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CAMPS FOR CHILDREN ( see also Child Care Centers, Schools, Recreation, and Environment )


Information on summer recreation and camps is scattered, limited and seems available only in bits and pieces. The information below has been gleaned from internet sites, flyers, newspapers, and park bulletin boards . As new information is collected we update prior information. Program information from the past remains as of these many programs continue in existence and the contact information will be of help for 2006.



2006 - third year of program - Key Largo Kayaking - Florida Bay Outfitters of Key Largo has a summer camp for kids. Four one-week sessions - ages 8 to 12 in June for $350. Program teaches kayaking basics - essential gear, basic skills and strokes, safety and more. There will paddle trips throughout the Upper Keys. New this year - teen paddling weekends, also June, for $175. Camp hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, include lunch and snacks. Register by May 15 to save $55 off full week camp, save $25 on the weekend sessions. Information Florida Bay Outfitters of Key Largo shop MM 104 bayside, Monica Woll at 451-3018 or e-mail info@kayakfloridakeys.com



2006 - Camp Adventure hosted by Marathon Parks and Recreation - information, call 743-6598 - weekly themed camp for kids ages 6 to 13 at the Marathon Community Park. Weekly themes are: Tropical Tiki Tour - June 5 to 9 ; Radical Reptiles and Dino-Mite Discoveries - June 12 to 16; Wagon Trails and Painted Plains - June 19 to 23; Super Sports Spectacular - June 26 to 30; Star Spangled Spirit Spectacular - July 3 to 7; Whiz Kid Widgets and Groovy Gadgets - July 10 to 14; Jungle Safari Party - July 17 to 21. $50 a week, field trips and trips to Jacobs Aquatic Cewnter in Key Largo

Hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Cost is $50 a week; you can register for single or multiple weeks. Registration available at City Hall, the community park or at http://www.marathonflorida.org.

2006 - MARATHON - C.A.M.P. - County Wide Community Arts Music Program now in fourth year of operation - open to all students in 4th through 12th grade in the Florida Keys - information - 743-6215, or send an e-mail to mbelotti@bellsouth.net - June 9 through July 8 at Stanley Switlik Elementary School in Marathon. Students should enroll by May 15. Music and theater - This year's educational focus will be on Jazz and the American experience. Limited to 100 students

A day camp open to countywide participation - grades four through 12 - professional instruction and performance opportunities for students. - transportation provided - theme for CAMP 2006 is Jazz and the American Experience. Cost - $175 plus a $25 application-processing fee.

2006 - Crane Point Hammock in Marathon - Tropical Trailblazer Program - Tropical Trailblazer Summer Camps happen June 5-9th and June 19-23rd. Call Elizabeth Moore at 743-3900 for more information.Two sessions in June - Ages 6 to 12. - Limited enrollment per week. weekly fee,

Monday, June 5-Friday June 9

"Pirates, Powwows and Pioneers." Day Camp Bringing history to life through pirate, native american and pioneer enactments. Children 6-11. $125 per student/member 10% discount Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Reservations 743-3900.

Monday, June 19-Friday June 23

"Summer Safari." Day Camp exploring the "Lost Territory" of Crane Point. Search for exotic creatures and hunt for unknown treasures. Children 6-11 $125 per student/member 10% discount Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Reservations 743-3900.

Kayaking will be run by Bill Keogh of Big Pine Kayak Adventures, sessions June 27-July 1, and July 11-15 on Big Pine Key, hours 8AM to 2 PM, transportation provided from Crane Hammock. Kayaking, snorkeling, setting fish and crab traps, tidepooling, exploring backcountry waters, mastering paddling skills



2006 - Summer Kayak Camp for Kids

Florida Bay Outfitters is once again offering a Summer Kayak Camp for Kids ages 8-12. Sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. with a healthy lunch and snacks provided. Activities include paddling instruction, swimming and snorkeling as well as visits to upper Keys State Parks. Kids bring: bathing suit, sun protection, towel, and dry clothes. Camp sessions for 8-12 years old and will be held: June 5 th - 9 th , June 12 th -16 th , June 19 th -23 rd and June 26 th -30 th . Early registration fee for the five day kid's camp will be $295 and after May 15 th the fee is $350.   Teen sessions will be June 10 th -11 th , June 17 th -18 th and June 24 th -25 th . Early registration fee for the 2 day teen sessions will be $150 and after May 15 th will be $175.Please call FBO at 305-451-3018 or drop by the shop at M.M. 104 bayside, or go to our website at www.kayakfloridakeys.com



