With school now out and as Hurricane Ian recovery continues for Sanibel-Captiva, openings are still available for on-island summer camps for families looking for something for their children to do.
As of last week, the city’s Sanibel Recreation Center and the Sanibel Sea School were still taking registrations for their summer programming. The rec center is offering a Summer Day Camp from now through July 28, while the Sanibel Sea School has scheduled activities from now through Aug. 25.
SANIBEL RECREATION CENTER
The weekly Summer Day Camp will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Florida-themed this year, the camp will include swim time, crafts, inflatable fun, trips to on-island businesses, activities with the Sanibel Sea School, special guests and more. Campers will also take weekly field trips to offsite locations, such as 31 Produce, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, Springtime Farms, Iguanaland, Skatium and more.
As of last week, openings were still available in all of the camps:
– Week 1: Now through June 16
– Week 2: June 19-23
– Week 3: June 26-30
– Week 4: July 3-7 (no camp on July 4)
– Week 5: July 10-14
– Week 6: July 17-21
– Week 7: July 24-28
Registration is open to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.
The campers will need to bring water, a swimsuit, towel, goggles and sunscreen each day.
The cost per week for members is: $135 for early bird registration, at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program; $162 for on-time registration, seven to 14 days prior to the start of the program; and $168.75 for late registration, less than seven days prior to the start of the program.
The cost per week for non-members is: $174 for early bird registration, at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program; $209 for on-time registration, seven to 14 days prior to the start of the program; and $217.50 for late registration, less than seven days prior to the start of the program.
To view the summer camp flyer, visit https://files.constantcontact.com/97af97e6001/a829ade3-81ab-40fe-bea8-0a1067ed39dc.pdf.
The center offers daily, weekly, semi-annual and annual memberships.
For more information, call 239-472-0302 or visit www.mysanibel.com.
The Sanibel Recreation Center is at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.
SANIBEL SEA SCHOOL
The flagship campus on Sanibel’s east end is still undergoing storm restoration, so the Sanibel Sea School will only offer summer camps at the Bailey Homestead Preserve this year. Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, it is providing programming for teens to young children.
As of last week, openings were still available in the following summer camps:
Sea Squirts (ages 4-6)
– Aug. 7-11: “#1 Sea Fans Week” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Island Skills Camp (ages 6-13)
– Aug. 14-18: “Large and in Charge — Horse Conch Week” from 9 to 4 p.m.
– Aug. 21-25: “Walking, Talking Fish — Sea Robin Week” from 9 to 4 p.m.
– Counselor in Training (CIT) Program (ages 13-17)
Camps takes place weekly. Openings available for Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18 and Aug. 21-25.
– “Wahine Toa” (girls ages 13-17)
Camp will take place from June 19-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– “Keys Coral Reef Week” (ages 15-17)
Overnight camping trip on July 17-21 to Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key.
For registration, visit https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/registerforcamp.
For more information, visit https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/sanibel-camps.
For assistance with registration, contact 239-472-8585 or [email protected].
The Bailey Homestead Preserve is at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
F.I.S.H. OFFERS SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FAMILIES
For those who qualify, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva offers scholarships to send youths to summer camps throughout Lee County. The Youth Summer Scholarship Program offers limited financial assistance for families who cannot afford the rising cost of summer childcare and camps. F.I.S.H. is in contact with area camp directors on and off island. Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The F.I.S.H. Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of a family’s income and expense documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the length and cost of the program and family’s financial status. Available funding is limited, and scholarships may cover only a portion of the cost. For more information, call Social Services Director Nitza Lopez at 239-472-4775.