Treasure Coast Summer Camps
Once we hit springtime, my daughter is already thinking about summer camps for my three grandsons. Camps can fill up quickly, so if you have particular weeks you want, be sure to plan your summer early and sign up your child as soon as the registration opens. A great resource for summer camps in the Treasure Coast is the Treasure Coast Parenting Magazine, but I’ve also asked my daughter to write up a little on the camps my grandsons have attended in the past. The Treasure Coast is a beautiful area – make sure your kids get out there and enjoy it this summer!
1. Savannas Preserve Camp
The access to this part of the preserve is located down Walton Road in Port St Lucie past Sandhill Crane Park. Campers learn about local wildlife by hiking and kayaking in the preserve. (Provided there’s enough water. The preserve is a rain basin!) In year’s past they’ve taken a field trip day and had a final party day with an inflatable water slide. Last year my kids came home with bobcat scat made from modeling clay – that’s the kind of “arts and crafts” my boys can get into! Contact: (772) 398-2779 for more information.
2. Ocean Camps
In years past my guys have tried The Environmental Studies Camp, The Oceanographic Society Camp, and the Smithsonian Marine Station Camp.
Environmental Studies Camp is located in Jensen Beach. Campers learn within the center facility as well as on area beach field trips. This is the first year the camp has offered online camp registration and the weeks are filling up fast! http://esc.martinschools.org/pages/Environmental_Studies_Center
The Florida Oceanographic Society is located up the road in Stuart (across from the Elliott Museum) is another great environmental camp that fills up fast. (The first two weeks for summer 2015 are already full!) My guy’s favorite part of this facility is the sting ray touch tank! Find out more here: http://www.floridaocean.org/p/90/summer-camp#.VSLM0FbT9Ig
The Smithsonian Marine Station Camp is located in Ft. Pierce. My oldest son still talks about a boat ride he took one camp day where he saw a mother and baby dolphin. Campers also practice seining to study the area wildlife. Information about their camp weeks is here: http://www.sms.si.edu/Events_Calendar.htm
3. Horseback Riding Camp
Thanks to their grandmother, my guys love to ride, so we always include one week of horseback riding camp in their summer schedule. We’ve tried two different riding camps, but between them, we definitely like Greenridge Stables in Palm City best. Their summer camp schedule hasn’t been set yet, but you can call (772) 288-7234 for more information.
4. St. Lucie Mets Baseball Camp
My guys don’t place baseball anymore, but for a few summers this camp was a staple in our summer schedule. My oldest son loved getting to play and practice on the same field where he watches the St. Lucie Mets play their games! This is a three-day, half-day camp and a whole lot of fun for any skill level. The St. Lucie Mets stadium is located in St. Lucie West up Peacock. For more information call the ticket office at (772) 871-2115.
5. Vacation Bible School
Lots of area churches offer this free program. Some are during the evening and some are during the day. We attend North Stuart Baptist and this year their Vacation Bible school will be held Monday – Thursday June 22-25 from 9am – 12:30pm. Snack is included every day. The theme is “Journey Off the Map” and you can already register at: http://northstuartbaptist.org/#/media/day-camp-vbs-2015
These days you can find a camp that covers almost any interest your child may have. (I recently saw an ad for a camp focused on cupcake baking and decorating!) Local theaters do camps that end in a production finale. Many Tae Kwon Do dojo’s offer week-long camps as well as daily drop-in opportunities. Talk to your kids about their most preferred sport or hobby, set a budget, and get registered!