Best Free and Affordable Summer Camps Near Orlando
Summer will be here before we know it, and that means its time to start looking at summer camp options for the kids! There are so many fun camps near Orlando, but the costs for these fun summer camp programs can add up quickly. Because of this, we’ve rounded up a dozen budget-friendly camps around Central Florida. For the purpose of this article, we've capped the camp cost at $150 per week or less.
Let your child fulfill his or her sports' dreams at Altamonte Springs Recreation's summer camp.
Free and Affordable Summer Camps Near Orlando
$90 per session for Altamonte Springs residents
Summer camp with Altamonte Springs Recreation runs weekly from May 31-July 29 for ages 6-12. Camp activities include games, arts and crafts, sports, movies, swimming, and more. Registration begins April 4. Capacity is limited and program is only open to Altamonte Springs residents.
Free for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses
At Camp Boggy Creek, children with chronic or life threatening illnesses are provided with a full week of traditional summer camp fun, free of charge. Camp weeks are scheduled so that children with like illnesses are together. This residential camp is open to kids age 7-17 with a qualifying medical diagnosis. Applications are available now for the 2022 summer camp program.
3. Camp Wewa
$150 per week for City of Apopka residents
The City of Apopka offers summer camp for children ages 6-14 through Camp Wewa. Camp Wewa features activities such as arts and crafts, athletics, challenge course, drama, ecology, water activities, and more. Camp dates are May 31-July 29, 2022. Hours are 7:30am-5:30pm.
Kids enrolled in City of Orlando's Recreation Summer Camp will have a great time!
$60 per week for City of Orlando residents ($100 per week for non-residents)
The City of Orlando’s Recreation Summer Camp includes indoor and outdoor activities such as yoga, art, Lego challenges, karate, improv, and more. Camp is open to kids ages 5-14 years old, entering first through eighth grade. Camp runs weekly throughout the summer, from 7:30am-5:30pm.
From $60-$85 per week for Winter Park residents (from $85-$105 per week for non-residents)
The City of Winter Park offers Summer Fun Camp for incoming first-fifth graders, as well as Middle School Camp for incoming sixth-eighth graders. Weekly summer camp takes place May 31-August 5, 2022 at the Winter Park Community Center. Camp hours are 7:30am-6pm. Reduced rates are available for residents that qualify for free or reduced lunches with documentation. Registration begins March 26.
$125 per week for Maitland residents ($135 per week for non-residents)
The City of Maitland Parks and Rec is offering an All Sports Summer Camp at Maitland Community Park. Campers participate in dodgeball, basketball, soccer, flag football, kickball, and more while learning the values of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Camp is for kids ages 5-14 and runs from 9am-3pm with extended care options. Camp is offered weekly from May 31-August 5, 2022. Registration opens March 1.
$135-$150 per week for Ocoee residents ($171-$190 for non-residents)
Ocoee’s summer camp program runs from May 31-August 5, 2022 at the Jim Beech Recreation Center. Camp includes daily indoor and outdoor group activities and free play. Each week’s activities is geared around a fun theme. Campers will swim each Friday. Camp is open to kids ages 5-12, and registration begins March 14 for city residents.
$90 per week
The SCSO PAL (Police Athletic League) Camp is a community program with a goal of providing low cost, safe, and supervised summer camp activities for youth ages 5-14. Camp dates are weekly from May 31-July 29, 2022. Camp hours are 7am-6pm, with structured activities from 9am-4pm. Limited spots are available. Application deadline is May 27, unless capacity is reached prior to this date. Kids do not have to reside in Seminole County to participate.
$90 per week for Osceola County residents ($100 per week for non-residents)
Kids ages 5-12 can participate in St. Cloud’s summer camp program. Camp hours are 7am-6pm. Specialty camps are also available for kids ages 7-14 and start at $110 per week for County residents ($130 for non-residents).
Summer Learning Academy is a free program offered for currently enrolled UCP Charter students or students enrolled for the upcoming fall semester. This program features a customized learning experience with projects, arts, and field trips and runs from June 13-June 30, 2022, from 8:30am-2:30pm. Students are required to attend the entire program. The school also offers free summer VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) for children entering Kindergarten this fall who have not participated in a VPK program during the school year.
$110 per week for Winter Garden residents ($140 per week for non-residents)
Summer day camp with the City of Winter Garden runs from May 31-July 29, 2022. Camp is offered to children entering first through eighth grade. A limited number of scholarships based on income eligibility are available. Sibling discounts are also available.
YMCA of Central Florida offers tons of summer camp activities, including arts and crafts.
From $135 per week
Several Central Florida YMCA locations offer summer day camps for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Daily camp activities include arts and crafts, athletics, and choice-based interest tracks, with new themes each week.
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