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  • Summer camps are offered during the months of June, July and August. Registration can be completed online here, and is normally held in May of each year.
  • You can build your online profile now, and register for other programs offered by the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. Click on the image on the left and click “Need an account” located on the left-hand side of the page.

Summer Camps 2014

Camps will be offered in four 2-week sessions for a total of eight (8) weeks:
  • Session 1: June 16 – June 27
  • Session 2: June 30 – July 11
  • Session 3: July 14 – July 25
  • Session 4: July 28 – Aug 8

Registration for current Rec2Six participants begins Monday, May 5 at 12 noon. Open online registration begins Wednesday, May 7 at 12 noon.

Summer Camp Fees

  • $76 Traditional day camps, per two-week session
  • $120 Specialty Nature camps, per two-week session
  • $50 Bakas Equestrian camp, per day
  • $76 Camp Sparks per two-week
  • $120 Guy Harvey Salt Water Fishing Camp, per-two week
  • *Income-based discounts are available.

Summer camps offered in the past include:


Traditional Summer Camps (Ages 6-12)

Activities include adventure, nature, fitness, athletics, crafts and reading. Each program is carefully planned and designed to ensure each camper experiences a summer to remember. Traditional camps are offered in two-week sessions. All camps include field trips, guest speakers and on site events.

Fine Arts Camp (Ages 7 - 12)
Feature music, dance, drama, creative writing and glee-type variety shows. We strive to build on our campers’ budding creativity and to introduce them to new avenues of fine arts. Our goal is to provide a personal atmosphere in which students can have fun and learn cooperatively.


Teen Camps (Ages 13 – 16)
Hillsborough County Teen Camps have been designed for teenagers to have a place where they can relax around peers, meet new friends and enjoy new and exciting learning experiences. Camp offers field trips, creative activities, sports, and adventures to encourage participants to play, laugh and learn their way through an unforgettable summer.


Guy Harvey Salt Water Fishing (Ages 9 – 16)
A fun and educational experience teaching conservation, fishing and outdoor skills including canoeing, camping and swimming. Held at Ruskin’s E.G. Simmons Park (Session 1 and 3 Ages 9 -11) (Sessions 2 and 4 Ages 12 -16) and Upper Tampa Bay Park in Tampa (All Sessions Ages 9-16), these camp feature guest speakers and field trips in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida on behalf of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN).


Lettuce Lake Canoe Camp (Ages 9 - 16)
Children learn the basics of canoeing, camping, backpacking and hiking while identifying native plant and animal species. Pitch a tent, build a fire, and leave no trace. Session 1 and 3 Ages 12 -16. Sessions 2 and 4 Ages 9 -11.


Camp Sparks Therapeutic/Special Needs Camps
This summer day camp is designed for participants ages 5-22 with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and learning disabilities. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts, and cooking, as well as special events, swimming and field trips.


Bakas Equestrian Center
The Equestrian Summer Camp at the Bakas Center is open to children ages 5-17 who love horses, and have always wanted to learn to ride. Activities vary and may include horse care, riding, arts/crafts, fishing, canoeing, carriage riding, hay rides, slip-and-slide, and occasional off-site field trips.

For additional information, call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.