Our 2017 Summer Camps Directory for the Amelia Island area!

Surf Asylum

Surf-Asylum offers a popular surfing camp in Fernandina Beach.

It’s hard to believe summer camps are already being planned for the end of the school year, but it’s true! Our region offers an incredible number of camps, and some of them fill up fast. We’re going to share the information with you as quickly as we can get it, so here’s the first we know of for this year. Please feel free to email us at info@mamamelia.com or message us on Facebook at this link. Here’s what we have so far:

Amelia Community Theatre Summer Camp / Fernandina Beach

  • What: Musical theatre camps hosted by the pros at Amelia Community Theatre. This year’s themes:ONE WEEK Drama Camp   Ages 7-12
    7 year olds must have completed 1st grade or the equivalent.
    June 12–16,   9 AM – Noon – $75TWO WEEK Shakespeare Camp  Ages 12-17
    12 years old must have completed 6th grade or the  equivalent.
    June 19-23 & June 26-July 1,   9 AM- 1PM – $100TWO WEEK MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP   Ages 8-17
    8 year olds must have completed 2nd grade or the equivalent.
    July 10-14 & July 17-22,  9AM- 1PM – $150
  • Where: Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Registration: Opens April 7, and it fills up fast. To register, visit their web site at this link , call the ACT Box Office at 904-261-6749 or register in person at the theatre.      

Amelia Island Culinary Academy Kids’ Cooking Camp / Fernandina Beach

A young chef samples his cooking at Amelia Island Culinary Academy.

A young chef samples his cooking at Amelia Island Culinary Academy.

Amelia Island Culinary Academy, a lovely cooking school in downtown Fernandina (next door to 29 South), offers occassional single day, three hour cams, typically p 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost is usually $45 to cover the class plus supplies to make, eat and take home any leftovers (!) of whatever the kids cool. Kids who love to cook will gain a wealth of knowledge while having fun with Chef Bill, a kid-friendly dad who was a Ritz-Carlton chef for many years before starting the academy. They also get to decorate and take home their own professional chef hats. So fun! Details on which classes will be offered were not yet released at publishing time, but check their website for updates at ameliacooking.com/children.

Amelia Island Museum of History Summer Camp / Amelia Island

Amelia Island Museum of History always offers a fantastic series of educational camps that keep kids busy all day in the fascinating museum while they tackle hands-on projects that bring history to life. We haven’t seen any announcements about this year’s camps yet, but stay tuned or check their website at ameliamuseum.org.

  • Where: Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

Art Camp / Fernandina Beach

The Island Art Association hosts a 5-morning Children’s Summer Art Camp with a local artist.

When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 17-21, 2017

Cost: $25. Pre-pay when your sign up student. (Sign up sheet will be available in the Island Art Association Gallery starting April 22.

Who can go: Any students ages 7-14 years old

Where: Takes place at the Island Art Association, 18 N 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL

Camp Amelia Summer Camp / Fernandina Beach

This program, located at the Atlantic Recreation Center, is for children going into Pre-K –  6th grade.  Daily snacks are provided, and activities include:  swimming; arts & crafts; indoor and outdoor activities; weekly field trips; and daily walking trips. Registration for the City of Fernandina Beach Camp Amelia Summer Camp at the Atlantic Recreation Center began on Monday, March 27.

  • Operates May 30-Aug. 9, 2017. Space is limited!
  • Age groups: Pre-K – Kindergarten; 1st – 2nd grades; 3rd – 6th grades
  • Registration/activity fee due at time of registration: $125. Weekly fees: City residents: $85 (additional sibling $75), and Non-City residents: $106 (additional sibling $96).
  • You must fill out the registration form, which you can find at http://www.fbfl.us/index.aspx?nid=303.
  • Questions? Contact Felicia Giannini, Youth Program Supervisor, at 904-310-3364.

Bodyworks of Northeast Florida Aerial Dance Camp / Fernandina Beach

Bodyworks of Northeast Florida is an amazing aerial dance program in Fernandina, in which participants perform beautiful routines while hanging from silks attached to the ceiling. We haven’t heard yet if they’re offering camp this summer, but they did last year. Fingers crossed! You can check out their website here.

Bricks4Kids Camps  / Fernandina Beach

Last year these cool camps that use building bricks as a foundation for incredible educational – and fun – programs were offered at Fernandina Beach’s Peck Center. As of this writing, their website still listed the 2016 camp info. We’ll let you know as soon as we see an update, or you can check for yourself at bricks4kidz.com/northjax.

