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2012 Pasco County summer camp offerings for kids

Published May 12, 2012

Sports camps

ALL SPORTS ARENA, 7716 Rutillio Court, New Port Richey, (727) 845-7808,, will host weekly sports camps for ages 5 and older starting June 6. Camp will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for the duration of summer vacation. Cost is $100 a week, plus $5 a day for lunch; multiple child discounts available. Campers will learn fundamentals of basketball, soccer, hockey and other sports, with water activities on Fridays.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF TAMPA BAY, Lewis Abraham Lacoochee, 38749 Patti Lane, Dade City, (352) 583-2994, Port Richey Teen Center, 8239 Youth Lane, Port Richey, (727) 842-5673. Comprehensive summer program includes field trips, arts and crafts, bowling, video games, swimming and sports such as football and softball, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 11-Aug. 10. Fees vary.

CAMP SEAL, 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz, (813) 229-7946,, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 17. This camp, aimed at children ages 4-12, will offer swimming lessons, recreational swim, weekly sports, arts and crafts, archery, outdoor activities and an inflatable water slide. The camp is $175 per week.

HORSE CAMP AT ANGELS MEADOW, 28432 Saint Joe Road, Dade City, (813) 494-3066, will offer a three-day overnight camp from June 20-22 for $150; and week-long day camps from July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 13-17 for $175 for each camp (discounts available for multiple camps or multiple children in one camp).

IMPACT TRAINING TENNIS SUMMER CAMP, Quail Ridge Country Club, Shady Hills Road just off State Road 52, (727) 919-2011, Call for information.

INGRAM'S PROFESSIONAL KARATE, 4116 Little Road, New Port Richey, (727) 372-7673. The school is hosting four one-week camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The camps for weeks June 25-29 and July 30-Aug. 3 will be in New Port Richey; the weeks of July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10 will be in Carrollwood. Space is limited to 20 children in each camp. Cost is $200 per week. (Specific days available, only if there is room, for $50 per day.) Each day includes a 90-minute karate class and a special event, such as "make a movie" day or Cowboys and Indians Nerf wars.

JOHN PREVATT'S AFTER SCHOOL KARATE, 1916 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, (813) 948-4004, The school will offer a summer day camp Monday through Friday from June through August. This will be a structured karate camp with a flexible schedule that includes swimming, music, horseback riding and field trips.

KRAV MAGA MARTIAL ARTS, 1829 Collier Parkway, Lutz, (813) 948-4844. The Summer Rank Training and Promotion Karate Camp will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays June 11-Aug. 17. Students can learn a full set of martial arts skills (everything from krav maga to kickboxing) and enjoy activities such as games, water sports, Nerf wars and field trips.

MEGA SPORTS CAMP, The Church of the Lakes, 2530 Wilson Road, Land O'Lakes, (813) 948-4358,, offers summer camps in soccer, baseball or volleyball for kids in grades 1-6. Camps run from 9-11:30 a.m. June 11-15 and will feature drills and practice games.

PINSEEKERS GOLF DRIVING RANGE, 35378 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, (813) 355-4855. Classes and workshops available this summer, taught by golfing professionals.

REGIS LIMA MARTIAL ARTS, 9914 State Road 52, Hudson, (727) 868-1188, Weekly summer camps available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 to Aug. 10 for children ages 5-12. Includes two martial arts classes a day (tae kwon do, grappling and street self defense), anti-bullying techniques, soccer, dodgeball, team games and movie time, plus field trips to local parks, swimming pools, movies and Stop 'N' Play.

SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO, KEIKO SHIN KARATE ACADEMY, 26312 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Lutz, (813) 994-9253. Summer day camp will feature daily martial arts classes, games, sports, reading, movies (both watching and making adventure movies), and video and board games. The cost is $85 per week, field trip fees extra. The class has a capacity of 20 students per week; family discounts are available. No registration fee.

SOUTHERN ELITE SPORTS, 5344 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday, (727) 645-2978, will offer a Southern Elite Sports Summer Camp with sports activities and fields trips throughout the summer. Cost is $50 per week, $15 per day, plus field trip fees. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with after-hours care available at extra cost.

