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Summer camps are back for 2021! Use our quick reference chart below to find the b NAME

ADDRESS

PHONE

Artis-Naples

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples

239-254-2643

Backstage Dance Academy

13020 Livingston Rd., #8, Naples

239-566-3535

Beyond Summer Bible Camp

Peace Lutheran Early Learning Center, 9850 Immokalee Rd., Naples

239-354-9140

Camp Shalom

4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples

239-455-3227

Camp MendingHeart

Avow Kids, Naples

239-261-4404

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs

239-495-8989

Children’s Montessori School

2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples

239-593-6668

City of Naples

Various locations in Naples

239-213-3020

Community School of Naples

13275 Livingston Rd., Naples

239-597-7575

Dance Arts By Maria

5610 Yahl St., #10, Naples

239-513-6999

First Baptist Church Naples

3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples

239-597-6057

The Garden School of Naples

6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples

239-424-9084

Girls On the Run

Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples

239-450-5501

Glow Dance & Art Academy

7740 Preserve Lane #9, Naples

929-429-9655

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

15080 Livingston Rd., Naples

239-514-0084

Greater Naples YMCA

5450 YMCA Rd., Naples

239-963-3775

Gulf Coast Performance

1719 Trade Center Way, Unit 2, Naples

239-961-7961

Jump Start Kids Dance

Fleischmann Park & Marco YMCA

239-946-4776

Jump Start Kids Golf

Fleischmann Park & Alico Family Golf

239-946-4776

KidzAct Youth Theatre

701 5th Ave. S., Naples

239-434-7340

Montessori Academy of Naples

2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples

239-597-2255

Mr. D’s Enrichment Academy

Virtual

201-450-7043

Naples Art

585 Park St., Naples

239-262-6517

Naples Performing Arts Center

5450 YMCA Rd., Naples

239-325-8789

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

1590 Goodlette Rd., Naples

239-262-5409

The Rock Youth Camp

RYC Everglades Campus, Golden Gate Estates, Naples

239-248-2706

Royal Palm Academy

16100 Livingston Rd., Naples

239-594-9888

South Breeze Day Camp

7100 Davis Blvd., Naples

239-213-8001

Scuba Outfitters

950 3rd Ave. N., Naples

239-280-5500

Star Academy at Gulfshore Playhouse

755 8th Ave. S., Naples

239-261-7529

Summer Institute for Marine Science

Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Rd., Naples

239-530-5989

Wellfit Girls Adventure Camp

6240 Shirley St., #204, Naples

239-333-9502

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best camps for your kids, and then turn to the listings starting on page 16 for details. WEBSITE

