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Community support made last weeks of summer camp a success

August 29, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The current red tide bloom presented many challenges for the Sanibel Sea School's summer camp team, with water conditions unsafe for swimming in many locations around the island.

During the last four weeks of camp, counselors made frequent last-minute changes to the schedule to ensure that campers would have a safe and enjoyable experience. They received an outpouring of support from local businesses and fellow non-profit organizations to make the end of summer a success.

"We are all about experience-based learning at Sanibel Sea School, and most of our summer camp activities are water based," Director of Education Nicole Finnicum, said. "The impacts of red tide made it very difficult to host a great ocean-themed camp, since we couldn't engage in our usual favorite pastimes like snorkeling and surfing."

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Campers at the Sanibel Sea School cool off at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

"I am so proud of our staff and our community for making it happen," she added.

Campers were treated to land-based activities and field trips, including visits to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center, and Periwinkle Park. They were invited to explore some of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's land and had a chance to cool off at the Sanibel Recreation Center's pool facility. A trip to create chalk art for Bailey's General Store patrons was a favorite among participants, as was a stop at Dairy Queen.

"We are so grateful for the support," Finnicum said. "I can't believe how lucky we are to live and work in a place where people are there for one another even during the hardest times."

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The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. For more information, visit or call 239-472-8585.

The Sanibel Sea School is at 455 Periwinkle Way.



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