Sanibel Sea School to host camp at Bailey Homestead
This year, the Sanibel Sea School will offer summer camp at two locations — at the flagship campus on the east end of the island and at a new location, the Bailey Homestead.
“With COVID still prevalent, we were in search of a location that could accommodate more campers in a safe capacity,” Director Nicole Finnicum said. “We realized that we didn’t need to look any further than just down the road because the Bailey Homestead would meet all of our needs as a safe option for camp. With the open-air pavilion at the homestead, campers will be able to socially-distance and have access to fresh air all day.”
Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation since 2020, the Sanibel Sea School now has use of the grounds, where the restored 1896 Bailey home sits on the 28-acre Bailey Homestead Preserve. It includes 19 acres in the heart of Sanibel that is a wildlife corridor and hosts an abundance of native plants and animals. With wide open spaces, nature trails, a covered pavilion and five-minute drive to the beach, the homestead will be convenient and unique and offer space for many activities.
“Not only is this location enveloped in nature, but also is just about the perfect place to hold a summer camp,” Finnicum said.
Camp at the homestead will have an identical format to the Island Skills camps at the flagship campus. Each day will kick off with circle time. There will be a Monday morning beach walk, and campers will practice surf paddling each day to prepare for the Friday surf paddle race. Other activities like seining, snorkeling and macramé bracelet making will also be included in the daily lineup. Drop-off and pick-up will occur at the homestead, at 1300 Periwinkle Way.
It will feature six weeks of Island Skills camps, including two weeks for the sea squirts ages 4-6, a fishing camp for teens, and options for Counselors in Training each week. Each day, campers will be bused to the beach where they will explore the ocean, learn new things and have fun in the sun. Counselors will have activities planned at the homestead, like shell art and tie dye, or campers can play games on the lawn. For lunch, campers will head to the homestead to cool off under the pavilion and have a picnic-style meal before heading back to the beach for surfing.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/camp-homestead.