2006 - Outdoor Explorers Summer Adventure Camp - will be full on May 29th - children 9 to 15, sponsored by Conch Republic Kayak Company - kayaking, water safety, marine Sanctuary Information, marine science,and environmental education, field trips - location of camp is Geiger Key Marina, 5 Geiger Road, Big Coppitt, Fee - call 305-294-7550

This is the 4th year for the Outdoor Explorers Summer Adventure Camp - several new programs and activities this summer. will be working with Marine Biologists from the National Marine Sanctuary doing water quality testing and seagrass restoration along with several other less involved day activities, a professional sign language teacher will be joining the Camp each week most of the summer. Camp will be visting the U.S. Army Special Forces Dive School to learn some skills the Spec Ops guys use. Lots of other stuff daily and weekly stuff - The ages for camp are 9 to 15, above that I offer a Junior Counselor or intern program. Jason Drevenak- Owner Operator, Conch Republic Kayak Company



2006 - Summer Fishing Camp - Cost $225 per student. Camp begins May 29. Call 289-0827.

Marathon-based Sea King charter fishing boat is offering a Summer Fishing Camp for kids ages 8 to 15 who live in Monroe County.

Include knot-tying, rig-making, tackle maintenance, environmental awareness - everything having to with learning how to fish. Rods, bait and tackle are provided.

This is an intensive camp - only half an hour will be spent dockside each day. The rest of the camp consists of fishing trips. There is one instructor per 15 students.


2006 - Tours for Turtles - Part of Marathon Parks and Recreation - six week charity kayak program with duel purpose of raising funds for theTurtle Hospital and providing an eco educational program for kids ages 11-18. Duration every Saturday Mstarting May 20th through June 24th. S[ponsors needed to pledge per mile or fixed amount for Turtle Hospital. 305-743-6598

2006 - 4-H Camp Cloverleaf - Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H is offering a camp for ages 8-12 for the week of June 12-16. Location of the weeklong overnightcamp is Highlands County, Florida. Program will provide arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, canoeing, archery, environmental and camp fire activities. Cost $155 which includes lodging, money for canteen, plus t-shirt. Contact Kimberly Coldicott 4-H coordinator 305-292-4501, email coldicot@ufl.edu

4-H Youth Development Program - contact: Bryant L. Diersing - Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service - 4-H Youth Development Program Damaron Building,  99198 O'Seas Highway, Suite 11A, Key Largo, FL  33037 , Tel:  (305) 853-7385 or (305) 292-4501 Lower Keys , Email:  bdiersing@mail.ifas.ufl.edu or 1100 Simonton Street, Key West 292-4501, email kgcoldicott@ifas.ufl.edu

The 4-H program provides a unique hands-on learning system for local youth that instills important life skills in leadership, citizenship and development of self esteem. Monroe County 4-H provides opportunities for youth to participate in county, regional, state, and national events.  The strength of 4-H is derived from the adult 4-H Leader volunteers that assist with classroom and after school projects.

4-H Clubs - School clubs meet monthly for 30 minutes to one hour during the school year.  Community clubs, special interest groups and after school programs meet for an hour or two after school, in the evening or on a Saturday.  Some clubs meet once a week, others once or twice a month.  It is important to have a regular meeting time; one that members and their families can remember.    


2006 - Marathon Youth Fitness Club - six week club for kids ages 8 to 13 designed to improve overall fitness and healthy living through fun and safe games, drills and exercises. Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 - 5 PM

2006 - START SMART SOCCER - ages 3 - 5, soccer and social development Wednesdays 6 - 7 PM through May 17.



2006 - Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Summer Camp - Cost $150 per week, class size is limited to 20. Information at http://www.melfisher.org or send e-mail to tj@melfisher.org.

Available to kids who have completed grades 4 through 6. Mer Academy will be held at Fort Zachrery Taylor State Park a summer camp of four weeks duration, May 29 to June 2 - pirate experience with tours of the Mel Fisher and Pirate Soul museums., June 5 to 9 - the mysteries of the Henrietta Marie shipwreck, June 12 to 16 , and June 19 to 23 - Boats! Boats! Boats!.



2006 - Key West YMCA Summer Day Camp - Registration for the YMCA of Key West's summer camps is now underway. Location Y Kids Place, Virginia Street

Camp for kids ages kindergarten through 5th - starts May 30 and goes 11 weeks. It includes field trips, sports, games, character development, swim lessons, tennis,gymnastics sessions, tennis camp and more. Cost is $128 a week.