SPORTS AND FIELD, 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel, (813) 948-5500, All Star Summer Camp for grades 1-7 will be held June 6 to Aug. 17. Skills will include team sports, with emphasis on kickball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, baseball, water activities, etc. Also, arts and crafts and field trips to everywhere from Raymond James Stadium to Chuck E. Cheese's, and workshops on speed, agility, reaction and team-building.

TRINITY TAE KWON DO ACADEMY, 6648 Ridge Road, Port Richey, (727) 844-5724. The 10-week camp, from June 11 to Aug. 17, includes tae kwon do lessons, arts and crafts, fishing, bowling, ice cream, and trips to the beach and park in a family-oriented atmosphere that emphasizes respect. Call for prices and details.

WESLEY CHAPEL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SOCCER CAMP, Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel, (913) 599-4884. Several British Soccer Camps will run June 25-29, featuring high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts. The First Kicks camp for 3-year-olds will run from 11 a.m. to noon and costs $97; the Mini Soccer camp for ages 4-5 will run from 9-10:30 a.m. and cost $111; the Half Day camp for ages 6-9 will run from 9 a.m.-noon and cost $140; and the Half Day camp for ages 10-16 will run from 5-8 p.m. and cost $140.

WESLEY CHAPEL MARTIAL ARTS, 5268 Village Market, Wesley Chapel, (813) 928-6900,, will offer a martial arts summer camp June 11 to Aug. 17. Skills taught will include Olympic and traditional tae kwon do, ko am mu do and weapons. Call for prices and details.

WESLEY CHAPEL KARATE SUMMER CAMP, 30052 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, (813) 973-1403,, will offer a summer camp for ages 5-12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 11 to Aug. 17. Cost is $150 a week, no registration fee.

WEST PASCO YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION, (727) 457-2059, or visit, will offer Bill Capobianco's Finesse and Finishing Soccer Camp at Mitchell Complex. Week 1 runs from June 6-10 for ages 6 to 10. Week 2 runs from June 13-17 for ages 10-14.

WIREGRASS RANCH BASKETBALL CAMP, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 346-6000; Head coach Jeremy Calzone will host the school's sixth annual basketball camp. The Bulls staff will work with ages 8-16 on skill building, ball handling and more. The cost is $120 for a week of full-day sessions, $75 for a week of half-day sessions; or $300 for three weeks of full-day sessions, $210 for three weeks of half-day sessions. Cost for all six weeks is $500. Camp sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 to July 26.

Dance, theater & gymnastics

ARTS IN MOTION, (352) 834-1246,, will host two theatrical camps at the Zephyrhills Alliance Church, 6251 Fort King Road. A Superhero Summer Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-22 for students who just finished kindergarten through 6th grade. A teen camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9-13 with students preparing a production of Usher: A Totally Teen Comedy, based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Each camp is $150. Registration forms will be available soon on the website.

BLACKWOOD STUDIOS, 37747 Meridian Ave., Dade City, (352) 567-5919, Summer Splash day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from July 2-13. Students in grades kindergarten and up can learn a variety of dance skills, including ballet, jazz, modern, acrobatics and tap, as well as musical theater, voice training, games and arts and crafts, fun days and costume and picture days. Students will prepare a special presentation for their parents. Prices vary; call for details.

BROADWAY DANCESATIONS, 1408 N Dale Mabry Highway, No. 106, Lutz, (813) 406-4894, will offer its Summer Dance Camp June 18 to Aug. 3. Skills taught will include ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, tumbling, arts and crafts, choreography and costuming. Sessions for ages 5 and older will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., cost is $145 per week; ages 3-5 meet from 9 a.m. to noon at a cost of $85 per week. There is a $15 registration fee.

CONTEMPO SCHOOL OF DANCE, 24148 State Road 54, Land O'Lakes, (813) 948-3262, will offer a variety of camps including a sports movement camp for boys age 5-8 and 9-13 from July 16-20, which will teach agility, flexibility, games, skits, sports, crafts, hip hop and tumbling (tuition is $125); a musical theater camp for ages 7 to teens will emphasize acting, voice, musical theater, improvisation, and theatrical choreography, from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 to Aug. 3 (tuition is $125); a mini camp with a Princess and Pirate adventure theme for ages 3 to 5, is 9-11 a.m. June 11-15 and June 25-29 (tuition is $95); a Girls Rock Dance summer camp will emphasize dance for children ages 5-13 (divided into three groups) 9 a.m. to noon July 16-20 (tuition is $125); a Nutcracker in July Ballet Boot Camp will teach ballet, pantomime, Nutcracker variations, and set/prop design to children ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11 to teen July 23-27 (tuition is $125); a dance team camp for current and prospective team members 1-5 p.m. June 11-15 or June 25-29 (tuition is $145). A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The balance is due the first day of camp. Each group is limited to 12 students (10 for Mini Camp). Each student will receive a camp T-shirt and daily snacks.

