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2019 Summer Camp: June 10-August 2, 2019

Week 1 (June 10-14), Week 2 (June 17-20), Week 3 (June 24-28), Week 4 (July 1-5, no camp July 4), Week 5 (July 8-12), Week 6 (July 15-19), Week 7 (July 22-26), Week 8 (July 29-Aug. 1)

Lee County Parks & Recreation offers a variety of camp programs to help make the summer fun. Many camps fill quickly, so register early. Camps are offered on a weekly basis. Register for the camps that interest you, on the weeks that work for you. Register online or call (239) 533-7440. Get your Recreation Center lifetime membership first! It's just $10/person or $25/family.

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Summer Camp Open House

Boca Grande Community Center
Thursday, June 6 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Estero Recreation Center
Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Karl Drews Community Center
Thursday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m.
Lakes Park
Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Manatee Park
Friday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Matlacha Community Center
Thursday, June 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Olga Community Center
Thursday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m.
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Friday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m.
Veterans Park Recreation Center
Thursday, June 6 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center
Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Come out and meet your counselors, pick up your camp T-shirt, fill out any missing paperwork and tour the camp site! Open house is the perfect opportunity to make sure you and your children are ready for the summer.

Traditional Camp (Completed kindergarten-5th grade)

All eight weeks

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75/child

These camps offer a full day of excitement. They are the kind of camps you remember when you went to day camp. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, organized games, quiet play, educational speakers, water activities, outdoor activities and field trips. Safety is our number one concern, so our staff-to-camper ratio is 1-to-15 or less. Some of our camp locations have numerous outdoor activities, while others have a combination of both indoor/outdoor activities. As a part of Lee County Parks & Recreation’s commitment to fitness and environment, all camps will have outdoor activities each day. Camp fees include field trip costs.

Teen Camp (6th-8th grade)

All eight weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75/child
This is not your typical camp! Middle schoolers will participate in "non-traditional" activities geared towards their interest. Each camp offers a variety of weekly themes in order to provide focus on a particular topic. Activities will be tied to the theme and will include indoor and outdoor activities, games, adventures, swimming, field trips and much more.

Specialty Camps (Weeks and ages vary)

Slough Secrets Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Week 2 (June 17- 21)
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 8-9)
Campers experience boardwalk explorations, scavenger hunts, and other activities to find out how animals and plants work together to make the Slough such a special place.

Summer Naturalists Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Week 5 (July 8-12)
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 10-12)
Campers learn nature awareness techniques to notice wildlife, identify animal signs and understand how their presence can influence animals’ behavior.

Wilderness Explorers Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Week 7 (July 22-26)
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 13-16)
Campers challenge themselves in the areas of tracking, animal study, awareness and primitive skills. Examples of skills include fiber twining, shelter building and fire by friction.

Eco-Detectives Camp

Manatee Park
Week 1 & Week 3 (June 10-14 & 24-28)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 8-12)
Campers will spend the week learning about the many ecosystems represented in Manatee Park. They will go on outdoor adventures including kayak trips and field trips. There will be speakers and activities that educate and inspire your camper to care for the world around them

Eco-Touring Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Week 6 (July 15-19)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – $100 per child (ages 12-15)
Campers will travel via county vans to various parks, preserves and refuges located within Lee County. This camp will incorporate the natural beauty of our local upland, wetland and
coastal dune ecosystems as outdoor classrooms. Experiential and hands on activities will teach environmental awareness.

Camp Tahini-Hatchee

Lakes Park
All eight weeks
8 a.m.-6 p.m. – $75 per child (3rd-6th Grade)
Campers will have a full day of excitement and activities in this primarily outdoor camp at Lakes Park.

Junior Lifeguard Camp (Ages 10-14)

Lehigh Community Pool & Pine Island Community Pool
Week 6 (July 8-19) $100 per child
North Fort Myers Community Pool & San Carlos Community Pool

Week 2 (June 17-28) $100 per child
The Junior Lifeguard Program explores what it takes to be a lifeguard. The camp covers water safety, rescues, CPR/first aid, role of a lifeguard, physical fitness training, stroke development and other aquatic related topics. Many of the skills developed help put the Junior Lifeguard in good position for future lifeguard employment. Students must have the ability to swim 50 yards without resting, recover a 10-pound weight from six feet of water, and tread water for one minute without hands.

Special Needs Camps (Ages 6-21)

Camp Sunshine

Karl Drews Special Needs Center

All eight weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75 per child (ages 6-12)
These camps are designed for participants with special physical and/or developmental delays. All potential special needs camp participants are required to complete an assessment by the department’s Special Needs staff in order to register. Call (239) 267-2181 to set up an interview. A copy of the participant’s IEP and behavior plan will be needed before the interview takes place. Campers with varying disabilities have the opportunity to register in the Special Needs summer camp programs upon completion of the assessment. Working with the inclusion team, campers are ensured to have a successful and enjoyable summer camp.

Camp All-Star

Karl Drews Special Needs Center

All eight weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75 per child (ages 13-21) 
These camps are designed for participants with special physical and/or developmental delays. All potential special needs camp participants are required to complete an assessment by the department’s Special Needs staff in order to register. Call (239) 267-2181 to set up an interview. A copy of the participant’s IEP and behavior plan will be needed before the interview takes place. Campers with varying disabilities have the opportunity to register in the Special Needs summer camp programs upon completion of the assessment. Working with the inclusion team, campers are ensured to have a successful and enjoyable summer camp.

Counselors and Summer Staff

To ensure your child has a safe and rewarding camp experience, each camp counselor is carefully chosen. They have passed a background check and must be current in CPR/First Aid.  All staff undergo an intense training that includes behavior management, safety procedures, proper planning and programming skills, department standards and expectations. Camp counselors are trained to take the time to listen and help build your child's self-esteem and self-confidence. More than 60 percent of summer staff has worked with Lee County Parks & Recreation for two to three years and in some cases, as many as six to seven years. This high return of counselors is a mark of endorsement and knowledge of their passion to work with your child in a fun and rewarding environment. 

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