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Summer church camps reach beyond the traditional

Church camp opportunities for children in Hernando County go beyond the traditional this summer, including training in acting, performing in a musical and recording an album.

• There are only a few days left to sign up for Shout It Out, a camp being hosted by Grace World Outreach Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 to 17. For $10, children in elementary and middle school, along with their choir leaders and mentors, will hone their vocal skills and record the 2016 Shout It Out music album. Students can attend as an individual, with a friend or with a team from their congregation or school.

Lunch will be provided, and each day students will have the opportunity to stay from 3 to 5 p.m. to see a movie.

Call pastor Bryan Warren or Marcus Wells with questions at (352) 796-3685; register by Tuesday at The church is at 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Also, the church will offer extreme sports at its Kid's Kamp from July 20 to 23.

This year's theme is from Hebrews 12:1: "So let us run the race before us and never give up."

"It's a powerful week of intense worship and fun, and it's just around the corner," says the church's Web page.

The cost is $139 and includes a camp shirt, transportation to the overnight camp in Summerfield, food and all activities. Register at Call Pastor James Markham with questions.

First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill has a camp available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from June 9 to Aug. 9 for children from age 4 to those entering sixth grade.

Recreation includes water days, arts and crafts, board games, music and movies, along with free time and field trips. Groups are separated by grades; each group has its own room, and everyone meets together for special events, breakfast and lunch.

There is a $25 registration fee per child. Weekly rates are $75 for the first child, $70 for the second and $65 for each additional child. The daily rate is $25.

The church is at 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-2600, ext. 2015, or register online at

Live Oak Theatre Company, a ministry of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is offering a performing arts camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20 to 24 on the church campus at 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Children age 7 to 18 will learn vocal technique, song interpretation, costume and set design, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup and acting skills.

Tuition costs $150 and includes a head shot. Special arrangements may be made for younger children based on interview and audition.

Children bring their own lunch, snacks and beverages; there is an hourlong break for lunch. Arrangements can be made for early drop-off. Visit to register. Call (352) 593-0027 or send email to for information about scholarships.

The church also will host two weeks of camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Pirates vs. Ninjas is the theme from June 27 through July 1; Knights of the Unusually Shaped Table will run from July 5 to 8.

Camps are for children in K5 through fifth grade and cost $65 per week. Snacks will be provided; children should bring a bagged lunch. All children will receive a camp T-shirt. Family discounts and scholarships are available. Call (352) 796-4969. Register online at

Word of Life Youth Camp in Hudson is available to children at two age levels. Junior Camp, for ages 6 to 12, costs $300 per week and is available from June 19 to Aug. 7. Teen Camp is for Grades 7 to 12 and is available from June 19 to Aug. 14.

Each week costs $355. Register at or call (727) 379-5005.

Lakewood Retreat Summer Camp 2016 will run from July 10 to 15. The theme this year is "A Connection: In a world where we are so connected with technology, what is our priority connection?" The cost is $349. Register at or call (352) 796-4097.

Brooksville First United Methodist Church will offer a music camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 18 to 22 for children who have completed K5 through fifth grade.

"They will learn a whole musical in one week and present it on Friday night," said Paula Whitaker, director.

When not singing, kids will have games, activities and crafts to keep them busy. The cost for the week is $25 and includes a T-shirt and practice CD; scholarships are available. Junior high and senior high school students are encouraged to attend for free as helpers to earn volunteer hours. Registration must be completed by July 13; forms are available at the church.

Call (352) 796-3363. The church is at 109 S Broad St.

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