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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 12th, where every child is given a backpack with school supplies (customized to their specific school's 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 cultural 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.

Discover Jacksonville Summer Camp 2018


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 Registration Forms, Field Trip Permission slips can also be downloaded directly from the bottom of this page.

2019 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- 815 am and dropped off between 3:15 - 4:00 pm.

June 17 - July 12 ~ Mon-Thu 8:30-3:00

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:

05/28 - Vol Training @ World Relief (4pm-6pm)
06/06 - Camp Setup Day (Thursday) (Time TBA)
06/09 - Vol Training @ World Relief (3pm-5pm)
06/17 - First Day of Camp
06/21-Field Trip-M.O.S.H Center (9am-3pm)
06/28-Field Trip- Jacksonville Zoo (9am-3pm)
07/04- No Camp (Happy Independence Day!)
07/05- Field Trip - TBA
07/12 - Graduation Celebration @ Camp / (10am-12pm)
07/13 - Camp Cleanup Day (Saturday) 930am - 1pm

Donations Needed:

  • [GIVE] Financial Gifts/Sponsors (Please mail checks Payable to 'World Relief Jacksonville' Memo: 'Summer Camp 2019' 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.

Volunteers Needed:

  • [Apply] Educator Team
    • Mon-Thu 8:30am-12pm
    • Application / Training / Background Check Required
    • Under 18 considered if accompanied by adult
  • [Apply] Creative Activities Team
    • Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm
    • Application / Training / Background Check Required
    • Under 18 considered if accompanied by adult
  • [Apply] Drivers Team
    • Mon-Thu 7:30am-9am or 3pm-4:30pm
    • Application / Training / Background Check / Motor Vehicle Record Check Required

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

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