AGES

DATES

TYPE

https://artisnaples.org

2nd grade-18 years

June 14-July 2

Performing & Visual Arts

www.bdanaples.com

3-8 years

June & July

Dance

https://peacekidsnaples.org

K to 8th grade

June 7-July 30

General

www.templeshalompreschoolnaples.org

1-5 years

June 7-July 23

General

https://avowcares.org

All ages

Varies

Specialty

http://www.artcenterbonita.org

4-18

June-August

Visual & Performing Arts, Specialty

www.childmont.com

1-6 years

June & July

General & VPK

www.naplesgov.com

Pre-K to teens

June-August

General & Specialty

www.communityschoolnaples.org

PreK3-18

June & July

General, Academic, Sports

www.naplesdancearts.com

3-11 years

June 14-July 30

Dance

http://fbcn.org/vbs

4 years to 5th grade

June 21-25

Vacation Bible School

http://gardenschoolnaples.com

2-6 years

June 1-25

General

www.gotrswfl.org/camp-gotr

Grades 3-5

June 14-25

General

http://www.glowfl.com

All ages

June 14-Aug. 6

Performing & Visual Arts

https://cmon.org

Grades K-5

June-August

General

https://greaternaplesymca.org

5-18 years

June-August

General, Sports, Performing Arts

www.gulfcoastperform.com

Tweens & Teens

June-August

Sports

www.jumpstartdance.com

3+ years

July 19-Aug. 6

Dance

www.jumpstartkidsgolf.com

3-6 years

July 12-16 & July 26-30

Sports

https://naplesplayers.org

4-17 years

Starts June 21

Performing Arts

www.naplesmontessori.org

3-12 years

June & July

General

https://cutt.ly/Ql9DKi8

8-18

June-August

Academic

https://naplesart.org

5-17 years old

June 21-July 30

Visual Arts

www.naplesperformingartscenter.com

3+ years

June 14-August 6

Performing Arts

www.napleszoo.org/camp-wild

5-12 years

June & July

General

www.therockyouthcamp.com

Grades 1-8

June 14-Aug. 6

General

www.royalpalmacademy.org

3-14 years

June 7-July 16

General

www.southbreezedaycamp.com

3 years to 8th grade

June 14-July 30

General

www.scubaoutfittersnaples.com

8-17 years

June-August

Sports

www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org

6-13 years

June 14-July 9

Performing Arts

https://rookerybay.org

Grades 8-10

June & July

Nature & Science

https://wellfitgirls.org

Middle school girls

July 12-30

Sports/Leadership

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Naples Performing Arts Center Summer Camps Afternoon Dance Classes Summer Show June 14 through August 6

AGES 3 AND UP Register Online: NaplesPerformingArtsCenter.com 5450 YMCA Road

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Naples, FL

239-325-8789

Camps marked with b offer either special needs camps or accommodation/inclusion options. Please contact the individual camp for details.

ARTS CAMPS ARTIS-NAPLES 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 239-254-2643 x https://artisnaples.org Artis-Naples offers kids the opportunity to explore visual and performing arts in 2021. Summer music camps include: Youth Symphonia Camp for string players ages 10-17, June14-18, 9 a.m. to noon; Youth Chamber Camp for string, wind, and brass players ages 12-18, June 21-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Youth Jazz Camp for jazz musicians ages 12-17, June 28-July 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visual arts camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include: ArtSmart Explorers for grades 2-5, June 14-18; and ArtSmart Masters for grades 4-8, June 21-25 and June 28-July 2. Safety protocols include face masks, social distancing, and temperature scans. BACKSTAGE DANCE ACADEMY 13020 Livingston Rd., #8, Naples 239-566-3535 www.bdanaples.com We offer weekly thematic five-day dance camps for children ages 3-8. Our structured, fun-filled camps include multiple styles of dance, arts & crafts, and other fun dance activities that will keep your dancer focused and provide happy memories. Each week will conclude with an in-studio demonstration, so bring your cameras.

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CENTERS FOR THE ARTS BONITA SPRINGS 10150 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs 239-495-8989 x http://www.artcenterbonita.org The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs provides a safe and active environment for your child. We welcome kids ages 4-18 to our innovative summer camp program, which includes art, film, dance, theater, science and technology, cooking and more. Pick the courses and times best for you. Full- and half-day options, as well as before, lunch, and after care available. DANCE ARTS BY MARIA 5610 Yahl St., #10, Naples 239-513-6999 x www.naplesdancearts.com Dance Arts by Maria offer summer dance camps for ages 3-11 and incorporate dance, arts & crafts, and activities from June 14-July 30. Summer intensive programs are for serious dancer ages 10-18 and involve several styles of dance in an intensive atmosphere. Summer classes are offered for ages 2-18 for all levels in all styles. GLOW DANCE & ART ACADEMY 7740 Preserve Lane #9, ​Naples 929-429-9655 x http://www.glowfl.com We are running a half-day and full-day camp options June 15-Aug. 6. Our typical camp day will include six classes (dance classes of different styles and ages taught by Iveta Lukosiute, art classes taught by an MFA certified art teacher, yoga classes, meditation and mindfulness techniques, play, games, and relaxation. All supplies are included. Campers provide their own lunch.

Jump Start Kids 239-946-4776 Golf Lessons for Kids Ages 3-6

• CONNECT • PLAY • EMPOWER

JumpStartKidsGolf.com Dance classes for ages 18 months and up!

