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Sanibel Recreation Center provides summer camp options for parents

By Staff | Jun 15, 2016

From back to front: Bode Lackenby, Rodd Bell, Eden Fautz, Aubrie Suslick, Guy Costello, Joshua Schwartz, Kai Schwartz (red shirt), Oliver Wilkinson and Jayden Alonso with camp counselor Jane Perez. ASHLEY GOODMAN

Half Day Fun Days at the Sanibel Recreation Center kicked off for yet another year last Wednesday.

On June 8, 9 and 10, students from kindergarten through eighth grade took part in a variety of athletic games, arts and crafts and special entertainment.

This option is available to families seeking child care on half days and is provided at no charge to children already enrolled in the After School Program. The next half days will be Dec. 20, 21 and 22.

Sixty-three children checked in for the first day of the Half Day Fun Days.

DJ Jenkins, a first grader at the Sanibel School, loves the Half Day Fun Days because it gives him extra time to play. “My favorite thing is having more time to play on the playground,” Jenkins said.

DJ Jenkins, Hayden Fuller, Lila Fields, Scotty Tongyai, Phoebe Stirner, Gia Lackenby and Tyler Lloyd showed off shirts they made at the first Half Day Fun Days June 8. All are first graders at the Sanibel School. ASHLEY GOODMAN

Beginning June 20, the recreation center will offer summer camp for children from first to eighth grade. You can register in advance to receive the early bird rate.

“We have different grades do different things. Obviously, the eighth graders don’t do the same exact things as first graders, we have them all broken up in tiers,” said Kayla Schuneman, recreation program coordinator. Schuneman has been at the recreation center for nine years.

The summer camp provides almost every activity under the sun. Children can participate in anything from sailing lessons to even archery. The recreation center plans to have an artist come out to paint with the children and they’ve also teamed up with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife as well. A diver from the Sanibel Sea School is set to come out and give the kids snorkeling lessons in the pool.

The summer camp is open to residents who don’t live on Sanibel as well and the camp provides one counselor to 15 children, which is lower than the state average.

“I believe that the state ratio is one to 20. We like to keep below that to give us some cushion,” Schuneman said. “We also have extra counselors floating around.”

Aaden Bloetz, DJ Jenkins, Hayden Fuller, Jane Perez, camp counselor and Lila Fields played dodgeball in the gym. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Sanibel Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road. For more information about the summer camp, call (239) 472-0345 or visit mysanibel.com.