Summer Blast Camp


PARENTS PLEASE NOTE THE INFORMATION BELOW
IS FROM THE 2019 SUMMER CAMP(S).


Please feel free to use this information as a guide to how the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Summer Blast Camps operate. At this time staff is busy making changes based off your feedback, the parents, in addition to the feedback we gathered from our camps to ensure next summer is better than the prior. Seems hard to do...improve from last year, but we will! In the mean time, check out our Holiday Camps and see you in a few months!

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Summer Blast Camp Brochure 2019

"Greatest Campers"  Report to Camp

The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department welcomes you and your children ages 5-13 to another exciting summer camp at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center and the John H. Marble Recreation Complex. This year's theme, “Under the Big Top” will have exciting circus themed activities for each week.  Summer Blast Camp is dedicated to keeping kids active and offering them the exciting opportunity to learn, experience, and create lifelong memories.

Sprinkled throughout each week, we will offer activities that include sports, art, health and wellness, and fun-filled field trips such as Tampa Bay Rays games, bowling, Busch Gardens, Saturn 5, roller skating, Adventure Island, Dinosaur World, Florida Aquarium, field days, and so much more. (See below for dates of optional trips. All trips subject to change.)

Our goal is to offer a variety of recreational summer camp opportunities that meet the needs of the community in a safe and fun environment. Register for only the weeks you need or pick and choose which weeks offer the preferred optional trips to send your child on.  This flexibility allows you to create the program that works best for you, your family, and your budget.

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

Note: The $30 pre-registration fee does not guarantee your child’s space in our camp, a specific week, or trip.  Due to our camps popularity and to ensure your child’s enjoyment in camp this summer, weekly limits on registration will be set for each week and optional trips+.

A variety of Specialty Camps are offered during the summer as well.  Select and pay for camps at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or online.  Registration paperwork will be done when you arrive on the first day of camp. 

Registration for individual weeks, optional field trips, and Specialty Camps will open Monday, April 1 and will stay open through the last week of camp, which begins August 5.

Register Online

G.T. Bray will be offering swim lessons this summer for all campers who attend Summer Blast 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.

To learn more information about our program, open a list of options below including Frequently Asked Questions.

Camp Sites & Pre-Registration (2019)

Two Camp Locations

  • G.T. Bray Recreation Center 
    5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton
  • John H. Marble Recreation Complex 
    3675 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton

Dates

  • G.T. Bray:  June 3 - August 9
  • John H. Marble:  June 3 - August 2


Hours
  • Both Locations: Monday - Friday / 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fees

  • Pre-Registration Fee (includes t-shirt) - $30
  • Weekly Fee (Friday field trip included) - $110

    Very Important: In-person pre-registration is required for G.T. Bray and John H. Marble summer camp locations and activities, before proceeding to online registration.

G.T. Bray Recreation Center Registration

Complete pre-registration at G.T. Bray Recreation Center front desk during open office hours listed below.

Mon - Thu          
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fri 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat - Sun
6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration for individual weeks, optional field trips, and Specialty Camps will open Monday, April 1
and will stay open through the last week of camp, which begins August 5.

Register Online

John H. Marble Recreation Complex Registration

Complete pre-registration at G.T. Bray Recreation Center front desk during open office hours as listed above, or pre-register on-site at John H. Marble* during the hours listed below.
Wed, Apr 3
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, Apr 10
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, Apr 17
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, Apr 24
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, May 1
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, May 8
4 - 6 p.m.
Wed, May 15       
4 - 7 p.m.
Fri, May 17
4 - 7 p.m.
Mon, May 20
4 - 7 p.m.
Wed, May 22 
4 - 7 p.m.

*Please note: Registration for John H. Marble Summer Blast Camp can only be completed at the John H. Marble Recreation Center during the above hours and cannot be completed at their Aquatic Center.

Registration for individual weeks, optional field trips, and Specialty Camps will open Monday, April 1 and will stay open through the last week of camp, which begins July 29.

