Summer Day Camp

kids summer camp

It’s almost time! Kids can enjoy seven weeks of summer fun with games, sports, arts and crafts, movies, guest speakers, field trips and much more at this year’s Pasco County Summer Day Camp!

Mark your calendar for the following dates:

  • Monday, June 10th: Summer Day Camp begins
  • Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th: No Summer Day Camp because of Independence Day
  • Friday, July 26th: Summer Day Camp ends

Camp is Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Before and after care is available for an additional cost.

In addition to traditional camp settings, Pasco County, Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources (PRNR) is offering an inclusive camp option called EPIC. More information about EPIC and Summer Day Camp prices and locations can be found below.

Before Registration:

Please make sure your REC1 account is created and up to date before beginning the registration process. Add all family members to your account and make sure the information is correct.  

Registration Dates:

  • Saturday, April 13th: Online registration begins at 10 am for Pasco County families registering for the full seven-week program.
  • Monday, April 15th: If space is available, all families, including non-residents, can register for full or partial Summer Day Camp options at 10 am.
  • Friday, April 19th: Before and after care program registration for those signed up for all seven weeks of camp begins at 10 am. Before and after care takes place from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and 5 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

Limited space is available for all Summer Day Camps and before and after care. A minimum of six kids must sign up for before and after care at each site for the program to be offered.  

Click here to view the Summer Day Camp online reservation webpage:

Summer Day Camp Requirements:

Pasco County’s Summer Day Camp is limited to kids ages 5 to 13. To participate, a child must:

  • Be able to use the restroom without assistance
  • Have completed kindergarten
  • Be able to follow directions and perform routine daily tasks without one-on-one guidance. 
  • Be comfortable in a 17:1 camper-to-counselor ratio
  • If your child would excel in a lower camper-to-counselor ratio, please consider EPIC


Exceptional Play In Camp (EPIC) is a one-of-a-kind and inclusive summer camp committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for children of various abilities, ages 8-15 years old. Operating on a 1:4 ratio, EPIC camps maintain a typical summer day camp setting, tailored to accommodate the diverse needs of our campers. Our camp staff is equipped to accommodate the diverse needs of our campers, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities. In addition to a four camper to one counselor ratio, an Inclusive Support Leader will be on site at each location.

EPIC is available at five of our Summer Day Camp locations:

  • Pasco Middle School
  • J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex
  • Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex
  • Veterans Memorial Park 
  • Wesley Chapel District Park

For details on how to apply for this camp, please contact


Summer Day Camp must be paid online, and in full, at the time of registration. Only Visa, MasterCard, and Discover payments are accepted at this location.

Each selection must be paid for at the time of registration. Any selections not paid for during this process may not be available later. 


No partial refunds will be allowed during the registration period. Refunds for the entire program must be requested 2 weeks in advance and must have approved documentation for summer school, moving out of the area, or a prolonged health condition. Vacations, general illness, and/or all other refund request will not be granted.

Summer Day Camp Locations and Prices:

Weekly field trips are included in the price of Summer Day Camp. Registration will be ongoing until all spaces are full. Please call to check for availability if you are unable to register online:

  • Charles S. Rushe Middle School, Land O’Lakes
    • Fee: $525/summer ($75/week)
    • Phone number: (813) 929-1229
  • J. Ben Harrill Rec Complex, Holiday
    • Fee: $560/summer ($80/week)
    • Phone number: (727) 942-7439
  • Land O’Lakes Heritage Park, Land O’Lakes
    • Fee: $525/summer ($75/week)
    • Phone number: (813) 929-1229 
  • Pasco County Middle School, Dade City
    • Fee: $525/summer ($75/week)
    • Phone number: (813) 345-3145
  • Wesley Chapel District Park, Wesley Chapel
    • Fee: $630/summer ($90/week)
    • Phone number: (813) 345-3145
  • Veterans Memorial Park, Hudson
    • Fee: $595/summer ($85/week)
    • Phone number: (727) 861-3033
  • Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, Land O’Lakes
    • Fee: $665/summer ($95/week)
    • Phone number: (813) 929-1220
  • Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park Nature Camp, New Port Richey
    • Fee: $1,050/summer ($150/week)
    • Phone number: (727) 834-3474
  • EPIC Camp, Multiple sites (see above)


All Summer Day Camp participants must bring their own lunch and snack each day. Breakfast and lunch will only be provided by the school board to the following sites:

  • Pasco Middle School
  • Ben Harrill Recreation Complex
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Starkey Nature Camp

Summer Camp Counselors:

The Summer Day Camp team is carefully selected and screened through interviews, background checks, and FDLE Criminal History reports.

PRNR looks for team members who have a high school diploma, or GED, and experience working with children. Training is provided in safety, discipline, recreational games and sports, and behavior management. 

Summer Day Camp Resident Youth Scholarship Program:

The Summer Day Camp Resident Youth Scholarship Program will offer 35% off the total price of camp for up to two children per family.

PRNR will begin accepting scholarship applications Monday, March 18th.

Applications will be accepted until all available funds have been allocated.  Notice that funding assistance is awarded does not guarantee a spot in camp. 

Therefore, scholarship recipients must register online on registration day (see dates above). Most sites fill up fast.  The Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free Meals, from the Pasco County School Board, are the guidelines utilized by PRNR for awarding scholarships. 

To be considered for scholarship assistance, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • The Parent, legal guardian, or custodian must provide two forms of identification that verify they reside in Pasco County. 
  • Letter from school confirming current eligibility in the Florida free meal program for 2 consecutive years.

All supporting documents must accompany the application for the request to be considered. Incomplete applications will be denied. 

Please email to receive the scholarship form and get more information. 

Additional Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Requests are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. PRNR is not responsible for lost applications.
  • Applicants that qualify for free lunch will receive 35% off the price of their requested camp program. Forms provided by the school board must be from the most recent school year. 
  • Eligible programs are the PRNR’s Summer Day Camp program. 
  • Limit 1 camp program per child per calendar year. Limit 2 children per family per calendar year. 
  • Before and after care program is not eligible for assistance. 
  • Applicant receiving scholarship funds from another agency will not be eligible for a scholarship. 
  • All other possible scholarship opportunities may be relinquished if a scholarship recipient does not show up for a program without notice. 
  • Scholarships will only be granted if funds are available. Recipients will be notified by email. 

We thank the scholarship recipients and their parent/guardians for abiding by all rules and regulations and for always displaying appropriate behavior, acting in a courteous respectable manner while participating in county-sponsored activities. 

Summer Day Camp Counselor in Training:

Young adults, age 14 to 17, may be eligible to participate in our volunteer Counselor in Training (CIT) Program. This program provides teens with the opportunity to gain experience working with children in a recreational setting.

Selected CIT's will participate in the planning and operation of camp, assist with maintenance, and be a role model and friend to younger campers.

CIT’s will receive training and performance evaluations to help develop the social, mental, and physical skills needed for future employment. 

To apply for CIT Positions, please go to, Volunteer and Job Opportunities. Birth certificate for proof of age is required.

Selection will be based on previous experience in recreation and with children, school grades, extracurricular involvement, reference letters from adults, and a personal interview.

Please note that CIT positions may be terminated at any time at the discretion of management. Please call your local recreation complex for more information about CIT positions.