Student Life
Summer Academy

Day Camp: Camp Banyan

The Out-of-Door Summer Academy offers unique academic, sports, STEM, arts, specialty, and day camps for children ages 5-17. With full day programs available, the Out-of-Door Summer Academy provides the most OUTstanding summer experiences in Sarasota!
* PLEASE NOTE: At The Out-of-Door Academy, the health and safety of our entire community is—at all times—our top priority, and we are monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation closely. 

Based on the information we have at this time, we do not currently plan to cancel any programs for summer 2020. Our preparations continue to provide an amazing camp experience with the expectation that all programs will start on schedule.

Camp Banyan
  • Grades: Entering grades K-5
  • Dates: 5 week-long sessions: June 8 - July 17 (no camp week of June 29 - July 3)
  • Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Cost: $195/week  
  • Location: Siesta Key Campus
  • Director: Melissa Mayoral (Elementary Teacher/Camp Director)
Camp Banyan is one of our most popular day camps. Our Siesta Key Campus offers the perfect setting to experience the old world charm under the trees with a real camp feel. Each week offers a brand new experience with a fun-filled theme week full of exciting activities, outings, and adventures! Each week we will set off to the beach to spend a day enjoying our beautiful ocean and sand. Later in the week we set off on our weekly field trip to our themed locations. Every Friday we venture to the water park at Potters Park for fun water slides. Our time on campus is spent experiencing a wide variety of activities including creative arts and crafts, cooking, outside sports and games, team building, and more! This is a very popular and well-loved camp. We suggest signing up early as space is limited!

*Extended Care is available at a rate of $45 per week from 3:00-5:00 pm. Prompt pick up is expected. Please note: There will be a late fee added for late pick-ups of $15 per quarter hour. There is no drop-in care available. All students must be preregistered for camp and Extended Care in order to participate.

Week 1: June 8-12  Space Explorers at Camp Banyan
Blast off into outer space! This week you will learn what it takes to become an astronaut, try space food, build a model rocket and a 3-D solar system, make and eat “space rocks” and a Martian Garden. You will end the week defying gravity when we go to Defy Jump Park. 3-2-1, BLAST OFF!
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Thursday: Field Trip at Defy Jump Park
  • Friday: Water Day at Potters Park
Week 2: June 15-19 Spirit Week at Camp Banyan
Time to show your best Camp Banyan Spirit EVER! We will be creating team banners, playing minute-to-win-it games, relay races, color wars, and so much more. Our camp teams will compete in a Bowling Tournament at Bolero Bowling, and end the week with a Camp Banyan Talent Show. Go Team Banyan!
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Thursday: Field Trip at Bolero Bowling
  • Friday: Water Day at Potters Park

Week 3: June 22-26 Mad Science at Camp Banyan
Put on your thinking caps as you become a Mad Scientist this week. You are guaranteed to be MESSY and WILD, and definitely FUN! We are going to be making crazy-cool experiments that drip, move, bubble, and bounce. DIY your way into various art, science, and engineering challenges. Join us as we explore science all around us at Bishops Museum of Science and Nature. Explore science at Camp Banyan!
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Thursday: Field Trip at Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
  • Friday: Water Day at Potters Park
Week 4: July 6-10 Movin’ and Grovin’ at Camp Banyan
Are you ready to sing, dance, and play music? This week we will create musical instruments, learn and explore the science of sound, and flex and skate like a gymnast at Astro Skate. Let’s get your body moving and your mind grooving!
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Thursday: Field Trip at Astro Skate
  • Friday: Water Day at Potters Park
Week 5: July 13-17 Into the Deep Blue Sea
Come explore the depths of the ocean. We will create sea creatures, experiment with ocean animals, create an edible aquifer, and discover the science of salt and water to create slurpees. We will end our week by visiting The Florida Aquarium.
  • Tuesday: Beach Day
  • Field Trip: The Florida Aquarium
  • Friday: Water Day at Potters Park

The Out-of-Door Academy

LOWER SCHOOL |  Historic Siesta Key Campus  |  Pre-K – Grade 5
444 Reid Street, Sarasota, FL 34242  |  941-349-3223  |  Fax: 941-349-8133

  |  Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch  |  Grades 6 – 8 |  Grades 9 – 12
5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240  |  941-349-3224  |  Fax: 941-907-1251
The Out-of-Door Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, physical ability, color, religion, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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