Camp Cummer / Jacksonville

Camps are being offered weekly from June 5th to July 24th, 2017, at the Cummer Museum of Art. Immerse your child in summer art camp for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the museum’s galleries and gardens.

  • Price: $180 per-week for museum members, $215 per-week for non-members
  • Age: Most camps are for kids in grades 1 through 6, but the final week is geared toward middle school-aged kids entering grades 6 through 9.
  • For further information, email education@cummermuseum.org, call 904.355.0630 or visit cummermuseum.org/events/type/camp-cummer.

Celestial Farms “Farm Camp” / Jacksonville

Celestial Farms, a nonprofit rescue shelter for farm animals as well as a VPK center, offers an incredibly unique experience with a staff that’s well-trained in childcare AND farming. The kids get to discover the joys of farm life, collecting eggs from the chicken coop, helping with the gardening and playing on the playground that parallels the goats’ fenced-in play area, to name a few of their daily activities. You can read an article Mamamelia’s Tiffany Wilson wrote about it for her “day job” at this link: “Free-range” daycare: Preschool on a farm.

Camp is offered on a daily or weekly basis throughout the summer, open to all school-aged children. The weekly rate is $125 and the daily rate is $25, plus an annual registration fee of $40. Closed July 4. Learn more by calling 904.445.8812 or visit CelestialFarms.org.

Clevenger Creations Musical Theatre Camps / Fernandina Beach

ClevengerCreations, a musical theatre program off Parliament Drive in Fernandina Beach, is offering 6 different weeks of themed half-day summer camps open to ages 7 through 14, except for Broadway Bootcamp, which is open to ages 8-17. Space is limited to 20 children per-camp. All camps operate 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and cost $110.26 per-week except Broadway Bootcamp, which is $150. Get $20 off for each additional sibling (except Broadway Bootcamp). Each camp ends with a Friday afternoon performance. Register for ClevengerCreations Summer Camp here.

Here are the ClevengerCreations camp dates and themes:

Movie Makers

  • June 12-16
  • You will use everyday items and technology to create your own unique short film. Not only will you be acting in the film, you will also be a member of the script writing, set design, lighting design, and production teams. The studio will be transformed into a movie theatre screening your film!
  • Great for child with stage fright
  • Encourages literacy
  • Focus: Acting

Murder in the Musical Mousetrap Maze Mystery

  • June 19-23
  • It’s all in the title! This year’s murder mystery is set in a mousetrap style maze. This is a whole new style of watching theatre! The cast is interactive with the audience in a literal maze! See if you can make it out alive
  • Beginner & Up
  • Great for a playful child with a sense of adventure and invention.
  • Focus: Creativity & Melodramatic Acting

Guys vs. Girls: The Musical

  • June 26-30
  • Featuring songs from the 90s, The Guys and Girls will compete head to head. To win you need brains AND talent! The teams will face daily 90’s themed obstacle course challenges to determine who will be given the advantage in the day’s rehearsal for Guys Vs. Girls: The Musical!
  • Great for the fun, high-energy child.
  • Encourages healthy competition.
  • Focus: Singing, Dancing, Acting

Showchoir: A Clevenger Christmas in July

  • July 10-14
  • Join us for a glamourous Christmas Showchoir Spectacular! Showchoir gives a synchronized musical theatre spin to today’s biggest hits. Spend this week singing and dancing with special attention towards perfection. Full Christmas themed costumes are included in this week of camp!
  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Focus: Singing & Dancing

2nd Annual Broadway Bootcamp

  • July 17-21
  • Ages 8-17 -By Audition Only
  • Broadway Bootcamp is ClevengerCreations’ most advanced camp. Broadway Bootcamp is challenging, exciting, and unforgettable. This Camp is co-taught by a guest instructor(s). TBA. Previous guest instructor Katie Ladner currently in the cast of Sunset Blvd. on Broadway!
  • Co-taught by guest Professional Performer(s)
  • Focus: Advanced Acting, Advanced Singing, Intermediate Dancing
  • A note to Auditioning Actors: Broadway Bootcamp is our advanced camp. Mandatory Auditions TBD. Please start preparing 32 bars of a musical theatre audition song & 30seconds to 1 minute of a dramatic or comedic monologue. Accompanist will be provided, please have your sheet music clearly marked & in the correct key. We are looking for a small group of actors that are prepared, serious about Musical Theatre,mature & passionate, & ready to work!
  • Invoices for BootCamp will not be sent out until after auditions & your student has been accepted

