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2020 Summer Camp: June 15-July 31, 2020

Week 1 (June 15-19), Week 2 (June 22-26), Week 3 (June 29-July 3), Week 4 (July 6-10), Week 5 (July 13-17), Week 6 (July 20-24), Week 7 (July 27-31)

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) 533-7275. 

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Summer Camp Open House

Boca Grande Community Center
1-5 p.m. Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12
Estero Recreation Center
4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 Sign up for appointment
Karl Drews Community Center
4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 11 
Lakes Park
4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 11 
Manatee Park
Call 239-229-0240 for appointment
Matlacha Community Center
Call 239-283-4110 for appointment.
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11. Sign up for appointment
Olga Community Center
2-6 p.m. Thursday, June 11. Call 239-694-2291 for appointment
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Call 239-229-0240 for appointment  
Veterans Park Recreation Center
5-6:30 p.m. for campers last name A-M. 6:30 to 8 p.m. for campers last name N-Z Thursday, June 11 
Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center
Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14. Sign up for appointment

Come out and meet your counselors, 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 seven weeks

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

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, water activities and outdoor activities. Safety is our number one concern, so our staff-to-camper ratio is 1-to-9 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. 

Middle School Camp (6th-8th grade)

All seven weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75/child per week
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 and much more.

Specialty Camps (Weeks and ages vary)

Slough Secrets Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Week 1 (June 15-19)
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.

Art in Nature Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve 
Week 3 (June 29-July 3)
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 8-9) 
Campers will learn awareness techniques to build a connection between art and nature. We introduce art skills such as sketching, painting, photography, creative writing and more. 

Summer Naturalists Camp

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Week 5 (July 13-17)
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 27-31)
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 2 & Week 4 (June 22-26 & July 6-10)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 8-12)  per week
Campers will spend the week learning about the many ecosystems represented in Manatee Park. They will go on outdoor adventures including kayak trips. There will be speakers and activities that educate and inspire your camper to care for the world around them

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Week 6 (July 20-24)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – $75 per child (ages 12-15)
TBD

Lakes Park Exploration Camp

Lakes Park
All seven weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – $75 per child/week (3rd-6th Grade)
Campers will have a full day of excitement and activities in this primarily outdoor camp at Lakes Park.

Special Needs Camps (Ages 6-21)

Camp Sunshine

Karl Drews Special Needs Center

All seven weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75 per child (ages 6-12) per week
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 seven weeks
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - $75 per child (ages 13-21) per week
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. 

2020 Summer Camp Coloring Contest Winners

The 2020 Summer Camp Coloring Contest is to celebrate and acknowledge July as National Parks & Recreation Month. The contest was broken up into four age groups; 6 years and under, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old and 11-14 years old. Participants were judged on neatness, creativity and overall appearance. Congratulations to our winners!