Best Summer Camps in Tampa
Summer Camps at Tampa Prep
At this time, Camp Terrapin is closed through June 15 due to COVID.
We are, however, offering several virtual enrichment and academic courses beginning June 1, open to everyone! Be sure to browse those offerings below!
We have begun the refund or rescheduling process for camps previously scheduled from May 26 – June 12. If we are able to offer Camp Terrapin beyond June 15, space will be limited and protocols put in place to ensure the safety of the community. Refunds will be issued if Tampa Prep needs to cancel a camp. No refunds will be given if a family cancels a camp after June 8, 2020.
Once you register, please review the summer information packet attached to your receipt for details about drop-off, pick-up, lunch and more. We look forward to meeting you this summer! NOTE: THERE WILL BE A $20.00 PER CAMP LATE FEE if you register after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday for the following week’s camp.
Tammy Honegger, Director of Summer Programs
firstname.lastname@example.org | 813-251-8481
Please see our .Summer COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.
FOR STUDENTS TAKING ZOOM CAMPS AND COURSES:
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 1-5 – CANCELLED
Week Two: June 8-12 – CANCELLED
Week Three: June 15-19
Week Four: June 22-26
Week Five: June 29-July 3
Week Six: July 6-10
Week Seven: July 13-17
Week Eight: July 20-24
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Before Care: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
After Care: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Camp Terrapin Weekly rate: $265
- 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
2020 DISCOUNTS (Only applies to Camp Terrapin)
**Returning Camper: $10/week/camper
**Early Bird: $10/week/camper
(Registration and payment must be submitted by April 1, 2020 to receive the Early Bird incentive.)
**Only one discount per camper may be used
2020 LATE REGISTRATION FEES
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.
DAILY ACTIVITIES AT CAMP TERRAPIN
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!
SWIMMING – Subject to change during COVID
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.
ALL ACADEMIC COURSES WILL RUN REMOTELY VIA ZOOM. You do not need to be a Tampa Prep student to register.
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 semester credit. *All courses are taught at the Honors level.
Algebra I Review
Algebra II Review
Physical Education & Health
Spanish I Review
Spanish II Review
Semester 1: June 8-26
Semester 2: June 29-July 17
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 or guest speakers included)
Students must register for both semesters to receive a full year’s credit.
SUMMER COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SUMMER COURSES
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 Review
Prerequisite: Spanish II
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.
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.
MATHEMATICS SUMMER COURSES
*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 Review
Prerequisite: Algebra II
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.
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 SUMMER COURSES
Physical Education and Health
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.
SUMMER ACADEMIC COURSE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
ABSENCES and TARDIES
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.
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.
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.
NO refunds will be given after June 8, 2020. Requests for tuition reimbursements should be directed to the Director of Summer Programs, Tammy Honegger at email@example.com or by calling 813-251-8481 ext. 4009.
MOST ENRICHMENT COURSES WILL RUN REMOTELY VIA ZOOM.
You do not need to be a Tampa Prep student to register.
|Z-space Animation – ZOOM||June 8 – 12||Rising 6th- 8th||10:00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.||$150|
|Preparing for Algebra 1 – ZOOM||June 8 – 26||Rising 8th/9th||8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||$900|
|Reading, Grammar & Writing – ZOOM||June 8 – 26||Rising 7th/8th||10:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.||$900|
|Intro to Freshman English – ZOOM||June 8 – 26||Rising 9th||10:35 a.m. – 12.35 p.m.||$900|
|The Muse: Short Story Writing – ZOOM||June 15 – 19||Rising 9th- 12th||9:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.||$175|
|Z-space Animation – ZOOM||June 15 – 19||Rising 9th- 11th||10:00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.||$150|
|Discover Your Family’s Stories – ZOOM||June 22 – 26||Rising 9th- 12th||10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.||$150|
|Mayan Hieroglyph Drawing – ZOOM||June 22 – July 3||Rising 6th- 12th||10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.||$175|
|Secret Agent Mission Mystery – ZOOM||June 29 – July 3||Rising 6th- 8th||10:00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.||$150|
|Gearing up for 6th Grade – ZOOM||July 6 – 24||Rising 6th||8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||$900|
|Preparing for 6th Grade Math – ZOOM||July 6 – 24||Rising 6th||10:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.||$900|
|Art: Mix Media Fun||July 13 – 17||Rising 3rd– 5th||9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||$175|
|Chess||July 13 – 17||Rising 1st– 8th||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.||$265|
|French 1 Refresher – ZOOM||July 20 – 31||Rising 9th– 12th||8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||$500|
|Spanish 1 Refresher – ZOOM||July 20 – 31||Rising 9th– 12th||8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||$500|
|Spanish 2 Refresher – ZOOM||July 20 – 31||Rising 9th– 12th||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||$500|
SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP DESCRIPTIONS
Art: Mix Media Fun (Rising 3rd – 5th)
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.
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!
Gearing up for 6th Grade (Rising 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 (Rising 6th grade)
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.
Reading, Grammar & Writing (Rising 7th & 8th)
This course focuses on learning grammar and writing mechanics and working through the required summer reading. Students are challenged to recognize and correct spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and other grammatical errors in short humorous stories. In addition, creative writing helps strengthen writing skills and allows for both self editing and peer editing, as well as teaching students how to recognize and correct errors in their own writing.
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.
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.
