Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp Activities

Campers can choose from over 40 different activities including such things as horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, paintball and rock climbing.  Each camper has an individual daily schedule based on his/her choices.

Water Activities

Our 45-acre, private spring-fed lake is one of the most popular spots for campers. On the lake, campers can enjoy the following activities:

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“Swim” and play water sports
“Blob” will launch you to new heights
“Sail” around the lake, and explore its many coves in our sailboats
“Banana Boat” will give you the experience of thrills and spills
“Paddle” around in canoes, kayaks and paddle boards
“Summit Slide” will zoom you down 17 feet
“Wibit” 4-sided inflatable for you to climb and jump
“Fish” for Bream and Bass in our well-stocked lake
“Relax” on our white sandy beach.

 

All water activities are supervised by American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Life jackets are mandatory while paddling in boats, playing on the Wibit™, Summit, or Blob and while riding the Banana Boat. All campers are required to participate in a swim test on opening day of camp. Swim classes are available to campers who wish to improve their swimming ability while at camp.

Adventure Activities

Adventure programs offer thrilling personal challenges in a supportive, safe setting with professional supervision. Programs are designed for children with varying degrees of ability to ensure enjoyment and opportunity for success at all levels.

Lake
“Climb” Our 60 foot Alpine Tower
“Swinging” on the Giant Swing by Choice
“Challenge” yourself on our 30 foot Rock Wall
“Zip” down one of our dual zip lines
“Hike” and “Camp” within our 500 acres of Florida Wilderness
“Play” an exciting game of Paintball
“Skate” in our Skate Park
“Shoot” an arrow at our open and outdoor archery range

 

 

All campers are required to wear safety helmets and harnesses, provided by Circle F, during activities at the Rock Wall, Zip Line, Giant Swing, Alpine Tower and Skate Park. Safety equipment, including face shields, is provided for Paintball. Helmets are required at the Skate Park.

Horseback Activities

The Circle F Stable is home to 65 horses, providing a wonderful selection of safe and friendly options suitable for all levels of experience. Our program includes both Western and English riding disciplines and can accommodate every level of rider, from first-timers to advanced equestrians.

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“Ride” a horse this summer through one of our many riding lessons
“Explore” our 500 acres of Florida wilderness on trail rides
“Improve” rider skills in our intermediate and advanced classes
“Jump” in English riding class and on the English jumping course
“Care” for your horse in horsemanship classes
“Participate” in the world famous Circle F Horse Show and Rodeo
Join the “Select” few who ride in the Drill and Flag Team
Circle F Dude Ranch Camp’s riding instructors are from all across the United States and around the world. Our knowledgeable staff is comprised of young men and women who have worked with horses most of their lives and have a background in instructing riding lessons to children and teens. All campers are required to wear helmets.

SPEND 6 YEARS AT CAMP, AND YOU CAN TAKE A HORSE HOME WITH YOU!

Sports Activities

The Circle F Sports program emphasizes participation, fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Games and exercises led up by our coaches teach skills in unique ways that keep learning fun, while improving campers’ abilities.

Sports
“Serve” the ball in sand volleyball
“Shoot” for the goal in our soccer program
“Volley” the ball at the tennis courts
“Jump” shots at the basketball court
“Flip” during tumbling and gymnastics
“Pass” in flag football
“Dodge” the ball in dodgeball games
“Throw” the disc in Frisbee Golf and Ultimate Frisbee games
“Swing” and hit the ball out of the park in a softball game
Our sports staff is comprised of area coaches of coaches from around the area and college athletes who are dedicated to a program that both teaches and improves campers skills while having fun in a safe environment.

Arts Activities

Every camper has a creative side, and the Circle F art program has activities for all skills and interests. Activities are designed to encourage campers’ individual artistic endeavors and stimulate their imagination. Projects range from simple to detailed in everything from painting to theatrical productions.

