Youth Sports & Fitness Camp
The Youth Sports and Fitness Camp, accredited by the American Camp Association, began in 1981 with the idea of keeping kids active all summer long. It is an all-sports camp designed for ages 5 - 14 years old. All of our activities are age appropriate and are designed so that every camper has fun!
Our mission is to keep campers active all summer through interactive sports activities that promote teamwork, good sportsmanship, and positive attitudes.
2022 Camps Update
Yes! We will offer camps this summer! We are very excited to bring back our summer camp programs.
Camps are offered on a weekly basis for ages 5 - 14. The 2022 camp season will run for 8 weeks beginning June 6 and ending on July 29. Camp hours are 9 AM - 4 PM.
Our camp is divided into six age groups:
*Age of camper as of May 31, 2022
- Ospreys: Ages 5-6
- Tomcats: Ages 7-8
- Suns: Age 9
- Sharks: Age 10
- Jaguars: Ages 11-12
- Barracudas: Ages 13-14
Camper pick-up/drop-off is located in lot 34, behind the Arena, Bldg. 34. Drop-off is between 7:30 AM and 9 AM and pick-up is between 4:30 PM and 6 PM.
For late drop-offs or early pick-ups, call the Recreation and Wellness Office at (904) 620-2998.
Camp registration is offered on a weekly basis. Families with multiple children registered together in the same camp and on the same transaction, will receive a 10% discount per week on each additional child registered. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.
General Public Weekly Rate: $210
You have the option to pay in full or to be placed on a payment plan*. A non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all transactions.
*If you choose the payment plan option, payment for the first week the camper is registered will be required at checkout and the following weeks they are registered will be placed on the payment plan. Each Sunday, before the registered week of camp, the payment for that week will be automatically charged. The convenience fee will only be applied to the first week in the payment plan, not the recurring auto-payments.
A $25 fee will be assessed per camper, per week for cancellations.
Camp discounts available for parents/guardians that are Military, UNF Students, UNF Staff and UNF Alumni. Each camp season, discounted rates must be set by the office staff.
To set-up your discounted rate: 1. Create your online account 2. Add all family members to the account 3.Call the Recreation and Wellness Office to have your customer type verified and updated in order to enroll at the discounted rate.
Military and UNF discounts cannot be combined. If you do not see your discounted rate during checkout, stop immediately and call the office. Refunds will not be given to those who register at the wrong rate.
- Active Military Weekly Rate: $190
- UNF USPS Staff Weekly Rate: $155
- UNF Faculty/A&P Weekly Rate: $165
- UNF Alumni Weekly Rate: $165
- UNF Student Weekly Rate: $120
*To verify Military status, please plan to visit the office to show proof of Military status.
**RecWell Camps recognize a UNF Alumni as having graduated from UNF with a 4-year degree. RecWell staff use the university alumni directory to validate this status.
The Youth Sports and Fitness Camp offers a variety of activities to keep kids active all summer long. These activities include, but are not limited to sport skill instruction, indoor/outdoor free play, indoor rock climbing, group fitness classes, weekly field trips, and swimming.
Week 1 - volleyball
Week 2 - kickball
Week 3 - soccer (indoor/outdoor)
Week 4 - basketball
Week 5 - flag football
Week 6 - non traditional (spikeball, cornhole, kanjam, badminton, etc)
Week 7 - soccer (indoor/outdoor)
Week 8 - basketball
Summer Camp Pool
Swimming takes place at the Competition Pool Complex, adjacent to the Field House and Student Wellness Complex. Water depths vary from 4 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet. Camps swim in age groups with 45-minute swim times available Monday - Thursday (weather permitting).
Camper safety is our priority. Certified lifeguards are on duty and camp counselor are actively engaged with campers either on the pool deck or in the water. Swim tests are given by the lifeguards on the first day of camp each week. To successfully complete the swim test and swim without a life jacket, campers must swim a distance of 25 yards across the pool demonstrating coordinated arm and leg movement, rhythmic breathing, and without needing assistance or being too fatigued at the end. This swim test provides a safety gauge for lifeguards to determine if a camper can safely swim for the duration of their swim time in a pool with varied depths up to 5 feet. Camp counselors log the swim test and life jacket results throughout each camp week. Campers may re-attempt the swim test throughout the week. US Coast Guard life jackets are provided to children who do not pass the swim test. Swim lessons are not available.
Please contact Caleb Crowder, RecWell Pool Manager, for more information about camp pool safety practices.
An outstanding camp is a place where campers are valued. All camp staff will:
- view each camper as a unique individual with something special to offer.
- show an interest in each camper, calling them by name, communicating individually with them, and listening to what they have to say.
- create an environment where the focus in on the interests and needs of the campers.
- be knowledgeable and able to support the camp goals, safety considerations, and camp policies.
- teach the proper sports skills for the planned activities,
- teach the campers the proper way to act during activities, i.e., good sportsmanship.
- introduce the campers to new activities.
- instill the concept of teamwork.
- ensure that the campers are learning, and at the same time having fun.
- be a positive role model for the children.
Field trips are held every Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. We will be unable to accept late drop-offs or early pick-ups on these days.
Week 1: Bowl America
Week 2: Hands on Museum (5-8 yrs.) and Adventure Landing Dry Park (9-14 yrs.)
Week 3: Jacksonville Zoo
Week 4: Cookout on Campus
Week 5: Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Game (Field Trip on Wednesday)
Week 6: Chuck E. Cheese (5-8 yrs.) and Topgolf (9-14 yrs.)
Week 7: Sunshine Park (5-8 yrs.) and Skate Station (9-14 yrs.)
Week 8: Bowl America
The Youth Sport and Fitness Camp offers a lunch option for campers for an additional $40 per week to be paid by check, made payable to Mayes Food Service. Payment is due each Monday of camp attendance.
One entrée item offered each day, depending on availability. Entrees include, but are not limited to hotdogs and hamburgers, sloppy joes, pizza, tacos, philly subs, chicken nuggets, ravioli, grilled chicken sandwiches, cold cut sandwiches. Each entrée comes with a drink, chips, and salad bar.
On field trip days, campers will receive a bagged lunch.
Additional items for daily purchase include popcorn, nachos with cheese, chicken nuggets, and ice cream
A few things to know before registering:
- Make sure your email address is current as this is the main method of communication regarding field trips, camp payments, and general camp information.
- To update Customer Type in order to receive discounted rates, call us at (904) 620-2998.
Registration begins Tuesday, March 1 at 8 AM.
Camp Online Account
Orientation & Open House
This year, orientation is available through this video. The video orientation is great for new and returning families to get practical information from the Camp Director and to learn more about the camp. Families who want to visit the campus and meet camp staff are encouraged to attend Camp Open House. Open House will be Wednesday, June 1 at 6 pm in the Student Wellness Complex. Facility staff will direct camp families to the meeting room. Park in Lot 5. Please note that there is a high school graduation this evening and the campus core will be more crowded with traffic.
Still have questions? Call The Recreation and Wellness Office at (904) 620-2998.