2016 Summer Camps on Sanibel & Captiva Island

Summer is nearing! As things are heating up, we want to make sure you are prepared with this year’s 2016 Guide to Summer Camps on Sanibel & Captiva Island! Every year, our islands host a number of great summer camps for children of all ages to enjoy. Since Sanibel & Captiva Islands have such an interesting and unique environment, most camps offer a taste of the great outdoors, however, there are a few options if you prefer your kid to stay inside.

Below is a list of 2016 Summer Camps on Sanibel and Captiva Islands that we have gathered thus far. Please remember that this is not a comprehensive list of camps, and that we will be updating the list periodically as we receive more information.

2016 Summer Camps on Sanibel & Captiva

BIG ARTS – Summer Arts Camp offers weekly sessions from June 20 to August 5 for two different age groups: Grades 1-5; and Middle-High Schoolers.  Activities include photography, painting, glass fusing, clay making, drawing and more! For more information, visit the Big Arts website here, or call (239) 395-0900.

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Sanibel Recreation Center – Youth Summer Day Camp is a 7-week traditional day camp, starting Monday, June 20th and running through Friday, August 5. Camp is for children entering 1st – 8th grade. Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, athletics and a variety of games from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Register now online or call (239) 472-0345 for more information.

Sanibel Sea School – A Sanibel tradition, this sea-focused summer camp includes education on biology and old-school waterman skills. The Sanibel Sea School Summer Camp offers three different age groups, which meet on different weeks throughout the summer. This year, for the first time, the Summer Camp will be hosted in a second location at the Sundial Resort. Visit the Sanibel Sea School website for complete details or call (239) 472-8585.

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Summer Reading Program – The Sanibel Public Library hosts the Summer Reading Program for teens and elementary school students. Kids will enjoy games, crafts, popcorn, and of course fun reading for all ages. The camp will run from June 6 – July 28 this year, with no additional cost for Library members. For more information, visit the Sanibel Public Library website here, or call Deanna Evans at (239) 472-2483.

Junior Sailing Camp – The Captiva Island Yacht Club is hosting their annual Junior Sailing Camp this Summer. The first session begins mid-June and goes over the basics of kayaking and sailing. The second session starts mid-July and teaches more advanced skills to campers. Programs are 10 days in duration (Monday-Friday) for those over the age of 8. For more information, visit the Captiva Island Yacht Club website, or call the club at (239) 472-4133.

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Junior Tennis Clinics – The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club offers a Summer Tennis Program for members and non-members alike. The camp runs from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday throughout the Summer.  Junior Golf Clinics – The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club also offers a Summer Golf Program. The camp runs from 9:00am-12:00 Noon, Tuesday-Thursday throughout the Summer. For more information on these programs, please email Jean@blackwoodtennis.com or call (239) 472-3522.

Summer Tennis Camp – Sundial Resort is hosting a Summer Tennis Camp on Sanibel from June 13 – August 4. The camp runs Monday-Thursday, from 10:30am-1:30pm, for ages 6-14 at all skill levels.  Kids will enjoy tennis instruction and play, plus fun activities and pool time. For more information and to register call 239-395-6037 or email tennis@sundialresort.com.

Nature Explorers Day Camp – J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a week-long day camp for middle-school aged explorers. Each week will accommodate up to 14 explorers, who will enjoy nature photography, wildlife walks, saltwater fishing, kayaking and much more. For more information, visit the Ding Darling website here or call (239) 472-1100.

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As I mentioned, this is not a comprehensive list of Summer Camps on Sanibel & Captiva Island, but it is a great list to get you started! I know from experience that these camps fill up quickly! So, don’t wait on registering your kids to attend. They’re going to have a blast.

If you have any suggestions or know of any other camps we can add to the list, please feel free to contact me at 239-472-1950 or via email at susan@mccallionrealty.com.

Susan McCallion About Susan McCallion

Meet "Your Favorite Redhead." Susan was exposed to real estate while young with her parent's 8 Re/MAX offices in Connecticut! In 2008, Susan and Jim became permanent Sanibel residents, starting McCallion & McCallion to bring a fresh approach to real estate.