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Rec Center summer camps wrap up

August 7, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The kids sang, danced, did somersaults and showed off their unique talents.

That is how the 2019 summer camp season at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center ended on Friday, capping off the best camp season to date.

All eight weeks sold out for the traditional camp for the first time ever, and the middle school camp, for children 11-14, very nearly did so, selling out all but two weeks.

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Summer campers get together for a photo during the last week of summer camp at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center last week.

Mike Rosario, traditional camp co-director, said things went very smoothly and the campers were typically on their best behavior, with few issues.

"We didn't have many hiccups, so that was a good thing. Filling up all eight weeks was great. We're looking at going up a little bit next year," Rosario said. "Sometimes when you fill up it creates problems, but that wasn't an issue."

Unlike camps like Estero's and Wakahatchee's, which fill up almost as soon as spaces become available, North saw many people come in a few days before the following week, though it did sell out the first three weeks in advance.

"By the time we got to the end of Friday, we were already full for the next week and it caught some people off guard," Rosario said. "There was always space in the past. Not this time."

Among the activities the kids got to take part in was turning in soda tabs with the group that brought in the most getting to throw a pie in the face of one of the counselors.

Unfortunately, it was usually Mike, he said, while Janelle, another counselor, got off scot free.

Tiffany Vance, who ran the middle school camp, said things went well, with the best camp in terms of numbers, thanks to the popularity and the fact people know they're here.

The campers went to the pool at least once per week and took four field trips, twice to the movies, ice skating at Hertz Arena and Sun Splash Family Waterpark. They also went kayaking, did the Wet Walk, and had numerous guest speakers as part of the library program.

And of course, they held their annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Vance has high hopes for next year if the county comes through with more funding.

"I hope they will give us more money for field trips next year because the kids want more outings and we need more transportation," Vance said.

Next year, Rosario said they would like to shoot for 120 traditional campers, proof that people are discovering that North Fort Myers is the place to go for summer camp.

"With everything going on here with the new library and places like Cape Coral blowing up, more people are closer to here and they need an affordable summer camp," Rosario said. "People are finding this is the place for kids to come and have fun."

 
 

 

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