MANATEE - With nearly less than three weeks away from the start of summer break, parents across the Suncoast begin to look for summer camp options.

“Well imagine being you’re seven or even to age of 14 coming to a big college campus that’s an experience in itself,” said State College of Florida Director of Communications Jamie Smith.

SCF looks to lend parents a helping hand come summer break by opening their doors for their annual summer camp program.

“What we do is we respond to the kids. It’s taught by local teachers who know how to engage the kids and handle the kids," said Smith. "The activities again they adjust them to the kids and their interest.”

Parents will have the choice of enrolling their child in the more conventional summer camp held at the Bradenton campus. That offers arts and craft and cooking activities.

While the all new STEM program activities offered at the Lakewood Ranch campus and that allow kids to design their own app or learn online coding.

“It’s the convenience, you can do it afternoon or do it morning, you can do it the whole week, you can do it this week or skip another week," said Smith. "We really try to make it convenient for the parents because we all know that that’s a challenge over the summer, you know keeping the kids engaged.”

The camp starts from June 3rd to August 2nd. There are three sessions available for parents to choose between the morning, afternoon, or a full day. Prices vary from $75-$145 per week.

Parents are encouraged to sign up their children now to secure a spot specially if interested in the STEM program. For more information on the summer camp you can visit