Camp for kids in grades six to eight has a maritime theme, with sailing, snorkeling, parasailing and fishing.

Call 295-9622 for more information.

 Y Kids Place - After School Program - 2 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday - 1011 Virginia Street * 305-292-0062 - The Corner of Virginia & Watson



In conjunction with the Monroe County School Board and the City of Key West poffers summer programs, within the school system, to include the Boys and Girls Youth Club.  call the Monroe County School Board at (305) 293-1400 or the City of Key West Recreation Department at (305) 292-8296 for more information.

Swimming at the Community Pool - - 300 Catherine St., Key West - open swim from 1 PM to 5:45 PM daily, Monday through Thursday. Friday thru Sunday 11 AM to 5:45 PM, Red Cross Swim lessons starting June 2, 2003 10 AM for school age, 11 AM for pre-school.

Summer Offering - Swim Club open in summer daily specified hours - Free , Fee - advance swim lessons, basics, and pre-life guard training 305-292- 8284


Police Athletic Summer League and Frederick Douglas Community Center - 111 Olivia Street ages 6 and up, Basketball, computer lab, field trips, safety courses Call Officer Frank Lalama, 305-293-8305. NO fee, donations accepted.




2006 Flairs Gymnastics - 600 White Street, Key West, Fl 33040 (305) 295-0101 (954) 587-4188 Randyemail@bellsouth.net www.Flairsgymnastics.com May 30- Aug 11, 2006 Karen Robinson Gymnastics for boys and girls and Team.



2006 -  Summer Program for Boys and Girls Club of Key West and on Big Pine - taking applications for children from ages 5 to 18 - Camps run Monday thgrough Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from May 30 to August 11th. In Key West, call 296-2258. On Big Pine, call 797-6813.

$10 membership charge plus cost is $75 a week to participate; reduction in rates available for multiple family members and children over 13 years old. Program includes snacks and lunches, all field trips, movies, sports and recreation activities, tennis, miniature golf, swimming, computer lab and other fun and enriching activities

Monday, June 5 - Friday June 9 - Florida Keys YMCA "Got Art." A weekly art camp for kids. hands on art making YMCA 1011 Virginia St., Key West. 295-9622

Monday, June 12 - Friday June 16 - "Pirates, Powwows and Pioneers." Day Camp Bringing history to life through pirate, native american and pioneer enactments. Children 6-11. $125 per student/member 10% discount Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Reservations 743-3900.

Monday, June 19 - Friday June 23 - "Summer Safari." Day Camp exploring the "Lost Territory" of Crane Point. Search for exotic creatures and hunt for unknown treasures. Children 6-11 $125 per student/member 10% discount Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Reservations 743-3900

Monday, June 26 - Saturday, July 15 - Bill Wheeler presents "Lights Up for Kids" theatre arts workshop. Mon.- Fri. for three weeks. Two sessions for ages 6 - 9 and 10 - 13. $300.00, financial aid available. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m. Waterfront Playhouse, Tifts Lane - Mallory Square, Key West. more info 942-6454.


2006 - Dance School Camp - The Joyce Bennett School of Dance and Performing Arts. Presenters from New York City, Kansas and more. 1300 Almay Street, Key Largo. 852-5395. joycebennettdance.com.


UPPER KEYS FAMILY YMCA - P.O. Box 2831, Key Largo, Florida 33037, 1-877-WOW-YMCA, (305) 451-3122, fax Located at the Monroe County - Key Largo Community Park, MM 100 (behind the Key Largo Shopper.) (305) 451-9647 - E-Mail: UpperKeysYMCA@aol.com
http://www.ymcamiami.com/upkeys/camps.htm,     http://www.ymcamiami.com/upkeys/adsport.htm

 The YMCA contract with Monroe County was extended in April 2006. Schedules and fees are available by calling Upper Keys family YMCA 451-3122.

2006 - Upper Keys YMCA Summer Camp - 305-453-3422. Key Largo Community Park, Mile Marker 100 Program for children ages 5 to 12 years of age.

In past years Key Largo has offered Cheer Leading ages 6 - 10, Soccer ages 4 - 12, Tennis ages 6 to adult, basketball, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, theme weeks , Keys-related projects. . Children have rotated through a number of age-appropriate fun activities including swim lessons, playing ball, arts & crafts, drama, theme weeks, trips and much more.

