2019 Summer Camp Guide offers wide choices in Palm Beach County

From West Palm Beach, Royal Palm, Wellington and Lake Worth, camps abound for every interest

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Palms West Monthly
Posted April 2, 2019

Summertime is right around the corner, so now is the time to find the perfect summer camp for your child. The camps featured in this guide offer an array of opportunities. You can match your child’s interests to one of these camps, or choose a camp that will help your child develop new skills.

The 2019 Summer Camp Guide features camps for most every interest throughout Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. From arts and acting camps to STEM, tennis, golf and equestrian camps, our guide offers a great selection of camps with many affordable options.

Palm Beach State College’s Summer Youth Arts Camp

The Summer Youth Arts Program at Palm Beach State College offers hands-on activities to expand minds, build skills and fuel a passion for learning. The program’s goal is to provide each student with a high quality, accessible and affordable education in a college environment without the pressure of grades, homework or tests. 

Students between the ages of 8 to 17 years old can choose from Fine Arts, Ceramics, BAK and Dreyfoos School of the Arts Prep, Graphic Design, 3D Printing, Web Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Theatre, Film Production, Photography, 3D Digital Animation, Drumline Recording Arts and Latin Dance. Supplies are included in the cost of each workshop. Students will use college-level supplies such as art supplies, Adobe Creative Cloud software, Apple 3D computers, film & photography equipment, drums and more.

Cost: Workshops are $179 per week; Before-care is available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for $25 per week. After-care is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $20 per week;
Dates & Hours: The Summer Youth Arts Program runs June 3 to July 25, Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Location: Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus, at 4200 Congress Ave. in Lake Worth;
Contact: Go online to palmbeachstate.edu/SYAP for more information on summer workshops and to register.

STEM and Science Summer Camps

Summer is made for adventure! Each exciting week of STEM and science summer camp offers hands-on exploration on a variety of topics in science, engineering and technology at two convenient locations. The days are packed with interactive lessons, laboratories, themed crafts and outdoor activities led by expert science educators. Themes include MinecraftEDU, Ocean Commotion, Harry Potter Science and more! 

Camps are offered at both the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach and STEM Studio in Jupiter. Register for your favorite West Palm Beach week (or weeks!) at SFScienceCenter.org/camps or in Jupiter at STEMStudioJupiter.com. 

Cost: Prices range from $230 to $280 per week for Science Center members and $255 to $305 per week for non-members;
Dates & Hours: Camps run weekly June 3 to Aug. 9, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with before- and after-care available from 7:30 a.m. and until 5:30 p.m. at the Science Center location;
Location: The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach. STEM Studio is located at 1209 Main St., unit 112 in Jupiter;
Contact: For more information, go online to SFScienceCenter.org/camps, STEMStudioJupiter.com or send an email to programs@sfsciencecenter.org.

Village of Royal Palm Beach Summer & Sports Camps

If you’re looking for a day camp that offers a variety of activities, the Village of Royal Palm Beach may be the perfect answer for your children ages 5-13. Sports camps are offered for ages 4-17.

Day Camp offers a full day of activities including field trips and activities such as swimming, skating, sports, water games and special events. Half-day dance camps are also offered June 3, 5 and 6 for ages 3-8. If your child is looking to play a specific sport, the Village of Royal Palm Beach offers mostly one-week half-day sports camps, featuring basketball, flag football, volleyball, sand volleyball, fishing and more.

Cost: Royal Palm Beach’s Day Camp is $244 per two-week session for Royal Palm residents; $272 per session for non-residents. A one-time registration fee of $60 is required. Sibling discounts are available. Prices for Sports Camps range from $60-$125 for Royal Palm residents; $70-$150 for non-residents;
Dates & Hours: Day Camp runs Monday through Friday from June 3 to Aug. 9, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily after-care is available from 5:30-6 p.m. for $1 per day. Sports Camps hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 or 2 p.m., depending on the sport;
Location: Royal Palm Beach Rec. Center, 100 Sweetbay Lane, Royal Palm Beach;
Contact: Call 790-5124 or visit royalpalmbeach.com.