Food Fight: The Musical

  • July 24-28
  • For five days these campers will work on the new show written by Devin and Elizabeth Clevenger featuring songs from our favorite musicals. The final scene of the show ends with an actual onstage food fight!
  • Beginner to Intermediate
  • Great for the child with a big personality
  • Focus: Acting, Singing, Dancing

Register for ClevengerCreations Summer Camp here or you can also pay by check or cash by appointment at ClevengerCreations Studio at 96537 Parliament Dr. Fernandina Beach FL 32034.

Crafty Kids Amelia Island Art Camps / Fernandina Beach

Crafty Kids Amelia Island usually offers a number of half-day art summer camps at its location in downtown Fernandina Beach, 910 South 8th Street. As of this writing, nothing is listed yet, but you can check their Facebook page here or call or email owner Anjee Dennis at 912-424-2113 or anjee.dennis@yahoo.com.

Crooked River State Park Junior Ranger Camps / St. Marys

Crooked River State Park traditionally offers several popular Junior Ranger camps throughout the summer. This year’s camps include:

3-day Adventure Camp

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, June 7-9, 2017
  • Kids ages 10-13 are invited to come out and enjoy 3 days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, photography, and environmental education and more. Space is limited, reservations required. $95.00/student $5 parking.

3-day Junior Ranger Day Camp

  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 13-15, 2017, and again Tuesday to Thursday, June 27-29, 2017
  • Children ages 6-10 will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, orienteering, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. $40 plus $5 parking.

Call 912-882-5256 or visit http://gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver.

Fernandina Beach Christian Academy Camps / Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach Christian Academy, housed in First Baptist Church on 8th Street in Fernandina, typically offers several themed camps throughout the summer. Past years included Pirates and Princesses, culinary camps, a science camp, woodworking, videography, arts and more. Camps for 2017 haven’t yet been announced, but check fernandinachristianacademy.com or call 904-530-6353 for updates.

4-H / Calllahan

Nassau County 4-H typically offers a series of great educational camps at a very reasonable price. We haven’t seen the list for this year yet, but you can check their website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/4h.html.

Kayak Amelia / Amelia Island

Kayak Amelia offers weekly camps from June 12-July 21, and they’re one of the fastest to fill up. In fact, one sold out in March! With 46,000 acres of nature to explore, your children will never get bored. They will utilize kayaks and stand up paddle (SUP) boards to access some of the most pristine ecosystems Northeast Florida has to offer. Days are filled with travel to new exciting locations within the Timucuan Preserve such as hiking the Talbot Islands State Park, kayaking to Kingsley Plantation and SUP boarding at Huguenot Park. Each location has a historic and ecological focus. This is a very active program with water sports every day (kayaking, swimming and paddleboarding).

Through crafts and hands-on activities the campers learn about the human and natural history of the area. They’ll keep a daily journal to share their adventures with you. Campers will leave with a tangible memory of all they have learned and explored. Activities are perfect for kids 7-14 years old.

There are two week-long camps for 7-10 year olds and two weeks for 10-14 year olds. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday- Friday, kids bring their own lunch each day. Fee is $250 week.  We can’t stress it enough: If you want to sign up for this camp, skiddadle over to kayakamelia.com/kids_summer_camp.htm while you still can!

  • Week 1 – June 12-16 – 10-14 year olds – Almost full
  • Week 2 – June 19-23 – 7-10 year olds FULL
  • Week 3 – June 26-30 – 10-14 year olds
  • Week 4 – July 10-14 – 7-10 year olds
  • Week 5 – July 17-21 – 7-10 year olds

Kraft Tennis Partners Kids’ Summer Tennis Camp / Fernandina Beach

This camp featuring lessons in the basics of tennis is offered at the Kraft Athletic Club (961023 Buccaneer Trail) during the month of June. Open to ages 4-14, which will be broken up into smaller age groups. Begins June 1, with camp hours from 4-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Preregistration is 12-3 p.m. May 26 and 9 a.m. to noon May 27, or you may register the first day of camp, though enrollment is limited. $25 per-child. All equipment is provided, along with a Tshirt, snacks and water. Parents are invited to a final day tournament followed by a picnic. For more information, visit krafttennis.com or call Jerry Kawecki at 904-415-0217.

