Summer camps may have nothing to do with tents but everything to do with days of action-packed fun, learning and leisure for children ages 5-18. Stock up on must-have sunscreen, lip balm, hats, sunglasses, snacks and a reusable water bottle in a waterproof pouch for the best grab-and-go summer camp bag ever! You packed yet? Grab your child’s immunization records and birth certificate, and camp away!

1. Edison Sailing Center Summer Programs

Practice Site: 13019 N. Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers, 33903. 239-454-5114

Ages: 10-18, some under 10.

Dates, Times: Varies 8:30 a.m.-noon or 1:00-4:00PM*

Programs: Boating, nature

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim. Advanced Sailing sessions require having already taken sailing and being able to sail independently. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators license required for some courses.


Session 1, 6/13-17 and 6/20-24: Sailing; Basic Powerboat; Windsurf/Paddleboard; Marine Adventures

Session 2, 6/27-7/1: Sailing ages 6-7; US Powerboat Training*; Advanced Sailing*

Session 3, 7/11-15 and 7/18-22: Sailing; Adventure Powerboating* (Tu-Th, 9AM-4PM); Advanced Sailing*; Marine Adventures

Session 4, 7/25-29 and 8/1-5: Sailing; Basic Powerboat; 420 Sailing for middle and high school students; Marine Adventures, July 25-29

Costs: $100-$200

Registration is now open.

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2. Paddleboard SWFL Summer Camp

Telephone: 239-826-2676, Email: [email protected]

Ages:  12 and up

Programs: Paddling, snorkeling, exploring, seine fishing, surfing, cleaning up, exercising, learning about the environment and habitats encountered for beginners and experienced paddleboarders. May see marine life and wildlife.

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Dates: Weekly 6/16-8/11

Times: 9:00a.m.-Noon

Costs: $250/week includes paddleboards, paddles, small dry bag.

3-11. Lee County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

Nine+ Locations:

Alva Community Center, 239-728-2882

Boca Grande Community Center, 941-964-2564

Estero Recreation Center, 239-498-0415

Lakes Park Camp Tahini Hatchee, 7330 Gladiolius Drive, Fort Myers, 239-533-7575

Matlacha Community Center, 239-283-4110

North Fort Myers Recreation, 239-533-7200

Olga Community Center, 2325 South Olga Drive, Fort Myers, 33905; 239-728-2882

Veterans Park Recreation Facility, 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, 33936; 239-369-1521

Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, 33908; 239-432-2154

Programs: Indoor and outdoor activities, swimming, games, and field trips foster leadership, integrity, and citizenship skills.

Unless otherwise noted*:

Dates: weekly, 6/20-7/29

Times: 7:30 a.m.-6:00PM

Costs: $75/week. Preregistration and one-time membership required for Estero, North Fort Myers, Veterans Recreation Center, or Wa-Ke Hatchee facilities.

Traditional Camps: ages 6-13, all nine locations

Teen Camps: ages 12-16. Estero, North Fort Myers, Veterans Park, Wa-Ke Hatchee locations.

Special Needs Camps or Inclusion in Traditional Camps: Ages 6-12, Camp Sunshine; Ages 11-21, Camp Allstar

Location: Karl Drews Special Needs Center, 18412 Lee Road, Fort Myers, 33967;  239-267-2181

Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.*

Junior Lifeguard Program*: Ages 10-15, Monday-Thursday, 7/4-15, 10AM-4PM*; $125*

North Fort Myers Pool, 5170 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers, 33903; 239-652-4520

Specialty Camps*

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12. Florida Eels Hockey Summer Camp 2016

Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway, Fort Myers, 33901. 941-400-9023

Program: Individual and team concepts for power skating, stick handling, passing, shooting, puck control, and goaltending techniques and style.

Dates: 6/13-17, 7/18-22, 8/1-5

Times: 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

Costs: $250/player

13. Gymnastics World of Fort Myers

15989 Old US 41, Fort Myers, 239-482-4440

Ages:  5-14

Programs: Trampoline, rock climbing wall, tumbling, rope climbing, beams, bars and more.

Dates: 6/13-8/5

Times: 7:30-6:00

Costs: Five-day, three-day, and daily rates available.

14.-15. 28th Annual Summer Arts Camp and Musical Theater Intensive Camp

Alliance For The Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-939-2787

Ages: Grades 1-6. Mini camp for ages 4-5. Grades 6-12

Programs: Theater, voice, visual arts, dance. Art exhibition and stage performance on Fridays.

Dates: Arts Camp, eight weeks and themes, 6/14-8/5. Musical Theater Intensive Camp, four weeks, 6/13-7/29.

Times: 9AM-4PM. Extended care available 8AM-5PM for additional fee

Costs/week: $160-$240 for Day Camp. $200-$240 Mini Camp. Deposit required.