Summer Camp

80% of M.A.S.T.R. Kids avoid the summer slide

During the summer months, students typically lose 8 to 12 weeks of learning, unless they are provided with academic enrichment. Summer learning loss disproportionately impacts children in at-risk communities like South St. Petersburg. Our primary goal, during the summer, is to help students avoid this learning loss. Instead, we promote continued learning which helps students to close the achievement gap. In fact, during each summer since 2016, 80% of M.A.ST.R. Kids students avoided the summer slide. 63% of Students attending the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Summer Program in 2019 posted gains in Reading, 56% posted gains in Math.

Have a look at this video to understand the potential impact this has on students over time.

Students engage in a full day of broad ranging activities. Mornings, after breakfast, are designed to provide instruction in reading, math and STEM that meets students where they are. Each student attends Reading, Math, Intervention and STEM classes. In addition, some have small group and/or one on one sessions with teachers to target specific skill areas. Afternoons are loaded with fun arts and technology classes, visits to community museums, zoo or other community sites of interest. There is swimming every week and a field trip on most Fridays.

6 Ways Summer Day Camps Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Just because summer is a break from school, it doesn’t have to be a break from learning. By signing your child up for a summer day camp, you can give them a chance to immerse themselves in an activity that interests them, while keeping their brain engaged. This blog post on the site of the Whitby School offers great insight as to the importance of academic enrichment during the summer out-of-school time period.

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Camp FAQ’s

Our summer camps are held at:

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church – 3300 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Johns Hopkins Middle School – 701 16th St S, Building 7 St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Your child must be 5 years old as of the first day they begin the program. We have programs for students who will enter Kindergarten in August through those in 10th grade.

We serve students K-8th grade with a focus on struggling readers living in South St. Petersburg.

  • 7:00am to 8:00am – Drop-off, Breakfast, Manipulatives (Board Games, Puzzles, etc.)
  • 8:30am to 1:00pm – Rotate between four academic classes; one snack break
  • 1:00 to 2:00 – Lunch and Outdoor Play
  • 2:00 to 5:00 – Rotate among arts and tech enrichment classes
  • Wednesdays – Swimming is a big part of our summer program.  We strive to have our students swim daily.  Schedule will vary depending upon the availability of instructors with St. Pete Parks and Recreation.
  • Fridays –Half day or full day field trips

We accept students who will be attending Kindergarten through 8th grade the following fall. Typically 5 years to 14 years of age.

We find that our students are eager to attend the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Program. It’s a very different experience than “school” so they don’t think of it that way. They often describe the program as “Camp.” There is plenty of time for students to play and engage with friends. There are lots of creative and physical activities that stretch and grow students in different ways.

The REAL COST of the M.A.S.T.R. Kids Summer Program is approximately $3,500 per student. We understand that families in our community are not able to pay this type of fee for their students to attend. We normally ask parents to pay $200 per child for the summer program. For 2023, we are excited to announce a partnership with United Way Suncoast that allows us to offer the following substantially reduced fees:

  • $25 for one child
  • $50 for two children from one family
  • $75 for three children or more from one family
We try very hard to accommodate the needs of ALL families. We ask that fees are completely paid in full no later than the first day of camp. If you have concerns about being able to pay the fee, please reach out to us via email or phone 727-490-8687.

Scholarships are available, both full and partial, based upon proven need. Please contact us either via email or phone 727-490-8687.

64% of African American children cannot swim as compared to only 40% of caucasian children. We believe swimming is a life skill, especially for Florida residents. We provide swimming lessons for those who cannot swim. We do ask that all children swim as scheduled unless there is a physical disability or doctor’s orders which prevent them from doing so.

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Ways You Can Help


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Become a Partner

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

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Pam Williams

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Pam ensures the organization’s financial, data, fundraising, and HR infrastructure is strong today and ready for scale that multiplies impact in the years ahead. Pam’s 30+ years of nonprofit experience started with the turnaround of an organization in financial crisis, leading to the launch of a consultancy providing training, transition, and turnaround services to nonprofits and associations in the US and East Africa. In 2016, Pam became COO/CFO for the first women’s college in Rwanda, leading an international team across 3 continents and overseeing administration, finance and operations as the business grew from 50 students to over 400. Pam’s work consistently reflects a commitment to equity.

Darren Hammond

Site Operations Leader

Darren Hammond is currently serving as the Site Operations Leader for the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. He also holds a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, National Louis University, and an Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S) in Administration & Supervision, Nova Southeastern University. Darren spent 37 years with Pinellas County Schools transforming students to reach their ultimate learning potential using proven classroom strategies developed during his tenure in education. While working with Pinellas County Schools, he served as Teacher, Guidance counselor, Assistant Principal and as a Principal. Darren is a passionate educator who openly shares his love of learning with teachers, parents, and other educators! He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Keisha Snead

Academic Leader

B.S. in Elementary Education,Cum Laude, FAMU 1996

I have served 24 years within the Elementary school setting in various instructional roles.  I have also served as the Mentor Coordinator for new and returning teachers. 

I have led professional development for faculty at several schools within Pinellas County.  I have coached colleagues in the understanding and delivery of the standards of reading and writing.  My love for learning is what drives my passion for teaching.  When I look into the eyes of a scholar who needs me, that is where I find my passion!