Check back in January for 2018 dates and information!

  • Circus Summer Campers learn a variety of circus arts including: triple and single trapeze, globes, silks, Rolla Bolla, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling, and much more
  • Circus Summer Campers enjoy a truly unique experience where they learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance with friends and family invited to watch
  • One and two-week sessions sell out quickly, so reserve your child’s spot to attend Circus Summer Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ages for Circus Summer Camp?

Ages 6-15 (must have been born before 9/1/2010)

What are your Circus Summer Camp hours?

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (drop off begins at 8:55am)

How much does pre-care cost and what are the hours?

$25 per week, hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-8:55am, no snacks are provided

How much does aftercare cost and what are the hours?

$50 per week – hours are Monday-Friday from 3:15pm-6pm, snacks are provided, 35 minutes of circus programing and then movie-time

Do you have pre-care and aftercare sibling discounts?

Yes – take $5 off the session prices for siblings. For example a family with two children enrolled in precare would pay $25 for one child and $20 for the other child.

Do you have per day pre-care and aftercare prices?

 Before and after care is available. Before care is $25 per week and the hours are M-F 8 AM – 8:55 AM. No snacks are provided. After care is $50 per week and the hours are M-F 3:15 PM – 6 PM. Snack provided during this time of 35 mins of circus programing and movie time (schedule provided). Pre-enrollment is required, no drop-ins. Space is limited and enrollment on a first-come first-serve basis.

Where is your Circus Summer Camp located?

The Sailor Circus Arena – 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota FL. 34239, for pick-up and drop-off: heading East on Bahia Vista Street, drive past the Sailor Circus Arena’s blue and white tent, and make your second left into the gates. Map

Can I register online?

Not at the present time but check back in January for all 2018 information and you will be able to do it at that time. Please call Kathy Merritt, 941.355.9335, ext. 321 for additional information.

What should my child wear to circus camp?

Circus girls: leotards or one piece bathing suits with leggings or shorts to go over leotards; For Circus boys: tee shirts, gym shorts, briefs (no boxer shorts), sliders or leggings for aerialist, closed toed shoes. Hair must be up if long, closed-toed shoes and socks are preferred. Crocs are also ok.

What should my child bring to camp every day?

Healthy lunch, refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name, and a smile!

What should my child NOT wear or bring to camp?

  • We do not allow soda, gum candy, cookies, and other junk food at camp
  • Absolutely NO nut products at Circus Summer Camp!
  • No pajamas, cargo shorts or jeans, flip flops, sandals or slippers
  • No jewelry, watches, money, checks, and other valuables are allowed at camp
  • No electronics such as cell phones, lap tops, mini computers, I-pods, I-pads, MP3 players, and portable game consoles

Do you provide lunch?

No, but we do provide refrigerated storage for your lunch containers from home, we do not have a microwave oven.

Do you provide snacks?

Yes, healthy snacks are provided twice a day. Students with special dietary needs should provide their own snacks.

Where should I drop off my child, do I have to come in?

Drop off and pick up parking are located in the East Parking Lot of Sarasota High School for pick-up and drop-off: heading East on Bahia Vista Street, drive past the Sailor Circus Arena’s blue and white tent, and make your second left into the gates (Map). You must sign your child in and out each day.

What are the dates of the Showcase Programs?

All showcases start at 4:30 pm on the last Friday of each session.

Are the Showcase Programs free to attend?

Beyond immediate family, we ask for a small donation of $5 per person to support the outreach programs that operate in the arena throughout the year.

What is a typical day like at Circus Summer Camp?

A typical day begins with a warm up and group stretch, 1-2 warm up circus activities (like circus relay, low wire, unicycle, trampoline, hula hooping, or juggling) snack, Showcase act rehearsal, lunch, theatre games (air-conditioned time to cool off), arts and circus crafts, Showcase act rehearsal, snack, check-out, group games, and dismissal

How are the students separated into groups?

The students are separated first by age into a “Home” group where they have one counselor and two to three junior counselors; then by interest and ability into a Showcase Act group. Showcase Act groups encompass all ages and have a lead trainer that may not be the same counselor as their “Home” group counselor.

How does the camp place the students into their Showcase Act groups?

On the first day of camp, we have the student try out each of the different acts that are offered for that session. The counselors evaluate each student at the end of the different events. The students are evaluated on their ability to take direction, natural talents, potential to learn, strength, prior circus or comparable experience, and general attitude. The students also provide us with their top three choices of acts at the end of the experience. Based on the counselor recommendations and the student’s interest, we cast the acts for the Showcase Program.

If my child does not make it into their top choice, will they still have a chance to practice that activity at camp?


What is Water Slide Day?

Water Slide Day is typically the first Wednesday of each session. We provide a giant water slide so that the students have a chance to literally cool off during the week and give their bodies a break from the Showcase training schedule. On Water Slide Day students get the opportunity to fly on the aerial straps and flying trapeze.

What should I pack on Water Slide Day?

A swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Please apply sunscreen prior to camp or send campers with spray sunscreen.

What if it rains on Water Slide Day?

If rain is predicted for Water Slide Day, we set up the water slide inside the Sailor Circus Arena, or have a camp-wide circus relay Olympics.

Are there scheduled field trips?

During the two-week sessions, during the second week, we take the students to the Ringling Museum to see the Circus Summer Spectacular! We then explore the Circus Museums which are interactive, have lunch, and then return to the Sailor Circus Arena around 2:30pm. Field trip days have a normal drop-off and pick-up schedule from the Sailor Circus Arena.

Do you offer scholarships?

We do offer need-based scholarships. Please contact the CAC summer camp office (941.556.5480) to request the forms and submit the required documents prior to the deadline to be considered. Should you have any questions, please call 941.556.5480.