2006 - Upper Keys YMCA Summer Sports Program - 305-453-3422 , Key Largo Community Park - June to Sept - Four to 16 - program will include basketball, lacrosse, softball, T-ball, and tennis leagues, fees for members and non-members. Call 453-3422.  

Jacob Aquatic Center - Key Largo - next to Key Largo Community Park - MM 99.6 - 453-swim, Jacobs Aquatic Center, P.O. Box 1994, Key largo Fl. 33037, (305)  453 - SWIM, http://www.jacobsaquaticcenter.org/

Three pools ( Junior Olympic size, small children's pirate play pool and multi-use teaching pool for water aerobics, water geriatrics, theraputic activities. Day passes, three month passes, and term passes with varying prices for families and individuals , youth passes multi-purpose building. Summer swim camp , Lap Swim/Open swim - Therapy swim - Children's Interactive water park. Programs include Learn to swim groups, Diving lessons, Life Guard training, Water Aerobics, Massage Therapy, Shallow & Deep water classes

HOLIDAY CAMP - Key Largo Community Park, Age: 5-12 years old

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Before Care Hours: 7:30 am - 9:00 am (add $10)
After Care Hours: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (add $10)

Cost: YMCA Member $110.00 , Program Member $140.00 (plus a $15 program membership) Contact YMCA Upper Keys for particulars


KEY WEST - Dance

2006 - Kari’s Dance Factory offers camps. 906C Kennedy Dr., Key West. 296-5015

2006 - Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio offers classes & workshops in dance, music, more. 916 Pohalski La., Key West. 296-9982 or e-mail coffeemilldance@aol.com. Beginning Thursday, June 1



2006 - Florida Keys YMCA "Got Art." A weekly art camp for kids. hands on art making YMCA 1011 Virginia St., Key West. 295-9622 - Monday, June 5-Friday June 9

2006 - Art Camp - Summer - Key West - KWAHS - The Key West Art and Historical Society offers ArtCamp 2005 for a fee. Classes at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd. - Open to grades 1 to 6, age 7 to 14. Students can sign up for one of eight weekly sessions, starts June 5th to July 28th, call Suzanne Pereira, Education at 296-5515, ext. 27.

2006 - Art Camp - Summer - Key West - Judi Bradford’s summer classes for children meet in the shady garden of the Audubon House Monday through Thursday, beginning June 12. four days a week, workshop format. Classes in acrylic painting on canvas meet from 10 a.m. to noon.
Tuition for the instruction is $25 per class ($100 for the four-class workshop). Materials provided by the Audubon House. Classes mix beginners and experienced students with participants learning from each other as well as the instructor.No experience necessary. Beginners welcome.
Call 294-8645 to register. Audubon House Museum located at 205 Whitehead Street.


2006 - THEATER ARTS - Monday, June 26 - Saturday, July 15

Bill Wheeler presents "Lights Up for Kids" theatre arts workshop. Mon.- Fri. for three weeks. Two sessions for ages 6 - 9 and 10 - 13. $300.00, financial aid available. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m. Waterfront Playhouse, Tifts Lane - Mallory Square, Key West. more info 942-6454.



2006 - Dolphin Research Center - Dolphins Org. -  Dolphin Lab - http://www.dolphins.org - The classes listed below are open for individual participants. If you are interested in bringing a group to DRC for a DolphinLab outside of the public program dates listed below, please contact the Education Department at drc-ed@dolphins.org or (305) 289-1121, ext 225.

Cost - The cost of DolphinCamp is $1500.00 (US). Tuition includes classroom discussions, activities, meals, lodging, and a field trip. Also included in the tuition is a video of one of your swim sessions and one photograph of your Dolphin Splash. The cost of DolphinCamp also includes transportation to and from the Key West Airport at pre-established times. DolphinCamp tuition also includes the cost of a chaperone, a DRC staff member who resides at the dorm and supervises evening activities. In addition to two summer Dolphin Camps, one adapted for ages 10-11 and another adapted for ages 12-14, there is also a program for older teens.

DolphinCamp - Team Tanner (For campers age 10-11): Discussions and Activities Include: Dolphin Biology, Research, Conservation, Husbandry, Coral Reefs, Sea Lions, Baleen Whales, Manatees, and more! Hands-On Activities Include: One DolphinSplash wade-in session, two structured Dolphin Encounter swim sessions, and a signal session from the dock.

