Local Foster Youth to Experience Unique Summer Camp

Media Advisory:
July 13, 2015

Adrienne Drew, Eckerd, (727) 439-1460
Natalie Harrell, DCF, (813) 337-5854

Local Foster Youth to Experience Unique Summer Camp
Local foster teens to participate in 3-day “Camps for Champs” summer camp

TAMPA – July 15 – 17, 2015, 14 local teens in Florida’s foster care system will have an opportunity to experience summer camp just like any other child. Eckerd Community Alternatives (Eckerd) and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with local sponsors, will kick off the fourth annual Camps for Champions on Wednesday, July 15. Current and former foster youth ages 13 – 17 will spend three days attending Eckerd’s "Camp for Champs" summer camp while building their confidence and strengthening life skills.

The camp will give over a dozen foster children from Pinellas and Pasco Counties three days of fun throughout the Tampa Bay area. On the first day, campers will explore Sunken Gardens, bring out their inner artist at Practically Pikasso, and dig into their artistic skills with glass blowing at the Morean Arts Center. On day two, campers will learn about careers in the media while touring a local television station followed by an afternoon of fun on the seas with a fishing trip off Clearwater Beach. On the final day, the campers will explore John’s Pass where they will go on a real-world outdoor treasure hunt.

Eckerd’s “Camp for Champs” summer camp is one of more than a dozen Camps for Champions for children in foster care throughout the State of Florida designed to build self-esteem, confidence, character and to strengthen life skills.


  • WHAT: “Camp for Champs” Summer Camp
  • WHO: Current and former foster youth ages 13 – 17, Eckerd Community Alternatives, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 15 – Friday, July 17
  • WHERE: Sunken Gardens, Practically Pikasso, Morean Arts Center, WTSP - Channel 10, Clearwater Beach and John’s Pass