• Classes offered: Parent & Child, Creative Movement, Jazz, & Ballet

• Private and group lessons available

• No long-term commitment • Qualified adult instructors • Birthday parties

• Visit jumpstartdance.com for current class schedule

Children’s Montessori School SUMMER CAMP

Animal Discoveries Campers Ages 12 months to Pre-K/K 239-593-6668 childmont101@gmail.com NEAPOLITANfamily • Summer Camp Guide 2021

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r e m m Su C A M P at

SKILLS-BASED and P E R F O R M A N C E CLASSES

FOR AGES 4-17 Acting, singing, dancing, teamwork, friends, and fun are all in store at our KidzAct Summer Arts Camp at TNP

S TA R T I N G J U N E 2 1

YO U NG PERF ORMER’ S EDITION

LEARN MORE & SIGN UP AT: NaplesPlayers.org Need-based scholarships are available. Application available online.

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JUMP START KIDS DANCE Fleischmann Park & Marco YMCA 239-946-4776 x www.jumpstartdance.com

Forming Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Daily dance instruction, arts & crafts, dress up, story time, dance themed games, and an end-of-week mini performance. Snack provided. At Fleischmann Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., $175: Dancing Princess Camp for ages 5-8, July 19-23; and Dancing Divas Camp for ages 7-10, Aug. 2-6. At Marco YMCA, 12-3 p.m.: Dance Camp for ages 3+, July 26-30, $150 Marco YMCA member/$175 nonmember. b KIDZACT YOUTH THEATRE OF THE NAPLES PLAYERS 701 5th Ave. S., Naples 239-434-7340, ext. 127 x https://naplesplayers.org KidzAct Summer Camp at The Naples Players provides acting, singing, dancing, and performance-based classes and activities for children and teens ages 4-17 starting June 21. Summer shows include The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid Jr., and Wedding Singer Teen. Limited, need-based scholarships are available.

Uncommon Education = Extraordinary Results Providing the Best in Private Catholic Education for Grades PreK through 8th

Royal Palm Academy

NAPLES ART 585 Park St., Naples 239-262-6517 x https://naplesart.org Naples Art’s popular ARTScool for children ages 5-17 includes six different weekly sessions in a variety of subjects, with two class times daily, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. ARTScool curriculum offers project-based learning that incorporates math, science, language, history, technology, and design into creative courses. June 21-July 30. $125 per week.

239.594.9888 | www.royalpalmacademy.org 16100 Livingston Road | Naples | Florida 34110

Don’t miss our Summer Camp!

Accredited by: Florida Catholic Conference (formally affiliated with the Diocese of Venice, FL), Florida Council of Independent Schools, and National Association of Private Catholic Independent Schools. Royal Palm Academy admits students regardless of race, color, national, or ethnic origin. Royal Palm Academy is a non-profit corporation.

Children ages 3-14 can experience summer fun at Royal Palm Academy. June 7-July 16, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Half-day option available.

Summer Camp 2021

Spaces are limited–register today! June 1-June 25, for ages 2-6

Th e

Garden S c hool of Naples

Mo n tes s or i E a r l y E d u c a t i on

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., $275 per week

Week 1, June 1-4

Mad Scientists

A different science experiment every day!

Week 2, June 7-11

Imaginarium

Arts & crafts for little hands!

Week 3, June 14-18

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On the Stage

Dance and music camp, where the fun never ends!

Week 4, June 21-25

Animal Planet

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b NAPLES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples 239-325-8789 x www.naplesperformingartscenter.com NPAC summer camps will be held in the Greater Naples YMCA. We have half-day camps (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.) for ages 3+. Camps run June 14-Aug. 6, and themes range from Neverland Dance Camp to World of Trolls Dance Camp to Triple Threat: Hairspray Jr. STAR ACADEMY AT GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE 755 8th Ave. S., Naples 239-261-7529, ext. 217 x www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org STAR Academy features half-day and full-day theater camps. Broadway Bootcamp program from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 14-18, is for ages 6-8. Students will learn songs and choreography from High School Musical 2, Teen Beach Movie, and the Beach Boys. Students 8-13 will rehearse and perform Junie B. Jones Jr: The Musical from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21-July 9.

