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Summer Camp signups under way

February 26, 2020
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

It may not even be March yet, but now is the time for you to sign your child up for summer camp at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 2000 Recreation Way.

Sign-ups for summer camp opened up Monday at 7 p.m., and in North Fort Myers, it has become more popular than ever, so much that it has expanded from 90 to 120 kids for traditional camp, for kindergarten to fifth grade.

Teen camp, for sixth- to eighth-graders, will remain at 40 slots.

"We'll get to do nature hikes, kayaking and have some people come in from Lee Health and from Florida Fish & Wildlife for the younger kids," said Lisa Weaver, director of the North Fort Myers rec center. "We're still finalizing what your field trips will consist of. We're trying to get the pricing of these places."

Among the other things the middle schoolers will learn are the seven habits of highly effective people, and they will participate in the annual cardboard regatta.

But just because there are more slots doesn't mean you can sit and wait until the week before camp begins. Last year, all eight weeks of traditional camp were full, and with only seven weeks this time around, slots are expected to fill even faster this time around.

"Before camp last year, the first several weeks were full and we filled up the rest of the weeks prior to the start of the week, which never happened before," Weaver said. "We had a lot of people waiting because we didn't have the staff to accommodate the kids."

Weaver said they will hire two more counselors to handle the demand. She added that the rec center will continue its regular programs for seniors, unlike the other sites that close them to accommodate camp.

Summer camp runs from June 15 through July 31.

Each year, the allotted spaces at Wa-Ke Hatchee, Lakes Park and Estero Recreation Center fill up well before school a matter of weeks. If you plan to register for camp at one of the four large recreation centers, you need to obtain a membership first.

All campers will receive a Lee County Parks & Recreation T-shirt. Camp sites will participate in countywide initiatives, such as service projects, fitness and wellness programs, and National Park and Recreation Month.

For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation locations, camps, amenities, and other special events, visit, call 533-7275 or email



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