CITY OF MARCO ISLAND Parks and Recreation Department
Saudações do Brasil! Or, as we would say in English, “Greetings from Brazil!” This week, the kids at Camp Mackle spent their days exploring the rich culture of Brazil. Throughout the week the campers’ art projects worked to transform the Mackle Park Community Center into a luscious rainforest teeming with tropical birds, hanging vines, colorful flowers, beautiful butterflies, silly monkeys, wacky insects, and a towering Tree of Life. The campers decorated Carnival masks and were introduced to the art of capoeira, Brazilian Martial Arts. Camp Mackle was privileged to have Humberto Passos of Oficina da Capoeira and his team visit camp everyday. The Oficina da Capoeira team demonstrated how to play capoeira, taught the campers some Portuguese, instructed them on and then practiced the fundamentals of capoeira, and incorporated the musical components of capoeira into the campers’ education. It was a truly enriching and culturally enlightening experience for both the campers and the Camp Mackle staff!
When the campers weren’t playing capoeira they were challenging one another in true World Cup fashion with a week-long soccer tournament. Camp Mackle also took time, as it does every Tuesday, to visit the City of Marco Island’s Racquet Center where tennis pro, Wayne Clark, led the campers through a series of tennis games and activities. On Wednesday, the campers enjoyed their first field trip to Rookery Bay. While at Rookery Bay, the campers learned about the significance of our local estuary ecosystem, about conservation strategies, about the local wildlife, and about the impact of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. The devastation experienced by the Gulf Coast due to the Deep Horizon Oil Spill inspired Camp Mackle to lend a helping hand. Therefore, the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is partnering with 7-11 to collect donations for Sarasota’s Save Our Seabirds, Inc. (S.O.S.). S.O.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates native and migratory birds, that designed and equipped Florida’s Oiled Wildlife Mobile Response Unit, and that provides numerous community education programs. The campers are thrilled to be part of the solution and invite the community to join them.
Brazil was a blast but now it’s time to move on. The next stop on our adventure around the world is good ‘ole U.S.A.! Campers will be writing letters to the troops, playing a baseball tournament, enjoying an All American BBQ, and will be visited by representatives from Collier-Seminole State Park, the Marco Island Police Department, and the Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department. See you there!
For more information about this program please call Mackle Park at 642-0575.