Branches throughout the county are offering summer camp programs that range from golf and swimming to camps about circus techniques, science and "Girl Power." Find camp listings, costs and contact information for your community YMCA at tampaymca.org.
3000 E Busch Blvd., Tampa
Cost: Most camps charge $240 per person, $220 for Busch Gardens Passport members.
Busch Gardens offers 17 weeklong camps for kids from kindergarten into high school. Among them are "Critter Kids,'' where kindergarteners and first-graders get up close with animals that burrow, climb, swim and fly; "Bio Buddies,'' for third- and fourth-graders, featuring interactions with a variety of animals, from armadillos to zebras, and a trip to SeaWorld; and "Junior Zoo Keepers,'' where kids in grades 7 and 8 learn that caring for animals is a fun and sometimes messy job.
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
Cost: Prices range from $170 per week for annual zoo pass holders to $355 for specialty camps.
Kids who are going into grades 1 to 9 can choose from dozens of camps at the zoo. A typical day might include classroom lessons with pictures, videos and artifacts, talks by zookeepers, arts and crafts, animal encounters, feedings and shows.
1906 N Armenia Ave., Studio 305, Tampa
Cost: $150 per week
Kids 8 to 17 can learn how to use a camera to take interesting photos using composition and natural light. Supplies and field trips are included, and returning students enjoy new experiences each week. Weeklong sessions begin May 29 and run through the week of Aug. 7
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: It varies from $20s up to $900 for an intense scuba camp.
The Florida Aquarium offers about 50 camps for kids ages 3 to 15 that stretch from June to August. Some include boat and scuba diving trips, while most take place at the aquarium. Camps include "No Bones About It," about invertebrates like jellyfish; "Shark Tails," about the storied predators; "Too Gross!" about misunderstood creatures; and "Animotions," which studies how animals move.
Tampa Museum Of Art
600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa
Cost: $150 for half-day sessions, $225 for full-day sessions (discounts for members)
Kids ages 6 to 14 can attend camps that run throughout the summer and cover a variety of media, including photography, drawing, sculpting and painting.
1619 W Snow Circle, Tampa
Cost: $175 for half-day sessions, $275 for full-day sessions
Kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade can sculpt and paint, learn about other countries through art and architecture, or create art with Legos. Camps are offered from June 4 through July 23.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa
Cost: $140 for per week for museum members, $160 per week for nonmembers
Two camps for kids ages 7 to 10 and two camps for those from 11 to 15. The first camp, for 11- to 15-year-olds, begins June 18. Instructors will put kids' photography and artistic skills to use. The museum will host a separate exhibit of works from the summer camp for the campers and their families.
1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
Cost: $600; financial aid available for those who register and qualify by June 10
Budding actors entering eighth through 12 grades may audition for the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior April 15, May 6, May 20 and June 10. They should prepare a musical number in the style of the show (CD accompaniment) and a monologue and be prepared to dance. Those selected may participate in the Stageworks camp from July 9 to 27. Campers will perform the show on July 27, 28 and 29. Send an email to [email protected] to schedule an audition.
Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St., Tampa
Cost: Weeklong camps are $150 for history center members (family level or higher), $175 for nonmembers
The Tampa Bay History Center offers an array of five-day history adventure camps for children ages 8 through 11. Camps include arts and crafts, games, interactions with historians and teachers. For instance, the "Viva Tampa!" camp will involve Spanish skills, Latin dance moves or making Cuban sandwiches, while "Pirates and Explorers" features professional archaeologists working with children to solve mysteries of sunken ships. Camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended care is available before and after camp for an extra fee.
Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center
405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon
Cost: $130 per week for a full day (7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) for school-age children, $150 for ages 3 to K, $70 per week for half-day, $80 for ages 3 to K
The center offers a variety of athletic camps, including an Olympics theme and a Nickelodeon theme. Camps begin the week of June 10 and run weekly through Aug. 17. Campers will go on field trips to Rays games and Busch Gardens. Lunch, snacks and field trips available at an additional cost.
18050 U.S. 301 in Wimauma
Cost: $1,100 for a weeklong overnight camp, $285 for a weeklong day camp
Children ages 8 to high school can register now for camps beginning June 24. Campers participate in activities such as canoeing, rope climbing and nature study. Overnight camps last up to six weeks and include field trips to Disney, Busch Gardens and Islands of Adventure.
Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd.
Donna Griffin at (813) 244-4758
The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club will host its annual Teen Forum July 30 to Aug. 3. The half-day camp is for girls entering grades 6, 7 or 8. Speakers will discuss topics including self-esteem and fitness.
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave., SVC1072, Tampa
Cost: Varies (early registration discount of $50 through April, 10 percent discount for USF alumni, faculty, and staff)
USF Pre-College Summer 2012 features 13 programs for high school and homeschooled students. The programs include engineering, architecture, art and design, music, film studies and American Sign Language. Students can pursue academic interests, discover career options, earn college credit and explore university life. Sessions range from one day to three weeks and offer residential, commuter or online access. The application deadline is June 1; space is restricted.
UT coach sports camps
University of Tampa coaches offer a variety of sports camps for boys and girls, ages 5 to 17. Camps include baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball and range from beginning/recreational to advanced skill training for competitive teams. The camps are owned and operated by individual coaches, so potential participants should contact the coaches directly. Go to the website and find "Camps" under the "Athletic Info" tab.
Many churches sponsor summer camps that last a week or longer. Check neighborhood churches near where you live or work for offerings and prices.