Scuba

Summer Camps PADI Seal Team Camp: Ages 8-11 PADI Junior Open Water Camp: Ages 10-17

SCUBA OUTFITTERS Naples, FL

GENERAL/MULTI-SPECIALTY CAMPS BEYOND SUMMER BIBLE CAMP Peace Early Learning Center 9850 Immokalee Rd., Naples 239-354-9140 x https://peacekidsnaples.org We provide a Christian environment where children in kindergarten through 8th grade will grow through positive and valuable experiences while creating friendships that will last a lifetime. We offer exciting weekly themes, hands-on experiences, and much more. Our camp is run by certified early childhood educators. June 7-July 30.

239-280-5500 Info@ScubaOut.com www.ScubaOutfittersNaples.com

Summer Schedule for Camps and Classes coming this month! 13020 Livingston Rd #8 Naples, FL 34105 bdaNaples.com

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CAMP MENDINGHEART Avow Kids 239-261-4404 x https://avowcares.org Camp MendingHeart is a fun, creative, and therapeutic program designed to allow children to express feelings, build coping skills and reinforce positive memories of their loved ones at day and overnight grief camps. In 2021, Camp MendingHeart will be held in the fall. Check Avow Kids’ website for several other events scheduled for the summer. D ITE LIM ACE. SP STER I REG DAY! TO

CAMP SHALOM Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-455-3227 www.templeshalompreschoolnaples.org

Beyond Summer Bible Camp of Peace Early Learning Center and Peace Lutheran Church

Providing a Christian environment where children will grow through positive and valuable experiences while having fun!

June 7 - July 30th Kindergarten - Eighth Grade 9850 Immokalee Rd, Naples, FL (239) 354-9140 www.peacekidsnaples.org info@peacekidsnaples.org

Campers ages 1-5 at Temple Shalom experience a world of love, friendship, wonder, and discovery in a warm and nurturing environment. The camp program includes music & movement and yoga classes, a bike track, exciting art projects, science, and recreation, as well as water play in our spacious playground. June 7-July 23. Weekly themes. Partial- and full-day options available, as well as before- and after-care. CHILDREN’S MONTESSORI SCHOOL 2535 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples 239-593-6668 x www.childmont.com We offer summer camps for ages 1-6. Camp is offered for four weeks in both June and July from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (half days available). Weekly themes. We also offer a summer VPK program from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for children who will be attending kindergarten in August 2021 and who have not yet attended VPK.

FULL-DAY CAMP

FIRST THROUGH FIFTH GRADE Drop-off between 8:15-9 a.m. Pick-up at 5 p.m.

$265*/$290

PER CHILD PER WEEK

*MEMBER PRICE

C’mon’s Summer Camp promotes discovery, experiential learning, SCAN TO LEARN MORE

KINDERGARTEN

Drop-off between 8:15-9 a.m. Pick-up at 1 p.m.

and math) activities. Campers imagine, discover, and connect to

$155*/$170

the world around them. Ignite your child's curiosity and fuel their learning. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. REGISTER NOW AT CMON.ORG.

HALF-DAY CAMP

PER CHILD PER WEEK SCAN TO LEARN MORE

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b CITY OF NAPLES Various locations in Naples 239-213-3020 x www.naplesgov.com The City of Naples offers a variety of specialty summer camps for pre-K to teens at several locations in Naples, including Lowdermilk Park, The Naples Preserve, Fleischmann Park, River Park, Anthony Park, Norris Center, the Arthur L. Allan Tennis Center in Cambier Park, and more. We offer a summer camp option for children with special needs, and it typically has an extensive wait list.

Summer Dance Camps, Classes, and Intensives 2021 Come Join the Fun!!!

THE GARDEN SCHOOL OF NAPLES 6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples 239-424-9084 x http://gardenschoolnaples.com The Garden School summer camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 1-25 for ages 2-6. $275 per week. Weekly themes explore how we are all connected to each other and to the earth. Week 1: Mad Scientists – A different science experiment every day. Week 2: Imaginarium – Arts & crafts for little hands. Week 3: On the Stage – Dance and music camp, where the fun never ends. Week 4: Animal Planet – Our animal friends are waiting for you.

naplesdancearts@hotmail.com 239-513-6999

GIRLS ON THE RUN Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples 239-450-5501 x www.gotrswfl.org/camp-gotr For girls entering grades 3-5 who want to make friends, play games, be creative, and have a blast. Camp will be held at Unity of Naples Church, June 14-18 and June 21-25 from 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., $100 per week. Scholarships are available. Space is limited.

