Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp Activities

Campers can choose from over 40 different activities including such things as horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, paint ball 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 sports for our 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’
“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.

 

Campers are supervised by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Life Jackets are mandatory while paddling in boats, playing on the Wibit, Summit, or Blob and riding the Banana Boat. All campers will receive a swim test on opening day of camp. Swim classes are available to all campers wishing to improve their swimming ability.

Adventure Activities

Adventure programs offer thrilling personal challenges in a supportive, safe setting with our professional supervision. Programs are designed for participants with various degrees of ability to have opportunities for success at all levels.

Lake
“Climb” 60’ Alpine Tower
“Swinging” on the Giant Swing by Choice experience the thrill
“Challenge” yourself on our 30’ 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 Paint Ball
“Skate” in our Skate Park
“Shoot” an arrow at our open and outdoor archery range

 

 

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

Horseback Activities

65 horses that range from gentle to spirited, finding the right horse for every camper is easy. Our program includes both Western and English riding opportunities and can accommodate and thrill riders from beginners to advanced.

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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 riding instructors are from all across the United States and the World. Our staff are Young men and women who have worked with horses for most of their life and have a background in teaching 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

Participation and good sportsmanship is the key in our sports programs. Campers learn that it is not just about winning, but about how you play that game that really matters. Games and exercises set up by our coaches teach skills in unique ways that keep learning fun , while improving camper’s 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
“Cheer” in cheerleading
“Pass” in flag football
“Dodge” the ball in dodge ball games
“Throw” the Frisbee in Frisbee golf and ultimate Frisbee games
“Swing” and hit the ball out of the park in a softball game
The Sports staff are made up 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. Art, theater, and music teachers with experience in multiple styles guide and teach campers. 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 summer productions
“Play” guitar in music class
“Paint” pictures in different styles
“Make” arts and craft projects out of leather, string, beads and other fun items
Our staff are from across the United States and World. They are either teachers in the arts or college students who are studying to be art, theater, photography, or music teachers.

Evenings and Special Activities

Every evening, Circle F has exciting and fun programs planned for the camp. On special nights the entire camp gathers together and other nights they gather by age and cabin groups. There is always something fun happening. Unique and fun all-day programs like Olympics and Fourth of July bring the entire camp together throughout the summer

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“Race” around camp in hilarious Scavenger Hunts
“Win” in games like Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor or Circle F Feud
“Sing” with your cabin in MTV Night
“Enjoy” s’mores, camp wide bonfire and old fashion campfires with your cabin
Buckroos “Eat” at horseback cookouts
Pioneers “Challenge” themselves at overnight campouts
“Carnival” nights 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: 30am Time to Wake Up

8:00am Motivational Moment- One of our counselors shares a story of inspiration with the campers after flag raising.

8:15am Breakfast- A hearty meal to start the day can include eggs, toast, fresh fruit, sausage, and orange juice

8:45am Clean-Up Cabins- Campers practice responsibility and compete against other cabins for the cleanest cabin of the week

9:20am First Activity- Campers design their schedule and go to activities throughout the day based upon their interests.

10:45am Second Activity

12:30pm Lunch- Another hearty meal to give the kids some energy. Each meal is accompanied with camp songs and various announcements

1: 00pm Siesta- Time for the campers to relax and get in a short nap

2:15pm Cantina Time- Campers come out to our Wild Bill’s Cantina for some small snacks and refreshing juice before heading to their afternoon activities.

2:35pm Third Activity

4:00pm Fourth Activity

5:45pm Supper- Song and dance combined with great food and evening program announcements.

7:15pm Evening Program- From dances, scavenger hunts, horseback cookouts, hayrides, and many, many more, you can rest assured that no night will be the same as any other.

9:00pm Co-Bucks called to bed

9:15pm Buckeroos and Wranglers called to bed; Pioneers called to bed shortly after


Why send your kid to camp

Click to view expert opinions. Stories that will help you decide.

1.Camp helps boost a child’s self-esteem, lifelong friends, and emotional-social intelligence – Bob Ditter

“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 senior-level clinical social worker who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. He maintains a clinical psychotherapy practice in Boston, Massachusetts, and consults nationally with agencies that work with young people, including the Salvation Army, the Girls Scouts of America, the YMCA, the American Camp Association, Jewish community centers, Sea World, the Disney Channel, private and public schools, and others. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Parent magazine, 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 authored several books and has been featured on numerous well-received DVDs for camp professionals. He is best known in camp circles as the author of the popular column, In the Trenches, which appears regularly in Camping Magazine.

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” – Michael Brandwein ‘The unique power of camp: What’t the big deal about a camp experience?.’

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 Micheal 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!

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.

1st Session

Tuition (Sep-Dec 2014)

$2695

Tuition (Jan-Aug 2015)

$2850Sunday June 7th -
Saturday June 20th

  • 2 Weeks

2nd Session

Tuition (Sep-Dec 2014)

$3295

Tuition (Jan-Aug 2015)

$3500Sunday June 21st -
Saturday July 11th

  • 3 Weeks

3rd Session

Tuition (Sep-Dec 2014)

$3295

Tuition (Jan-Aug 2015)

$3500Sunday July 12th -
Saturday August 1st

  • 3 Weeks

4th Session

Tuition (Sep-Dec 2014)

$1695

Tuition (Jan-Aug 2015)

$1695

Sunday August 2nd -
Tuesday August 11th

  • 10 Days

ADDITIONAL CREDITS AVAILABLE:
Full Summer Session $9,285 get 4th session free
Refer a friend and receive $200.00 after attendance of the referral.

Payment for all sessions are due in full by May 1st, 2015.
Prices reflect direct bookings only. Not responsible for errors or omissions

1.Summer Camp Credits

Multiple Session Credit  
Families that have campers attending more than one camp session are eligible for a credit on each session they attend after their first session.   Three week sessions (Sessions two and three) receive a credit of $165.00 per session .   

Sibling Credit
Families who have more the one family member 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 2015 summer season will receive a $200.00 credit.   Circle F will also provide a $100 credit to the referred family.    Credit will only be applied after referred camper has attended camp.

2.Additional Information

Your camp tuition includes the following:
Air conditioned cabin that sleeps 10 campers and 2 counselors Each cabin has its own bathroom with a shower, toilet, and sink
Cabins have tiled floors and high-density foam mattresses
Afternoon cantina snack and night time store treat and drink
Wash and fold laundry service once a week
An all camp trip to an area waterpark for session 1,2, and 3

Optional Add-Ons to your tuition:

Theme Park Excursion $160.00
Circle F takes an excursion to a major theme park in each session during the summer. Excursion fees include bus transportation, theme park ticket, and meals at the theme Park.

Paintball is an additional $65.00 per week. Play three times a week for two hours a period.


Deposit of $750.00 per session per camper is required for registration. The $750 deposit is non-refundable in case of cancellation. All other camp fees and tuition paid is refundable before April 1st. After April 1st the entire amount is forfeited.

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