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SCHOOL'S OUT: Summer camps seek interested participants

June 10, 2015
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Education and exercise is what one can expect from summer camps as organizers set their schedule lineups for those children wanting fun in the sun while learning about essential needs.

Several such Fort Myers Beach-based camps involve Ostego Bay Foundation and Bay Oaks Recreational Campus. There is also an off-island baseball camp, sailing camp and golf camp to consider.

Ostego Bay Marine Science Center 2015 Marine Science Camp

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Bay Oaks is one provider of summer camps on Fort Myers Beach.

The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is accepting applications for the 2015 Marine Summer Camps. The nonprofit organization is expecting an exciting and educational season set up for its summer camps for children ages six and upward. All instructional materials are provided plus a graduation luncheon will be held each Friday.

Campers will explore some of the area's beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Scheduled field and beach trips will introduce campers to sea grass communities, including plankton populations, mangrove tangles and bird nesting areas. The staff of state certified teachers -two that were recently honored for Golden Apple recognition- offers a wide diversity of expertise providing highly personalized instruction. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"We have more than 70 kids signed up so far this year. I am so excited," said Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer. "Our camps are really effective. We have absolutely wonderful teachers, who are directors at the Island Coast High School Natural Resource Academy.," We have kids that come back year after year. When they outgrow the program, some of them come back as interns."

The 2015 summer schedule is as follows:

n June 22 to June 26 SEA STARS (6 - 8 YEAR)

n June 29 to July 3 LOGGERHEADS (9 - 11 YEARS)

n July 6 to 10 SEA STARS/LOGGERHEADS (6 - 11 YEARS)

n July 13 to 17 SEA STARS(6 - 8 YEARS)

n July 20 to 24 LOGGERHEADS (9 - 11 YEARS)



For more information, call 765-0181 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to for an application to register.

Bay Oaks 2015 Traditional Summer Camp

Bay Oaks officials are accepting applications for its annual summer camp that is open for children age 5 (must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1) through age 13.

Traditional camp packs a full day of indoor and outdoor activities, including arts and crafts, games, swimming, weekly field trips and much more.

Bay Oaks Traditional Summer Camp is a nine-week program that runs from June 15 to Aug. 14 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no camp on Friday, July 3.

The weekly cost for members is $75 and $100 for non-members or $655 for members for all nine weeks.

n Week 1 June 15 through June 19

n Week 2 June 22 through June 26

n Week 3 June 29 through July 2

n Week 4 July 6 through July 10

n Week 5 July 13 through July 13

n Week 6 July 20 through July 24

n Week 7 July 27 through July 31

n Week 8 Aug. 3 through Aug. 7

n Week 9 Aug.10 through Aug. 14

Partial or full scholarships may be available for qualified campers. Please contact Camp Director Sarah Mayher about the current availability for scholarships.

An open house is being held tonight (Wednesday, June 10) from 5 to 6 p.m. for parents to view the facility, ask questions and to register their children.

One off-campus field trip is scheduled for each session during camp. A few of the trips this year will include Sun N' Fun Lagoon, Miracles Big Splash baseball game, Imaginarium, Trip to Wake-Hatchee for Camp Wars, mini putt golf and more! Campers will also attend the pool twice a week, the beach, kayaking, fishing and be involved in weekly arts and crafts projects.

For more information, contact Mayher at or 765-4222.

Summer Sailing Camp offered at Mound House

The Edison Sailing Center will be offering sailing at the Mound House for kids age 8 through age 14 from Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19.

This class is currently full, but other classes are available at Edison Sailing Center's main facility in North Fort Myers.

On Saturday, June 20, at 10 p.m., there will be an informal Opti Regatta. This is a free event for our campers as they apply their skills in a racing environment. Parents and spectators are invited to come watch the fun.

Also, new this summer: Introduction to 420 High School Sailing. The 420 is a two-person boat used for high school and collegiate sailing. ESC plans to have a 'mixed high school sailing team' this year, which means high schoolers are welcome to join, regardless of where they go to school.

