Camps promise a summer of fun


Summer is fast approaching and for many young people, that means signing up for camp. Here’s a helpful list of some of the season’s top offerings.


The Knight School is planning summer chess camps at various locations throughout the area. Camps will run between May 28 and Aug. 9. For information, go to, email Coach Reb Phillips at or call 904-514-0569. Sessions are as follows.

The Bolles School

May 28-31, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9

The Discovery School

June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21 and July 15-19

  1. Allen Axson

July 15-19

Jacksonville Country Day School

June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 22-26

Jewish Community Alliance

June 12-16, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 22-26

San Juan Del Rio Catholic School

July 8-12 and July 15-19

National TKS Summer Camps

June 5-9 and June 7-9 in Birmingham, Alabama



Basketball Camp

At: Beaches Chapel School Gym, 610 Florida Blvd., Neptune Beach.

Phone: 904-349-2611

There will be five sessions. Dates TBA

All Sports Camp

At: St. Paul’s Gym, 212 5th St., North Jacksonville Beach

Bring a lunch Monday through Thursday. Pizza lunch provided on Fridays.

Eight sessons from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and girls in K-6:

June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2


Day Camp weeks

June 3-7, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8.

June 10-14, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

June 17-21, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

June 24-28, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

July 15-19, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

July 22-26, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

July 29-Aug. 2, rising K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Also offers a variety of weeks with special focus for different age groups: lacrosse, speed development, volleyball, inshore fishing, sculling, studio art, “Minion Mayhem,” softball, novice rowing, football, basketball, horseback riding, tennis, track and field, beach fishing, cross country, “Eagle Arts,” baseball, drivers education, cheer, strength training, musical theatre, photography, “Clay Play,” ceramics, wrestling, improv comedy, music and model United Nations.

They also offer a variety of academic programs.

Go to for information.

Camps are divided across four campuses.


2780 S.R. 16 St. Augustine


1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach



425 S. Legacy Trail, suite D-102, St. Augustine


Kids Summer Dance Camps for kids ages 5-11 are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or half days) on June 3-17, June 24-28 and July 8-19.

There are weekly themes, crafts, games, water slides and a field trip to the IMAX Theater.

Go to


258 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach

16 different programs: AI, cybersecurity, Minecraft to microcontrollers, Roblox to robotics, Become a YouTuber, digital art creation and more. There are four locations: Baymeadows, Fleming Island, Ponte Vedra and World Golf Village.

For information, go to or call 904-834-2359

Camps are:

Makey Carnival Games Day Camp: April 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Become a YouTuber: May 28-31, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to noon. also, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Future Minds AI Academy: June 3-7, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8:30 to noon

Operation CODE Breakers:  June 3-7, 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Intro Web Development: June 3-7 6-8 p.m.


Offers a variety of summer programs for youth of different ages.

1050 Riverside Ave. Suite C, Jacksonville.

Phone: 904-982-1871



Founded in 1950, CISV International is a global nonprofit that educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world.

Faces of Jax

Free local camp. For students in grades 4 and 5. July 22-Aug. 2 in Riverside.

Village Camp with 12 Countries

For youth born between September 2012 and August 2013.

Vienna, Austria: July 5-Aug. 1

Quezon City, Philippines: June 29-July 26

Interchange Reciprocal Youth Exchange

For youth born in 2009 or 2010. Host in Jacksonville, June 28-July 14

Visit to Italy, July 15-31


Go to

Summer workshops at three locations:

  • 880 U.S. A1A N., Suite 6, Ponte Vedra Beach.
  • 9802 Baymeadows Road, Suite 14, Jacksonville
  • 1406 Kingsley Ave., Suite E, Orange Park.


For kids in grade 5 through high school.

Where: Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2.

For information, go to


14035 Beach Blvd. No. 6, Jacksonville.

Summer Camps

Each of the 10-week sessions focuses on different fare. For kids age 7 and older

Dates are: June 3-7; June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 1,2,3,5; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9.

Summer Cooking for Older Kids

For kids age 12 and older (parents optional) or 10-11 with an adult.

6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays. Dates are: June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5.


11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine.

Two camps for kindergarten through grade 3: Disney Week (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-7) and Movie Week (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14)

Two camps for grades 4-6: Broadway Week (2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3-7) and Decades Week (2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-14)

For further information, go to


For ages 6 and older. Surfboards, sunscreen and snack included.

Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach camps run from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Camp sessions: June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9.

For information, contact Scott Holmes at 904-962-SURF or go to


The link, 425 Town Plaza Ave., Ponte Vedra (Nocatee), is offering several camps between May 28 and Aug. 5. Camps are open to members and nonmembers. To register, go to or call 904-469-0334.

Creative Culinary

Kids will learn to cook and acquire essential life skills, such as kitchen safety, sanitation, proper knife technique and more.

For ages 5-13

There are six sessions, all from 9 a.m. to noon: May 28-31, June 3-7, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 29-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9.

LEGO Robotics, Drones, Carerra Cars and Sphero

Led by an experienced coach, this camp offers a hands-on STEAM learning experience that combines play with technology.

For ages 6-12

There are 11 sessions, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: May 28-31, June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9.

Let’s Get Creative Art Camp

A fun-filled camp where kids can unleash their creativity and craft dream designs. Activities include marbling mastery, sugar scrubs and jar art, clothing transformations, resin magic, aromatherapy candle making and colorful abstract art.

