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Camping It Up

By Samantha Crooke

School has been out for a while now. Translation:  Parents of school age kids are fighting the good, nearly impossible, fight to keep summer boredom at bay. By no means comprehensive, since there are literally hundreds of camps and classes in our area, here is our list of some of our favorite ways to help calm the crazies.

ARGO ADVENTURE CAMP Campers will enjoy daily access to a 36-foot Climbing Wall and Aquatic Center, as well as traditional and non-traditional sports and daily enrichment activities. Ages 5-12. Three day or one week sessions available through Aug. 5. University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy, 474-2539 or visit uwf.edu/recreation/IntramuralSports/summercamp1.cfm.

ART CHICKS KIDS CAMP Classes teach hands-on artistic expression utilizing different media under the tutelage of experienced art teachers. K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. July 8-12. Alyssa’s Antique Mall (class is in Dawsen’s Nook), 4586 Chumuckla Hwy, 791-0149 or search Art Chicks Designs on Facebook.

BLUE WAHOOS SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP Two days of baseball fun and instruction by the Blue Wahoos. Ages 8-14. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, W. Cedar St., milb.com or email cgadboys@bluewahoos.com.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Introduces engineering and architecture principles through LEGO® building and creative play. Ages 3-13. Weeklong or day sessions run through Aug. 5. Bricks 4 Kidz, 2403 Langley Ave., 293-5415 or visit bricks4kidz.com/florida-pensacola-pace.

DANCE CAMP Introduces kids to ballet, jazz, tumbling, hip-hop and tap dance. Throughout the two weeks, campers enjoy creating costumes and props for their recital day, the last Friday of the camp. July 16-July 26. Ages 7-13. Gull Point Resource Center. 7000 Spanish Trail, 494-7360 or visit playpensacola.com/programs.

EXPLORE UWF SUMMER CAMPS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), History and Archeology, Reading and Writing, Art, Theater and Music, Sports, and more. Incoming Kindergarteners to Incoming 10th graders. One week camps run through Aug. 5. Locations vary by camp and include Hellen Caro Elementary School, Pensacola Beach Elementary, Pensacola Historic Village-Downtown Pensacola, and UWF Main Campus-Pensacola. 473-7468 or visit uwf.edu/explorecamps.

FITNESS ONBOARD KIDS SUP CAMP Campers will be introduced to Stand Up Paddleboarding fitness through a variety of team building activities and games. Ages 8-12 (must be able to swim unassisted). Aug. 5, 7, and 9. Pensacola Beach at Margaritaville. 912-8089 or visit fitnessonboard.com/sup-camp.html.

FLIP FACTORY Weekly themes, large group activities, and access to an open gym and water slide. Ages 4-14. Week long classes run though Aug. 12. Flip Factory, 9245 N. Palafox, 969-9111 or visit flipfactorypensacola.com/Summer_Camp.html.

GULF BREEZE ZOO SUMMER CAMP Includes conservation based education and hands on encounters with zoo animals. K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-9th grade and 10-12th grade. July 15-19 & July 22-26. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoocamp.com.

INNERLIGHT SURF CAMP Camp teaches surfing etiquette, culture, training and techniques and ocean science such as info on waves, tides and marine biology. Ages 8 and up (must be a good swimmer). Three-day camps run through Aug. 12. Pensacola Beach, 549-4011 or visit innerlightsurf.com/surf-camps.

JUNIOR RANGERS AND JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS SUMMER DAY CAMP Nature and science focused activities including hiking and monitoring and recording beach data for park biologists. Junior Lifeguard program promotes beach safety and awareness of local area beaches while educating in the role the professional lifeguard. Junior Rangers (ages 6-11) and Sea Stars (ages 3-5), Junior Lifeguards (ages 12-19).Two-day programs run through July 29. Gulf Islands National Seashore, 934-2600 or visit nps.gov/guis/forkids/index.htm.

KAYAK CAMP A kayak adventure camp that introduces skills such as how to row, paddle, and basic water sports safety. July 15-17, Aug. 5-7. Ages 7-13. Bayview Resource Center, 2001 E. Lloyd St., 516-9382 or visit playpensacola.com/programs.asp?activityID=23368.

MOJO ELITE GYMNASTICS CAMP Activities include games, gymnastics, crafts, swim time, a zip line, rock wall, and more. Weeklong or day sessions run through Aug. 12. Mojo Elite Gym, 6890 W. Fairfield Drive, 733-3547 or visit mojogymnastics.com/camps.html.

THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF PENSACOLA SUMMER CAMP Themes alternate from week to week and include such creative and enriching topics as cooking, drama, Spanish, technology and science. Ages 3 years – entering 6th grade. Weeklong sessions run through Aug. 9. Tennis camp also available. Montessori School Campus, 1010 N. 12th Ave. Suite 138, 469-8138 or visit montessoripensacola.com/summer.

PENSACOLA COOKS KIDS SUMMER CAMPS PCKids class topics range from cooking fundamentals to growing food and teaching environmental responsibility to table manners and world fare. Ages 5 and up, 5-9, and 10 and up. Classes run through Aug. 5. Class meets at various locations throughout the area. 456-0743 or visit facebook.com/PensacolaCooks.