Art of the Maya: Mayan Hieroglyph Drawing (Rising 6th-12th)
Want to tap into your artistic side and learn an awesome visual language like no other? Then join us for a two-week drawing course in Mayan Hieroglyphs. We will learn how the Mayan glyph writing system works, learn to draw our names in glyphs, and create beautiful works of art inspired by the Maya and the natural world around us. For this course, you will need your own drawing paper, a ruler, colored pencils, a pencil, a good eraser, and a black ink pen.
French 1 Refresher (Has completed French 1)
This two week course is designed to ‘freshen’ up your grammar and vocabulary skills in preparation for French 2. You will participate in engaging and diverse listening, speaking, writing and reading activities to improve your overall proficiency level. The topics included are: present tense conjugations, adjective placement and agreement, and asking/answering conversational questions. Master the essential skills needed to make the most of your French 2 year and have fun in the process! You will walk into your French 2 class feeling confident and prepared. (This is NOT for credit, there are NO assessments nor grades.)
Spanish 1 Refresher (Has completed Spanish 1)
This two week course is designed to ‘freshen’ up your grammar and vocabulary skills in preparation for Spanish 2. You will participate in engaging and diverse listening, speaking, writing and reading activities to improve your overall proficiency level. The topics included are: present tense conjugations, adjective placement, and asking/answering conversational questions. Master the essential skills needed to make the most of your Spanish 2 year and have fun in the process! You will walk into your Spanish 2 class feeling confident and prepared. (This is NOT for credit, there are NO assessments nor grades.)
Spanish 2 Refresher (Has completed Spanish 2)
This two week course is designed to ‘freshen’ your grammar and vocabulary skills in the preparation for Spanish 3 or Pre-AP Spanish. You will participate in engaging and diverse listening, speaking, writing and reading activities to improve your overall proficiency level. The topics included are: present tense, preterite tense, imperfect tense, reflexive verbs, commands, and asking/answering conversational questions. Master the essential skills needed to make the most of your Spanish 3 year and have fun in the process! You will walk into your Spanish 3 or Pre-AP class feeling confident and prepared. (This is NOT for credit, there are NO assessments nor grades.)
Secret Agent Mission Mystery (Rising 6th-8th)
Have you ever dreamed of being a secret agent hunting down the clues to solve the case? Do you enjoy reading, puzzles, and riddles? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the camp for you. Join us as we dig into 3-4 mystery novels to find clues that will provide the answers to riddles and puzzles, complete our case file, and solve a Tampa Prep mystery!
The Muse is with You: Short Story Writing (Rising 9th-12th)
Students will learn the fundamental building blocks to write an engaging short story. Classes will start with a 45-minute lesson on a specific topic of writing and creativity activity, followed by a writing prompt and 30-minutes of writing, and wrap up with a 45-minute share and review. Students will use Google Docs to write and share their stories. Toward the end of the week, students will select one of the prompts earlier in the week to expand and revise as their final product. Students should consider submitting their story to various teen-writers’ publications and the Scholastic Awards.
Discover Your Family’s Stories (Rising 9th-12)
Using Brigham Young University’s free family tree website, students will build their genealogy charts, as well as find primary documents and photographs to attach to their ancestors’ records. Class lessons and discussions will focus on research, interviews, sources of family records, genealogy vocabulary, and how historical events affected families. The final product will be a short story inspired by an ancestor’s story, a short biography of an ancestor, or an analysis of how a historical event impacted an ancestor. Rising Freshmen through Rising Seniors
Z-space Animation Camp (Rising 6th-8th) and (Rising 9th-12th)
This is a 5 day zoom into 2D and 3D animation. Each day we will explore a different animation app/software. This will be a mostly iPad centric course. Overviews of desktop/laptop animation tools, such as Blender, Adobe Animate, Character Animator After Effects, Cinema 4D, Unreal Engine will also be highlighted. Students will begin to create their own individual animated series during this week as well as work on a shared group animation project. Requirements: An iPad with Apple Pencil (also access to a desktop computer is encouraged but not required). No previous knowledge of animation needed.
The Bricks Shop LEGO Mashup Camp (Rising K – 5th grades) – JULY 20 – 24 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | $265
The Bricks Shop is here with your favorite camp of the summer! Our LEGO® Theme Mashup Camp! This exciting week will see our campers build LEGO® robots, LEGO® mosaic art, and LEGO® 3D art models based on popular themes such as MINECRAFT, STAR WARS, Harry Potter, Trolls, Superheroes, Frozen, Pokémon, Roblox, Jurassic World, Super Mario Bros, Sonic The Hedgehog, and much more!
In our NEW Summer LEGO® Theme Mashup Camp, you will experience several different LEGO® themes each day. Have fun building LEGO® Tie Fighters from Star Wars, Spiderman’s webslinger, Minecraft’s Endermen, or a T-Rex from Jurassic World one day, then explore your magical abilities with Harry Potter the next! Can’t decide which you like more? Join us for this AWESOME LEGO® Theme Mashup Camp and try them ALL!
All campers will take home fun crafts and have photos taken of all the LEGO® models they made throughout the week, and take home a custom-made LEGO® minifigure! AND new for this year! We will be having a pizza party on Friday! Don’t miss out on this awesome camp!
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.
|Volleyball – All Skills||July 13 – 15||Rising 6th – 12th||6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||$150|
|Volleyball – All Skills||July 20 – 22||Rising 6th – 12th||6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||$150|
|Cheerleading||July 20 – 24||Rising 1st – 5th||9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m||$200|
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.