Casperey Stables Horse Camp

Casperey Stables Horse Camp is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages 7 to 14. With three riding opportunities each day, arts & crafts and outdoor games, campers find little time to be bored! 

The low counselor-child ratio ensures that each child receives individual attention. Each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Horse Camp at Casperey Stables also features a weekly water play day and ends each session with a horse show and family barbecue. 

Cost: $495 per two-week session. $475 per session for two or more. Extended care is available for $50 per week. Prepayment discounts are also available;
Dates & Hours: Monday through Friday, all summer long, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 
Location: 2330 D Rd., Loxahatchee;
Contact: Call 792-4990, go online to caspereystables.com or send an email to info@caspereystables.com.

Lake Worth Playhouse Theatre Summer Camp

Campers 8 to 14 years old will learn acting, voice, dance and stage movement through fun daily activities and rehearsals which culminate in full-scale productions of “Seussical the Musical Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid.” 

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in “Seussical the Musical Jr.,” a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. “The Little Mermaid” is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, and is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

Campers will be engaged in studio-style rehearsals for music, dance and production rehearsals. Campers 12 years and older will also have the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scene roles and other theatre-related educational opportunities. 

Cost: $600 per camp production;
Dates & Hours: “Seussical the Musical Jr.” runs June 6-29. “The Little Mermaid” runs from July 11 through August 3. Hours of both camps are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. End-of-camp performances will be held the last week of camp Thursday through Saturday;
Location: The Lake Worth Playhouse is at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth;
Contact: Go online to lakeworthplayhouse.org or call (561) 586-6410.

Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Experience

The Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Experience is filled with lots of fun and creativity with high-quality art education including drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics and printmaking. 

Most instructors have a master’s degree in art and/or education and all have passed a background check. The Armory provides a safe and enriching environment for your child.

Throughout the summer, every week is filled with high-quality art education and immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building. There will also be excursions to local museums and centers to complement the weekly theme and techniques. A highlight of the Summer Art Experience will be the public art show receptions held in both June and August.

Cost: Ranges from $235 to $285 per week;
Dates & Hours: June 3 to Aug. 9, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Classes will not be held on July 4);
Location: The Armory Art Center is at 811 Park Place in West Palm Beach;
Contact: Call (561) 832-1776 or go online to armoryart.org/youthartcamps.

Junior Golf Camp

Whether your child has dreams of playing on the PGA or LPGA Tour or just wants to learn the basics of golf, the Junior Golf Camp hosted by the Junior Golf Foundation of America is the perfect solution. 

All golf instruction is lead by PGA and LPGA professionals and camps are offered at two sites in Palm Beach County – Okeeheelee Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Park Ridge Golf Course in Western Lake Worth.

Ages for campers range from 4 years old to 17 years old, with three separate age groups and four levels of instruction, so beginners to advanced players can benefit. Additional camps are: Start Smart (ages 3-4); Little Linkers Camp (ages 5-6); and Advance Academy (Junior Tour players).

Cost: Prices range from $49.50 to $360 depending on JGFA membership, number of siblings and other factors;
Dates & Hours: June 3 to Aug. 9; Half day options available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a full-day option is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations. One- to four-day options are available;
Location: Two locations: Okeeheelee Golf Course and Park Ridge Golf Course;
Contact: Call Okeeheelee at (561) 964-4653, Park Ridge at (561) 966-7044, or go online to JGFA.org.

Theatre Camp at Palm Beach Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks is introducing theAcademy@pbd, an exciting lineup of summer productions and classes specifically designed for teenagers. Two productions will be held for rising 9th graders to graduating high school students, with auditions on Saturday, April 13.

The first production, which runs June 10-30, is the musical, “Edges,” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Pasek and Paul, the Tony and Oscar-winning composers of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Greatest Showman,” craft together a beautiful musical about self-discovery and coming of age. Cost is $900. 

The second production is Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” which runs July 8-28. This dynamic, modern adaptation details Dr. Stockmann’s fight to bring awareness to corruption and greed in his community and the community leaders’ manipulation of the majority. Cost is $750.

