It's time for parents to sign up their children for summer camp, and local churches and camps are offering both day camps, as well as overnight and special weeklong events.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill's camp begins June 5 and is available to children age 4 through fifth grade from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15 (closed July 4).
Activities will be both indoors and outdoors and include crafts, chapel, game time, fellowship time, local field trips and monthly pizza days. Special activities planned are an end-of-camp carnival day with a water slide, cooking events throughout the summer and two carwashes to support the church food pantry.
Each child should bring a lunch and two snacks each day. The cost is $75 per week for the first child, $70 for the second and $65 for the third. Daily rates are $25 per child.
"We offer this camp as a safe, fun place for children and parents," said director Pat Wolfarth. "Our staff loves working with children and looks forward to having a summer with them."
Children may be registered at the church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, or by calling (352) 683-2600, ext. 2015/2016, to have forms emailed.
Word of Life Florida Youth Camp, 13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson, will offer children age 6 through 12th grade an overnight camp experience.
There are three weeks available for Junior Camp and five for Teen Camp between June 15 and Aug. 8. The cost is $278 per week for Junior Camp and $328 per week for Teen Camp. Day camp rates are also available.
The camps will offer Bible teaching, rallies, games, crafts, water fun, a climbing tower, zip-lines and a skate park. For specific dates and to register, visit wolflorida.org or call (727) 379-5010.
Singing, acting and dancing are among the activities children will be doing at the "Howlin' Good Time Summer Music Camp" provided by the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville, from 9 a.m. to noon July 7 to 11.
The cost is $25, which includes a practice CD and T-shirt, for children entering first through sixth grades.
"We will spend a week planting God's word in our hearts as we learn and perform the musical Good News Garden," said Paula Whitaker, children's minister and director of Grace Notes Music Studio.
Each day, children will have a snack, musical games and music crafts, plus time to rehearse the musical, which will be performed on Friday evening. Older children will have the opportunity to try out for speaking parts.
"Kids learn what they live," said Whitaker. "Music camp is a chance for kids to live out their faith by ministering to others through music. They will not forget the biblical truths they sing about and act out at camp. Any child who loves to sing and perform will love music camp."
The church is at 109 S Broad St. Call (352) 796-3363 to register no later than June 27.
"Jonah: Salvation Belongs to the Lord" is the camp being offered at Lakewood Retreat for kids ages 4 to 6 from July 13 to 15 ($149) and ages 7 to 15 from July 13 to 18 ($299).
The overnight camp offers full-course meals and access to counselor-supervised activities, such as a zipline, a Slip 'n Slide, Destiny Island, a hayride, old-fashioned popcorn on an open fire and daily worship services.
"At Lakewood Retreat, summer camp is all about having fun while learning about Jesus Christ," said Dan Benitez, communications representative for the retreat.
Camp administrator Bud Goodwin noted that the camp's goal is to strengthen campers' commitment to serve Christ.
"Camp focuses on spiritual growth through intensive Bible training and warm interpersonal relationships between campers and counselors — all in a uniquely fun environment," he said.
Registration is available online and requires a $30 deposit. Applications for counselors are also available online. The camp is at 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, south of Spring Lake. Call (352) 796-4097 or visit lakewoodretreat.org.
Grace World Outreach Church will again sponsor its summer Kids Kamp. Camp Sonshine will run from July 16 to 19 for children entering first through sixth grades. The theme this year will be "Go Into All the World."
The cost is $130 for the overnight camp. A $15 nonrefundable deposit is required.
The church is at 20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. Call (352) 796-3685.