McArthur Family YMCA 2017 Summer Youth Day Camp / Fernandina Beach

The YMCA offers 10 weekly camps for ages 5-12 May 30-Aug. 11, 2017. In addition to swimming several times a week, YMCA day camp is a time for kids to discover new interests, skills, building self confidence, making new friends and achieving success. They will celebrate weekly themes through special activities and field trips. A typical week includes: arts, literacy, math, science, character development, social competencies, nutrition, special guest, swimming and outdoor recreation. Your kids will create memories to last a lifetime.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with extended hours available (Opens 6:30 a.m. and ends 6 p.m.). Bring lunch, snack, water bottle, swim suit, towel. Pay a $50 registration fee plus a $15 deposit per week of camp you sign up for, which will be applied to your weekly fee. Costs $108 per-week for members, $135 per-week for non-members. Camps available in Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and Callahan. Details, registration and contact info for each location at: http://firstcoastymca.org/programs/camp.

Miss Kate’s PreK Summer Camp / Fernandina Beach

Miss Kate’s PreK, a locally-owned preschool/daycare in Fernandina, typically offers camp for kids ages 3 1/2 to 6. Last year, children could attend half-day (8 a.m. to noon) for $105 per-week or full-day (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) for $130 per week. Price included breakfast, snack and lunch. For information or to register, email misskatesprek@yahoo.com or call 904-321-0049.

MOCA’s Summer ArtCamp@MOCA / Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art is offering themed camps weekdays June 5-August 11, 2017 (except no session July 1-10). Experienced art educators teach a variety of media and skills while providing the contemporary art history context for each project. The camp is open to kids ages 4-14 in the museum as well as on campus at UNF! Your child will learn about contemporary art and grow a visual vocabulary. Half-day sessions for ages 4-6, full day sessions for ages 7 and up. For a full list and description of camps and pricing go to this link.

MOSH Summer Discovery Camps / Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History offers a series of fun weekly day camps from June 5 – August 4, 2017. Each age group has a different fun theme each week, such as Transformers, Mad Scientist 101, the Science of Sports, Dinosaurs, Superheroes and more. Sign up fast if you’re interested – they sell out quickly.

Camp Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participant Ages: Completed K-5th Grade, plus two special weeks for kids who completed 6-8th grades. *Register your child for the grade level they will have completed as of June 2017.

Extended Care:

  • Before Care: 7:30 am. to 9 am.
  • After Care: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost of Camp: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for Non-Members.

Cost of Extended Care: $10 per child per day. Please select all applicable dates when registering. themosh.org/education/camps/summer-discovery-camps.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Camp / Fernandina Beach

Peterbrooke Chocolatier is under new ownership as of the past year, so we’re waiting to see if Chocolatier for a Day camp is coming. We sure hope so! Check their Facebook page at this link.

RAD (Royal Amelia Dance Academy – formerly Kinderstudios) Performing Arts Camps / Fernandina Beach

RAD offers a number of fun themed performing arts camps at its studios in Fernandina Beach (off Island Walkway).  Each of their 2017 camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are open to ages 4 to 12 (the children will be broken into smaller groups by age). RAD owner Alexandra Carroll is the instructor of each of the camps. The camps include art, theater, song, and dance, and will wrap up with a theatrical performance every Friday afternoon at Amelia Musical Playhouse. Lunch is not provided so please bring a lunch, snack, and water bottle for your child.

  • July 3-7: The Beast and Princess Belle – Themed Camp
  • July 10-14: Aloha Moana – Themed Camp
  • July 17-21: The Wonderful World of Trolls – Themed Camp
  • July 24-28: Wickedly Wicked – Themed Camp

RAD camps are $155 per-week or $520 for all four weeks. Sibling discounts offered. Find out more and register at this link or call 904-624-7240.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park / St. Augustine

  • What: Fun, educational activities centered around learning about animals and nature at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park.
  • Who: Kids going into grades 1-6
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays June 5-Aug. 4. See exact dates below for the theme you’re interested in.
  • Where: St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL
  • Cost: $210 /week for members, $230 /week for nonmembers
  • For more information: alligatorfarm.com/summer_camp.html or contact Katie Girvin in the Education Department at 904.824.3337 ext 29 or email kgirvin@alligatorfarm.com.
  • Themes and dates listed below:

Hide and Snake

June 5 – 9, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Are snakes slimy? Can snakes hear? Do snakes have bones? Have your curiosity satisfied as we celebrate these misunderstood creatures.

