Summer fun: Camps at Stetson

April 30, 2012

Children play a fun water game at a summer camp on campus in 2009.

Stetson University is offering a wide range of summer camps for school-aged youth from Florida and around the country – in subjects including science, music, athletics and other academic disciplines. Camps will be held weekly from June to August at the DeLand campus.

Attendees live in Stetson residence halls and eat in the Commons. In some cases, young people come to campus with their organizations. For example, the non-denominational Christian organization Student Life brings up to 1,300 youths from across the country to Stetson’s campus each summer. Like many other visiting camps, Student Life gives back to Stetson during its stay and also helps the West Volusia community with outreach such as painting houses, gardening and spending time with seniors.

In addition to offering campus facilities to outside organizations, Stetson also offers an extensive array of its own programs to enrich young children’s lives and get them involved in summer activities that might spark a future career or educational interest or hobby.

“We will see about 7,000 to 8,000 kids a summer on campus,” said William O’Connor, director of Continuing Education at the university. “Because Stetson is in a great location in central Florida, camps are able to take their campers to Universal, Disney or places like that.”

The go-to website for Stetson’s summer camp offerings is Contact Stetson University Department of Continuing Education for more information: (386) 822-7500,

Stetson camps include:

Music – Summer music camps incorporate several different kinds of instruments to help young students improve and master their skills in double reed, clarinet, brass, flute and saxophone. These students also get to hear and perform with Stetson’s faculty.

Athletics –Stetson University’s Athletics Department offers a variety of summer programs and camps in the following sports: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball.

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