Summer Camps at Tampa Prep

Looking for awesome summer camps? Tampa Prep offers some of the best summer camps in Tampa! Details about all of our camps and programs are found below. Once you have registered, please review your info packet for details about drop-off, pick-up, lunch and more. I look forward to meeting you this summer!


Tammy Honegger, Director of Summer Programs | 813-251-8481

2020 Summer Programs Coming Soon!

Take a look at our past Programs below

2019 Summer Programs


Camp Terrapin is a coeducational, sports and fine arts summer camp in Tampa for students entering grades 1-8. From the gym to the Smith Black Box Theater, the art room to the pool, and the Shimberg field to the virtual reality IDEA lab, your child will have an opportunity to experience a variety of activities while they embrace Tampa Prep’s mission to think, create, be themselves, aspire to excellence and go beyond in a positive, fun and safe environment.

Camp Terrapin runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily

Week One: June 3 – 7
Week Two: June 10 – 14
Week Three: June 17 – 21
Week Four: June 24 – June 28
Week Five: July 1 – July 3 (Mini Week – closed 7/4 & 7/5)
Week Six: July 8 – 12
Week Seven: July 15 – 19

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Before Care: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
After Care: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

2019 RATES

  • Camp Terrapin Weekly rate: $265
  • Camp Terrapin Mini Week rate:$175
  • Camp Terrapin Half-Day: $135
    • Can only be registered in addition to another half-day course or camp
  • Before Care: $40/week/camper
  • After Care: $50/week/camper
  • Before Care Mini Week: $25/week/camper
  • After Care Mini Week: $30/week/camper

(Only applies to Camp Terrapin)
**Returning Camper: $10/week/camper
**Early Bird: $10/week/camper
(Registration and payment must be submitted by April 1, 2019 to receive the Early Bird incentive.)
**Only one discount per camper may be used

Campers MUST be registered by 5:00PM the THURSDAY PRIOR TO the start of the camp you have selected. There is a $20.00 late fee for campers who register after that time.

Tampa Preparatory School has two full-sized indoor, air-conditioned courts, two outdoor half courts, a soccer field, a baseball field and an eight-lane swimming pool and diving well. Camp Terrapin utilizes all of these state-of-the-art athletic venues as well as classrooms throughout the school. Campers should wear closed-toe shoes (sneakers) every day.


  • Indoor sports activities and games–led by our counselors–are designed for the interest and age/skill level of our campers. Games include traditional favorites like capture the flag, basketball, tag, duck-duck-goose and more.
  • Outdoor sports include games like court hockey, tennis-baseball, soccer, kickball, field games, flag football and more!

Campers must pass a swim test on the first day of camp. If a camper does not pass this test, they will be asked to either wear a lifejacket or be restricted to certain areas of the pool. Three certified lifeguards are on duty at all times. No instruction is given during the swimming activity period. Campers should bring their bathing suit, towel and sunscreen every day.

Directed study of different art media (drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and 3D materials). and different themes for each camp session.

COMPUTERS: The computer labs at Tampa Preparatory School have upgraded Apple computers with a variety of educational, non-violent games installed just for campers. In addition, campers have access to “kid-friendly” websites for game play. The Internet is heavily filtered and monitored while the campers are using computers.

GAMES: Campers may choose from a variety of board games, card games, ping-pong, air hockey, arcade games and more. Kids enjoy oversized versions of games like KerPlunk and Jenga too.

SCIENCE: Innovative and interactive, our campers will have the opportunity to become involved in the engaging world of science through different themes each session.

Theme days, special guests, dance time, field and swim events, movie and popcorn days and more! Counselors may offer campers an option of two different activities, but for the majority of the time, campers will stay with their group and participate in the planned activity. Campers may also be grouped by gender or age during specific activities. The master activity schedule may vary based on weather or other special activities.


Full credit courses are six weeks long and count as a full year’s course. Half credit courses are three weeks long and count as a half year’s course. *All courses are taught at the Honors level.

Algebra I Review
Algebra II
Physical Education & Health
Spanish I Review
Spanish II
Spanish III

All students taking an academic credit or enrichment course must meet at the registration desk in the main building by 8:15 a.m. on the first day of class. Students taking a second semester class should see the Director on their first day of class June 28. Students should bring their iPads for class. Please review the Summer Program Policies before enrolling.

Semester 1: June 10 – 27 (Ends on Thursday)
Semester 2: June 28 – July 19 (Begins on Friday. No classes July 4)
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Semester 1 Credit Cost: $1,300
Semester 2 Credit Cost: $1,300
PE: $1,350 per semester (Cost of field trips included)
Students must register for both semesters to receive a full year’s credit.



