provided to The Santiva Chronicle
In Sanibel Sea School’s fourth week of summer camp, counselors and staff were busy with multiple camps for kids from four years old all the way to 17. Two camps were offered out of the Flagship campus – “Let’s Get Co-Conutty,” for kids ages 6-13, as well as “Wahine Toa,” an all-girls paddleboarding camp.
Over at the Bailey Homestead, an additional section of Co-Conutty Week was added to accommodate this week’s popular demand and a limited camp for kids ages 4-6 years old was offered themed “Little Crabby Week.”
“It is great to be back in the hustle and bustle of summer camp season,” said Director Nicole Finnicum. “We just love having kids out all over Sanibel exploring, learning new skills, and having fun.”
In coconut week, campers spent their days learning about the popular tropical fruits. They painted coconuts, dissected coconuts, and even learned how to crack one open! Campers also did their best coconut impressions by putting on lifejackets and floating in the sea to demonstrate how coconuts drift with the currents.
Over at the Homestead, the littlest campers at Sanibel Sea School learned all about crabs. They explored the ocean for different types of crabs using both seine nets and even set out a crab trap. Campers also snorkeled to search for crabs crawling across the seafloor. For many of the kids this was their first time using a snorkel, so our counselors taught snorkeling techniques and allowed the campers to get comfortable in the water.
For the teens, an all-girls paddleboarding camp was offered for campers ages 13-17 years old. The girls set out on paddling adventures throughout the week, including a mangrove paddle near Bowman’s Beach and a paddle around Fisherman’s Key where they spotted several nurse sharks.
Sanibel Sea School camps are full until mid-August. If you would like information about future camps, visit https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/contact-us to request to be added to the summer camp mailing list.
Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.