Delphi’s Discoverers (For campers age 12-14): Discussions and Activities Include: Dolphin Biology, Training, Conservation, Husbandry, Coral Reefs, Strandings, Sea Lions, Sea Turtles, and more!
Hands-On Activities Include: One DolphinSplash wade-in session, two structured Dolphin Encounter swim sessions, and a signal session from the dock.


Teen Basic DolphinLab 07/01/06—07/07/06
Teen Intermediate DolphinLab 07/08/06—07/14/06
Teen Advanced Training DolphinLab 07/15/06—07/21/06
DolphinCamp (Ages 10-11) 07/22/06—07/28/06
DolphinCamp (Ages 12-14) 07/29/06—08/04/06
August Classes
Teen Basic DolphinLab 08/05/06—08/11/06



2006 - Island Dolphin Care



Day Dolphin Camps

 In the summer months, Island Dolphin Care provides one day and 5 day camps for small groups from Hospitals and Rehabilitation/Therapy Centers in South Florida. This program is for children with critical/terminal illness, emotional, and/or physical challenges. Campers spend an exciting day meeting with our staff, learning about and swimming with dolphins! Participants also visit the marine science education program, Fonzie's Backyard. At Fonzie's Backyard, children are provided a hands on experience with some of the interesting, smaller creatures that inhabit the beautiful waters of South Florida. Campers enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking our dolphin lagoons and have fun creating an art project to take home.

 Note that Dolphin Camps are scheduled as groups only. Island Dolphin Care can accommodate a maximum of 24 campers. If you have a group that would be interested in a Dolphin Camp, please contact Island Dolphin Care to see if your population would be suitable for this program

Five day program - swimming and playing with dolphins. Activities are tailored to the needs and abilities of each child. The five-day program consists of: five dolphin sessions lasting 20-30 minutes each and four motivational,recreational classroom sessions lasting up to 30 minutes. The program is designed to assist children and adolescents who have chronic medical, developmental, or physical disabilities. The "family" is a main focus of the program. Dolphin Time-Outs consist of structured in-water sessions (accompanied by an IDC staff member), an unstructured dolphin swim for the child (accompanied by a caregiver), and classroom activities. All participants are also invited to participate in the marine science education programs at no additional charge.


2006 - Dolphins Plus Summer Camp - a two half days - camp designed for kids ages 7-10. 8 AM to 1 PM. Cost per camper is $520.00. Cost per student: summer special - $520! (Prices subject to change.)
Class Content: 5 lectures on selected marine mammal and local ecosystem topics taught primarily by staff scientist Jill Richardson, Ph.D., 2 lunches at our facility, 2 structured dolphin swims, dolphin arts and crafts, a hands-on ocean critters touch tank tour, an interactive dolphin training game, an introduction to our sea lions, snacks, trainer chats, and an 8x10” photo of you and our dolphins. Transportation and lodging are NOT included/provided.
Class Minimum/Maximum: 4 students/20 students

Dolphins Plus is an education and research facility located in Key Largo, Florida. On site are 10 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and 2 California Sea Lions. There goal is to educate the public about dolphins and their environment. Swimmers can go in the water and interact with our dolphins "up close and personal."

Contact the Dolphins Plus Education Department or email Education@DolphinsPlus.com, call (305) 451-1993, or toll-free (866) 860-SWIM (7946).

Dolphins Plus Dolphin Camp 2006 Course Dates

May 20-21, 2006

June 2-3, 2006

July 7-8, 2006

August 26-27, 2006

Semptember 23-24, 2006


2006 - Dolphins Plus Teen Marine Mammalogy Course - open to teens 11 to 14, taught at a highschool level.

Marine Mammalogy Lab Level I
Course Content: This is a 3-day course designed for students ages 11 - 14. Each class includes 9 - 12 educational and fun lectures on selected marine mammal and local ecosystem topics, two structured dolphin swim programs, one natural dolphin swim program, 1 - 2 exciting field trips, a hands-on ocean critters touch tank tour, an introduction to our sea lions, trainer chats, an interactive dolphin training game, one day of group lunch at our facility, snacks, and an 8x10” photo of you and our dolphins. Transportation and lodging are NOT provided/included. Make sure you read our cancellation policy thoroughly before applying.

Duration: 3 days (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Ages: 11-14, Cost per student: New discounted summer special only $950! (Prices subject to change.)
Class Minimum/Maximum: 4 students/15 students

2006 SUMMER Dates

May 27-29

June 14-16

July 12-14

October 7-9

Courses scheduled throughout the year with availbility is dependant on enrollment. If the minimum number of students is not met, Dolphin Plus will cancel the course one month before the course date.