Bird’s Eye View

June 12 – 16, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
We love birds! Join us as we explore everything there is to know about our flying (and flightless) friends. From tiny hummingbirds to huge cassowaries, no feather will go unpreened!

Powerful Pollinators

June 19 – 23, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Ever wonder where your food comes from or why flowers smell so good? Explore the hard work of pollinators and get the answers to these questions and more!

Alien Invaders

June 26th – 30th, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
We’re not talking about the ones from outer space! We mean the invasive plant and animal species that move into a new habitat and wreak havoc.

Zooney Tunes

July 3rd – 7th, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Cartoon animals can be funny, silly and sometimes even scary. In this camp, we will learn to draw cartoon animals while also learning all about the cartoons’ real-life counterparts.

Junior Zookeepers

July 10th – 14th, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Being a zookeeper is a dream job but is also very hard work! Try your hand at this interesting career by making animal enrichments, observing animal behaviors, and meeting actual zookeepers.

Outback Adventure

July 17th – 21st, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
G’day mates! Come spend a week “Down Under” as we learn about cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles, and much more. This is a camp for all sheilas and blokes!

Feasts for the Beasts

July 24th – 28th, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Herbivores, Omnivores, Carnivores, Oh, My! You’ll get a “taste” of what animals find delicious and nutritious and how they are able to eat what they do!

Zoo Dunnit

July 31st – August 4th, 9am to 4pm
Open to students entering Grade 1 thru Grade 6
Investi-Gators UNITE! The evil Hornswoggler is up to his old tricks. We need YOU to help catch him and solve his latest wildlife crime spree.

Surf Asylum Surf Camp / Fernandina Beach

Surf Asylum’s week long summer surf camps are fun, action packed surfing adventures. Offered May 29-Aug. 4, 2017, professional surf coaches start with basic instruction on handling a surfboard, effective paddling techniques, proper positioning for catching waves, correct pop up and stance, and ultimately riding down the line. Act FAST if you want to sign up: half their camps were booked solid before April! Beach warm-up and stretch, land based training techniques and lessons on beach ecology round out the day. Students are encouraged to progress at their own pace and will receive tailored coaching to match their skill level. Our goal is to have students selecting and paddling into their own waves so that they can surf independently after a week of camp.

Camps are held Monday – Friday, from 9 am – 12pm. Locations are indicated on the camp schedule and are selected to provide the best tide conditions, allowing us to maximize students’ surfing time each week. They celebrate everyone’s success with an ice cream party on Friday.

Surf Camp is $225 per week. Surf Asylum provides surfboards, rashguards, healthy snacks and fun. Students should bring swimwear, sunscreen, a towel and a smile.

All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified and they guarantee a 3-1 student to instructor ratio.

Book your camp today! 904-583-4230, info@surf-asylum.com or go to surf-asylum.com/surf-camp.

Tennis Camps with Cliff Drysdale Tennis Camps / Amelia Island 

These high quality camps are offered June through August. The camp is located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Tennis courts. More info coming soon. Questions? Contact Director of Tennis Sal Barbaro at 904-277–5151.

Jacksonville Zoo Camps / Jacksonville

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers many popular themed camps every summer for kids entering grades K-8. Their 2017 camps are June 12-August 4. Camp Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended care offered 7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m-5:15 p.m. If you’re interested in one of the camps below, contact them ASAP – they will sell out. More info. at jacksonvillezoo.org/zoocamps.

Week A Topics  (click here for full descriptions)
K-1st –  Best of the Best: Animal Champions
4th-5th –  Destination Conservation
6th-8th –  Zookeeping 101

Week B Topics  (click here for full descriptions)
K-1st –  Say What? Animal Communication
2nd-3rdWildlife Warriors
4th-5th –  Troops, Groups, and Herds
6th-8th –  Arts Alive

Pricing Information

$195 per week, per child
$50 for Extended Care per week, per child
$30 for pre-ordered bagged lunch per week, per child

$220 per week, per child
$50 for Extended Care per week, per child
$30 for pre-ordered bagged lunch per week, per child


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