Summer Camps

We are happy to offer a variety of camps throughout the summer months! Our day camps are in conjunction with Alachua School Board CalendarPlease choose your camp below for specific information and registration dates.

Scholarship Information: We have a scholarship that is available for families that qualify through the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. Families may also qualify through the City of Gainesville Family Application for Reduced Fees. Proof of the past four weeks of income will need to be submitted with the application at the time of registration. You can request proof of free or reduced lunch through your child’s school by calling the SBAC’s Food Service Office at 352-955-7539, extension 1569. If eligible, you will receive a 50% discount.

How to register: 

  • Online: see the registration button for each of the camps, see below. 
  • In-person at the PRCA Administrative Office located at Thomas Center Building B, 3rd Floor, 306 NE Sixth Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601; Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (see registration dates below)

Registration dates opens as follows:

  • City residents only beginning Friday, April 1
  • Resident and non-city resident beginning Friday, April 15
For questions or additional information, please call 352-334-5067 or email rec@gainesvillefl.gov

Please note: When scholarships are granted, a child must attend the program on a full-time basis. Full-time equates to three times a week. The scholarship will be revoked if a child misses one of the following:

  • Five consecutive days or
  • Two weeks without attending three days per week

The child may remain a registered participant by paying the full camp rate for the remainder of the desired session within two days of the decision. If the parent/guardian does not make this payment, the child will be withdrawn from camp. For additional information, please contact our Administrative Office by email or call us at 352-334-5067. Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Adventures in Play Summer Day Camp

The child must have completed Kindergarten during the 2021-2022 school year and be entering 1st through 5th grades. If the child has completed the 5th grade, they must attend our teen camp

Locations:

  • Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th Street
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  • Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Avenue
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  • Phoenix Community Center, 3113-B SW 26th Drive
    (must live in the Phoenix Community)
  • Porters Community Center, 512 SW 2md Terrace
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Registration closes the Friday before camp regardless of the enrollment status. If camp is filled, you may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Camp Dates and Times: Monday-Friday, 7a.m. – 6p.m.
Four, two-week-sessions: Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 29; there will be no camp on Monday, June 20 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Juneteenth and Independence Day holidays.

  • Session One: Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 17
  • Session Two: Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, July 1 (No camp on Monday, June 20)
  • Session Three: Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 15 (No camp on Monday, July 4)
  • Session Four: Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29

Registration fee per session:  $116.00 for city residents; $194.50 for non-city residents *Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at time of registration.

Scholarship Information: Scholarships are available for families that qualify through the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. Families can also submit the City of Gainesville Family Application for Reduced Fees to qualify. Proof of the past four weeks of income will need to be submitted with the application at the time of registration. You can request proof of free or reduced lunch through your child’s school by calling the SBAC’s Food Service Office at 352-955-7539, extension 1569. 

GAP Scholarships are available this summer(PDF, 222KB) .  

Teen Life Summer Day Camp

Campers must be entering 6 through 8 grades.  If they’ve completed the 8th grade, they are not eligible to enroll in this camp.

LocationT.B. McPherson Recreation Center, 1717 SE 15th Street

Camp Dates and Times: Monday-Friday, 7a.m. – 6p.m.
Four, two-week-sessions: Monday, June 6 through Friday, July, 29, 2022; there will be no camp on Monday, June 20 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Juneteenth and Independence Day holidays.

  • Session One: Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 17
  • Session Two: Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, July 1 (No camp on Monday, June 20)
  • Session Three: Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 15 (No camp on Monday, July 4)
  • Session Four: Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29

Register Now

Registration fee per session: $116.00 for city residents; $194.50 for non-city residents. *Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at time of registration.

Registration closes the Friday before camp regardless of the enrollment status. If camp is filled, you may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Scholarship Information: We have a scholarship that is available for families that qualify through the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) for free or reduced lunch. Families may also qualify through the City of Gainesville Family Application for Reduced Fees. Proof of the past four weeks of income will need to be submitted with the application at the time of registration. You can request proof of free or reduced lunch through your kid’s school by calling the SBAC’s Food Service Office at 352-955-7539, extension 1569. If eligible, you will receive a 50% discount.

GAP Scholarships are available this summer

Earth Academy Day Camp

Earth Academy Day Camp:
5 one-week-sessions
Monday, June 21 to July, 9. then from July 26 to August 6. We will be hosting camp Monday, July 5.
Earth Academy Day Camp 
awakens your child’s innate curiosity while encouraging an environmental ethic and appreciation of the natural world!

New this year are registration dates:
City residents: Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m. online or by phone 352-334-5067
Community Builders* and city residents: Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m. online or by phone (*Community builders must register by phone)
Resident & non-resident: Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m. online or by phone 352-334-5067.
Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes one week prior to camp regardless of the enrollment status. If camp is filled, you may sign up for our waiting list. Under-registered sessions may be canceled with a full refund.

Camp hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Five adventure-packed sessions held at Morningside Nature Center

Learn more on https://tinyurl.com/EarthAcademyDayCamp, call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@gainesvillefl.gov.

Earth Academy Junior Naturalist Program

Rising 7-12 graders are eligible to apply for the Junior Naturalist Program. Junior Naturalists volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-week camp sessions and assist with camp activities. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for special events and programs throughout the year.

  • In order to participate, candidates must complete an application each year. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applicants will be interviewed and successful candidates must attend an orientation to participate in the program.
  • Junior Naturalists who have volunteered at least one week in a previous summer are eligible to volunteer for spring break camp. New Junior Naturalists applications are not accepted in the spring.

For more information, please call 352-393-8240 or email earthacademy@gainesvillefl.gov.