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Destin Community Center

The following events will be held during the summer at the Destin Community Center unless noted. Register early, as space is limited, at or at the Center. Call 654-5184 or email for information.

• Kids’ Camp: Camp for ages 5-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon weekly Monday-Friday. The camp will consist of games, crafts, swim days, structured playtime and snacks. Comfortable clothes and tennis shoes are required every day. A swimsuit and towel are required on Fridays. The weekly fee is $45/resident and $65/non-resident. Supervision is available from noon-1 p.m. at an extra fee of $5/resident and $10/non-resident for the entire week. A cold lunch must be provided if staying the extra hour.

• Golf Camp: Participants ages 7-15 will learn the basics of golf such as driving, putting and chipping from 1-2:30 p.m. July 6 at Buck Destin  Park and from 1-3 p.m. July 7 at Golf Garden. They will actually play a round of golf from 1-4 p.m. July 8. Cost is $40/resident and $50/non-resident.

• Bubble Soccer Camp: Ages 9-15 can learn one of the newest and most creative sports from 1-3 p.m. July 7-9. Fee is $30/resident and $45/non-resident.

• Cooking and Serving: Youth ages 8-15 plan and prepare a luncheon from 12-3 p.m. July 7-9. Cost is $50/resident and $60/non-resident.

• Theatre Camp: Hosted by Emerald Coast Theatre Company for children 2nd through 6th grade from 1-3 p.m. July 13-17. Fee is $30/resident and $40/non-resident.

• Cheerleading Camp: Hosted by the DMS Marlins for ages 5-12 to improve coordination, enthusiasm, team spirit and self-confidence from 1-3 p.m. July 23 and 24. Fee is $30/resident and $45/non-resident.

• Babysitting Safety Course: Courses for ages 11 through 15 will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4. Each student will be certified in CPR and First Aid. Cost $45/resident and $65/non-resident.

• Kids’ Night Out: Ages 5-12 will have a night full of games, movies and pizza from 6-9:30 p.m. July 24 and Aug. 17. Fee is $20/resident and $30/non-resident.

• Volleyball Camp: Ages 9-14  will learn ball control, spiking, setting, and passing from 1-3 p.m. July 27-30. Fee is $25/resident and $35/non-resident.

• Dodge Ball Camp: Ages 9-14 learn official rules, techniques and strategies from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3-6.  Cost is $20/resident and $30/non-resident.


The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will hold its SummerWild Camp learning about all things related to wildlife rehabilitation, rescue, species, etc., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 14 at HarborWalk Village for those entering first to sixth grade. Cost is $150/week or $30/day and $100/siblings. Military discount is 10 percent. Snacks, juice, and water are provided and campers bring their own lunch each day. Register at 830-3933 or email

Fine Art Summer Camp

Children and teens can work in different mediums weekly including drawing, painting, sculpture, and calligraphy from basic to advanced from 5 days a week, 3 hours a day. Choose 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with no more than five students. Cost is $95 per week session in the Niceville studio. Call  279-3601, 598-7887  or email 

Sailing Camps

Learn to sail with the Emerald Coast Sailing Association's Sailing Camps for ages 7.5 to 75. Camp is half day, beginning on July 6. Limited adult lessons. Register online at, call 862-7276 or email

Holy Kidz Summer Camps

Holy Kidz Summer Camps provide a fun wholesome Christ-centered summer experience for children entering K-5th grade in the fall of 2015. While learning about the love of Jesus, children will engage in crafts, games, science, recreation, cooking, stories, songs, waterday on Friday, and other surprises. 

Session is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at Destin United Methodist Church July 6-31. Cost is $125/student for first week and $100/additional week. Siblings are $100/first week and $80/additional week. There are some limited daily rates at $35/child.

Applications are being accepted for student volunteers ages 13 and up. Call 586-8264 or register at

Emerald Coast Theatre Company

ECTC’s third annual children’s theater summer series, presented with support from the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, features three programs in three different locations. Visit for times, costs and registration.

Act, sing and dance to popular Broadway tunes during Camp Broadway July 6-10 at Seaside Neighborhood School for grades three through 10.

Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” Musical Theater Camp, in partnership with Rise Dance Studios, is a modern version of the timeless tale July 13-25 at Rise Dance Center, 4489 AB Commons Drive West in Destin, for grades two through 12.

Holy Mackerel Summer Camps

Week-long camps for ages 5 years to 5th grade will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6-10 and July 20-24 at Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin. Children will sing, dance, enjoy Bible study, skits, missions, crafts and some free time. Cost is $80/session and $60/siblings. Registration fee is $25. Sixth and seventh graders can attend as leaders in training. Call 830-3146 or email

Science Center

The Emerald Coast Science Center, 31 SW Memorial Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, will host the following summer camps. For costs and to register call 664-1261.

• July 7-9: Circus Camp

• July 14-16: Dino Camp

• July 21-24: out of this World Camp

• July 24: Lego Workshop

Kamp Kellywamba

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Kamp Kellywamba "The Fabulous Fifties"  for those in first through eighth grade will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 13-17 at Destin Middle School. Cost is $125/student and $100/2nd sibling and includes supplies.

Kamp will include a variety of visual and performing arts, featuring a fun 1950’s theme. Students rotate through all classes each day. Drama, where campers learn the “fun”damentals of theater while preparing for a culminating finale performance; dance, experience different dance techniques, as well as different styles of dance in preparation for an end of the week stage debut; and art, creating their own masterpieces with Mary Watkins using multiple art techniques from traditional to experimental. Call 650-2226 or visit

Kids' Summer Art Camp

The Arts and Design Society, 17 First St. in Fort Walton Beach, offers children the opportunity to participate in creating visual arts in Kids Art Camp. Classes begin on Monday and feature a different medium each day, including clay artistry, drawing, and painting. Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families.

Sessions are 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 13-17 for ages 6-11; and 1-3 p.m. July 13-17 for ages 6-11.

Cost is $70/children of non-members and $60/children of members. Pre-registration required by July 10. For information call 244-1271, or visit

Sewing Camp

Village Baptist Church will offer a Kids Summer Sewing Camp, taught by Lesley Brown, owner of Sew Creative, for beginning and intermediate sewers from 2-5 p.m. July 27, 28 and 29. Cost is $125. Call 974-2128 or email to book space.

Sunset Camp

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park's Sunset Camp provides fun learning experiences for ages 6-14, including dolphin encounter, beach exploration, ocean themed activities, scavenger hunt and dinner at Seal Harbor from 4-9 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 4 while the parents enjoy a night out. Call 243-9046.

Youth Village

Registration is open for the 2015 Youth Village Summer Camp at 312 Pelham Road in Fort Walton Beach. Activities include field trips, drama/theater workshops, end-of-summer community production, end-of-summer pirate cruise, fitness classes with a certified group fitness instructor,  reading circle, arts and crafts and more.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 14 for children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Email or visit