No previous sailing experience is necessary. Go to to register.

There will be a class offered at Edison Sailing Center, North Ft Myers, from Aug. 10-14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $100.

Learn the fundamentals of sailing and/or continue to perfect your skills on the water. Taught by US Sailing certified instructors and junior instructors, classes teach students how to rig, launch and sail their boat independently. Students are also introduced to nautical terms, how to tie basic knots and develop an awareness and appreciation for safety afloat. Elements of STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) are embedded in instruction. ??

Go to for more information.

For registration information, contact Denise Monahan at or 848-8969 or visit the website.

"Students can learn an independent love of the water and their surroundings and an appreciation for the waters around us as well as sailing skills," said Edison Sailing Center Program Coordinator Stephanie Webb.

Bay Oaks Specialty Camps

There are four nontraditional summer camps offered on the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus.

n Junior Lifeguard Camp: This camp is held at the Town Community Pool for ages 11-14 and runs from June 22 to June 26 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to start of camp. Fee is $95 for members and $114 for non-members. Call 765-4222 for more information.

n Soccer Skills Camp: This camp is held on the Bay Oaks fields for ages 8-16 and runs from July 6 to July 10 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to start of camp. Fee is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring cleats, shin guards, water, sunblock and lunch. For more information, contact Adam at or 765-4222.

n Kayaking Camp: This camp is for ages 10-15 and runs from July 20 to July 24 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to start of camp. Fee is $50 for members and $55 for non-members.

n Basketball Skills Camp: This camp will be held at Bay Oaks for ages 8-16 from Aug. 3 to Aug 7 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to start of camp. Fee is $50 for members and $55 for non-members.

Miracle Baseball Camps

The Fort Myers Miracle will hold the 2015 Miracle Baseball Camps from June 16-18 for children ages 6-8 and July 27-29 for children ages 9-12. The three-day camps will take place at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration costs for the camp is $99 per child.

This baseball camp provides 100 campers with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball from the players and coaching staff of the Miracle team. Participants will have the opportunity to practice baseball skills and develop their knowledge of the game. Campers will also be given t-shirt and gift, daily snack and lunch, certificate of completion and one box seat ticket to the Miracle game for each night of camp.

"Our summer camps provide a valuable learning experience for the campers and are a great way to keep children active over their school break," said Jeff Smith, manager for the Fort Myers Miracle. "The camp will not only teach the campers about the sport, but it will also allow them to learn about leadership and hard work."??To register or learn more information about the 2015 Miracle Baseball Camps, visit or call 768-4210.??The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class A Advanced minor league baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball club. Since moving to Fort Myers in 1992, the Miracle have qualified for the Florida State League Playoffs eight times and won the Florida State League Championship in 2014. Home games are played at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Fort Myers Miracle season begins in April and ends in September. For a game and events schedule, or more information, visit .

Shell Point Golf Camp

Shell Point Junior Golf Club welcomes young golfers between the ages of 4 and 18 to participate in weekly Junior Golf Camps, held from 9 to 11 a.m., Mondays through Thursdays, from June 15 through July 2, as well as July 20 through 27, at Shell Point's 18-hole, championship course.

Players will receive golf instruction from PGA professionals and gain on-course experience during each session. Young golfers will have an opportunity to improve their technique as instructors coach players in the fundamentals and rules of the game.

"Teaching the fundamentals of the game will be our main focus, but we're also emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship, integrity, and honesty on the course," shared Gary Keating, director of Shell Point Golf Club.

Junior Golf Camp at Shell Point Golf Club costs $99 for all four days, or $25 per day. The fee includes range balls and light snacks. Players are encouraged to bring their own golf clubs as only limited sets are available at the golf course. Sign up by contacting the Shell Point Pro Shop at 433-9790.



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