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Summer camp kicks off next week at NFM rec center

June 5, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Summer camp at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center promises to be one of the biggest and best yet, for both traditional and teen camp goers.

The first two weeks of the eight-week camp session have already sold out, with the third week on the verge of selling out, with waiting lists full. Even the first week of teen camp is about full, which is unheard of, according to Lisa Weaver, supervisor at the rec center.

"We have a lot of counsellors returning this year, which is exciting, and we're going to do some fun field trips like Sun & Fun Lagoon, Headpinz bowling, dollar movies, Summer Fresh Farm tours, Jet Blue Park and the normal stuff like Lakes Park and the pool," Weaver said.

The Jet Blue tour should be interesting, Weaver said, in that they will tour the stadium, go behind the Green Monster and see how they put the numbers on the scoreboard. They will also go to Big Splash at Hammond Stadium and watch a Miracle game.

There will also be guest speakers and guest activities, as well as the annual Cardboard Regatta at the community pool, which is back in play after being closed for renovations last year. Campers will go there weekly, weather permitting.

Weaver said gradually, North Fort Myers has gained in popularity, though not to the extent of Estero and Wakahatchee, which fills up 180 strong almost as soon as space is available.

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"There has been an increase in interest. We have been building momentum as we go. As more go to camp here, they return every year," Weaver said.

While week 3 is filling up quickly, there is still space available for the rest of the summer. Weaver said parents tend to register a week in advance.

Traditional camp is for kids 6 to 11, while the teen camp is for 11 through 14. The traditional camp has 90 slots available per week, while teen camp has 40.

Camp runs from June 10 to August 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $75 per week. Get your Recreation Center lifetime membership first. It's just $10 a person or $25 per family.

There are also lifeguard camps, specialty camps and camps for those with special needs for ages 6 through 21.

Check the county website for more information.



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