Thursday, October 1, 2020

Kids Gear up For Summer Fun!

 

 

By Noelle H. Lowery
noelle@coastalbreezenews.com

It’s almost that time of year again, parents. Summer break! Now, now, no heavy sighs. From the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation programs to the Greater Marco Family YMCA to local churches, parents will be happy to know that Marco Island is teeming with organized summer activities for their kids — many of them starting June 5, the day after school is out for the summer.

This is good news for everyone. According to the American Camp Association, organized camp experiences are the safest experiences for children, while also helping them develop social skills, self-respect, character and community service skills.

“These activities serve multiple purposes, especially when the activities involved allow the children to be engaged in activities that are meaningful to them,” explains Elizabeth Elliott, a professor of early childhood education at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Mindy Gordon, the city’s recreation manager, takes it a step further. “We feel the importance of these programs is to help in the overall well being of our youth,” she says. “Not every child is interested in athletics or crafts. This is why we offer our enrichment camps, especially to help teach kids new and different experiences that will hopefully help build our youth and to help explore their minds.”

In addition to promoting active lifestyles and social and emotional health, these organized summer activities are particularly good for working families, notes Elliott. “They help (parents) to know that their children are in a safe environment and are well-taken care of while they are away from home,” she says.

Cindy Love agrees. “I believe the priority for parents, with camp, is to ensure their children have a safe and fun summer,” says the chief executive officer of the Greater Marco Family Y.

Mix in the right activities and staff, and you have a winning recipe for a summer camp experience. “We have counselors and staff who are qualified and trained, well-organized and structured activities, and proper supervision, all with ensuring fun is involved,” Love adds.

Drum roll, please. Here is a menu of organized summer activities for kids on Marco Island.

Greater Marco Family YMCA

• Summer Day Camp

June 10-August 16 – 7AM-6PM – K to 6th grades with weekly field trips for full-day program participants (Children must be 5 years old by June 1.) – $700 for full summer (Due may 31) – $80 per week for Y members – $90 per week for community – $20 per day for Y members – $25 per day for community

Week 1 – June 10-14 – Let’s Go Camping

Week 2 – June 17-21 – The Magic of Camp

Week 3 – June 24-28 – Alice in Wonderland

Week 4 – July 1-5 – Celebration of Nations

Week 5 – July 7-12 – A Pirate’s Life

Week 6 – July 15-19 – Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Week 7 – July 22-26 – Wacky and Wonderful

Week 8 – July 28-Aug. 2 – Mad Science

Week 9 – August 5-9 – Island Explorer

Week 10 – August 12-16 – To the Extreme

• Specialty Camps

Girls Volleyball Camp – June 17-21 and July 15-19

Tim Cain Baseball Camp – June 17-21 and July 15-19 and August 5-9

British Challenger Soccer Camp – June 24-28 and July 8-12 and August 5-9

Seibukan Karate Camp – June 24-28 and July 22-26 and July 29-August 2

Sport N Splash Camp – July 8-12

VBS 5-Day Bible School – July 15-19 and July 22-26

Scott Stewart Basketball Camp – July 22-26

• Monthly Programs

Little Tykes Soccer – ages 4-6

Soccer Academy – ages 7-11

Youth Swim Lessons – June 17-27 and July 22- August 1 and August 19-30

Youth Gymnastics – ages 6 and up

Summer Junior Tennis – ages 4 and up

YMCA Swim Team – beginners and advanced

Marco Island Parks & Recreation Programs

• Camp Mackle 2013

“Welcome to the Jungle. We’ve Got Fun and Games.” – June 5-August 16 – 7:30AM-6PM – K to 5th grades – $700 for full summer – $80 per week – $20 per day

• Summer Enrichment Camps

Marco Island Community Sailing Center – ages 8-13

Police/Fire Academy – June 10-14 – 9AM-2PM – $40 for island residents – $48 for non-residents

Volleyball Camp – July 1-3 and 5 – 8:30AM-12PM – $60 for island residents – $72 for non-residents

Roller Hockey Camp – ages 9-13 – June 17-21 – $85 for island residents – $102 for non-residents

Cartooning Camp – ages 8-12 – June 24-28 and July 15-19 – 8:30AM-11AM – $65 for island residents – $78 for non-residents

Jewelry-Making Camp – ages 7 and up – June 17-21 – 9AM-11AM – $80 for island residents – $96 for non-residents

Jr. Chefs Camp (Travel the World) – ages 8-14 – July 8-12 – 9AM-12PM – $90 for island residents and $108 for non-residents

Face Painting 101 – ages 7 and up – July 22 and 23 – 9AM-12PM – $40 for island residents and $48 for non-residents

Theater Camp – June 24-July 5 and August 5-16 – $165 for island residents and $198 for non-residents

• Youth Programs

Freestyle Martial Arts for Kids – Tuesdays and Thursday – beginners 6:15PM-7pm – intermediates 6:45 PM-7:30PM – $65 per month with an initial registration fee of $25 for new students

Tiny Tumblers Open Gym – ages 3-5 – Wednesdays – 6-6:45PM – $8 per class

Jr. Power Tumbling Open Gym – ages 6-13 – Saturdays – 11:30AM-1:30PM – $8 per class

• Teen Programs

School’s Out for Summer Beach Bash – all students finishing 6th grade and up – June 3 after school

LIT Leader-in-Training (Camp Mackle Volunteers) – applications available at Mackle Park

Teen Trip (Adventure Island, Tampa) – July 16, with pre-registration required by July 12 – 7AM-7PM – $75 for island residents – $90 for non-residents

Teen Trip (Shell Factory and Hollywood 20 Movie) – June 26, with pre-registration required by June 23 – 8AM-7PM – $30 for island residents – $36 for non-residents

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

• Summer Music Camp

June 17-21 – 9:30AM-12PM – grades 2-6 – 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate as music assistants – $65 for the week – call 394-7242, ext. 94 to register

Wesley United Methodist Church

• “Animal Crackers”

Fine Arts Camp (VBS) – June 10-14, with a gallery showing and performance on Sunday, June 16 – 9AM-12PM – ages 5-12 – participation is free, but space is limited – register at the church

• Theater Camp

August 12-16, with a performance on Sunday, August 18 – call the church for more details

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