Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center Day Camp recap

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – The Day Camp at Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center has wrapped up for the summer of 2023. The Center hosted eight weeks of Day Camp and a Fishing Camp. The day camps averaged 60 kids per week, between the ages of 7 to 12. Campers enjoyed activities like swimming, arts and crafts, climbing wall, archery, and kayaking. The Children’s Trust of Alachua County and the Friends of Cuscowilla provided scholarships for the Day Camp. 

New this summer, campers took field trips that included the Santa Fe Zoo, Poe Springs, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, and the Hippodrome Theater. Swim lessons were provided for those who needed them. Campers spent a week with the UF/IFAS Extension of Alachua County, where they were exposed to skills like cooking, survival, livestock knowledge, and nature. 

“The field trips gave our campers new experiences to explore right here in Alachua County. I am so grateful for the staff and our many partners who came out this summer to make it a huge success,” said Camp Manager Jamie Bass. “Swim lessons provided confidence and life-saving skills to so many of our campers. We will be enhancing the program and adding it again next summer.”

Summer 2024 registration will open in early Spring 2024.

Learn more about Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center.