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Vacation Bible School summer camp draws youth to Shell Point

By Staff | Aug 6, 2018

ART – SHELL POINT 1PHOTO PROVIDED More than 40 children attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

Over 40 children ages 5-12 recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

A joint effort between Shell Point Retirement Community and The Village Church at Shell Point, the five-day summer program was designed to provide children with a week of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, Bible lessons, team games and more for free.

“This is our first time hosting a Vacation Bible School at Shell Point and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it possible,” Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community, said. “It has given both residents and campers an opportunity to learn from one another and explore all of the resort-style amenities that surround our community.”

Throughout the week, campers were treated to boat rides, nature tours, golf lessons with Shell Point’s golf professionals, a Sub-Zero ice cream tutorial and obstacle courses. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Iona-McGregor Fire District also stopped by for some demonstrations and a chance for the children to tour the inside of their vehicles.

On the final day of camp, Shell Point residents and employees filled The Village Church at Shell Point for a musical performance and dance routine put on by the youth.

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point’s golf instructors hit the course during Shell Point Summer Splash to teach children the fundamental tools needed for the game.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s summer camp and so are our residents,” Slack said. “Shell Point Summer Splash has definitely made waves across campus.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point Summer Splash campers welcomed special guests from the Iona-McGregor Fire District for a demonstration and chance to use a real fire hose.

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point Summer Splash campers brushed up on their shuffleboard skills with resident Vicki Waterstradt during a day of outdoor activities and yard games.

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point resident Carol Ashley stepped out of retirement for the week as she taught Shell Point Summer Splash campers dance moves from her days as a professional ballroom dancer.