Sleepaway Camps – Driveable from Orlando

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Summer sleepaway camps are a great way for kids to build their individuality, self confidence, and character.  Living in Central Florida gives us the opportunity to have many options to choose from.  You can also pick from locations in our back yard to a few hours away.  (Updated March 2021)

Here are a variety of sleepaway camps located in Florida that are no more than 4 hours drive from Orlando.

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Camp Crystal Lake

Camp Crystal Lake has a vision to be a place where individuals can learn to be the best version of themselves.  Camp Crystal Lake is owned and run by the School Board of Alachua County, and has been going since 1948 on their beautifully wooded 140 acres of land.  

Choose between Summer Camp and Adventure Camp. Summer Camp will give campers the summer camp we all imagine with archery, swimming, canoeing, crafts, dancing, and so much more. Adventure camp sends campers on a 5 day journey where they canoe, camp, explore and play. (Available for 6th – 11th graders only.)

Location: 6724 Camp Crystal Road Starke FL, 32091
Phone:  855-651-2267
Ages: 2nd – 9th grade Summer Camp, 6th -11th grade Adventure Camp

Camp Dovewood

Camp Dovewood is a girls only christian sleepaway camp.  Camp Dovewood has over 35 years of experience emphasising physical and spiritual growth.  Campers can choose from over 24 activities to participate in during their week session, including horseback riding.  Camp Dovewood offers (2) 1 week sessions and (2) 2 week sessions.

Location: 23221 101st Rd. O’Brien, FL 32071
Phone: 386-935-0863
Ages: 7-14
Driving Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Camp Frontier

Since 1999, Camp Frontier has provided an outstanding traditional Overnight American Summer Camp experience to thousands of boys and girls from throughout the world. Camp Frontier offers over 40 activities from which campers can choose. Every session also includes a Talent Show, Campfires, ColorWarz games, and a day at one of Florida’s Theme Parks. Campers can choose from two-week or three-week sessions.

Location: 5000 Fire Tower Road, Haines City, FL 33844
Phone: (888) 977-2267
Ages: 7-17
Driving time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Orlando Parents Recommends: My daughter has this sleeping bag from Canway and we recommend it for sleepaway camp.

Camp Kateri Girl Scout Camp

Camp Kateri is an all-girls camp that allows girls to experience traditional camp activities such as: archery, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, hiking and exploration. In addition, each camp week has a specific theme so your camper can choose which theme interests them the most. With titles such as Ultimate Camp Adventure, Artrageous, Outrageous Outbursts, and Kamp Katniss there is definitely a theme for everyone.

Location: 183 Camp Shalom Trail, Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (904) 421-3490
Ages: Girls 6-13
Driving time: 2 hours

Camp Kulaqua

Camp Kulaqua has over 60 years of experience bringing people together.  Complete with go carts, water park, zoo and nature center, rock climbing, and zipline campers will have plenty to choose from for activities. Campers will be divided into age appropriate groups.  There is also a Horsemanship specialty camp available.  Weekly sessions are now open for registration.

Location:  23400 NW 212th Ave, High Springs, FL 32643
Phone: 386-454-1351
Ages: 7-17
Driving Time: 2 hours

Camp La No Che

Camp La No Che is a boy scout sleep away camp with over 1,600 acres of natural Florida forests.  Weekly summer camp sessions are available in June and July.  Activities such as fishing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, and sailing are just a few activities available each week.

Location: 41940 Boy Scout Rd, Paisley, FL 32767
Phone: (352) 669-8558
Ages: 11 and up
Driving Time: 1 hour

Related Post: Summer Camps in Orlando

CheerSurge Camp

CheerSurge Summer Camp is a top Cheer Camp for individual instruction.  All skill levels welcome for individualized instruction to improve technique and compete at a higher level.  Available for 1 week only.

Location: Calypso Cay Resort, 4951 Calypso Cay Way, Kissimmee, Florida 34746
Phone: (661) 3650-9699
Ages: 8-17
Driving Time: 25 minutes

Circle F Dude Ranch Camp

At Circle F Dude Ranch Camp, kids can enjoy 500 acres of a nature filled playground along with a 42 acre lake. At Circle F, campers can choose from over 40 different activities including such things as horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, paintball and rock climbing.  Each camper has an individual daily schedule based on his/her choices.

Location: 5301 Dude Ranch Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898
Phone: (863) 676-4113
Ages: 6-16
Driving time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Earth Immersion Scuba Summer Camp

Earth Immersion Scuba Summer Camp is an adventure, and outdoor education camp for teens.  No prior scuba experience is required.  Learn to safely and properly scuba and cave dive in the natural springs of North Florida.  Teens will learn aquatic biology, ecology, geology, and hydrology as well as enjoying activities like swimming, canoeing, and short hikes. 7 day and 13 day options are available June – July.

