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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!

For a complete list of summer camps in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida, check out our full Summer Camp Guide.

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Featured Updated for 2021
Camp Light-A-Spark Summer Day Camp - Camp Fire (Entering K-5th)

Enjoy 10 full weeks of summer exploration with Camp Fire! Come for a day, a week, or the whole summer!

Camp Light-A-Spark is a summer day camp for rising Kindergarten through 5th graders. 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. And Thursdays are always field trip days!

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.

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

Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Dates:

Weekly from June 7 – August 4, 2021 (no program on Friday, July 2 & Monday, July 5)

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/Optional/No):
Yes, Field Trips are part of camp
Registration type:
Full Summer, Weekly Sessions, Daily Registration
2600 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
Featured Updated for 2021
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, transitioning between the worlds of elementary school and middle school. ‘

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

Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Dates:

Weekly from June 7 – August 4, 2021 (no program on Friday, July 2 & Monday, July 5)

Ages:

Entering 5th & 6th Grade

Camp Hours:

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

Field Trips? (Yes/Optional/No):
Yes, Field Trips are part of camp
Registration type:
Full Summer, Weekly Sessions
2600 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
Featured Updated for 2021
Camp Fire's Summer Teen Programs & Camps (6th-12th grade)

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 9th-12th grade)
CF66 is a week long service-learning road trip for teens in 9th-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-8th grade)
Nature Quest is an environmental education-based service-learning trip for rising 6-8 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. Nature Quest Camp is available to youth entering 6-8 grade.


Buckingham Terror Haunted House Planning
Every Halloween, Camp Fire Sunshine transforms into Buckingham Terror – a teen-run program of Camp Fire. But, this program is only able to be brought to life by a dedicated group of Camp Fire teens, staff, and volunteers.

Want to be a part of the team that makes this nightmare a possibility? Come and be a part of our planning meetings where we will be creating this year’s theme, and blueprint for how the haunt will be constructed, staged, and run. Planning meetings are open to teens going into 6-12 grade.


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

Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Fire Lakeland Summer Camp
Camp Dates:

Vary by Camp – see description below

Ages:

6th – 12th Grade

Camp Hours:

Vary by camp – visit website for details

Field Trips? (Yes/Optional/No):
Other
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions, Other
2600 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA
Featured Updated for 2021
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 fresh water 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!!!

Bass Fishing Summer Camp Winter Haven
Big Bass Fishing Winter Haven Summer Camp
Big Bass Fishing Winter Haven Summer Camp
Camp Dates:

Weekly Sessions in 2021: June 1-4, 7-10, 14-17, July 6-9, 12-15, 19-22

Ages:

7 – 18

Camp Hours:

8am – noon

Field Trips? (Yes/Optional/No):
No Field Trips
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions
2269 7th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880, USA
Featured Updated for 2021
Camp Gilead

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 Gilead
Camp Gilead
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-8th Grade

Camp Hours:

Overnight Camp is Sunday 4:00pm – Friday 4:00pm

Field Trips? (Yes/Optional/No):
No Field Trips
Registration type:
Weekly Sessions, Other
1444 Camp Gilead Dr, Polk City, FL 33868, USA
Updated for 2021
TimberNook West Central Florida Summer Camps
Camp Dates:

June 1-4, 2021 My First Summer Camp, Ages 1.5-5 + Caregiver
June 14-17, 2021 Barefoot & Buckets, Ages 4-8
June 21-24, 2021 Extreme Art, Ages 8-12

Ages:

Ages 4 – 8 and 8 – 12 years old, see description (Ages are flexible, contact directly about an older/younger child)
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
Updated for 2021
Treeline Outdoor Occupational Therapy Camp
Camp Dates:

June 7-10, 2021

Ages:

5 – 10

701 E Sparkman Rd, Plant City, FL 33566, USA
Updated for 2021
Rockin' W Ranch Horse Camps
Camp Dates:

Dates vary by camp – June 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25, June 28 – July 2

Ages:

7 & up

5247 Rifle Range Rd. Bartow, FL 33830
2021 - No Camps Scheduled
Discovery Days Summer Camps at Bok Tower Gardens

This Summer Camp is not hosting camps in 2021. Check back for Summer 2022.

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33898, USA
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