Summer Camp

Are you ready for an amazing summer at OOAC?

We can't wait for summer time! This year's Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp sleepaway programs include seven exciting camps for kids from 8-15 years old as well as a special leadership training camp for high schoolers ages 16-17. All programs are available every week.

2024 Summer Camp Dates

  • Week 1: June 9-June 14
  • Week 2: June 16-June 21
  • Week 3: June 23-June 28
  • Week 4: June 30-July 5
  • Week 5: July 7-July 12
  • Week 6: July 14-July 19
  • Week 7: July 21-July 26

2024 Summer Camp Tuition

Basic camp tuition in 2024 is $400 per child, per week. (Sorry, we are not able to offer a discounted rate for multiple children or multiple weeks of attendance.) Tuition includes meals, lodging, program materials, and minor accident insurance (secondary policy only).

2024 Registration

Online registration opens February 1st, 2024, at 8:00 AM

Online Registration Portal

After February 1st, once you have registered your child for a specific program, a camp staff member will contact you with further information and payment instructions. As always, summer camp is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Camp Programs

Wildlife Adventures | Ages 8-10 | Discover and appreciate Northeast Florida's unique ecosystems! Campers spend action-packed and fun-filled days exploring upland ecosystems. As a scientist, they will discover the hidden mysteries of our natural areas, journeying into these habitats using a variety of scientific tools to identify the different plants and animals. They will discover how adaptations and interrelationships allow organisms to survive in their environment.

Pathfinders | Ages 9-14 | Become certified in hunter safety! Campers participate in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Hunter Safety Certification program. The program includes learning outdoor ethics, wildlife conservation, habitats, wild game, and hunting skills. Classes are led by a certified hunter safety instructor in a controlled environment. Pathfinders are instructed and supervised in the use of shotgun, muzzleloaders, .22 rifles, and archery. Successful course completion awards campers the FWC Hunter Safety Certification Card.

***This camp program is the only option during the week of June 30-July 5.

Trail Blazers | Ages 10-11 | Experience Florida's wild side! The Trail Blazer program provides campers with an opportunity to explore and participate in an overnight wilderness camping experience. Campers learn and practice a variety of skills such as wildlife viewing, basic knot tying, shelter building, orienteering, equipment preparation, and kayaking. Campers will explore the surrounding forest as well as travel to a local campsite for an overnight adventure. They will set up tents, practice fire safety, and prepare their own meals. As nighttime falls, campers will wrap up the day with wildlife viewing, storytelling, songs, and laughter around the campfire.

Rangers | Ages 13-14 | | Sharpen your shooting skills! Exclusively available to campers with prior completion of the Hunters Safety Certification, this program is focused on refining shooting techniques and cultivating deeper understanding of responsible hunting practices. Campers will engage in intensive target practice sessions, honing their marksmanship abilities with shotguns, .22 rifles, and crossbows. In addition to participation in traditional camp activities like fishing and canoeing, campers in the Rangers program will gain valuable knowledge in the proper maintenance and cleaning of firearms.

Outfitters | Ages 12-14 | This program expands on archery and bowhunting where Pathfinders leaves off. After completing the Hunter Safety certification, campers can participate in this exciting archery and bowhunting skills adventure. Campers will enjoy several nationally-recognized and innovative programs. The Explore Bowhunting curriculum introduces participants to the many challenges and rewards of archery and bowhunting. These skills are taught through various games and exercises designed to teach problem solving and decision making. Additionally, campers have the opportunity to acquire certification in the National Bowhunters Education Foundation's bowhunting course. This certification is required by some states in order to bow hunt. Campers also participate in fishing, canoeing, swimming and other traditional camp activities.

Real Florida | Ages 14-15 | Embark on an exhilarating journey of environmental exploration and outdoor skills mastery! Guided by experienced instructors, campers will hone critical wilderness survival skills such as knot-tying, fire-building, and outdoor cooking. Campers will gain firsthand insight into their role in preserving the natural world by engaging in insightful discussions on environmental impact and conservation ethics. Highlights of this adventure are a thrilling half-day canoe trip down the Ocklawaha River and fishing expeditions on the beautiful Lake Eaton.

Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp | Ages 16-17 | The OAC provides an opportunity for high school students to assist with various tasks around the camp during the summer season. The Leadership Camp utilizes high school students to support staff with camper activities. All Leadership Campers will receive training in the programs we offer, how to interact with children, and the various roles of staff required for a residential camp. 40 Service Learning Credits are awarded for each week. There is a fee of $200 per week for the program. High school students must apply to participate in the OAC Leadership Camp program.

Leadership Camp candidates must complete this application and follow the directions for contacting the camp directly. Registration online only occurs if your child is accepted into the program.

Ocala Conservation Center
7325 NE 170th Avenue | Silver Springs, FL 34488
352-625-2804 |
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