Image of girl by computerSummer Camp Program

The Jacksonville Children's Commission provides grants to several nonprofit organizations that run summer camp programs.

Children participating in the free/reduced lunch program, those who have documented special needs or recipients of the McKay Scholarship or Children First Florida Scholarship are eligible for seats at selected camps.

To find a camp near you, click here to download the 2012 list of funded camps, with dates of operation, address and phone number. Parents should contact the camp(s) directly for pricing and/or availability.

View photos from Summer Learning Day - June 21, 2012

Guidelines for Subsidized Summer Camp

Parents who receive subsidized child care will lose their funding and be placed onto the wait list if enrolling the same child into a summer camp program. Please call an eligibility specialist at 630-3647 for details.

Children must be:

  • Five years-old before September 1 through 15 years of age
  • Duval County residents

*Family income is 185% below the Federal Poverty Level:
  • Child receives Free and Reduced Lunch (must bring copy of Free and Reduced lunch documentation for current school year)
  • Verification that household family income does not exceed 185% of the Federal Poverty level (bring copy of current check stubs or any other income received)
  • A current copy of their Children First Scholarship letter
OR have

*Special Needs with an Individualized Education PLan (IEP):
  • Copy of child's IEP (individual education plan) or current diagnosis from a medical/psychological provider
  • Copy of McKay Scholarship letter, containing child's name and date of current school year

*Only one piece of current documentation is needed for verification from either qualifying category above.

2012 DHH Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit
Income Cap for 185% Below Poverty Level
For families with households more than 8 persons,
add $3,960 for each additional person.

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Check out the Children’s Commission’s Experiential Trip Guide for fun and educational summer activities.