Register now for island summer camps

March 24, 2017
By Marcy Shortuse

Registration is now underway for Lee County Parks & Recreation summer camps. As in years past, D.J. Keisling will be leading the traditional camp, and Joe Wier will be leading the specialty camp.
The traditional camp offers children ages 6 through 13 (on or before September 1, 2017) the opportunity to experience field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and indoor and outdoor activities. The program will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 5 through July 28 (except July 4). Each one-week session is $75.
Tentative activities will include canoeing, paintball, baseball, skiing and more. A few weeks prior to the start of camp, an agenda will be available with detailed activities and field trip locations.
Lee County Parks and Recreation staff member Keisling said the specialty camp has a ratio of six campers to one counselor.
“Many activities will teach concepts such as critical thinking and problem solving,” Keisling said. “We’ll also have organized educational indoor group games, such as Brain Quest and Pictionary, and quiet play times for chess and Scrabble.”
Some of the field trips tentatively scheduled this year include Sun Splash, Bowland, a Tampa May Rays game, MOSI, Mote Marine, Naples Zoo, Legoland and Imaginarium.
Scholarships are available through the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center and the Dee Wheeler Children’s Fund. Financial assistance is provided for children who want to attend summer camp but whose families require help. Parents are encouraged to sign up early.
“Over the years, our staff has worked extremely hard to provide campers with a safe, supportive experience to make friends, provide professional instruction to learn new skills and impart a friendly atmosphere where fun happens continuously,” Keisling said. “We provide the opportunity for kids to participate in many traditional summer camp activities, as well as specialized in-depth programming.”
Keisling added that as in the past, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club has provided the program with a very generous donation to help offset the rising costs incurred for our high-quality camp, especially for field trips and transportation. None of these trips would be possible without their support.
“We thank them for their sincerity and continued support of all of our programs,” Keisling said.
For more information, visit or inquire at the Boca Grande Community Center by calling 964-2564.