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“Draw” pictures in different styles and mediums
“Tie-Die” t-shirts with campers and staff
“Create” pinch pots and sculptures
“Photograph” camp with digital cameras and learn to edit.
“Act” in one of Circle F’s theater productions
“Play” guitar in music class
“Paint” pictures in different styles
“Produce” a film and movie production
“Make” arts and craft projects out of leather, string, beads and other fun items
Arts staff is comprised of individuals from across the United States and around the world. Our counselors are art education instructors or college students who are majoring in art, theater, photography, or music.

Evenings and Special Activities

Every evening, Circle F has exciting and fun programs planned for the campers. On special nights, the entire camp gathers together for group evening programs. On other nights, campers participate in programs specifically designed for their age group or that focus on their individual cabins. There is always something fun happening. Unique and engaging all-day programs, such as the Circle F Olympics and our Fourth of July celebration, bring the entire camp together throughout the summer.

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“Race” around camp in hilarious Scavenger Hunts
“Compete” in games like Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor or Circle F Feud
“Perform” with your cabin in MTV Night
“Enjoy” s’mores, camp-wide bonfire and old fashion campfires with your cabin
“Cookout” with your cabin group
Pioneers “Challenge” themselves at overnight campouts
“Carnival” with popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones
“Watch” a movie under the stars
“Dance” the night away at themed dances
And many more…
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Daily Schedule

Click to view a typical daily schedule. The day may vary slightly depending on the activities that your child chooses.

7:30 a.m. Time to Wake Up

8:00 a.m. Flag Raising and Morning Thought.

8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Cabin Clean Up

9:20 a.m. First Activity

10:45 a.m. Second Activity

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1: 00 p.m. Siesta

2:15 p.m. Cantina

2:35 p.m. Third Activity

4:00 p,m, Fourth Activity

5:45 p.m. Dinner

7:15 p.m. Evening Program

9:00 p.m. Co-Bucks called to bed

9:15 p.m. Buckeroos and Wranglers called to bed; Pioneers called to bed shortly after


Why send your kid to camp?

Click to view expert opinions.

1."…camp helps boost a child’s self-esteem, helps children build lifelong friends, and even helps build character traits like grit, self-regulation, and emotional-social intelligence." Bob Ditter, M.Ed., LCSW

“The next time you see your child spending too much time looking at a screen, send them to camp. Not only will camp build their capacity for friendship and empathy, it will lead to a healthier, longer life.” Bob Ditter. “We knew it all along! Vagal Nerve Tone and Health and the Lifelong Benefits of Camp.” American Camping Magazine October 2013. Bob Ditter is a well regarded child, adolescent and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant and works with organizations that work with young people. His clients have included Sea World, the Disney Channel, the Salvation Army, Girls Scouts of America, YMCA, American Camp Association, Jewish Community Centers, Camp Fire USA, Children’s Oncology Camps of America, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, private and public schools and others. He has appeared on the “ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings,” “Good Morning America” and twice on NBC’s “The Today Show.” He has been quoted in The New York Times, Parent Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Money Magazine and USA Today. Sports Illustrated called him “…camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982. He has visited over 600 summer camps in the United States and has authored four books for camp professionals and 14 brand new training DVDs. He is best known in camp circles as the author of the popular column, “In the Trenches,” which has appeared regularly in Camping Magazine since 1987.
Find out more about what Bob Ditter has to say by going to his website at www.bobditter.com

2."Camp has distinctive value in preparing children for future success." Michael Brandwein

How do we prepare children for life in a modern world? Key current buzzwords in the workplace are “teamwork” and “greater responsibility for independent problem-solving.” There are higher expectations for employees to get along with others and to think for themselves. Again, camp has been leading the way by creating communities where kids make daily decisions about activities. They are put into situations every hour where how they act and meet their responsibilities will affect everyone else in their groups.

