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Summer weather is for child campers

June 4, 2013
BY BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Now that Memorial Day has passed and children are out of school, it is time to look into summer youth camps or bible camps.

Many church groups and nonprofit organizations are organizing their summer or bible camps and are set for scheduling to begin in June.

Here is a list of a few of the summer camps offered for the young Beach area residents:

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It's time again for summer camps. There are a few to choose from, like the Ostego Bay Summer Camps and the Edison Sailing Center Sailing Camp at Mound House.

Ostego summer camp begins in June

The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is accepting applications for the 2013 Marine Summer Camps. Officials have an exciting and educational season set up for our Summer Camps for children ages six and upward. All instructional materials are provided plus a graduation luncheon will be held on Friday.

Our campers will explore some of our beautiful barrier Islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Scheduled field and beach trips will introduce campers to sea grass communities; plankton populations, mangrove tangles, and bird nesting areas. The Ostego staff of state certified teachers offers a wide diversity of expertise providing highly personalized instruction.

Camp runs from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Schedule is as follows:

n June 10-14Sea Stars (6-8 Years)

n June 24-28 Sea Stars (6-8 Years)

n July 22-26 Sea Stars (6-8 Years)

n July 15-19 Sea Stars/Loggerheads (6-11 Years)

n July 8-12 Tiger Sharks (12 Years and up)

n July 17-21 Loggerheads (9-11 Years)

Chapel by the Sea Bible School

Chapel by the Sea will host a Vacation Bible School from June 17 to 21, from 9 a.m. to noon with a closing program and lunch on Sunday, June 23.

There will be after care provided from noon to 5:30 p.m. each day for $12 each day.Sailing course offered at Mound House

The Edison Sailing Center will be offering sailing at the Mound House for kids 8 and older from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21.

The cost is $200 for the full week.

Students must have reached their eighth birthday by the first day of the session, must show an ability to swim and should have a properly-fitted life jacket, wear clothing that can get wet and wear close-toed shoes (anything with a strap). It is strongly recommended that students wear and reapply sunscreen frequently.?

Learn the fundamentals of sailing and/or continue to perfect your skills on the water. Taught by US Sailing certified instructors and junior instructors, students will learn how to rig, launch and sail their boat independently. Throughout the session, students will be introduced to nautical terms, how to tie basic knots, and develop an awareness and appreciation for safety afloat. Elements of STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) are embedded in instruction. ??Take note that Boy Scouts wishing to earn the Small Boat merit badge may be signed-off on demonstrated skills during the session.

Go to for more information.

For registration information, contact Denise Monahan at or 848-8969.

"It is a great way for Beach kids to learn to sail, and scholarships are available thanks to the local CMCS sailing club," said Monahan.



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