PENSACOLA MESS HALL SUMMER CAMPS Camp sessions available include Engineer It: Build different contraptions to understand the essentials of engineering, and Flight: Create flying crafts to learn more about the forces of flight. Ages entering grades 1st-3rd, 4th-6th, and 5th-9th. Weeklong sessions run through July 15. Pensacola MESS Hall, 116 N. Tarragona, 1-877-937-6377 or visit pensacolamesshall.org/visit/programs-camps.

PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART SUMMER ART CAMP FOR KIDS Exposes campers to works of art and related artistic techniques through interactive gallery and studio experiences. Part of the day will be spent outside in the park doing art-related activities. Ages 5-8 and 9-13.Week long or day sessions run through Aug. 5. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson, 432-6247 ext. 204 or visit pensacolamuseumofart.org/education/31.

PLAY PENSACOLA SUMMER CAMP Activities include swimming, active and creative play, and visiting local attractions. Ages K-5th grade. Weeklong camps run through Aug. 12. Locations include Vickrey Resource Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., 912-4056, and Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, 494-7360 or visit playpensacola.com/programs.asp?program=camps.

PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE KID’S COLLEGE Class options include art, science, athletics, and more. Ages 6-14. Weeklong sessions run through Aug. 12. Pensacola State College Kids’ College Headquarters, building 96, 1000 College Blvd., 484-1797 or visit pensacolastate.edu/continuingeducation/KC2013Schedule.pdf.

PENSACOLA YACHT CLUB SUMMER CAMPS Provides participants with sailing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and marine biology experience.  Ages 5-17. Weeklong camps run through Aug. 5. Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St., 433-8804 or visit pensacolayachtclub.org/Summer-Sailing-Programs.aspx.

PINS AND PALS SUMMER CAMP Bowling instruction from certified coaches and free registration into Fall Youth Leagues. Ages 5-18. July 8-15-22-29; Aug. 5-12. Cordova Lanes, 2111 Airport Blvd., 477-2300 or visit cordovalanes.com/?page=pins_and_pals_summer_camp.

PTSDA KARATE SUPER SUMMER KID’S CAMP Camp promotes staying physically and mentally fit through the summer months. Includes weekly field trips to family friendly locations in our area, karate, swimming, bowling and more. Ages 6-12. Weeklong camps run through Aug. 12. PTSDA Karate, 2500 W Nine Mile Rd., 478-0680 or visit ptsda.com/programs-services/super-summer-kids-camp.

ROGER SCOTT TENNIS CAMP Camp includes tennis instruction, rally ball and other fun tennis games, swimming at Vickery Pool, plus Arts and Crafts or outdoor games. Ages 5-14. Weekly classes run through Aug. 12. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., 912-4103 or visit tennispensacola.com/forplayers/juniors/2013-RSTC-summer-camp.htm.

SUMMER FISHING CAMP Beginner camp combines educational components with interactive hands-on participation while teaching a variety of fishing techniques from knot tying to cleaning fish. Advanced camp will increase the knowledge of fishing techniques and skills, including places to fish and fishing regulations. Weeklong camps run through July 29. Ages 7-13. Bayview Resource Center, 2001 E. Lloyd St., 516-9382 or visit playpensacola.com/programs.asp?activityID=22299.

TREEHOUSE THEATRE SUMMER CAMP Pensacola Little Theatre’s Education Department provides training and guidance to help performers, designers, directors and technicians of all ages create magic on the stage. Ages 5-7, 8-10, and 11-15. July 8-26 and Aug. 5-16. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson, 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com/summercamps.

WATERBOYZ DIGITAL MEDIA CAMP Aspiring filmmakers can learn shooting, editing, and storytelling techniques as well as composition, design, and framing for video driven media. The four-day course will cover the use of cameras and software programs, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, to give kids the kick-start they need to start producing their own work. Ages 7 and up. Sessions are Mon.-Thurs. and run through Aug. 5. Waterboyz, 380 N. Ninth Ave., 433-2929, or visit waterboyz.com/camps.

WATERBOYZ SKATE CAMP
Each skater sets their own goal at the beginning of the week (how to drop-in, ollie, grind, etc.) and instructors help them get there. There are a range of abilities in each session which really helps the kids to motivate each other. Ages 7 and up. Sessions are Mon.-Thurs. and run through Aug. 12. Waterboyz, 380 N. Ninth Ave, 433-2929, or visit waterboyz.com/camps.

WATERBOYZ SURF CAMP
Camp teaches surfing, paddleboarding, skimboarding, ocean awareness and safety, and wave knowledge and etiquette. Ages 7 and up (must be a strong swimmer). Sessions are Mon.-Thurs. and run through Aug. 12. Pensacola Beach, 433-2929, or visit waterboyz.com/camps.

YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP
Includes activities such as arts and crafts, sports, indoor and outdoor games, swimming, skits, singing, field trips, archery, guest speakers, and theme weeks. Ages 5-12. Weeklong camps run through Aug. 12. Various YMCA locations. Downtown YMCA: 410 N. Palafox, 438-4406, Northeast YMCA: 3215 Langley Ave., 478-1222, Pullum (Navarre) YMCA: 2379 Pawnee Drive, 936-0049 or visit ymcanwfl.org/programs/youth-development/day-camp.