Summer Camp Scholarship Lottery


The City of Gainesville has announced a limited amount of free scholarships for summer camp. Registration for elementary and middle school summer camps opens Monday, April 22, but there is a deadline to enter the scholarship lottery. Applications for the free tuition to summer camp will be accepted until Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. The Gainesville Arts and Parks Foundation will provide funding for free summer camp tuition at each site for those who qualify. Due to high demand and donation limits, there are a limited amount of spaces available for free tuition and in order to ensure equal distribution and fairness, those applications will be chosen by lottery. The non-resident fee is not subject to scholarship and certain guidelines apply.

Gainesville offers summer camp for children entering first through fifth grade at the four following locations: Albert Ray Massey, Clarence R. Kelly, Porters and Eastside Recreation Centers. For young adults entering sixth through eighth grade, Teen Life Camp will be held at the TB McPherson Recreation Center. The cost of camp is $52.20 per week for city residents and $78.50 per week for non-city residents. The cost of camp includes meals, snacks, swimming lessons and all field trips. Scholarships for a 50% reduction are available any time for those who qualify based on the requirements of the City Scholarship Application. The non-resident fee is not subject to scholarship and certain guidelines apply.

For an application for scholarship or information on the City of Gainesville's summer camp programs, visit, call 352-334-5067 or visit PRCA at 306 NE Sixth Ave., third floor.