It is never too early to think about summer! Lee County offers a variety of summer camp programs to help make the summer fun. Many campsites fill quickly, so register early. Lee County Parks & Recreation offers a $5 discount for registering at least two weeks before a session. For more information, call the registration office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 239-533-7440 or call your local campsite location for general camp information.
Here's a tip from the registration desk: If you plan to register for camp at one of the four mega-recreation centers, you need to obtain a family membership first. This applies to the centers at Wa-Ke Hatchee, Estero, North Fort Myers or Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres.
These camps offer a full day of excitement – the kind of camps you remember from when you went to day camp. The camps are for children ages 6 to13 (on or before Sept. 1). Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, organized games, quiet play, educational speakers, water activities, outdoor activities, and occasional field trips. Camps are held at Alva, Boca Grande, Estero, Matlacha, North, Olga, Veterans and Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Centers. Lakes Park also offers Camp Tahini Hatchee, an outdoor camp with focus on fishing, kayaking and assorted outdoor activities. Hours are excellent, with programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended-care hours to relieve working parents' stress. The camp day begins as early as 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
This is not your typical camp! Teens will participate in "non-traditional" activities with a splash of traditional games and activities geared toward their interest. Teens will travel around Lee County and participate in community service projects. Many of the activities will focus on core beliefs and values such as leadership, reliability, integrity and good citizenship skills. Teen camps are for youth ages 12-16. Programming hours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours that begin as early as 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
These camps fall outside the standard camp ages (see each camp for age requirements) and offer a specific focus. Each specialty camp is an in-depth week on a particular concentration. Specialty camps are for kids who have a true passion for the topic at hand, such as Nature & Wildlife, Junior Lifeguarding, Health & Fitness and other unique themes. Specialty camps are offered at Boca Grande, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Manatee Park, Caloosahatchee Regional and various swimming pools. Hours vary for these one-week specialty camps.
Special Needs Camp:
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 Parks & Recreation's Special Needs department in order to register. Campers with varying disabilities have the opportunity to register in the Special Needs summer camp programs upon assessment. Working with the inclusion team, campers are ensured to have a successful and enjoyable summer camp experience. Call 239-267-2181 for an assessment.
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.