2006 - Dolphin Plus Marine Mammalogy II - courses - ages 15 and 18 plus

Each class includes 15 educational and fun lectures on selected marine mammal and local ecosystem topics, two structured dolphin swim programs, one half hour natural dolphin swim program, one hour (double) natural dolphin swim program, two exciting field trips, a hands-on ocean critters touch tank tour, an introduction to our sea lions, trainer chats, an interactive dolphin training game, 2 lunches at our facility, snacks, and an 8x10” photo of you and our dolphins. Transportation and lodging are NOT provided/included. Make sure you read our cancellation policy thoroughly before applying. Cost per student: summer special - $1390! (Prices subject to change.) Duration: 4 days (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Class Minimum/Maximum: 4 students/15 students

2006 SUMMER DATES - Dolphins Plus 2006 Marine Mammalogy Course Dates

June 22-25

July 19-22

August 1-4

December 20-23

 If you have any further questions, please call theDolphins Plus Education Department at (305) 451-1993 or email us at Education@DolphinsPlus.com. We look forward to seeing you!


Seacamp Association Summer Camp on Big Pine Key - MM 30 - Newfound Harbor - Big Pine, 305-872-2331, Residential coed camp - sessions held June through August, - marine sciences camp for ages 12 through 17, marine science classes, plus scuba, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, sailing and sailboarding, photography, fee required

Beautiful location at Newfound Harbor on Big Pine Key, SEACAMP offers teenage boys and girls an opportunity to explore some of the most exciting waters in the Florida Keys Camp facilities include a dining and recreation hall, science laboratory, deep water harbor, arts and crafts building, infirmary, sailing shelter, teaching shelter, commercial kitchen, business office, staff lounge, and administration offices. Campers and staff are housed in four dormitories, 16 cabins have tiled baths, nine have an adjacent showerhouse.

E-mail: info@seacamp.org, Website: www.seacamp.org, Call 305-872-2331, Toll-Free: 877-SEACAMP or Write: Seacamp, 1300 Big Pine Avenue, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-3336


2006 - Seacamp Association Day Camp on Big Pine Key - MM 30 - Newfound Harbor - Big Pine, 305-872-2331, available to resident children ages 10 through 13, a series of one-week long marine science day camps where children, learn about the environment, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, arts and crafts, games - fee required, weekdays starting the week of June 19 until the week of Aug. 7, Call 305-872-2331, Toll-Free: 877-SEACAMP or Write: Seacamp, 1300 Big Pine Avenue, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-3336, Hours 8:45 AM to 5:30 PM



2006 - SOAR, Inc - Success Oriented Achievement Realized (SOAR) features success-oriented, high adventure programs for LD and ADD preteens, teens and adults.

SOAR - http://www.soarnc.org/index.shtml

Summer Camp programs foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida's unique natural environment through hands-on, and interactive activities. Each five-day camp includes field trips, lessons, games, and arts and crafts that encourage children to experience the world around them and to develop a sense of stewardship for living things and their surroundings.

Adhering to this long-standing tradition, the themes for the 2004 program invite participants to undertake a voyage of exploration "into the wild" and journey to an enchanted realm "under the sea." This summer promises to be a season of both inspiration and adventure.



2006 - Camp Cheeca - MM 82 - Islamorada - Cheeca Lodge and Spa - 664-4651 or visit http://www.cheeca.com

An expanded education/envioronmental awareness program is offered to kids and families by Cheeca Lodge. Open to four and five year olds from 9 AM to 12 noon daily during summer except Sundays. A program is also offered to age 6 through 12 campers from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Parents may enroll children for hourly activities rather than entire morning or afternoon.



2006 Islamorada Children's Tennis at Founders Park, Adult Beginner's Tennis, Intermediate Tennis, Tennis lessons Parks and recreation Information 305-853-1685, Private lessons 305-852-8727 or 954-260-7687. various formats, fundamentals, clinics, round robin, team tennis


2006 Islamorada Village of Islands - FALL SEASON - THREE-ON-THREE BASKETBALL at Founders Park - Age 18 and over . Regular games will be 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday. 12 game season - Anyone interested in joining call Islamorada's Parks and Recreation Department at 853-1685.


Islamorada Parks and Recreation Founders Park Camp - Islamorada - mm 87 -
87000 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 - fees vary with activity and residence

Pool hours: Summer and Fall - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM.