Register Online

Included Trips & Optional Field Trips (2019)

DATES
INCLUDED TRIP
OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP
Jun 3 - 7
Bowling
Busch Gardens
     
Jun 10 - 14  
EVO Athletics
Florida Aquarium
     
Jun 17 - 21            
Movies
Adventure Island
     
Jul 1 - 5
***Social***
Water / Field Day @Bray        
 LEGOLAND
     
Jul 8 - 12
Mixon Fruit Farms
Jungle Gardens
     
Jul 15 - 19
Movies
Dinosaur World
     
Jul 22 - 26
Saturn 5
Tampa Bay Rays Game
     
Jul 29 - Aug 2 
***Social***
Water / Field Day @Bray
TreeUmph Bradenton
(Ages 7+)
     
Aug 5 - 9
Bowling
Children's Museum

Junior Blast Camp (Ages 14 and up)

Older teens, do you enjoy working with younger children?  You can gain leadership skills and relevant job experience by signing up in our Junior Blast Camp program.  You will be placed in younger age groups where you will help organize and lead activities, swim, and participate on field trips. (Dates, times, field trips and general information of the Summer Blast Camp apply.)

Note: Parents, please speak with your child prior to registration to confirm which role they are willing to fill; helper or camper. Those registered for the Junior Blast Camp must assist the counselors with the younger campers.  If your child is 14 years of age and prefers to be placed in a group with kids similar in age, please see our Summer Blast Camp information.

Registration Fee: (includes t-shirt) - $30

Weekly Fee: (space limited) - $50

Specialty Camps (2019)

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

When an hour-long practice just isn't enough, join us for Basketball Camp.  Throughout the week participants will work on improving their game; footwork, defense, v-cuts, rebounding, left hand and more.
Location:  G.T. Bray Park - Gymnasium
Session 1:  June 24 - 28
Session 2:  July 22 - 26
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (ages 7 - 9)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ages 10 - 12)
Fee:  $50

Paddleboard Camp

Adventure awaits at Robinson Preserve.  Learn how to Stand-Up Paddleboard while exploring nature and gaining skills on the board.  Water safety, paddle technique, and balance will be taught in the calm smooth waters of the preserve.  Learn about local wildlife with scavenger hunt games and build confidence by conquering paddle relay races.  Each camper will be provided with a board and all accompanying equipment for a fun and active week outdoors.  Beginners welcome, but all participants should be able to swim.
Location: Robinson Preserve
Session 1:  June 3 - 7
Session 2:  June 17 - 21
Session 3:  July 8 - 12
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages:  8 - 13 years old
Fee: $125
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Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp

Cast off on a fish-filled adventure and reel in some fun!  Campers will learn how to fish as they discover different types of tackle, learn about freshwater residents of Jiggs Landing, and end the week with an old fashioned fish fry.  All participants will receive a rod and reel and tackle box full of gear to take home and use after camp too!
Location:  Jiggs Landing (large pavilion)
Session 1:  June 3-7
Session 2:  June 10-14
Times:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages:  9  - 12 years old
Fee:  $150

Right on Target Archery Camp

Ready aim shoot!  Spend a week learning all about archery while developing skills on the range.  Whether your child is just learning to hold a bow and aim, or they're a more experienced archer, our camp will giver everyone the opportunity to improve.  Each day campers will enjoy a variety of archery themed activities, from skill drills to creating paintings using arrow-popped balloons.  All equipment will be provided for use during the camp.  Camp instructors are National Archer Association Lever 1 and Level 2 instructors.
Location:  Rye Preserve (large pavilion)
Dates:  June 17 - 21
Times:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages:  9 - 12 years old
Fee:  $125


Sun and Fun Saltwater Fishing Camp

Grab your rods and get ready to catch a big one!  Spend the summer exploring Emerson Point and learning how to fish.  From tackle to take limits, campers will be taught everything they need to know in order to fish in Manatee County's beautiful saltwater Bays and Gulfs.  The week will end in a fabulously fun fish fry!  Equipment for use in the camp will be provided and all participants will receive a rod, reel and tackle to keep after the camp.
Location:  Emerson Point Preserve
Session 1:  July 15 - 19
Session 2:  July 22 - 26
Times:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages:  9 - 12 years old
Fee:  $150

Beach Volleyball Camp (Indoor & Beach)

Learn volleyball techniques and game play while improving skills in serving, ball control, movement, footwork, offensive, defense, and game strategy.  A great camp for those new to the game and those wanting to improve their skills.  Volleyball coach Nancy Cothron brings her experience as both a former collegiate player at FSU and professional beach and indoor player.