Spanish I Review
Prerequisite: Spanish I
This course is restricted to students who have already taken Spanish I and wish to become more proficient before moving on to Spanish II or earn a better grade by retaking the class. This course, focusing on developing the basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, integrates the study of grammar and vocabulary with aspects of the Hispanic culture. Students write compositions and present dialogues, which apply the grammar and vocabulary studied in each lesson.

Spanish II
Prerequisite: Spanish I
In Spanish II there is daily integration of the four linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, with an increased focus on grammar and practical, high-frequency vocabulary. There is also integration of the culture of the daily lives of Spanish speakers and coverage of the entire Spanish-speaking world. Students are presented with ample guided, focused opportunities to interact in Spanish with classmates and the instructor, with the goal of establishing a solid base for clear self-expression.

Spanish III
Prerequisite: Spanish II
Grammar and vocabulary are advanced and reinforced through in-class discussions and topics such as health and fitness, ecology, the economy, technology, religion, politics and art. There is an increased focus on speaking, formal writing, analytical reading and cultural awareness.


*It is recommended that students take both semesters to ensure that they have a solid foundation of the material.

Algebra I Review
Prerequisite: Algebra I
This course is restricted to students who have already taken Algebra I and wish to become more proficient in it or earn a better grade by retaking the class. Included is the study of numbers, rules of algebra, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials, proportions and functions.

Algebra II
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry
The following topics are covered in the first half of the summer: solving linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations, factoring polynomials, exponent rules, graphing lines, and inequalities, finding the equation of a line. The second half includes the following topics: radical numbers, imaginary numbers, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions, matrices, logarithms, and conic sections. The graphing calculator is used for some topics in the course.

Prerequisite: Algebra I
First-half topics include deductive reasoning, line and angle relationships, triangles, and congruence. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, logical thinking, and completeness of formal geometric proofs. Second-half topics include similarity, parallelograms, right triangles, circles, and planar and spatial measurement. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving skills in the considerable applications of geometric concepts and formulas for a wide variety of geometric figures.

Prerequisite: Algebra II (grade of C or better)
The first half of this course covers graph shifting and translations, combinations and compositions of functions, inverse functions, zeros, complex numbers, linear models, scatter plots, polynomials, rational functions, exponential functions, and logarithms. In the second half, trigonometry is stressed, including equations, identities, properties of multiple angles and the inverse trigonometric functions, laws of sines and cosines, DeMoivre’s Theorem and polar coordinates. Graphics utilities on the computer or calculator are incorporated into the course.


Physical Education and Health
Prerequisite: None
Designed for students who wish to fulfill the personal fitness and health component of their physical education requirement so that they can concentrate on academic electives in their ninth and tenth grade years. This course aims to encourage our students to pursue a healthy, physically active lifestyle. Traditional team sports and lifetime sports including badminton, team handball, floor hockey, indoor soccer and water polo make up the physical education component. The personal fitness/health semester will include reading assignments and quizzes, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training as well as studies in all areas of health and nutrition.


No student may be absent more than two days and still receive full credit for an academic course. No student may be absent more than one day and still receive half credit for an academic course. Tardy policy: Students will be allowed four tardies. Points will be deducted from their grade for each tardy after that. This includes when students return from class breaks.

All parents are asked to pick up their children promptly during the summer session. Supervision is not provided and Tampa Prep cannot be responsible for students who are left unattended at the school.

Students will need an iPad for academic courses. Necessary resource materials will be announced in each class and will be the responsibility of the student.

Written evaluations will be provided by each instructor for all class work and grades will be granted for all credit courses, provided the student fulfills the course requirements and expectations. Grades and course comments will be forwarded to you at the completion of each “semester.” Non-Tampa Prep students must make arrangements with their current schools if they wish to transfer credit. All non-Tampa Prep students must submit their most recent transcripts with the registration form.

Dress during the summer session is casual. Jeans, shorts and T-shirts are permitted, as long as they are presentable and in good taste. While it is summer, students need to remember that Tampa Preparatory School conducts business all summer long.

All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment. Dates and times are subject to change. You will be notified of any change or cancellation to a course/camp to which your child is registered.

No food or drink other than water is allowed inside any of the buildings.

Payment is due with your registration form. A place will not be held for your student until all paperwork has been received. Acceptable methods of payment include eCheck or credit card.

Parents who wish to withdraw a student from a course or camp after May 15, 2019 will be assessed a 20% withdrawal fee.

NO refunds will be given after June 1, 2019. Requests for tuition reimbursements should be directed to the Director of Summer Programs, Tammy Honegger at or by calling 813-251-8481 ext. 4009.


