Press Release for Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Summer Camps Available at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s Youth Sports and Fitness Camp and Osprey EcoCamp 2007 have openings for the summer.

UNF’s Youth Sports and Fitness Camps have openings for children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. The camp, entering its 25th year, has become one of the best children’s summer camps on the First Coast.

The camp utilizes the state-of-the-art facilities on the UNF campus, such as the indoor, Olympic-sized swimming pool, UNF Arena, the soccer stadium and the GolfPlex. UNF’s camps are staffed with 20 counselors, all UNF education majors, student athletes or Duval County school teachers, with a ratio of one counselor for every 10 campers. Each day offers something different for campers, including flag football, stickball, tennis, track, soccer, arts and crafts plus field trips every week to locations such as Little Talbot Island, Metro Park, a Suns baseball game, bowling and more.

Camp begins Tuesday, May 29, and will continue through Friday, August 3. Parents can drop off their campers as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick them up as late as 6 p.m. The cost is $160 per week per camper for the general public. The cost is $95 per week for UNF students, $123 per week for UNF USPS employees and $133 per week for UNF A&P employees. Additionally, there is a $10 supply fee per week, but if campers sign up for the entire 10 weeks, the supply fee is only $80. There is a 10 percent discount for multiple children families. Open registration for new campers will begin Monday, Feb. 26, and runs throughout the camp. Parents will need to provide their child with lunch and the camp will provide an afternoon snack.

For more information about the sports and fitness camp, call UNF at (904) 620-2998 or go online at www.unf.edu/recsports/camps.htm. To register, pick up a camp packet at the UNF Arena.

Osprey EcoCamp 2007 also has openings for children ages 7 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during this weeklong, outdoor summer camp. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Your explorer will hike through the woods, go fishing, discover lake critters, swim at the pool, learn to canoe and visit many different habitats on the UNF campus. Friday is Field Trip Day and will include trips to Hanna Park, Little Talbot Island, Jacksonville Zoo, Guana River State Park and more.

Eight, one-week sessions will be offered, beginning Tuesday, May 29, and running through the week of July 16. Groups are limited to a maximum of 20 campers, with a minimum of 10 campers.

Tuition cost is $195 and includes an EcoCamp T-shirt, water bottle, field trip fees, extended care, snacks, drinks and most activity supplies. Campers must bring lunch and a water bottle each day. Cost is $165 for UNF staff, students, military and returning campers and siblings.

For more information, call UNF at (904) 620-1810 or go online at www.unf.edu/recsports/nature/summer_camps.html. To register, pick up a camp packet at the UNF Arena.


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