Skate Park - Yearly Monday - Friday 2:30 PM - 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM.

BMX hours: - Wednesday - 2:30 to 8 PM, Saturday 5 PM to 8 PM, Sunday 5 PM to 8 PM




Hydropilates - FOR MORE INFO : 747-2908, TUESDAY 4-5PM, THURSDAY 5:15-6:15PM


Islamorada - Recreation Program during School year at Founders' Park

Parks and Recreation Department 305-853-1685, REGISTRATION: Founders Park Aquatic Center
87000 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

LOCATION: Founders Park Beach Pavilion, HOURS: 2:15-5:30 PM Mon-Fri. School Professional Days 8 AM-5:30 PM
Early dismissal 11:15 am - 5:30 pm

Ages 6-12, ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Sports, Study Groups, Games, Arts & Crafts, Movies, 4-H Program Swimming & Tennis (bring bathing suits, sunblock, snacks, drinks, etc.) AMENITIES INCLUDE: Pool, Indoor Facility, Fields, Tennis Courts & Beach, Fees vary wee3kly, monthly

TRANSPORTATION: Provided by Monroe County School District Bus System (must make arrangements with school) Supervision from bus stop at Founders Park to program location will be provided!

Islamorada Spring Camp - during County school break -


2006 - Islamorada Summer Recreation Camp - 87000 Overseas Highway - Eight week Summer camp - sports, swimming, arts and craft, games, Red Cross Swim lessons, special events, field trips, tennis skate park weekly fee for park members, ages 6 to 13, daily fee

2006 - Islamorada Summer Diving at the Founders Park Aquatic Center - Founders Park is offering a one-week dive camp and an eight-week summer camp.

2006 - Islamorada Summer Aquatics Camp - June 9 - 20, 2003, 9 AM to 4 PM, ages 5 and up, $150 members, $ 187.50 non-members, swimming instruction, diving instruction,, arts and crafts, dry land activities, fun-station, tampoline instruction 305-853-1685

Islamorada Swim Lessons - Pre-school, beginner, intermediate, advanced, adult and special need lessons, 305-853-1685, Swim Lessons and water conditioning for the Developmently Disabled

Islamorada Diving program - various levels, several hours per week - coach Ed Goodman

Islamorada Swim Teams - Fees vary with group and residence, Junior group, Senior, Masters, Girls Recreational Swim team

 ADULT EXPANDED WATER AEROBICS program, Islamorada Aquatic Center. Founders Park - 853-1685.

Islamorada - TEE HILL BASEBALL ACADEMY at Founders Park, open year round ages 5-16. Instruction includes pitching, hitting, fielding, base running and fundamentals. Location Founders Park Multi Purpose Field.Call 853-1685 or 942-9607 for information.  Fee per child/member per month.

Tournament Travel teams:

5-6 years T-ball,
7-8 yrs. Coach Pitch,
9-10 years Major
11-12 years Major
13-14 years Major
16-16 years Major

2006 - Islamorada - summer Future Stars Tennis Camp at Founders Park in Islamorada. June 12 to 30; five more weeks follow in July and August.Boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Beginning junior tennis players as well as intermediate and tournament-level. Sessions are weekdays 9 a.m. to noon. Program will feature fundamentals, drills for skills, tennis games, kids cardio tennis, match play and more. Questions concerning Founders tennis camps, events, lessons, classes or more, call Director Phil Milford at (954) 260-7687 or 852-8727.


2006 - Big Pine Athletic Association - Big Pine Athletic Association is a non-profit organization that provides organized sports as well as other activities for youth.This organization runs a swim program from April to August. Swimmers train at the Sunshine Key pool and participate at meets throughout the Keys. For more information contact Liz Madisetti, Director of Blue Heron Park - Email:BPKPark@aol.com - Office:872-0292 - Fax:872-7049 .


Blue Heron Park
Since 1993, the BPAA has also operated the Blue Heron Park Youth Center on Big Pine Key. The purpose of the youth center is to provide wholesome recreational activities for youth during their free hours from school. The four acre center includes a lighted basketball court, picnic pavilions, a volley ball court, a clubhouse and an under the house game area. The Blue Heron Youth center is open Monday - Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. It is possible to reserve Blue Heron Park for birthday parties or other events by calling 872-0292.

Little League T-Ball, Baseball and Softball - over 220 players, ages 4 through 18, play at Watson Field from February to June each year.

Swim Team - over 50 young swimmers train and compete from April to August.

