2019 Nation’s Oldest Port™ Summer Camps

See below for elementary and middle school options.


Drawing of lighthouse with talk cloud saying, "If only I could talk"

Week 1:  1st Explorers

May 28-31

Learn how the first explorers navigated here, their life aboard ship, and how they fared when they arrived. Make coquina, build a watchtower, try a ship’s biscuit, and take a look at the native plant resources that would have been available. Campers can practice some of what they’ve learned on the water with a trip on the Schooner Freedom!

CAMP IS FULL. You can add your child(ren) to the waitlist for this camp, or call 904-829-0745 x223.

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Week 2:   My! How My Island has Grown! 

June 3-7

St. Augustine has a history diverse in its population, including the lighthouse keepers. Who were the builders of our city and the keepers of the lighthouse? Delve into some of those cultures through food, art, maps, and traditions. Try your hand at net casting at Anastasia State Park or line fishing! Weather permitting.

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Week 3:   Pharology…what? 

June 10-14

Discover the masterful engineering that makes me a lighthouse. Participate in activities related to technology changes in how the lighthouse is lit. Take a look at lighthouses all over the world and learn more about pharology. Campers will visit the Lightner Museum and complete a unique architectural scavenger hunt in down town St Augustine!

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Week 4:   Keeping Watch

June 17-21

From the Spanish period to World War II, someone has always been looking out from our coastline to keep our maritime community safe. Campers will take a deeper look into our coastal history through stories from the past, maps, and documents. Take the “tower challenge,” design a modern sentinel, and create your own submarine. Finish the week with a trip to the Castillo de San Marcos to see the canons fire!

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Week 5:   I’m Still Shining!

June 24-28

I’m still looking out at the maritime community of artists, tourists, archaeologists, sailors, and other folks. I’ve witnessed many changes in my 145 years. Learn how Flagler’s train kick-starts St. Augustine’s growth to become the town she is today, and experience some of the art and food that makes her unique. See how our archaeologists piece together the past and spend some time at the Fountain of Youth.

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Completed 5th-7th Grades

July 8-12

This camp is designed to show students how St. Augustine’s people have been tied to the ocean for over 450 years. This will be accomplished by doing activities on and near the water and traveling to locations in the area to participate in varied maritime experiences. Campers will discover how people have lived and interacted with the marine environment from the early 1500s to the present. They will practice boatbuilding skills, fish from shore and on the water, visit an underwater archaeological investigation, see modern shrimping and boating operations in St. Augustine, go on an eco-tour by kayak, and more! Download the Schedule of Daily Activities for more details. All activities are weather permitting.

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Camp programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.