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b GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-514-0084 x https://cmon.org C’mon’s summer camp promotes discovery, experiential learning, and features daily STEAM activities. Campers imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them. Ignite your child’s curiosity and fuel their learning. Children entering kindergarten in the fall are invited to attend half-day camps. Children entering grades 1-5 in the fall are invited to attend full-day camps. Limited spaces available. b GREATER NAPLES YMCA 5450 YMCA Rd., Naples 239-963-3775 x https://greaternaplesymca.org

TEMPLE SHALOM PRESCHOOL

Camp Shalom THEMED WEEKS- WATER PLAY CRAFTS- ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS MUSIC & MORE

JUNE 7- JULY 23 | 2021 AGES 1-5

For 2021, we are offering a summer day camp for ages 5 (must have completed kindergarten) through 13. We also offer specialty sports camps for ages 7-14, and performing arts camps for ages 5-18 through the Naples Performing Arts Center. The YMCA provides accommodations on a caseby-case basis for children with special needs. MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF NAPLES 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples 239-597-2255 x www.naplesmontessori.org Children do not have to be a Montessori Academy student to enroll in our summer programs for ages 3-5 and 6-12. Children will have a summer of mystery solving, skill building, and fun. Each program offers age-appropriate activities that reinforce the idea of developing specific skills and knowledge. All programs are set in a prepared Montessori environment and incorporate outside time each day, weather permitting. NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS 1590 Goodlette Rd., Naples 239-262-5409 www.napleszoo.org/camp-wild Naples Zoo’s Camp WILD is back for 2021. Campers will have incredible adventures meeting new animals, visiting behind-the-scenes areas, playing games and activities, and doing creative art while having a blast with new friends. Ages 5-12. THE ROCK YOUTH CAMP RYC Everglades Campus, Golden Gate Estates, Naples 239-248-2706 x www.therockyouthcamp.com The Rock Youth Camp runs June 14-Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids rising to grades 1-8. We are offering new activities and extended stay camps. Most activities are outdoors in the fresh air. Indoor activities will be semi-outdoors in a screened area. We will do our best to keep it a COVIDfree zone. Activities include volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole, putting green, disc golf, scavenger hunt, paint ball, karaoke, kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more. Weekly themes. Transportation available. ROOKERY BAY SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR MARINE SCIENCE 300 Tower Rd., Naples 239-530-5989 x https://rookerybay.org

REGISTER TODAY!

WWW.TEMPLESHALOMPRESCHOOLNAPLES.ORG 239-455-3227 - 4630 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples 34119

Rookery Bay is offering its Summer Institute for Marine Science for students rising to grades 8-10. Campers will explore coastal ecology in the 110,000 acres of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Check the website

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SUMMER CAMPS Discover Super Exciting Arts Adventures at CFABS! The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs provides a safe and active environment for your child. We welcome kids ages 4-18 to our innovative Summer Camp Program, which includes art, music, film, dance, theater, science & technology, cooking and more. Pick the courses and times best for you— full-days or half-days. Before, Lunch and After Care available. 12

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2 Centers | 1 Mission | Arts for All Performing Arts Center: 10150 Bonita Beach Rd Visual Arts Center: 26100 Old 41 Rd

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for updates, as full details will be released this month. ROYAL PALM ACADEMY 16100 Livingston Rd., Naples 239-594-9888 x www.royalpalmacademy.org Children ages 3-14 can experience summer fun at Royal Palm Academy. Weekly themes. June 7-July 16, M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Half-day option available. SOUTH BREEZE DAY CAMP Seacrest School, 7100 Davis Blvd., Naples 239-213-8001 x www.southbreezedaycamp.com Campers enjoy fun-filled days with a variety of activities including sports, science/robotics, creative and performing arts, nature, spirit and special event days, and more. Located on the campus of Seacrest Country Day School, June 14-July 30. Ages 3 to students entering 8th grade. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. with optional extended day hours. Enrollment is limited – register now.

