Palencia Summer Camp 2018!

Welcome Palencia families,

We are excited to have your children join us this summer for a fun, engaging, and convenient camp.

Registration for camp opens on March 1st. Camp will be Wednesday, May 30th to Wednesday, August 1st. Times are 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Wednesday is “Trip Day” and most Monday or Thursdays we have to have a visitor on site for activities and demonstrations. Field trips include local art, history, archaeological, science, and mystery museums, while events will be hosted in which students receive an education on the select topic and create a keepsake to bring home. Of course, the camp will also include daily swimming in the family pool and outdoor recreation. The camp is intended to be engaging and fun!

With that being said below you will find what a typical day looks like for your camper along with what each week offers. Monday and Friday are half days (8 to 12:30).

A typical day in the life of a Palencia Camper:

  • 8 – 9 am – Campers arrive at Amenities Center and will be able to have “free play.” A variety of centers will allow for the campers to interact with other campers while playing board games, building with Legos, coloring, or curled up with a book in our reading corner.
  • 9 – 9:15 – Snack is provided to campers. We try to accommodate dietary needs such as peanut allergies. If your child has special restrictions please let the counselor know and/or send a snack from home. After snack, campers will separate by age for differentiated activities in the main camp room and smaller room next door.
  • 9:15 – 10 – Up to 30 minutes of physical activity is planned daily for our campers. We are placing an emphasis on fitness and fun during these outdoor and indoor activities.
  • 10 – 11:45 – Campers will change into their bathing suits and counselors will aid in applying sunscreen. Campers will then spend time in the pool.
  • 12 – 12:30 – Campers will have lunches they bring from home. Pizza is provided on Friday’s from NY Pizza.
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – During this 30 minutes campers will be given the opportunity to read and relax. This time is meant to recharge for the afternoon activities. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to catch up on their summer reading or practice their reading skills with other campers. Campers can also choose to draw and/or color. Our kids may bring electronic devices with parent permission.
  • 1:00 – 4:00 – Campers will partake in a variety of crafts and activities designed for age and aligned with the theme, followed by a second healthy snack.
  • 4:00 – 5:30- Return to free, but structured and supervised play in the main camp room. Campers must be picked up by 5:30 p.m.

*Times are flexible.*

**Please note that this schedule is subject to change.**

**Please note that on days that we have a visitor in the morning, campers will swim in the afternoon – weather permitting.**

Outline for each week:

Week 1: Welcome week! Camp only meets Wednesday, May 30th to Friday, June 2nd. We will have a Game Truck on location to kick off the summer 2018 in style! Crafts include: sunglass selfies, footprint flip-flops, pineapple soap, fingerprint pineapples, edible beach blankets and edible rainbows.

Week 2: Our Timucuan Tribe! Visit to the Old Florida Museum and Fort Menendez to experience what life was like for Native American children before the arrival of Europeans. Timucuan Kids Creative Clans will be visiting for hands activities and crafts. Camp crafts include: duct tape moccasins, corn shakers, dreamcatchers, god’s eyes, totem poles, and edible teepees.

Week 3: Paints and Petals! Visit to the Cummer Museum for a docent guided Summer Storytelling Tour and free play in the Art Connections interactive center. Lunch will be in Riverside Park so kiddos can eat and play more. Doing Dishes will stop in again this year to create artistic summer themes plates on Monday afternoon. Crafts include: celery roses, q-tip flowers, styrofoam printing, coffee filter sun catchers, and bubble blossoms.

Week 4: Science and Stars! Visit to the MOSH and lunch on the St. Johns River. Campers will experience the Stars over Jacksonville at the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and explore Health in Motion, JEA Powerplay, the Space Science Gallery, and the traveling exhibit from National Geographic Earth Explorers. Thursday, MadScience! will visit for a fun filled Journey into Space. Space themed crafts include: star stamps, crystal stars, telescopes, kaleidoscopes, constellations, straw rockets, galaxy dough, and a variety of space snacks.

Week 5: Camp Colonial! Visit the Colonial Quarter downtown to experience early European settlement in Saint Augustine. Eat lunch under the large live oak. We will have a Colonial Kids Creative Classroom visit to camp for more hands-on experiences. Old timey toy crafts include: wigs, whirligigs, yarn dolls, tin can lanterns, candle dipping, and edible wagons and cabins.

Week 6: Party likes it’s the Summer of ‘76! Another short week full of fun patriotic crafts and games. Camp will meet Monday, July 2nd and Tuesday, July 3rd. Enjoy a long weekend with family and friends to celebrate America’s 242nd birthday. Red, white and blue crafts include: firework painting, macaroni monuments, ribbon wands, and edible flags.

Week 7: Skates and Strikes! This week has two action packed trips. One day we will visit Skate Station Mandarin for roller skating and pizza lunch. We have the building all to ourselves! We will also visit a bowling alley in the afternoon on Monday or Friday, hence the theme of the week, skates and strikes! Crafts are skating bowling themed including sumo bowling bottles, candy filled skater socks, and footprint bowling.

Week 8: Magic and Mysteries! Our camp magical mystery tour will include a Red Train ride through Old St. Augustine and a visit to the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! We will have lunch on location between the ride and tour. MadScience! will return on Thursday to teach campers about the Science of Magic. Magical creature themed crafts include dragon blowers, unicorn plates, popsicle stick trolls, unicorn or dragon puppets, magical bath bombs, dragon eggs, wizard wands, and edible flying snitches.

Week 9: Water Wonders! For the last full week of summer camp, we will visit the the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum. Our big kids can climb to the fort for a view of the whole town and go on an archeological tour while the little ones visit the museum exhibition and have free play at the park before lunch. We are excited to have a real live mermaid come swim in the Palencia Pool. Wonderful water themed crafts include: shell necklaces, ocean soap, recycled lighthouse, mermaid tails, mermaid eggs, mermaid slime, edible beaches and cookie oysters.

Week 10: Sayonara Summer! Camp will meet on Monday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 1st. Wednesday will be a trip to the movies to see Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Several crafts and snacks are themed around the movie as well as end of summer camp “fires.”

Camp Prices:
Full Week: 8:00 am-5:30 pm-Monday-Friday-$175, 2nd child is $140
Half Days: 8:00 am-12:30 pm Monday and Friday-each day is $30, 2nd child is $20
One Day at a time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm $40 for a non-event day and $50 for an event day.
For Pricing questions and availability please email palenciasummercamp@aol.com

Please feel free to contact a staff member at palenciasummercamp@aol.com with any questions about camp.

We look forward to having your child on board this summer!

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