Intro to Guitar (Rising 6th – 9th grade) June 3 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175
Gearing up for 6th Grade (Rising 6th) June 10 – 28 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. $900
Preparing for 6th Grade Math (Rising 6th grade) June 10 – 28 10:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. $900
Preparing for Algebra I (Rising 8th & 9th grade ) June 10 – 28 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. $900
Intro to Freshman English (Rising 9th grade) June 10 – 28 10:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. $900
Memory Training

(Rising 9th – 12th grade)

July 8 – 12 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $299
Art: Mix Media Fun (Rising 3rd – 5th grade) July 15 – 19 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. $175
Chess ( Rising 1st – 8th grade) July 15 – 19 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $265




Art: Mix Media Fun
This exciting hands-on art camp teaches techniques of drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking through a variety of media that are appropriate for each grade level.

Intro to Guitar
This week long course is intended for students with minimal or no experience playing the guitar. Students will learn a variety of beginning, open position chords, some basic note reading, and will learn to play a variety of pop songs. Students enrolled in this class are required to rent or purchase their own instrument, and purchase the required method book – “Hal Leonard Guitar Method” – Complete Edition.


Gearing up for 6th Grade
This study skills course better prepares students to face academic challenges of their new school and lowers their anxiety and dread of tests and examinations while making learning easier and more enjoyable. Specifically students learn: to make outlines for purposes of review, to take and organize adequate and appropriate notes, to prepare for tests in a non-stressful and productive manner. This course also helps students understand their summer reading in a structured environment with close supervision.

Preparing for 6th Grade Mathematics
This hands-on approach to math provides rising 6th grade students with an introduction to 6th grade math using tangrams, word problems, manipulatives, and cooperative games. The students will improve their understanding of geometry, fractions, probability, estimation, decimals and problem solving. Daily fact drills, games and small group-directed instruction will increase students’ proficiency in whole number operations as well.

Introduction to Freshman English (Rising 9th)
This is a course in basic literary analysis. Using current summer reading lists, students practice analyzing plot, device and theme. Mastery of these skills is essential for success in English I. Students engage in reader response, formal writing and formal discussion. Students practice appropriate annotation skills in conjunction with close reading.

Preparing for Algebra I (Rising 8th and 9th)
In this class, students learn mathematics vocabulary essential for their success in higher-level courses. Topics in this course include solving equations and inequalities, rational numbers, graphing, statistics, probability, linear equations and polynomials. The curriculum is adjusted to meet individual needs. The course incorporates the TI Graphing Calculator (TI-83). Students learn the functions of the calculator and how to use them to solve pre-algebra problems.


Chess (Rising 1st – 8th)
This enrichment camp is divided between learning and playing. Whether your child is a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, this chess camp is the place to learn and develop new strategies and advance existing skills while having fun!

Studying Made Easy with Memory Training ( Rising 9th – 12th)
Unleash Hidden Genius with the Guinness Record Holder for Memory
Taught using the methods of Dave Farrow, two time Guinness Record holder for memory and creator of the Farrow Method, Memory Camp is a special enrichment program that shows students simple methods to learn faster, boost confidence, and raise focus. Students will learn unique brain training techniques the help them breeze through work that used to leave them frustrated and overwhelmed. This interactive and fun camp blends the latest brain training science with hands-on activities to transform students with real measurable results!

Dave Farrow was diagnosed as a teenager with ADHD and dyslexia, he created a learning system to help him in school. Today, The Farrow Method is an international bestseller backed by a double-blind neuroscience study. To learn about Dave visit his Farrow communications website or


Robotics Courses offer children of all ages techniques from basic building skills to advanced programming.

LEGO Club – Castle* (6 years and up) June 3 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175
Basic Engineering I & II Combo

(8 years and up)

June 3 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $240
STEM for Girl ( Rising 4th & 5th grade) June 3 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $175
LEGO Club – Star Wars* (6 years and up) June 10 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175
Arduino and C Programming

(Rising 7th grade and up)

June 10 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $270
LEGO Club – World Wonders*

(6 years and up)

June 17 – 21 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175
Intro to Robotics (9 years and up) June 17 – 21 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $270
Strategy Board Games (7 years and up) June 22 – 28 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175
VEX IQ (Rising 7th grade & up) June 24 – 28 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $270
Intro to Unity 3D (Rising 9th grade and up) July 15 – 29 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $240

* Indicates a LEGO Class Series


LEGO Club – Castle*
LEGO Club is a relaxed session concentrating on helping kids with basic and intermediate building techniques. All students will work as a group, which will end in a Castle Display on Friday. Kids will build their own medieval houses and use their imagination to embellish it. Topics covered include: 3-D, dimensions, castle terminology, modular castle building techniques, landscaping and inside structures.

LEGO Club – World Wonders*
LEGO Club is a relaxed session concentrating on helping kids with basic and intermediate building techniques. All kids will work as a group to finish a World Wonder, like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza. Topics include building for strength, what makes a structure a wonder, planning for a large build, outside structural details and more.