THE DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ACADEMY OF TAMPA, 23633 Venezia Drive (at the corner of State Road 54 and Livingston Road), Land O'Lakes, (813) 949-7875,, will offer summer gymnastics camps June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10 and Aug. 13-17. Camps will include gymnastics class, open gym time, arts and crafts, games and movies. Cost is $125 for a full day (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), $65 for a half day (9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3:30 p.m.); the daily rate is $30 per child. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due at signup.

DANCE ARTS CENTER, 1924 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, (813) 907-0990,, will offer Tutus and Tiaras Dance Camp for ages 3-6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. weekdays July 16-20 and July 23-27, with lessons in classical ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, flamenco and improvisation. Cost is $100 per week. The studio also will offer a Dance and Movie Set Makeup Camp for ages 7 and up from 1:45-5:15 p.m. July 23-27 for $150. Dance forms will include classical, ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, flamenco, Latin dance, modern and improvisation.

EAST PASCO GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING, 37828 Sky Ridge Circle, Dade City, (813) 715-7400, will offer a variety of summer camps. Gymnastics camps for ages 5-15 will run from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 25-29; July 9-13; July 23-27; and Aug. 6-10. A team-only camp will run from June 11-13; and a cheerleading camp may be scheduled as well. Cost is $75 a week for half-day camp; $130 a week for full-day camp; and $25 a week for before/after camp fun.

GRANDE JETE DANCE SCHOOL, 2020 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Lutz, (813) 406-4964, will host a summer dance camp for ages 5-7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 19 to July 5; includes ballet, jazz, tap, introduction to modern dance, hip-hop, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and beverages. The fee is $10 for registration, $80 for the course. The studio also will offer a summer dance camp for ages 8-13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 18 to July 6; includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, funk tap, modern dance, hip-hop, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and beverages. The fee is $10 for registration, $120 for the course. A sibling in the same age group will be admitted at half price for both sessions.

HARMONY STUDIOS INC., 4818 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday, (727) 945-9868, offers summer dance classes and ballet workshops. Call for information.

KARL & DIMARCO SCHOOL OF THEATER AND DANCE, 19022 Geraci Road, Lutz, (813) 909-7346,, will offer weekly summer dance camps from June 25 through Aug. 17. Camps include Hip Hop Camp, Camp Little Stars, summer intensive, Camp Triple Threat and Dance Company Camp. Skills taught will range from tap, ballet and jazz to Broadway and contemporary. Prices range from $150-180; a non-refundable deposit of $35 is required.

KELLY'S DANCE ACADEMY, 8500 County Road 54, New Port Richey, (727) 376-7315,,, offers one-week camps with separate themes to introduce different styles of dance to students age 5-13. Students will be divided into two groups based on age and ability. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tuition is $80 per week, plus a one-time $10 registration fee for non-KDA students.

LIVE OAK THEATRE COMPANY, a not-for-profit family-oriented theater company, will hold its third annual Performing Arts Camp at the Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, (352) 593-0027,, mail Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11-15 and June 18-22. Tuition is $150 for one week or $250 for both. Limited partial scholarships available. The camp is open to ages 7-18. Special arrangements may be made for younger children based on interview and audition. Children will learn concepts of musical theater, including acting skills, vocal techniques, costume and set design, movement to music, stage makeup and auditioning skills.

PEGGY'S DANCE PLACE, 36751 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, (813) 715-4422, This school specializes in tap, jazz and ballet, acrobatics, baton, musical theater and singing. It will offer a summer dance camp from 9-10 a.m. July 23-26 for ages 3-5 (cost is $40); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23-26 for ages 6 and up (cost is $95).

