Kids look forward to summer almost all school year. Parents may dread it for fear of a lack of activity, summer sliding and groans of boredom. But there are plenty of options to keep children occupied and engaged.
Shiloh Adventure Camp in Melbourne Beach
June 8 – August 1
Last summer 400 campers experienced Shiloh Adventure overnight camp at Long Point Park in South Melbourne Beach. “We impact the lives of youth through outdoor activities (canoeing/sailing/etc), positive role models (college-age counselors), and powerful teaching on living a healthy lifestyle,” said Laura Smith, CEO of Shiloh Adventure Camp. “The camper to staff ratio is better than 3 to 1, which allows us to provide close, relational support for each child’s needs at critical times in their development.”
ShilohAdventure.com, (321) 452-3943
June 2 – August 8
Half or full day camps with a balance of science and outdoor adventure means the kids won’t even know they’re learning. Fun themes include “Zoosical Suessical,” exploring the zoo world through the wild and wacky characters of Dr. Seuss and “Junior Zookeeper” where children can become a zookeeper in training.
BrevardZoo.org, (321) 254-9453
Florida Tech Summer Camps
June 3 – July 25
If you have kids between the ages of 3 and 18, Florida Tech has 29 summer camps to choose from. The choices include sports camps like basketball or football, art camps at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum or studying the sea creatures of Brevard County at Marine Science Camp. Over 11 academic summer camps include science, engineering, aviation, and business with faculty and staff members who are skilled in their field.
June 30 – August 8
Camp KSC launches kids into another galaxy. Campers are encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through exciting educational activities. Celebrate Space Shuttle Atlantis, the camp theme, focuses on Atlantis and the historical impact of its 33 missions.
KennedySpaceCenter.com, (866) 737-5235
Orlando Watersports Complex
June 9 – August 8
Orlando Watersports Complex provides skilled and knowledgeable counselors that ensure a 5 to 1 ratio of campers to counselors. A maximum of 30 participants per weekly session. Basic gear like wakeboard, helmet and lifejacket are included.
OrlandoWatersports.com, (407) 251-3100
June 2 – August 1
Horse lovers will be thrilled to attend this camp that includes horseback riding and learning how to feed and care for horses, chickens and other farm animals too. They will also be able to take home fresh eggs from the farm. Kids will work in a real vegetable garden and grow plants/flowers. Helmets are provided.