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Nature and Outdoor Summer Camps in Lakeland + Polk County

Your child will get to explore the great outdoors at these nature-based summer camps. Learn about plants, wildlife, nature, survival skills, and much more as kids use their imagination and get dirty at these nature camps near you.

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Camp Fire Light a Spark 2022
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Light-A-Spark Summer Day Camp - Camp Fire (Entering K-5th)

Camp Light-A-Spark is a summer day camp for rising Kindergarten through 5th graders. Enjoy 10 full weeks of summer exploration with Camp Fire! Come for select weeks or the whole summer!

NEW IN 2022: Mini-Camp – Mini-Camp will run Monday-Wednesday weekly, and is an alternative to the full week Light-A-Spark Camp. This may be a great option for younger campers or families who do not need everyday childcare during the summer.

A normal day at Camp-Light-A-Spark usually starts with center time where kids get to choose from a variety of activities including playing make-believe, board games, or Legos. Groups then break off to work on academic enrichment, group reading time, or outside play. Lunchtime is followed by a movie or quiet reading to allow for some rest time. Then, it’s time for a group activity such as an art project or science experiment, with more outside playtime. Check the Camp Fire website for this year’s weekly themes.

Activities are led by trained, adult staff who not only supervise our kids but engage with them as well. Our academic-based activities are designed to help prevent summer backslide in school. Math, science, reading, and writing activities are shared in fun and creative ways; curriculum and hands-on activities follow Florida Standards and are grade-level appropriate.

FIELD TRIPS: The full weekly camp includes 3 field trips each week, Mini-Camp will include 1 field trip per week.

Camp Fire also offers:
Camp Ignite (5th-6th)
Teen Programs, Overnight Camps, and Service Projects (6th-12th)

Camp Dates:

Weekly from June 6 – August 5, 2022

Ages:

Entering Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Camp Hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm with FREE early and late care available (7:30am – 6:00pm)

Field Trips?
Yes, Field Trips are part of camp
Registration type:
Full Summer, Weekly Sessions
Price:

Weekly Rate: $125 full week, $75 for mini-camp
Ask about partial scholarships & sibling discounts. Prices include ALL activities, snacks and field trips.

2600 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
Camp Ignite 2022 Camp Fire
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Ignite Summer Day Camp - Camp Fire (Entering 5th-6th)

Camp Ignite is a summer day camp geared specifically for young people going into 5th and 6th grade, designed to establish a bridge from elementary to teen life. Kids will experience increasing independence, service to others, and tons of fun.

Within a typical day camp structure, participants engage in on-site activities such as outdoor play, grade-appropriate educational enhancement to help prevent summer backslide, hands-on experiments and art projects, and team building and group challenges. There are camp days dedicated to extracurricular activities as well, such as lessons based on our ACES (Advanced Camping Experts) program, recreation-based field trips, and community service projects.

Camp Ignite will be located at The Cygnet School (in United Methodist Temple across from Southgate)

Camp Fire also offers:
Camp Light-A-Spark (K-5)
Teen Programs, Overnight Camps, and Service Projects (6th-12th)

Camp Dates:

Weekly from June 6 – August 5, 2022

Ages:

Entering 5th & 6th Grade

Camp Hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm with early and late care available (7:30am – 6:00pm)

Field Trips?
Yes, Field Trips are part of camp
Registration type:
Full Summer, Weekly Sessions
Price:

$125 per week. Ask about partial scholarships & sibling discounts. Prices include ALL activities, snacks and field trips.

2700 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
WonderHere 2022 Summer Camps Lakeland FL
Wonder Here 2022 Summer Camps Lakeland
WonderHere 2022 Summer Camps Lakeland
WonderHere Summer Camps

Summer Camp is better at the farm! Enjoy 8 weeks of high-energy, nature-filled, thematic summer camps at WonderHere’s NEW Farmschool location in South Lakeland. What can your child expect from this summer of wonder?

What’s Included in a Week…
Each thematic week, children will experience hands-on fun, exposure to new hobbies and skills, weekly movie day, weekly water day, end of the week assembly! On the farm, campers will get to enjoy the outdoors and interact with small farm animals! Click on each individual camp to learn more about that week’s specific activities!

Teams!
Compete each week with your camp teams, sorted at the beginning of each week! Earn points for wearing your camp t-shirt, winning Minute to Win It games, displaying good character and helpfulness, and lots more!

Weekly Workshops!
Science experiments, cooking, crafts, book clubs, obstacle courses, photography, creative writing, coding & robotics, STEM & Engineering. No more having to get on the waitlist for these specialties… our campers will be enjoying these experiences every week!

Camp Dates:

Weekly Sessions from June 6 – July 29, 2022

Ages:

K – 5 – Camps are designed for elementary aged children

Camp Hours:

8am – 4pm

Field Trips?
No Field Trips
Registration type:
Full Summer, Weekly Sessions, Daily Registration
Price:

$239 per week (Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM) – Full Summer and Sibling Discounts available

Discounts:

Use Code – WHLAKELANDMOM – to save $20 off

5120 Colbert Rd, Lakeland, FL 33812, USA
Bass Fishing Summer Camp Winter Haven
Big Bass Fishing Winter Haven Summer Camp
Big Bass Fishing Winter Haven Summer Camp
Big Bass Guide - Florida Bass Fishing Camps for Kids

Enroll now in a summer kids fishing camp and learn boat safety, fishing techniques and enjoy bass fishing daily on the Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven. This hands-on camp also includes education regarding fishing with different types of bait, seeing different animal species in their habitat and even stopping in the sandbar to take a swim and cool off.