LEGO Club – Star Wars*
LEGO Club is a relaxed session concentrating on helping kids with basic and intermediate building techniques. All kids will work as a group and many elements from the Star Wars universe will be involved. We will be staging large space battles, snowy, wintry battles on Hoth and other planetary locations. Topics include how to animate a battle scene and the use of motors, gears and pulleys in animation.


STEM for Girls
The girls will experiment with circuits, block-based programming, experiment with robots (Ozobot and Sphero) and will be participating in other fun STEM activities.

Coding for Girls
Participants will use Alice, a drag-and-drop, 3D environment that introduces students to object-oriented programming. Students will create animations and learn basic programming skills inherent to object-oriented programming languages such as Java and C++. This will be an exciting opportunity for girls to flex their programming muscles and get instant feedback on the success of their animation.

Basic Engineering I & II Combo
Basic Engineering I & II Combo class explores simple machines and adds the concept of motorization. Students will then take their knowledge of simple machines and expand into compound machines. Topics covered include: structure and forces, levers, wheel and axles, pulley systems, steering systems, center of gravity, etc.

Arduino and C Programming
This camp is all about building circuits and learning how to control those electronics with C Programming. We will have many projects with LED lights and buzzers and twist knobs. We will also build an Arduino controlled robot and make it move around. This camp is for someone who likes to tinker. You will leave with a notebook on how to get started on this great hobby.

Introduction to Robotics using NXT
This is the final core class that introduces students to robotics. Basic programming will be taught and challenges will involve getting the robotics to accomplish missions by navigating correctly and engineering the appropriate manipulator to accomplish the tasks. Topics covered include: programming, light sensor, touch sensor, wheeled and tracked robots, basis robot building with NXT, etc.

Intro to Unity 3D
This is an advanced course for rising 9th-12th graders. Prior programming experience is required. Campers will learn to build virtual reality applications and games for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The cost of the textbook is included in the price and campers will keep at the end of camp. Capacity: 10 students.

Strategy Board Games
This camp is designed to teach students math in gaming using board games and have fun doing it. The board games will be strategy games (Settlers of Catan, Heroscape, etc) More than five different games will be offered up for trial during the five day camp. Topics include how to understand probability, math in gaming and developing strategies, etc.


This is a programming camp using VEX IQ robots. Students will be learning how to program and move the robots around and through this learn how to program in “C” language. After they are comfortable with programming, they will use the robots to solve exciting missions and end with a maze-solving mission.



Tampa Prep Sports Camps are fun, active programs designed for both beginning and advanced players. Each camp is focused on building and refining skills at all levels. Campers will be given individual and group instruction to enhance their skills. They will develop personal and social skills through teamwork and build character and life skills through sports. Our outstanding, highly qualified instructors and state of the art facilities combine to provide a positive, fun and safe experience for all campers.


(Rising 1st – 5th grade)

May 28 – 31 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $200
All Sports

(Rising 3rd – 6th grade)

May 28 – 31 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $200
Rowing/ Crew
MS Rowing/ Crew

( Rising 6th – 8th grade)

June 3 – 7 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $300
US Rowing/ Crew

(Rising 9th – 12th grade)

June 10 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $300
Volleyball – All Skills

(Rising 3rd -5th grade)

May 28 – 31 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Athletic Complex $190
Volleyball – All Skills

(Rising 6th – 9th grade)

May 28 – 31 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $190
Volleyball – All Skills

(Rising 6th – 12th grade)

June 14

June 15

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Athletic Complex $150


Volleyball – All Skills

(Rising 6th – 9th grade)

July 8 -10 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Athletic Complex $175


Before Care and After Care is offered for the convenience of our parents who need to drop their campers off before 9:00 a.m. or pick them up after 3:30 p.m. This is a free play time for campers. Before Care and After Care take place in the gymnasium. Before Care begins at 8:00 a.m. and After Care ends promptly at 5:00 p.m.


Is your child signed up for an Enrichment, Robotics course or Sport Camp and wants to stay all day? Camp Terrapin Half-Day allows your child to attend a half-day course or camp and then attend Camp Terrapin in the afternoon. Campers will be placed with their age-appropriate group after lunch and experience all the fun Camp Terrapin has to offer!


Want to be a Camp Counselor?
Camp counselors are college students or existing teachers who must apply and interview with the Director of Summer Programs. All applicants must successfully complete a background check before being hired. 2020  Camp Terrapin Counselor Application.

Want to be a Junior Counselor?
Junior counselors are volunteer high school students (entering 9th-12th). Junior counselors must attend a training session before volunteering at camp. Parent approval and teacher recommendation are required. 2020 Camp Terrapin Jr. Counselor Application.