An Acting Intensive class will be held July 8-19 for rising 6th graders to graduating 8th grade students. Improve your teen’s acting and audition technique in this skills-based intensive. This course is designed for the serious-minded student interested in developing strong technique while being challenged by professional instructors. Auditions are not required.  Cost is $500.

A Stage Management class will be held for rising 9th graders to graduating high school students that coincide with both summer productions. An interview is required. This is a great opportunity to build your teen’s skills as they work alongside a professional Dramaworks stage manager. Stage managers are required to assist and run all rehearsals and performances while learning valuable skills for organizing and administrating a production. 

The number of stage managers is limited, and interviews will be held April 13. Those interested should come prepared to answer the question, “Why do you want to train as a stage manager this summer?” Bring a resume and a stage management prompt book, if you have one. Cost ranges from $750 to $950, depending on production. Stage managers may interview for both productions at the same time.

Cost: Prices range from $750 to $900, depending on production. The two-week Acting Intensive is $500;
Dates & Hours: “Edges” runs June 10-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “An Enemy of the People” runs July 8-19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Acting Intensive runs July 8-19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon;
Location: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach; 
Contact: Call (561) 514-4042 ext. 2, or go online to palmbeachdramaworks.org/academy.

Breakers West Summer Camp

Calling all campers for a summer of fun! Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids ages 4-15 will find something for everyone at Breakers West Country Club this summer! 

This exciting, action-packed camp is open to the public and includes daily golf, tennis and swimming, plus wildlife demonstrations, magic shows, arts & crafts, family cookouts, science projects, themed weeks and more. 

Campers also enjoy time at the fabulous Kids’ Club, complete with a craft area, game room, movie room and outdoor playground. Lunch is included, and upon registration all campers receive a special camp essentials backpack. 

Cost: $355 per week, which includes lunch and snacks. There is a one-time registration fee of $65 per camper that includes a camp backpack, T-shirt and water bottle. Discounts are available to families registering multiple children or for multiple sessions. Before- and after-care is available for additional fees; 
Dates & Hours: June 3 to Aug. 16, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Location: Breakers West Country Club is located two miles west of Florida’s Turnpike off Okeechobee Boulevard at 1550 Flagler Parkway in West Palm Beach;
Contact: For more information, call (561) 283-1064 or go online to breakerswestclub.com/activities/summer-camp.

Village of Wellington Summer Camps

Wellington’s All-Day Summer Camp offers non-stop fun and a busy enough schedule to keep the most active kids engaged and entertained. Campers ages 5-15 will participate in fun-filled activities including athletics, arts & crafts, animal exhibits, games and entertainment, magicians, movies, rock wall climbing, field trips and visits to the Wellington Aquatics Complex. 

Campers are divided by age group for age-appropriate activities. Field trips for the older age groups may include visits to The Rapids, Boomer’s, Billie’s Swamp Safari, fishing charters, Marlins games, ice skating, bowling, snorkeling, beach trips and much more!

Campers must bring a lunch and snacks that do not require refrigeration. Registration must be done in person at Wellington’s Village Park. 

At Wellington’s Tennis Camp, children ages 6-16 will develop their skills, strokes and strategies with USPTA certified pros during a fun-filled, 3-hour morning of tennis at the Wellington Tennis Center. The camp is open to all levels of players. Sneakers are required and a racquet, water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. 

Tennis camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in weekly sessions, except for the week of July 1. 

Cost: Summer Camp is $160/week for residents; $185/week for non-residents. Tennis Camp is $135/week;
Dates & Hours: Summer Camp runs June 3 to Aug. 9, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tennis Camp runs June 3 to Aug. 9, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
Location: Summer camp is at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Rd. in Wellington. Tennis camp is at Wellington Tennis Center, 3100 Lyons Rd. in Wellington;
Contact: For more information, call (561) 791-4005 or go online to Wellingtonfl.gov/SummerCamp or wellingtonfl.gov/Tennis.

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