The goals of the camp are to take each camper and improve their knowledge and their skills as they relate to freshwater fishing. The instructors make sure each camper improves their abilities whether they are a beginner or a veteran fisherman.

Spots are limited, reserve your week now!!!

Camp Dates:

Weekly Sessions from May 23 – June 30, 2022

Ages:

7 – 18

Camp Hours:

Mon-Thur 8am-noon (except week of Memorial Day)

Field Trips?
No Field Trips
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions
Price:

$250 per week

2269 7th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880, USA
Camp Gilead
Camp Gilead
Camp Gilead Summer Camp

Camp Gilead is a year-round Christian Camp and Retreat Center that has served central Florida since 1938! We exist to glorify God by creating an atmosphere for individuals to evaluate their relationship with Christ and be challenged to make decisions resulting in changed lives.

It is a safe place filled with opportunities to be challenged both physically and spiritually while making lifelong friends. In fact, many return year after year because they cannot bear the thought of a summer without being a part of the action at camp, seeing their friends, and being spiritually refreshed.

Each child’s health and safety are top concerns. All activities are under the direction of trained Christian staff who live in cabins with campers. Trained first-aid personnel and certified lifeguards are also on duty.

Camp Dates:

Varies by camp – visit website for details. Overnight camps begin on Sunday afternoons and end on Friday. Commuter Camps run Monday – Friday.

Ages:

Overnight Camp – entering 2nd-12th Grade
Commuter Camps – entering K-7th Grade

Camp Hours:

Overnight Camp is Sunday 4:00pm – Friday 4:00pm
Commuter Camp is daily from 7:30am – 5:00pm (4pm Friday)

Field Trips?
No Field Trips
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions
Price:

$345/week for overnight camp
$245/week for commuter camp

1445 Camp Gilead Dr, Polk City, FL 33868, USA
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire's Summer Teen Programs & Camps (6th-12th grade)

Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida offers multiple opportunities for middle school and high school students to participate in summer projects, camping trips, and a service-learning road trip, providing leadership opportunities while giving back to the community:

Camp Fire’s Summer Challenge (entering 6th-12th grade)
Summer Challenge is a series of full-day service-learning projects offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Projects range from working at a wildlife refuge to helping feed the homeless. These experiences aim to be not only educational but also a collaborative effort with other agencies in our region. Challenge is open to teens in 6-12 grade.


Camp Fire’s CF66 Service-Learning Road Trip (entering 8th-12th grade)
CF66 is a week long service-learning road trip for teens entering 8th-12th grade. Teens and leaders travel by van throughout Florida learning more about our wonderful state and giving back to the communities they visit. The trip is full of youth empowerment and leadership opportunities. Teen are responsible for themselves and their teammates, helping with activities such as budgeting their money for the week, meal planning, solving puzzles, and of course, exciting service projects.


Camp Fire’s Nature Quest Camp (entering 6th-10th grade)
Nature Quest is an environmental education-based service-learning trip for rising 6-10th graders. Our team travels by van to a designated area where they set up camp for 4 days. During the week, the team will explore the many facets of Florida wildlife and ecosystems, and learning about environmental advocacy, while giving back to the community they visit.

This is a great trip for novice campers, or for teens looking for a fantastic opportunity to check out the amazing things in their own backyard.  The trip is full of youth empowerment and leadership opportunities.


Camp Fire also offers:
Camp Light-A-Spark (K-5)
Camp Ignite (5th-6th)

Camp Dates:

Vary by Camp – see description below

Ages:

6th – 12th Grade

Camp Hours:

Vary by camp – visit website for details

Field Trips?
Other
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions, Other
Price:

Vary by Camp – visit website for details

2600 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
Treeline Outdoor Occupational Therapy Camp
Camp Dates:

2022: June 6-9, 8:30-11:30 am, Ages 5-7
June 13-16, 8:30-11:30 am, Ages 8-12

Ages:

5 – 12

701 E Sparkman Rd, Plant City, FL 33566, USA
TimberNook West Central Florida Summer Camps
Camp Dates:

2022 Summer registration will open to the public on March 5th.
June 1-3 My 1st Summer Camp (Ages 1.5-5 with a caregiver)
June 6-9 Enchanted-1:Wizard of Oz (Ages 5-11)
June 13-16 Friends in the Wild: Bear Week (Ages 4-8)
June 20-23 Enchanted-2: Wizard of Oz (Ages 5-11)
June 27-29 Sensory Experiences: Mud & Water (Ages 5-11)

Ages:

Ages 4 – 8 and 5 – 11 years old, see description
My First Summer Camp is for ages 18 months to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver joining them.

701 E Sparkman Rd, Plant City, FL 33566, USA
Discovery Days Summer Camps at Bok Tower Gardens

This camp is not hosting camps in 2022. Check back for Summer 2023.

Camp Dates:

2021 TBD

Ages:

Ages 6-8 and 9-12

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33898, USA

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