SPORTS CAMPS JUMP START KIDS GOLF Fleischmann Park & Alico Family Golf 239-946-4776 x www.jumpstartkidsgolf.com Birdie’s Fabulous Golf Camp for ages 3-6 is offered at two locations in 2021. All camps include daily story themed golf lessons, arts & crafts, movement games, and more. Snack provided. Fleischmann Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 26-30, $300. Alico Family Golf, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., July

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A lifelong joy of learning, An education for life. INFANT TODDLER CHILDREN’S HOUSE VPK ELEMENTARY

Call to schedule a private tour

239-597-2255

More information can be found on our website

www.naplesmontessori.org 2655 Northbrooke Drive Naples, Florida 34119 License #C20CO0132

Daily hours from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

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fun! After much careful planning we are thrilled to bring back the opportunity for kids to explore the visual and performing arts this summer – safely! Artis—Naples Summer Camps offer students a chance to get away from their computer screens and pursue their artistic interests in person. Safety protocols will include face masks, social distancing and forehead temperature scans.

WELLFIT ADVENTURE CAMP & EXPEDITION TO GEORGIA WHO Middle School Girls CAMP DATES July 12-15 & July 19-22 CAMP SESSIONS Afternoon Session 1:00 to 5:00p.m.

Summer Music Camps

Music Makers Youth Symphonia Camp Monday-Friday, June 14-18 · 9am-noon ( jam session and pizza party, Wednesday until 2pm) For string players ages 10-17. Music Makers Youth Chamber Camp Monday-Friday, June 21-25 · 9am-3pm For string, wind and brass players ages 12-18. Music Makers Youth Jazz Camp Monday-Friday, June 28-July 2 · 9am-3pm For jazz musicians ages 12-17. Music Makers questions? Email Katie Moilanen at kmoilanen@artisnaples.org

Summer Visual Arts Camps Mondays-Fridays · 9am-3pm No before or after hours care available. ArtSmart Explorers: June 14-18 For students entering grades 2-5.

ArtSmart Masters: June 21-25 and June 28-July 2 For students entering grades 4-8. ArtSmart questions? Email Bonnie Thayer at bthayer@artisnaples.org

CAMP LOCATION Wellfit Girls 6240 Shirley Street #204 Naples, FL 34109 EXPEDITION DATES July 25-30 EXPEDITION LOCATION Cloudland Canyon State Park North Georgia CAMP COST $350 Scholarships & Payment Plans Available

REGISTRATION DEADLINE Thursday, July 1st or Until Camp is Full (24 spots available)

FOR MORE CAMP INFORMATION Call Brooke Spencer, Executive Director 239-333-9502 | brooke@wellfitgirls.org

Apply now - space is limited!

wellfitgirls.org

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5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. Naples, FL 239-597-1900

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12-16, $300. SCUBA OUTFITTERS 950 3rd Ave. N., Naples 239-280-5500 x www.scubaoutfittersnaples.com Scuba Outfitters offers several scuba camps for ages 8-17. PADI Seal Team Camp for ages 8-11 is an excellent way to introduce kids to scuba diving. PADI Junior Open Water Camp for ages 10-17 teaches kids important scuba safety skills and allows them to receive their PADI Junior Open Water Certification. WELLFIT GIRLS ADVENTURE CAMP 6240 Shirley St., #204, Naples 239-333-9502 x https://wellfitgirls.org Wellfit Adventure Camp offers a unique opportunity for middle school girls to participate in three weeks of leadership, fitness, and empowerment. Daily camp activities include creative self-expression, personal discovery, yoga, fitness, meditation, team-building games, connection, and fun. The camp culminates with a six-day expedition to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia. Camp dates are July 12-15 and July 19-22. Expedition dates are July 25-30. $350. Scholarships are available.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH NAPLES 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples 239-597-6057 x http://fbcn.org/vbs Vacation Bible School will be held June 21-25 from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for ages 4 (by Sept. 1, 2021) through current 5th graders. This year’s theme is