For ages 5-12

There are six sessions, all 1-4 p.m.: May 28-31, June 3-7, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9.

Kids In The Kitchen

A blend of fun activities and essential culinary skills. Activities include sample cooking, etiquette, kitchen safety and organization and creativity in cooking.

For ages 5-12

There are three sessions, all from 9 a.m. to noon: June 10-14, June 17-21, and July 15-19.

Dance and Tumble

Kids will have an opportunity to learn and practice their dance and tumble skills, engage in fun games and unleash their creativity with crafts.

For ages 5-12

There are two sessions, both from 9 a.m. to noon: June 24-28 and July 8-12.

Olympic Style Fencing

Learn the craft behind one of the earliest Olympic sports from a fencing expert.

For ages 6-13

There are two sessions, both from 9 a.m. to noon: June 10-14 and June 17-21.


For summer camp information, locations, pricing and registration, go to First Coast Cultural Center is located at 6000B Sawgrass Village Circle, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Art Camps

Students will create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art using various tools and techniques. Camps will be offered at two locations: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the First Coast Cultural Center and 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School.

For ages 7-12

There are nine weeks of camps, May 28-Aug. 2. Each week has a different theme.


Campers will create fairytale-inspired art projects, making their own twists on classic stories.

“Dinosaur Mania”

Kids will learn about dinosaurs, make dino-inspired art and make a dinosaur world, which will include a volcano experiment.

“Enchanted Wood”

Participants will create whimsical and nature-inspired art projects.

“Travel to Italy”

The campers will explore the art, culture and history of Italy and create art inspired by their discoveries. 

“Magical Creations”

The kids will create “magic” using both their imaginations and a bit of science.

“Explore the Deep Blue”

The focus of this camp is ocean-inspired crafts, stories and songs, with an emphasis on sea creatures and ancient tales of the deep.

“African Safari”

Participants will create projects inspired by the wildlife and art in Africa.

“Art History Detectives”

Campers will explore art and history across time and space to learn techniques and styles from some of the great masters.

“Travel to South America”

Participating children will learn about the art, culture and history of South America. They will also get a chance to learn some Spanish.

Youth Drama and Improv Camp

Seasoned acting coach Sheri Lahres leads this camp, where kids will learn improvisation, monologues, scene work and more.

The camp will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. July 29-Aug. 2 at the First Coast Cultural Center.

For ages 8-13

Campers should bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle.

Summer Culinary Camps

Campers will learn kitchen safety, accurate measurements and how to prepare and cook various dishes, including fresh soups and sauces with herbs from the garden. They will also learn dining etiquette and how to “clean as you go.”

For ages 6-12

There are four separate weeks of camp: June 3-7, June 17-21, July 1-5 (closed July 4), and July 15-19. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Brown Family YMCA is located at 170 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach. For information, go to or call 904-543-9622.

YMCA at Nocatee is located at 400 Colonnade Drive, Ponte Vedra. For information, go to or call 904-671-9622.

Summer Day Camp registration is now open. Registration is available online only, and spots are limited.

For ages 5-12 in St. Johns and Duval counties. Dates vary by location. There will be no camp on June 19, July 4 and 5.

Camp activities include: STEM, arts and humanities, character development, welcome and inclusion activities, outdoor games, swimming and more.

Every two weeks, a new theme will help participants learn new skills, build self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement and belonging.

Themes are as follows: Out of this World (May 28-31 and June 3-7), Super Hero Mania (June 10-14 and June 17-21), Dino-mite! (June 24-28 and July 1-3), Spies in Disguise (July 8-12 and July 15-19), Under the Sea (July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2, and Spirit Wars (Aug. 5-9).

Camp Immokalee

At YMCA Camp Immokalee, kids get to try new things and make lasting friendships and memories.

  • Summer resident camp activities include: archery, arts & crafts, BB’s, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, banana boat, outdoor cooking, evening campfires, newspaper, songs and skits, nature and outdoor living skills, team building activities, sports and games, capture the flag and other evening games, zip line and more. There are eight sessions, each with its own theme. Register at Registration is now open for rising second-grade to rising 10th grade students.
  • Summer day camp is held in 10 weekly sessions between June 3 and Aug. 9. Each week has a different theme. Camp times are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and breakfast and lunch are provided. Activities include: archery, target sports, land sports, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, arts & crafts, challenge course & zipline and more. Register at Registration is open for rising first grade to seventh grade students.

For information about resident camp, go to

For information about day camp, go to

Camp Immokalee is located at 6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights.


After a four-year hiatus, The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will once again offer Camp Rock for teens 12 to 18 years of age.

Camp Rock is a one-of-a-kind band experience. It focuses on rock music instruction and organization. Kids can focus on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or vocals; they must have some experience.

Instructors will group students into bands that will perform on the main stage of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and, through a partnership with Jim Stafford of Eclipse Studios, record their songs in a professional recording studio.

Camp Rock will be held July 22-26, with studio time scheduled from July 29 through Aug. 1. The cost is $300 per camper and includes a nonrefundable $25 deposit. Fees may be pre-paid on the Friends website at

Scholarships are available; parents and/or guardians should submit a letter explaining why support is needed with their application. To register for Camp Rock 2024, contact

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan