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Summer Fun at Camp Bayshore

**IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SUMMER 2020: We are moving forward with Camp Bayshore 2020 and will open as scheduled.  We are restructuring Camp to comply with all guidelines and regulations set by the CDC and our local government. Part of that restructuring includes temporary Camp Bayshore operating hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. We are currently working diligently on our updated plans to ensure all campers have a safe and fun summer. Please read THIS NOTICE from Camp Bayshore Director, Emily Stoops.**

Camp Bayshore is a fun, Christian-centered program for students 3 years old through rising 6th graders that provides a fun and safe place for children from all around the Tampa Bay area. We started our program with just a handful of campers in the early 1980s. Now, almost 40 years later, we see over 300 campers on campus during a typical camp week!

Ready, Set, Fun!

Bayshore summer campers learn through hands-on experiences as our staff challenges them in fun and exciting ways. Campers enjoy structured and free play, off-campus field trips, shows, music, art, science projects, service projects, and many, many other activities.

Camp Hours of Operation

Camp Bayshore 2020 will open Wednesday, May 27th and will close Friday, July 31st. Camp is open every day, unless otherwise noted, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Camp Costs and Fees

Camp tuition includes all daily activities and field trips. We do not assess an additional cost for before or after care.

Age Group

Minnows - 3 and 4 year olds - $225 per week
Polliwogs - Rising Kindergartners - $225 per week
Crickets - Rising 1st and 2nd graders - $250 per week
Bullfrogs - Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders - $250 per week

Camp Bayshore requires a non-refundable registration fee. The registration fee for Camp Bayshore 2020 is $60 per child (before/on May 15) or $75 (after May 15). This cost covers the online registration, online payment account enrollment, and t-shirts.

We offer a $25 per week discount for additional children of the same immediate family that attend camp during the same week.

We will apply an increase in camp tuition for all registrations submitted after May 17. The weekly tuition for Minnows and Polliwogs will be $250. The weekly tuition for the Crickets and Bullfrogs will be $275. The $25 discount for subsequent children from the same immediate family will still apply.

Camp Staff

We only select Camp Bayshore staff members who profess themselves as Christians and who have an obvious love and previous experience caring for children. We conduct a background check on all potential counselors with final approval of counselors granted by camp and school administration.

We assign an adult counselor who has at least three years prior experience to each age group at Camp Bayshore. All of our adult counselors have received CPR and first aid training. Counselors, at least 16 years old, provide back-up assistance. Camp Bayshore follows the same policy as Bayshore Christian School - Bayshore Christian School is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the school's community. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in hiring practices, policies, and administration. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, school policies, procedures, and processes.

Child to counselor ratio:
7:1 for 3–5-year olds
10:1 for 1st–6th graders

Inclement Weather

We will close camp for safety reasons if weather conditions become dangerous. You may check for camp closures as follows:

  • We will send an email notification to the address provided on your registration form.
  • Call the camp cell phone at (813) 528.0588 to hear a message.
  • Check online at TBO: The Tampa Tribune under Public Announcements on the Home page. Click on “Tampa” to see a list of closings in the area.
Contact Info

Emily Stoops, a graduate of Florida State University, began her journey with Camp Bayshore in 2005. She has worked as a counselor, head counselor, and co-director before becoming director the summer of 2016. She works as the Upper Division English Teacher at Bayshore Christian School. If you have any questions, please contact Emily via email or by calling her at (813) 839.4297, ext. 300. During the school year, the best way to contact her is via email.

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Camp Bayshore 2020 Registration is NOW OPEN!

Camp Schedule

Week 8: July 13 - 17 (FULL!)
Week 9: July 20 - 24 (FULL!)
Week 10: July 27 – 31 (FULL!)

Employment Forms

Seeking qualified and dedicated Christian women and men that wish to work Camp Bayshore this summer and are 18 years or older - please email Emily Stoops.

All junior counselor positions are full at this time.

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