Pack those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer 2016 chock-full of memorable action and adventure all day and evening long at sleepaway camps! Perfect for children and teens ready for a little more independence this summer, overnight camps allow indulging passions for sports, ocean life and making new friends. Campers can make memories of a lifetime and meet new friends for college or career goals. Summer vacation at some of these overnight camps can turn into year-round vacation getaways too.

1. Neal Studd Swim Camp

Camp Contact:  239-405-2503

Email: [email protected]

Pool Address: Florida Gulf Coast University Aquatics Center is across from Dunk City’s Alico Arena on Lake Parkway east in Fort Myers, 33913

Mailing Address: 17501 Boat Club Drive, Fort Myers, 33908

Who May Attend: Boys and girls ages 7-18, individuals, families, teams

Dates in 2016:

Session 1: Saturday – Wednesday, June 11-15

Session 2: Monday – Friday, June 20-24

Session 3: Wednesday – Sunday, July 6-10

Session 4: Monday – Friday, July 11-15

Costs: $595, 10 percent discounts per child for siblings or per camper in groups of eight or more

Description: Camp focuses on stroke technique for all four strokes, starts and turns, fitness, nutrition and mental training. Work with champion coach and swimmers to build skills, confidence and drop time. Evening activities may include basketball, kayaking, movies, flag football, beach volleyball and ice cream socials.

Accommodations: Air-conditioned dorms on campus supervised by live-in staff at all times. Each dorm has four private bedrooms, two baths, small kitchen and living area.


Boys and Girls LaCrosse Camps in Fort Myers

2. GameBreaker Fifth Annual Girls Lacrosse Camp, July 11-14, 2016

3. GameBreaker 11th Annual Boys Lacrosse Camp, July 18-21, 2016

Contact Camp Staff:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone 800-944-7112


Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Boulevard, South

Fort Myers, 33965-6565

239-590-1000 or 800-590-3428

Who May Attend: 8-17 of all ability levels

Divisions: Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12

Costs: $545.00/week

Description: Young athletes in grades 3-12 of all skill levels become better lacrosse players through personal development and skills taught by world class coaches and players. Individual attention, private lesson and a written evaluation are only part of the amazing experiences your child can have playing lacrosse this summer. Campers engage in competitions while developing better individual shooting, defending and stick handling skills.

Accommodations: Campers will live on campus in air-conditioned dorms supervised by live-in staff at all times. Each dorm has four private bedrooms, two baths and a living area.

Two! Sanibel Sea School Reef Trips

Sanibel Flagship Campus, 455 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 33957

Contact: 239-472-8585

Two Email Contacts: [email protected] or [email protected]

4. Bahamas Coral Reef Expedition

Who Can Attend: Boys and girls, ages 15-18

Dates: July 29- August 6

Costs: $1,800 per camper includes food, transportation and lodging at the Forfar Field Station on Andros Island, a research facility part of International Field Studies, a not-for-profit organization. Cost might not prohibit participation. Request scholarship information anytime.

Description:  Imagine living with a reef as your own backyard, serving as laboratory and classroom to study this amazing ecological system. Students will gain new insights into the field of marine biology, make real and valuable contributions to coral reef research and conservation while earning community service hours for conducting surveys to identify, analyze and interpret their findings. Lasting friendships form as teens forge paths to possible fields of study and careers.


5. Keys Coral Reef Week

Who Can Attend: Boys and girls, ages 11-15, camp in gender and age specific groups

Dates: July 11-16, 2016

Costs: $550 includes surcharge for transportation, accommodations and food

Description: Campers spend the week exploring at The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Looe Key. They will get to see majestic mountainous corals, pillar corals, Midnight Parrot Fish, Goliath Groupers, eagle rays, sharks and more while learning about the Florida Keys habitat.

Accommodations: Camping is in eight-person tents on Big Pine Key with same gender and age group making friends, snorkeling, enjoying campfires and tent competitions.

Dog days of summer 2016 will be howling good times and anything but lazy at these five sleep away camps for children ages 5-18. That does not mean campers won’t find plenty of peace and serenity in their surroundings as they explore new or much-loved areas of interests while meeting peers with mutual interests. Book your child’s resident week or two for some of these camps, and get them packing for what may be the most memorable camp experiences of their lives.

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