OLDSMAR – It might not be summer yet, even if Florida sometimes seems to be the land of perpetual summer, but in Oldsmar, it really kicks off on May 2.
That’s the day when the City of Oldsmar will host its annual golf tournament at The Eagles Golf Club in Odessa. It’s an annual rite of spring that raises money to ensure that the children of Oldsmar have a great summer. It’s the 15th annual event and features a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The event is about golf, but it’s also a big deal that helps fund the Oldsmar summer youth program.
The camps are for youngsters aged 5 to 12 and is an effort by Oldsmar to make sure they do more than texting and video games in the summer.
There will be daily sports activities, arts and crafts, and weekly field trips for the campers and plenty of time to spend outdoors.
“Our summer camp programs are at prices that are so much lower when you compare them to other camps,” said Brittany Riefler, recreation supervisor for Oldsmar. “The golf tournament is a special event, but everything goes to the kids.”
There are plenty of camps going on in Oldsmar. There are two-day camps, full-session camps that will run from June 9 to Aug. 15, and half-session camps that go for five weeks. Camps run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be two fishing camps, one from June 23 to 27, and another from July 14 to 18. The fishing camps provide information on fish and their habitats, various fishing techniques, and will hopefully cultivate a new crop of anglers.
There are two fishing events this summer. For the kids, there is the Bob Seymour Jr. Memorial Kids Fishing Derby on June 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at R.E. Olds Park. It is a free events for kids aged 5 to 16. Parents must be available to help their children bait their lines, cast their lines, and help take the fish off the hooks.
On June 14, the adults get their chance to have fun with the adult Bob Seymour Jr. Fishing Tournament. That will run from 7 a.m. to noon at the Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve Shelter 3. It is for ages 17 and up and it is free.
There are numerous fishing camps throughout the summer.
Riefler said that campers will leave with an appreciation for the sport of fishing and the knowledge needed for ethical angling.
The golf tournament is the main fundraiser that supports the camps, but Reifler said Oldsmar isn’t looking to get rich off the activities.
“It’s our way to say thanks to the business community,” she said. “The golf is popular, but we have about 60 kids in our camp and it helps support the camps. We don’t make a lot of money off the camps, but it’s fun for the kids.”
For information on the City of Oldsmar Golf Tournament, call (813) 749-1260. For information on the Oldsmar Summer Camp, call (813) 749-1152.