Registration Open for Youth Summer Camp at Rec Center

The Sanibel Recreation Center is open to accept advanced registrations for the city’s youth summer camp and the purchase of beach parking stickers. It opens to all members on Monday, June 15. SC photo by Chuck Larsen

Registration is now open for all youth, including children of on-island employees, for the City of Sanibel Youth Summer Camp at the Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Rd. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday for youth program registration and sale of resident beach parking permits.

To be consistent with the CDC recommended guidelines for youth program social distancing, this year’s camp will operate at a ratio of one counselor to nine campers. To meet social distancing guidelines, this summer camp enrollment will be capped at 63 participants per week.

The city’s 2020 Youth Summer Camp will operate for seven weeks commencing Monday, June 15. The seventh week of camp will be Friday, July 31. Camp will be closed on Friday, July 3 for the Independence Day Holiday. The Summer Camp program is for students who will be entering kindergarten through 8th grade this Fall.

The City of Sanibel has entered an agreement with the United Way to operate as a provider of the LeeCARES Childcare Scholarship. Under this program, eligible families in need experiencing a COVID related need will be eligible for a scholarship up to $1,250 per child until the funding is exhausted.

The approved use of the LeeCARES Childcare Scholarship is Summer Camp registration fees. The criteria for the LeeCARES Scholarship are:

Furloughed as a result of COVID
Wages cut due to COVID
Laid off due to COVID
Family income impacted by COVID
Left the workplace as a COVID Caregiver

The City of Sanibel Financial Assistance program remains available for qualifying for families not eligible for the LeeCARES Childcare Scholarship.

Due to the COVID guidelines, the City of Sanibel Youth Summer Camp will operate with the following provisions this Summer:

Intensifying cleaning and disinfection of facilities
Increased promotion of heathy hygiene practices such as hand washing
Encouraging social distancing through increased spacing and maximizing outdoor play
Sanibel Sea School/SCCF will provide program enhancements
Participation in the FREE School Breakfast & Lunch Program (campers may also choose to bring their own breakfast & lunch if they prefer)
No Field Trips
No off-site transportation in vehicles (there may be nature or fitness walks to adjacent lands e.g. the Pick Preserve or the “Ding” Darling Refuge)

Click here for summer camp registration, fee schedule, waivers, United Way LeeCARES scholarship application and City of Sanibel financial assistance application. To save time, it is strongly recommended bringing the above forms completed when register For questions contact Recreation Director Trish Phillips at

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