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Hillsborough summer camps abound

USF summer programs: USF Pre-College 2013 is offering high school students a chance to get a taste of college life with summer residential or commuter programs ranging from two days to four weeks. Programs include:

STEM Academy: Diabetes & Medicine, June 6-14 or July 14-19, overnight program, USF Tampa, $1,230.

Global Sustainability, June 17-28, daily program, USF Tampa, $800.

STEM Academy: Environmental Health & Toxicology, July 21-26, overnight program, USF Tampa, $1,230.

IB Extended Essay Preparation, June 6-26, July 1-10 or July 15-24, overnight program, USF Tampa, $1,100.

Biomedical Engineering, July 15-16, daily program, USF Tampa, $500.

STEM Research for Scholars, July 7 to Aug. 2, residential program, USF Tampa, $3,800.

Community Filmmaking, July 7 to Aug. 2, overnight program, USF Tampa, $1,250.

Computer Science, July 8-12, daily program, USF Tampa, $695.

Marine Science, July 22-26, daily program, USF St. Petersburg, $1,295.

The deadlines to apply are May 15 for June programs and June 15 for July programs. To get information or register, visit

YMCA summer camps: The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is offering summer day camps for children and teens in Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. Camps include sports, aquatics, arts, and traditional day camps with theme weeks. Locations offering summer camps include:

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA, 110 East Palm Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 229-9622.

Bob Sierra Family YMCA, 4029 Northdale Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 962-3220.

North Brandon Family YMCA, 3097 S Kingsway Road, Seffner. Call (813) 685-5402.

Campo Family YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico. Call (813) 684-1371.

East Pasco Family YMCA, 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills. Call (813) 780-9622.

South Tampa Family YMCA, 4411 S Himes Ave. Call (813) 839-0210.

New Tampa Family YMCA, 16221 Compton Drive. Call (813) 866-9622.

Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA, 8950 W Waters Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 249-8510.

Plant City Family YMCA, 1507 YMCA Place. Call (813) 757-6677.

YMCA Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview. Call (813) 677-8400.

The First Tee of Tampa Bay, 7910 Willie Black Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 238-7320.

For a full list of individual camps offered and cost, visit or call the YMCA facility.

Soccer camp: Registration is open for the summer Elite Development Academy soccer program for elite players in competitive programs, offered by VSI Tampa Bay FC and the West Florida Flames. The eight-week program begins June 10 and will be held in the evenings at JC Handley Park, 3104 S Kings Ave., Brandon. The cost is $250 and includes a training shirt, developmental report, 16 training sessions and free entrance to VSI Tampa Bay FC 2013 season home games with an option to participate as a ball boy or ball girl at one of the remaining home games. To see a list of session times and age groups or to register, visit For information, call (813) 684-5948. The deadline to register is May 31.

Sports camps: Tampa Catholic High School will host summer sports camps. The basketball camp will have two sessions, June 17-21 and June 24-28. The cheer camp will run June 12-14. The dance camp is June 10-11. The Ty Griffin Baseball Camp will have four sessions, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Dates for the volleyball camp will be made available soon.

The cost is $140 for one week or $250 two weeks for basketball, $75 for the cheer camp, $55 for the dance camp, and $150 per session for the baseball camp. For information and registration forms, visit and click on "2013 Summer Sport Camps" under "Athletics," or call (813) 870-0860.

Basketball camp: Bloomingdale boys basketball coach Joe Willis will host the Bulls Basketball Camp for boys and girls of all skill levels. The camp will focus on fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun. It will be held in four one-week sessions. Session I will be June 10-13, Session II will be June 17-20, Session III will be June 24-27 and Session IV will be July 8-11. The cost is $75 per session. Each camper will receive a Nike camp T-shirt. For information, contact coach Joe Willis at or (813) 298-3448.

Basketball camp: Gaither High School will host summer basketball camps for boys and girls in grades 2-8 on June 10-13, June 18-21 and June 25-28. For information, contact coach Dwayne Olinger at or (813) 975-7340, ext. 563.

Football camp: Durant High School head football coach Mike Gottman will hold the 2013 Cougars Youth Football Camp this summer for players in fifth grade to incoming freshmen. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ron Frost Field Sports Complex practice fields behind Durant High School, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City.

The camp will cover stance, starts, running form, throwing, catching, blocking, ball handling, 7-on-7 and team flag football. The cost is $125. Camp registration will be held in the school's gymnasium from 8 to 9 a.m. June 8 and 7:30 to 10 a.m. June 10. For information, call (813) 757-9075.

Hillsborough summer camps abound 05/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:33pm]
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