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The Rock Youth Camp A fun place for youth to have adventures and explore in Summer 2021. Volleyball • Horseshoes Corn Hole • Putting Green Frisbee Golf • Karaoke Scavenger Hunt • Hiking Paint Ball • Kayaking Biking • Horseback Riding

Weekly camps run June 14-August 6 Come and Explore at The Rock Youth Camp! RYC Everglades Campus Golden Gate Estates, Naples 239-248-2706

www.TheRockYouthCamp.com

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SUMMER CAMP

By Catherine Menendez

Why Summer Camp Is Even More Vital for 2021 and Beyond

T

he events of 2020 had a significant global impact, especially on those who will experience their long-term aftermath: children and adolescents. While processing this is important, it is essential to begin to shift our mental energy forward. How can we prepare for the future? How do we keep young people healthy and safe, yet also ensure that they are growing emotionally, physically, and relationally? How can we take inventory of children’s education, relationships, and general activity in order to set them up for developmental success moving forward? As a mental health professional who works in the camping industry, I am convinced that summer camp is no 16

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longer an optional add-on to enrich a child’s experience while they are out of school. It is a vital need for all children and adolescents in 2021 and beyond. 1. Camp provides a forced sabbatical from technology and screens. There has been a marked rise in screen usage amongst all ages for obvious and essential reasons. While technology has been crucial in allowing work, education, and connection to continue, studies have shown that screen time negatively impacts mental health over the long haul, especially in children. Using screens as a primary means

of relational connection during key periods of childhood development is particularly alarming. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we strategically and consciously create space for young people to move their bodies, be outside, and connect face-to-face with peers. Camps are one of the only contexts that provide this pivotal combination for extended amounts of time: authentic connection with others in an outdoor, technology-free context. 2. Camp creates community, not polarization. During an election year that already

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would have been fraught with political tension, the added effects of COVID-19 (isolation, increased social media usage) only heightened polarization; feelings of division and hostility are as present as the air we breathe. Social hierarchies and divisions that may exist in other spheres of life are not present at summer camp because of two key elements: staff who model acceptance and kindness, and the shared connection of trying (and perhaps failing) at something new, away from the loving (yet often stifling) gaze of parents. Cabin mates whose families may vote differently, look differently, and think differently from one another will still become friends for life at summer camp. Healthy, deep friendships inherently welcome and hold space for differences; learning how to make and maintain these relationships is both pivotal for development and challenging to see modeled in the current climate. Camp is one of the few spaces where life in the community prevails over all else.

Cabin mates whose families may vote differently, look differently, and think differently from one another will still become friends for life at summer camp. CATHERINE MENENDEZ is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate who works with her husband, John, as a camp director for Camps Timberlake and Merri-Mac in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2021, American Camping Association Inc.

3. Camp fosters imagination and free play. Finally, in a world where most activity and social interaction is necessarily and increasingly structured for health and safety precautions, camp offers the gift of freedom. At summer camp, children participate in the imaginative, free play that is so crucial for development. Activities at camp are inherently playful: Staff and campers alike sing, run, dance, and create. The Project Zero Team at Harvard created a research initiative titled The Pedagogy of Play, which focused on play as a key element of learning. In this project, the team identified choice, wonder, and delight as “indicators of playful learning.” These elements exist in abundance at summer camp: Campers are able to learn independence by making their own choices and taking on responsibility, engage with nature in a way that stirs up awe and wonder, and experience the delight that comes from jumping off a rope swing or belly laughing with a friend at a meal. While health and safety precautions undoubtedly are in full force at summer camp, imagination and creativity are in every nook and cranny. Author J.R.R. Tolkien writes in his famous novel, The Hobbit: “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” We must notice the “dragon” that has been this past year; however, we cannot spend our time only noticing – we must strategically calculate and prepare, as Tolkien writes. Moving forward, summer camps must be an indispensable element of this preparation as we seek to help children grow into healthy, empathetic, confident adults.

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