing, math, SAT/ACT and study skills to meet every need, budget and schedule.

Dates and hours: Sylvan is open six days a week, including morning and afternoons. Students choose their days and times.

Location: Sylvan Learning of Gainesville.

Cost: The three-week jumpstart programs start at just $495.

Contact: 371-6891.

Florida Museum of Natural History Summer Camps: Dive into the sciences this summer and investigate natural history through activities and hands-on exploration. Examine fossils, discover cultures and meet some of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom. Pre-registration is required. Students should dress for outdoor activities, and full-day students should bring a sack lunch.

Dates: See listing of camps below.

Hours: Students may register for a morning session (8:30 a.m.-noon), afternoon session (1-4:30 p.m.) or all-day session (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Field camps are all day. Morning and all-day students may be dropped off as early as 8 a.m. Afternoon and all-day students must be picked up no later than 5 p.m.

Ages: Incoming first- to sixth-graders.

Cost: $115 for members/$125 for non-members (morning or afternoon session); $220 members/$245 non-members (all-day camps); $265 for members/$295 for non-members (field camps).

Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville.

Contact: 273-2061 or visit Registration will be accepted by mail, fax or online. "Paleontology Rocks!" (a.m.): June 10-14. "Butterflies" (p.m.): June 10-14. "Out of this World!" (a.m.): June 17-21. "Rain Forest Stories" (p.m.): June 17-21. "Rowdy Reptiles" (a.m.): June 24-28. "Music of the Night" (p.m.): June 24-28. "Nature Photography" (field camp): June 24-28. "Mammal Mania" (a.m.): July 8-12. "Engineering Exploration" (p.m.): July 8-12. "Animal Behavior" (a.m.): July 15-19. "Can You Believe Your Eyes?" (p.m.): July 15-19. "Get A Clue!" (a.m.): July 22-26. "Resource Rangers" (p.m.): July 22-26. "Nature Technology: Tools and Textiles" (field camp): July 22-26. "Oceans and Coral Reefs" (a.m.): July 29-Aug. 2. "Cave of Wonders" (p.m.): July 29-Aug. 2.

FUNctional Mathematics: Students progress through math activities at their achievement level in an active format focused on review and preview.

Dates: June 24-Aug. 2.

Hours: 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m.

Ages: Incoming first- to seventh- graders.

Cost: $100/week for half-day program or $500 for six weeks.

Location: P.K. Yonge.

Contact: Bill Steffens at 359-8562 or

French, Fun, Food and Foreign Languages Summer Camp: Enjoy croissants, crêpes, chocolat, fairy tales, songs, games, prizes, cinéma and drama in a relaxed, age-appropriate curriculum in French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish or Tamil. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are encouraged with proper pronunciation and native accent.

Date: June 3-14 and/or Aug. 5-16, with year-round classes available on weekdays from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Hours and costs: Several options are available. Choose full, eight-hour days, half-day morning or afternoon sessions for $35/half day or four-hour sessions for $25. (French half-day is $30 and four-hour session is $20.) Free French is available when enrolled in any other language, and free extended-care is available.

Ages: 4-14.

Location: École Française, 8520 NW Second Place.

Contact: Judy Charudattan at 332-8198 or visit

Jr. College for Kids: Summer fun is right around the corner with exciting, interactive, hands-on classes, including art, science, cooking, fitness, pet care and more.

Dates: June 24-29.

Hours: 8 a.m.-noon.

Ages: Rising first- to fourth-graders.

Cost: $95, includes all lab fees, class materials and a T-shirt.

Location: Cultural Building, 201 E. Call Street, Starke.

Contact: Visit or sign up at the Andrews Center, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday. Registration begins the first week in April.

College for Kids: No homework, tests or grades to worry about. Campers will have a blast with interactive, hands-on projects and learn at the same time.

Dates: July 8-19.

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Half-day morning and afternoon sessions are available.)

Ages: Rising fifth- to ninth-graders.

Cost: $135 for half-day (two weeks) and $270 for full-day (two weeks), including all lab fees, class materials and a T-shirt.

Location: Andrews Center and Cultural Building located in Starke.

Contact: Visit or sign up at the Andrews Center, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday. Registration begins the first week in April.

Super Summer Science Camp: Bang, Pow, Science, Wow! Super Summer Science Camp is a fun, hands-on, inquiry-based science program.

Dates: June 17-21.

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

Ages: 6-12.

Cost: $125.

Location: Watson Center, 4150 SE State Road 21, Keystone Heights.

Contact: 235-2756, or visit

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