Location: 14026 SW 72 Terrace Archer, FL 32618
Phone: (352) 641-0350
Ages: 13-17
Driving Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Everglades Youth Conservation Center

Everglades Youth Conservation Center  features a unique opportunity to become educated in conservation and nature with outdoor adventure activities in the Florida Everglades.  EYCC will also help campers to build fundamentals in swimming, paddle sports, archery, and fishing.  Campers can also choose their eco-equestrian summer camp program.  Orientation Open Houses will be held in March and April, they are encouraged to attend but not required for registration.  Weekly summer camp options available June – August.

Location: 12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
Phone: (561) 624-6929
Ages: 3rd grade – 8th grade, Leadership camp available for 9th – 12th grade
Driving Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Florida Elks Youth Camp

Florida Elks Youth Camp is a 405 acre complex of fun. During their stay, campers participate in a range of activities including: archery, swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, soccer and the ropes course. Each week also includes; making s’mores around the campfire, getting soaked by a 2000 gallon water truck on Water Day and a Movie Night. Please note that activities repeat each week, so you might only want to sign up for one session.

Location: 24175 SE Hwy 450, Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone: (352) 431-8701
Ages: 9 to 13
Driving time:  1 hour

Orlando Parents Recommends: We recommend bringing along games such as Uno and maybe Mad Libs to camp to do during free time in the cabin.

Life for Youth Camp

Life for Youth Camp is a non-denominational Christian Camp. Its purpose is to provide clean, wholesome recreation and to give each camper an opportunity to know Jesus Christ personally. A daily Christian Bible Study is a required part of the program. While at camp, kids are able to choose from a variety of activities including: arts and crafts, swimming, paddle boating, fishing, bouncy houses and more.

Location: 1416 82nd Ave, Vero Beach,
Phone: (772) 567-2446
Ages: 8-16
Driving time: 2 hours

Nike Sports Camps

Nike Sports Camps are running across Florida.  Ranging from Baseball, Tennis, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Swim, Futsal, and more.  With Locations, Ages, and Driving Distance ranging, you’re sure to find something your kiddo will enjoy!

Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp

Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp has offered action-packed adventures for over 50 years.  They are located on a 57-acres and offer several camps to choose from depending on age group.  Campers can explore the ecosystem, learn to identify different plants and animals, learn to shoot a bow, camp outdoors, and so much more.

They even host a leadership camp for older teens.

Location: 7325 Northeast 170th Avenue. Silver Springs , Florida 34488
Phone: (352) 625-2804
Ages: 8-14, 15-17 leadership program
Driving Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Pine Tree Camp

Pine Tree Camp is a perfect option for a first timer’s sleepaway camp. Kids sleepover from Monday to Friday and go home on the weekends. Kids participate in traditional camp activities such as: Bonfires and making s’mores, pool parties and talent shows, large group games and beach barbecues, weekly field trips, arts and crafts, ice cream socials, zany sports and more.

Location: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
Phone: (561) 237-7310
Ages: 6 – 13
Driving time: 3 hours

Wekiva Youth Camp

Wekiva Youth Camp is open to nature lovers that love the great outdoors.  With 47 years of experience Wekiva Youth Camp still promises an unforgettable experience enjoying nature, crafts, and being in your natural elements.  Register now for 1 of 6 one week sessions available in June and July.

Location: Wekiva Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiva Circle. Apopka, Fl. 32712
Phone: 407-553-4383
Ages: 3rd graders – 8th graders
Driving Time: 35 minutes

Camp Wewa

YMCA Camp Wewa is an all-inclusive co-ed overnight and day camp operated by the YMCA of Central Florida. There are 1-week and 2-week sessions of overnight camp, including home cooked meals, immersive camp wide games, and over 18 activities for your child to choose from. The camp specializes in Adventure Based Skills, Team Sports, Arts and Drama, and Leadership Development

Location: 221 S. Binion Rd., Apopka
Phone: (407) 886-1240
Ages: 6-16
Driving time: 30 minutes

YMCA Camp Winona

At YMCA Camp Winona children develop and grow throughout the summer as they learn and connect with friends and nature. Each camper participates in land and water activities daily. Campers choose their activities based on their interests to perfect new skills. Archery, Riflery, Arts and Crafts, teambuilding, team sports, dance and cheerleading, drama, nature study, garden games, gaga pit, newspaper, hiking and more round out the land activities. Water activities include: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and water toys.

Location: 898 Camp Winona Road, DeLeon Springs
Phone: (386) 985-4544
Ages: 6 to 15
Driving time: 1 hour and 10 minutes






Which sleepaway camp are you planning to send your kids to?

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