Outdoor Location: Manatee Public Beach
Session 1:  June 24 - 28
Session 2: 
July 22 - 26
Times:  9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Ages:  8 - 14 years old
Fee:  $90

Indoor Location - G.T. Bray Park - Gymnasium
Session 1:  June 17 - 21
Session 1:  July 16 - 19 - *4 Day Camp
Time:  4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ages:  8 - 14 years old
Fee:  Session #1 = $90 / Session #2 = $72

Additional Information / Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I Register?

The initial registration paperwork must be done in person at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or the John H. Marble Recreation Complex. Once registered, you may select and pay for weeks or optional field trips at your camp location during the summer or online.

What are the Registration Deadlines?

Those registering for weekly Day Camps need to register by 6 p.m. on the prior Friday (if space is available) to avoid a $20 late fee.  Camp space is limited and not guaranteed.  If registering for our Specialty Camps, registration is to be submitted and paid one week prior to the first day of that camp.  Special Note: Specialty Camps are in high demand and tend to fill up each week.  Registering early is encouraged.

Are there any Limits? 

Yes, space is limited for all camps and optional trips.  These limits include minimal numbers needed to host the camp, along with a limit on the amount of those able to attend.  To ensure your child’s space in any of our camp programs, please register early as we do expect to fill up.  Special Note: Optional Trips are in high demand and tend to fill up each week.  Registering early is encouraged.

Can I reserve a spot in the Summer Camp? 

The $30 pre-registration fee does not reserve your child’s spot in any of our camps.  In order to guarantee your child’s spot, you must register and pay for that week or weeks in advance.  Please note space is limited and camp sessions will fill up.  Once each week is full, staff will not be able to approve additional campers due to programming space and camper to counselor ratios.

Can I get a Refund? 

All refund requests require a written recommendation from a doctor indicating that the participant should withdraw from an activity or program to be entitled to a full or prorated refund, no administrative fee will be assessed.  In the event that an activity or program is cancelled by Parks & Natural Resources Department, the individual or group would be entitled to a full or prorated refund or credit.  No administrative fee will be assessed.  All refund requests must be accompanied by an original receipt or a copy of the cancelled check.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  Refund requests will not be addressed until the last week of camp is complete.

Can I Transfer weeks or receive a Credit? 

Transfers or credits may be requested, however may not be guaranteed.  If the week your child is registered in or the week being requested is full, transfer nor credits will be approved. 

What are the Counselor to Camper Ratios? 

We are focused on maintaining ratios of 1:15, therefore affecting the number of campers permitted each week.  We understand this will limit the number of participants permitted into our program, however we believe the experience benefits greatly from quality of service being provided.

Cancellations? 

Camps may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.  Please make every effort to register weeks in advance so a camp will not be cancelled unnecessarily.

What is your Photo Policy? 

We’ll be taking photos on many occasions during each camp session and posting on our website, social media and other camp related material.  We will always take photos in an obvious and respectful manner.  If you don’t wish to be included, please inform the photographer.

Lunch? 

We plan to again offer FREE lunches, weeks 1-8, courtesy of the Manatee County School Boards free lunch program.  Campers will be required to bring lunch weeks 9 and 10.  Menus can be found on the Summer Break Spot Florida one week before the beginning of camp.

Swim Lessons at G.T. Bray

G.T. Bray will be offering swim lessons this summer for all campers who attend Summer Blast Camp. It is suggested that you sign your child up for a early session during drop off or later session during pick-up. It is important that you inform a camp site supervisor at check-in to ensure your child does not miss his/her session.  Note: If your child receives a red or yellow swim band, this program is highly recommended.   

Location: G.T. Bray Park - Aquatics
Sessions: All Summer Long / 6-Classes per Session
Time: Varies Per Availability
Ages: All Ages
Fee: $35

For more information, visit our Swim Lessons page.