Boca Raton 2013 Summer Camp Guide

The days are long, hot, and school is out of session for three months. But just because school stops, doesn’t mean work does! Summer camp is a desirable option for many parents because it keeps the kids active, structured, occupied, and–hopefully–safe during the long summer months when kids are out of school, but parents continue working. If the kids go to as summer camp like the Brookwood Camp, they might even be lucky enough to be coached by the one and only Charles Oakley. Thankfully, the Boca Raton area offers plenty of summer camp options and specialty camps that range in price, dates, and theme.

See more camps in Boca Camp Guide Part Two

1) City of Boca Raton Summer Camps
The city of Boca has the largest selection and length of summer camps available, and often at a good price. The groups are large, but there are specialty camps as well, offering smaller summer camp groups if desired, and some include trips. The camp separates the groups by elementary grades 1-5, and the tween camp for grades 6-8.
Camp dates include:
Six week camp: June 17 – July 26
Extended Camps –
(Elementary): July 29 – August 16
(‘Tween): July 29 – August 9
More information regarding specific camps, dates, prices, and location can be found here .
2) Sugar Sand Park
The beloved Boca Raton park offers a slew of summer camps and activities for the kids. Camps such as spy camp, drama camp, and robotics camp are among the few camps offered. Most of the camps run only a few weeks, so these camps are a good option to keep the kids busy for a little while. A list of all the camps, their descriptions, dates, and pricing can be found here.
3) YMCA of South Palm Beach County

The YMCA is a long-standing, trusted organization that offers plenty of summer camp options–from sports, to arts, to traditional camps with trips. There will be a summer camp parent orientation at the Y on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM for all interested parents. Check out the summer camp brochure for specific information regarding camps, prices, and dates. Other information can be found the general YMCA of South Palm Beach County webpage .
4) Florida Atlantic University
FAU is offering specialized camps to further educational interests from elementary ages to high school levels. Some feature camps include the School of Architecture Summer Institute for high school and college students, engineering institute, creative writing and piano camps, and basketball camp. Programs, dates, locations, and prices vary, but these options are well worth checking out because they focus on learning for specific interests, and summer is the best time to hone in on those interests. Find information here.
5) Lynn University
Lynn University is also hosting plenty of camps called Pine Tree Camps, which include half-day, whole-day, and sleep-away overnight camps. All camps include daily hot lunch and instructional swim. The camps feature specialty camps, such as circus camp and creative arts camp, as well as diverse educational programs, such as paleontology and technology. All information can be found here.
These are just the main options available throughout Boca Raton. There are plenty of other special activities and camps that run all summer, a few weeks, or a day. The Boca Raton Recreator is a great source for the many activities taking place in the city from May to August. A PDF version of the most recent Recreator can be found here.
Are there any other camps we should add or recommend? Have any good (or bad) summer camp experiences to share? Feel free to share opinions and tips!