It’s important to teach our children to get along with others, especially in an increasingly diverse world. Camps make a unique contribution here. Camps are communities where children are put into groups with many children that they may not know. This is often not true at school, for example, where children may move from grade to grade with many children from prior classes who may live on the very same block or not much farther. Campers may have a special friend or two in their group, but at most camps the groups assignments encourage building new relationships and provided lots of practice in cooperation and compromise. Brandwein, Michael. “What’s the Big Deal About a Camp Experience?” Sorcerer’s Safari. Michael Brandwein, 2005.

Michael Brandwein is the author of four best-selling books about training and leading camp staff and wrote and presented Parenting Puzzle, three Emmy award winning television programs on communicating with youth. He is a former national board member of the American Camp Association. He lives with his family in the Chicago Area.

Find out more about Michael Brandwein at his website www.michaelbrandwein.com

3."Kids who spend their summer at camp have a learning surplus." Kim Aycock, MST

So often, we hear about the learning loss that occurs during the summer from having too much time away from school. I believe children who go to summer camp, actually experience just the opposite. Kids who spend their summer at camp have a learning surplus. At camp there are too many smiles to count (math), encounters with nature (science), camp traditions (history), campers on the move (physical fitness), singing (music), imaginations that run wild (creative arts), and balanced meals shared in good company (health). The only area where there is a deficit (but in a good way!) is technology. Being “unplugged” at camp is heavenly, and I highly recommend it! Aycock, Kim. “Summer Learning Surplus.” Camp Woodland Blog. Camp Woodland for Girls, July 24, 2013.

4."Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent." Richard Louv

“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Louv, Richard. The Nature Principle. Algonquin Books, 2011. Print.


2017 Dates and Rates

1st Session

Tuition (2017)

$2850Sunday June 11th -
Saturday June 24th

  • 2 Weeks

2nd Session

Tuition (2017)

$3500Sunday June 25th -
Saturday July 15th

  • 3 Weeks

3rd Session

Tuition (2017)

$3500Sunday July 16th -
Saturday August 5th

  • 3 Weeks

4th Session

Tuition (2017)

$1695

Sunday August 6th -
Tuesday August 15th

  • 10 Days - Ask about 7 day rates


Circle F Referral Program: Find out how you can send your child to camp for FREE!!!

ADDITIONAL CREDITS AVAILABLE:
Full Summer Session $9,850.00 get 4th Session free

Payment for all sessions is due in full by May 1, 2017.
Prices reflect direct bookings only. Not responsible for errors or omissions

1.Summer Camp Credits

Multiple Session Credit  
Families with a child attending multiple sessions are eligible for a credit which may be applied to subsequent sessions.   Three week sessions (Sessions Two and Three) receive a credit of $165.00 per session. 

Sibling Credit
Families who have more the one brother or sister attending camp this summer are eligible for a sibling credit.  The credit applies to every sibling after the first camper. Siblings will receive the following credits depending on what session they have been registered.
Sibling Credits
First Session: $135.00
Second Session: $165.00
Third Session: $165.00
Fourth Session: $100.00

Referral Credit
Circle F families who refer new campers or families that attend camp in 2017 summer season will receive a $200.00 credit.   Circle F will also provide a $100.00 credit to the referred family. Credit will only be applied after referred camper has attended their first camp session.

2.Additional Information

Your camp tuition includes the following:
Air-conditioned cabin that sleeps ten campers and two counselors. Each cabin has its own bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink.
Cabins have tiled floors and high-density foam mattresses.
Campers are served hearty and nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an afternoon snack at cantina and a nighttime treat after evening program.
Wash and fold laundry service once a week is provided
An all camp trip to an area waterpark for Sessions One, Two, and Three.

Optional Add-Ons:

Theme Park Excursion $165.00
Circle F takes an excursion to a major theme park during each session. Excursion fee includes bus transportation, theme park ticket, and meals at the theme park.

Paintball is an additional $65.00 per week. Play five days per a week (unless there is a special activity planned).
Transportation to and from Orlando and/or Tampa $100 each way.


Deposit and Refund Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per session per camper is required at time of registration. All other camp fees and tuition paid is refundable before April 1st. After April 1st, the entire amount is forfeited.


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