PREMIER GYMNASTICS, 4575 Pet Lane, (813) 973-9920, will offer an eight-week summer camp from June 11 to Aug. 17 (closed July 2-7). Camp activities will include vault, beam, floor, beam and bars, as well as the use of inflatable whale, trampoline and foam pits. Other activities include games, open gym, movies and arts and crafts. A preschool camp for ages 3-4 will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday for $60 for a full week and $25 daily; and a camp for ages 5 and up will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for $120 for a full week and $30 daily.

RICHEY SUNCOAST THEATRE, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, (727) 842-6777, will offer a theater workshop June 12-16 to teach ages 6-16 acting, dancing, vocals, costumes, technical theater and set decoration. Attendees put on a show at the end. Cost is $145, which includes two drinks and two snacks each day.

Music camps

HAPPY TUNES MUSIC AND HOBBIES, 24028 State Road 54, Lutz, (813) 948-1419,, offers summer lessons throughout the season, emphasizing vocal skills and a variety of instruments. Call for details.

KOSS MUSIC INSTITUTE INC., 1922 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, (813) 949-6881, offers classes and private lessons in all types of musical skills, from pop music to concert band. Call for details.

MUSIC MATTERS, 4112 Little Road, New Port Richey, (727) 834-8856,, will offer MusiCamp, Guitar Camp, RocKamp, PopCamp, ShowTime drama and music summer camp in various sessions from June 11 through Aug. 19. Call the studio for details.

RAMBLIN RHODES MUSIC, 10720 State Road 54, Trinity, (727) 375-0123,, offers several summer programs:

• Camp Ramblin Rock's Rock Band Academy will match musicians with similar skill levels and show them how to play together as a group. Each week is a different camp with five fun and intensive classes in preparation for a live performance every Friday. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; dates are June 11-15; June 18-22; July 9–13; July 23–27; Aug. 12–17. Cost is $230 a week for existing students, plus $180 a week for each additional sibling; $250 a week for new students.

• Camp Ramblin Rascals features three different camps for preschoolers. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays for three weeks: June 25-29 (Rocket Ships and Aliens), July 16-20 (Rock Around the Clock) and Aug. 6-10 (Pirates and Mermaids). Cost is $200 a week for current students, plus $100 per additional sibling; $220 a week for new students. Deposit required; 25 percent discount for multiple sessions.

• Musical Theater Camp offers the full theater experience with songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The campers will be involved in small group skits, as well as workshops in costume design, script writing, and singing, all in preparation for a theatrical musical production on Friday. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 2-6 and July 30-Aug. 3. Cost is $230 a week for current students, plus $180 per additional sibling; $250 a week for new students, plus $200 per additional sibling.

Visual arts

DADE CITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS/HIBROW GALLERY, 14125 Seventh St., Dade City, (352) 521-3823,,, will host several summer camps featuring visual and theater arts taught by certified instructors. For ages 4-7: Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. June 11-29, July 9-27 and July 30-Aug. 17, at a cost of $75 per week. For ages 8-18: Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. June 11-29, July 9-27 and July 30-Aug. 17, at a cost of $150 per week. Discounts available for multiple sessions.

PASCO ARTS COUNCIL, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, (727) 845-7322,, will offer summer skills classes for ages 8-13. These mini-camps will run Tuesdays through Fridays from June 19-July 27. Camps will be overseen by seasoned area artists and art instructors. Campers will learn about drawing, creative painting, pottery, mobiles and print making. Weekly rates range from $60-$80 for non-members, $40-$70 for members; scholarships are available.

PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, (727) 848-6500,, will offer watercolor and sketching workshops for ages 7-13 during June and July. Call for schedule and prices.

Wildlife camps

DADE CITY'S WILD THINGS, 37237 Meridian Ave., Dade City, (352) 567-9453,, offers adventure camps in which kids learn about nature, science and the animal kingdom while hiking through the 22-acre private zoo, exploring behind-the-scenes and interacting with ambassador animals. One-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 (cost $65); three-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17-19 (cost $165). Cost includes photo CD and T-shirt, which must be worn at camp.

SURVIVAL OUTREACH SANCTUARY, 22005 Bowman Road, Spring Hill, (352) 799-2334,, is hosting one-day field trips this summer from organizational summer camps. These trips, designed to reconnect children to nature, are available for a donation of $5 per person, with a minimum $100 per group. Contact sanctuary founder Judy Watson at (352) 799-2334 or


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