Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp 2018

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Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp is a summer day camp for newly arrived refugee children in our community. Refugees are families and individuals who have faced persecution in their homelands and have arrived in Jacksonville, Florida seeking peace, safety and a 'reset' to their lives.  The camp provides a helpful buffer between arriving to the US and entering the public school system.

World Relief Jacksonville, Kim’s Open Door and local community partners come together to provide a six week summer camp for up to 30 refugee children giving them the opportunity to enjoy summertime activities and prepare for school in the fall. Camp culminates in a Graduation Celebration on July 28th, where every child is given a backpack with school supplies (customized to their specific schools needs) for the upcoming school year.

The Top 3 Goals:

Individualized Education  |  Access to Creative Arts  |  Community Fun & Friendship!

The goal of the Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp is to provide a fun and interactive program in which the students engage in English learning and practice through language classes and interactive activities with volunteers. This program will be designed around situational and functional topics such as self-introduction, school experience, family and common American culture norms.  We also prioritize access to a multitude of art experiences in the arts such as music, drawing, painting and dance.  We also plan several field trips to fun and exciting destinations unique to our city each year.

2017 Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp

If you are interested in registering your child (1st-12th grade) for camp, please fill out the ENTIRE Registration Form AND Field Trip Form SIGN IT and send them to Travis Trice (  Camp Regisration Forms, Field Trip Permission slips can also be downloaded directly from the bottom of this page.

2018 Camp Schedule:

Transportation is provided for new arrivals.  Pickup times will vary based on location.  Parents can expect their children to be picked up between 7:30-815am and dropped off between 3:15 - 4:00pm.


June 18 - July 28 ~ Mon-Thu 8:45-3:00

08:30-09:15 - Morning Assembly

09:15-12:00 - Individualized Education

12:00-12:45 - Lunch (Provided)

12:45-03:00 - Arts, Games, Music, Crafts, Group Projects


Important Dates:

06/18 - First Day of Camp
06/22 - Field Trip - TBA
07/04 - No Camp
07/06 - Field Trip - Museum of Science & History (M.O.S.H.)
07/20 - Field Trip - Jacksonville Zoo
07/28 - Graduation Celebration / (10am-12pm)

Donations Needed:

  • [Purchase] Financial Gifts/Sponsors (Please mail checks Payable to 'World Relief Jacksonville' Memo: 'Summer Camp 2018' 5107 University Blvd West Jacksonville, FL 32216) or Donate Online.
  • Gift Cards to Wal-Mart/Target/Grocery Stores/Dollar Tree (To purchase what is not donated)
  • [Purchase] (1,350) Bottles of Water
  • [Purchase] (12 Bottles) Liquid Hand Soap
  • (6 Boxes) Small Trash Bags
  • DIY Art Projects
    • Old CD's
    • Canvas's
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Beach Towels (30)
  • Cloth Hand Towels (12)
  • School Supply Sets for 30 students (Use the list below):
  • [Purchase] (35) Tissue Boxes
  • [Purchase] (35) Lysol/Clorox Wipes
  • [Purchase] (30) Graph Paper
  • [Purchase] (30) Flash/ThumbDrives
  • [Purchased] (30) Notebook Paper
  • [Purchase] (180) Folders
  • [Purchase] (30) Scissors
  • [Purchase] (30) Red Pens
  • [Purchased] (30) Composition Notebooks
  • [Purchase] (30) Packs of Index Cards
  • (30) Over-ear headphones (Not earbuds)

Volunteers Needed:

  • [Apply] Individualized Education Teachers
    • Application / Training / Background Check Required
    • Under 18 considered if accompanied by adult
  • [Apply] Afternoon Activities Coordinators & Helpers
    • Application / Training / Background Check Required
    • Under 18 considered if accompanied by adult
  • [Apply] Friday Field Trip Chaperones
  • Application / Training / Background Check / Motor Vehicle Record Check Required
  • Under 18 considered if accompanied by adult

<< Download/View Camp Registration Form >>

<< Download/View Field Trip Permission Slip >>

For information on how you can support Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp efforts, Contact:

Travis Trice, Church/Community Engagement / 904.448-0733 (Ext. 104) /

Silvia Almond, Volunteer Coordinator / 904.448.9733 (Ext. 116) /