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Our goal is to offer a variety of recreation camp opportunities that meet the needs of the community in a safe and fun environment.  Grouped by age, we strive to maintain a staff to child ratio of 1:15.  Register for only the weeks you need or the entire summer; our flexibility allows you to create the program that works for you and your family.

Initial pre-registration paperwork for Summer Blast Camps at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or the John H. Marble Recreation Complex must be done in person.  Once pre-registered, you may select and pay for weeks or optional field trips at your camp location.  Or click here to pay online for weeks or optional field trips at either location.

Find a variety of Specialty Camps listed below and register at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or online here.  Registration paperwork will be done when you arrive on the first day of camp. 

For general information regarding site locations, dates and fees, please click on one of the category titles below. If you are interested in more specific information, please click on one of the links to the left.

Summer Blast Camp

"Community Heroes" Report to Camp

Download your 2018 Summer Blast Camp brochure.

2018 Summer Blast Camps Brochure

Two Camp Locations

G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton

June 4 - August 10
$30/Pre-Registration (T-Shirt Included)
$100/Weekly (Lunch, Snack, and Field Trip Included)

John H. Marble Recreation Complex
3675 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton

June 4 - August 3
$30/Pre-Registration (T-Shirt Included)
$100/Weekly (Lunch, Snack, and Field Trip Included)

Specialty Camps

Located throughout Manatee County's Parks and Preserves, these exceptional camps offer a variety of unique themed summer fun from fishing to archery, basketball to volleyball.

Basketball Camp 

@ GT Bray Park - Gymnasium
Session 1: June 25-28
Session 2: July 23-26
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Ages 7-9)
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Ages 10-12)
Fee: $50/Session

Paddleboard Camp
@ Robinson Preserve
Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 25-29
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Ages 8-13)
Fee: $125/Session

Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp
@ Jiggs Landing (Large Pavilion)
Session 1: June 4-8
Session 2: July 16-20
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Ages 9-12)
Fee: $150/Session

Right on Target Archery Camp
@ Rye Preserve (Large Pavilion)
Session 1: June 11-14
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Ages 9-12)
Fee: $125/Session

Sun and Fun Saltwater Fishing Camp
@ Emerson Preserve
Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 23-27
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Ages 9-12)
Fee: $150/Session

Beach Volleyball Camp
@ Manatee Public Beach
Session 1: June 11-15
Session 2: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Ages 8-14)
Fee: $90/Session

Indoor Volleyball Camp
@ GT Bray Park - Gymnasium
Session 1: July 9 - 13
Time: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Ages 8-14)
Fee: $90/Session

Spring & Winter Camps

Camps are offered during Spring Break and Winter Break from school at the G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center – 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

Watch here for upcoming information.

Dates: To Be Determined
No Registration Fee
Fees: To Be Determined

Swim Lessons at G.T. Bray Recreation Center

G.T. Bray Aquatics will be offering swim lessons this summer for all campers who attend Summer Camp.  Campers will be escorted to their lesson and returned to their camp groups upon completion of each lesson.  Note: If your child receives a red or yellow swim band, this program is a must this summer.

Cost is $35 per session, with each session consisting of 6 classes.  Times and days vary. When registering for Summer Camp, please ask staff for more information.  

Click here for more information about Swim Lessons at G.T. Bray Aquatics Center. 
Click here for G.T. Bray swim lessons Schedule and Fees.