First Coast offers array of summer camps and workshops


Summer is soon approaching, prompting parents to ask the question: How am I going to keep my kids busy? Look no further: Here’s a small sampling of the camps and workshops to be held in our area over the next few months.

Bud Beech Summer Camp

Ponte Vedra High School

460 Davis Park Road

Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Bud Beech Summer Camp will hold weekly camps for kids ages 6-13. Held throughout June and July, the camps run Monday to Thursday with activities including basketball, soccer, dance, games, sports fitness and more. Families can choose to send their kids for a full day of camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or a half day from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 3 p.m. Before June 1, each full day of camp costs $30, while each half day costs $15. After June 1, each full day costs $40, while each half day costs $20. To learn more, visit


Surf Into Summer Surf Camp

Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park in Ponte Vedra Beach

Seagate Avenue, across from Fletcher Middle School, in Jacksonville Beach

Surf Into Summer Camp offers weekly surf camps in both Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville Beach for kids ages 6 and up. Focusing on ocean awareness, surfing techniques, surf etiquette and proper equipment and wave selection, the camps run Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m., with the first camp scheduled for the week of May 29 and the last slated for the week of August 7. The cost per camper, per week is $210. For more information, visit


Witt Tennis Camp

Bolles School Ponte Vedra

200 ATP Tour Blvd.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

Led by Beaches resident and nationally recognized tennis coach Danny Witt, this camp focuses on fundamentals, techniques and the “ABC’s” of tennis – agility, balance and coordination. Students are grouped into two main groups (beginner/intermediate levels and advance/majors/high performance levels) and use compression balls and specialized focus based on age and level of skill. Witt’s program for kids ages 6-12 will run for three weeks throughout June (12-16, 19-23 and 26-30) from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more, visit


Nocatee Summer Camps

Location depends on camp

Nocatee will offer weekly themed summer camps for Nocatee residents beginning the week of June 5 through the week of July 31. The camps feature a range of activities from unique arts and crafts projects to team building, nature walks, sports, swimming and water games. Scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the camps are for children ages 5-12, costing $185 per child, per week. Discounts apply for siblings. For more information, visit


Summer Theater Camp at Alhambra

Alhambra Theatre & Dining

12000 Beach Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32246

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and Alhambra Theatre & Dining will offer theater camps for aspiring actors or those who want to experience theater and acting for the first time. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and conclude with a three-course dinner and a final performance by campers of “The Great Ghost Chase.”

For kids ages 9-12, the camp is scheduled to run July 3-14, with the dinner and performance slated for July 17. For kids over 13, the camp will be held between July 24 and Aug. 3, with the dinner and performance scheduled for Aug. 7. The cost per camper is $450 for Cultural Center members and $525 for non-members. For more information, visit


Camp Cummer

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

829 Riverside Ave.

Jacksonville, FL 32204

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is hosting Camp Cummer for seven weeks throughout June and July, providing children the opportunity to learn and explore art and art techniques. The cost per week is $180 for museum members and $215 for non-members.

The camp’s first six weeks (June 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 and July 10-14 and 17-21) are intended for children entering grades 1-6. Middle School Camp Cummer for students entering grades 6-9 will be held from July 24-28. To learn more, visit


Apex Theatre Studio Summer Camps

Apex Theatre Studio

5150 Palm Valley Road, Unit 205

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Apex Theatre will hold several camps throughout the summer for kids ages 8-14.  Starting in late May and running through early August, the camps range in topics from improv to musical theater and cost $250 per week. For more information, visit


Christ Episcopal Church Summer Camps

Christ Episcopal Church

400 San Juan Drive

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Three summer camps at Christ Episcopal Church still have space for additional participants. Nourishing Eats ($225), to be held June 5-8, takes kids ages 8-12 through different regions of France as they learn about kitchen safety techniques and regional culinary history, all the while gaining hands on cooking experience. From June 26-30, My Many Colored Days ($200), which is based on Dr. Suess’ book, will provide kids ages 4-6 the opportunity to learn about animals, colors and music. Rhythm and Rhyme ($200), meanwhile, will be held July 10-14 for kids ages 7-10, empowering campers to ultimately compose their own music. To learn more, visit