AYSO soccer - over 200 players ranging from under 6 years old to under 16 years old participate in this excellent soccer league.

Sailing Club - This is a newly formed group that is always on the lookout for new members

BP Youth Football - Now Lower Keys youth can practice on Big Pine and play in Key West as members of the Key West Junior Football League.

After-school- See Our Pages
(Blue Heron Park)

Summer Program - Every summer Blue Heron Park is filled with the sound of children. They go on field trips,work with arts and crafts and even learn new things. Times and price of the Summer Program will be announced in April.

Natural and Cultural History Museum - This newly formed program is an effort to save some samples of Lower Keys history and expose our residents to samples of natural history. Among our exhibits are old bottle collections , insect collections, fossils, mineral collections, mammal and reptile bones and a herbarium of native plants.

Accelerated Reader Library - a parents favorite, this library is a collection of sometimes hard to find books that are used to aquire AR points at the Sugarloaf School

Big Pine Athletic Association Summer Day Camp - Starting June 2, 2003 for nine weeks, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, for kids that have finished kindergaten through age 12. Daily and weekly fee, call 872-0292 or register at Blue Heron Park 3 PM to 6 PM weekdays

2006 - Camp Sawyer - Camp Sawyer is located 35 miles north of Key West on Summerland Key at mile marker 34.5 on the south side of US1, about 4 miles south of the entrance to Bahia Honda State park. - e-mail: reservations@sfcbsa.org , http://www.sfcbsa.org/Camps/Sawyer.html

A ten acre site located deep in the Florida Keys with the Atlantic Ocean on the east shore and the Gulf of Mexico directly to the west. A tropical aquatic wonderland: swimming, snorkeling, fishing and boating are many of the favorite adventures.

There are four tropical campsites right on the Atlantic Ocean. An open covered shelter, a group campfire area, an activity shelter, and a latrine with shower facilities are available for you and your family or your Scouting unit. If you have a boat, deep sea and reef fishing are big attractions. If you do not have a boat, many charter boats are available on nearby islands. Fishing is also permitted off a nearby fishing pier located just outside the camp.

Reservations for Camp Sawyer should be completed at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled dated of attendance. Upon submitting a Local Tour Permit, a $50.00 non-refundable camp fee per site is due with your reservation (25 people maximum). This $50 deposit will apply to your overall fees.


2006 - Mote Science Summer Programs Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, Attn: Summer Program Registration, Telephone: (941) 388-4441, Email: educate@mote.org, Website: www.mote.org

Program Offered: Summer Only - Research oriented marine science summer programs, grades 1-12, in Sarasota. Programs also offered in the Florida Keys. SEE ENVIRONMENT

 Mote Explorers - Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys -  Students Entering Grades 7-8: Mote Explorers

Ecology of the Florida Keys while living at Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key, Florida Keys. Field explorations, laboratory sessions, and classroom activities on topics such as mangrove ecology, coral reef habitats, and dolphin research and behavior.  Students will enjoy snorkel trips to the world-renowned coral reef at Looe Key, as well as kayak trips in nearshore shallows. Participants will also take field trips to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Grassy Key’s Dolphin Research Center, the Key West Aquarium and Mote's Conch Baby Farm. Round-trip ground transportation is provided from Mote in Sarasota, Florida to Summerland Key, as well as lodging and food during the programand the use of snorkel gear..

Dates: ALL CAMPS ARE FULL June 5 – 9, June 12 – 16, July 17 - 21

Times: Monday morning to Friday evening

Cost:   $725/Mote Member / $775/Non-Member   ($200.00 deposit)

 Marine Ecology, History and Cultural Heritage of the Florida Keys - Students Entering Grades 9-10: Junior Scientists ( program is full; waiting list is available)

Mote will be offering a waiting list for each program as it becomes full.  From past years experience, we call quite a number of applicants from the waiting list.  To be put on a waiting list, please complete a registration form, have it notarized and send it in with a deposit.  The deposit will be refunded if your child does not get into a camp.

Come explore the ecology, history and cultural heritage of the Florida Keys while living at Mote's Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key, Florida! 

This program includes field explorations, laboratory sessions, and classroom activities on topics such as mangrove ecology, coral reef habitats, and dolphin research and behavior.  SCUBA dive (if certified) or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, one of the finest reefs in North America.  Kayaking excursions to local coral reef and shallow, marine inshore communities.  Program includes visits to various attractions such as Dolphin Research Center, Bahia Honda State Park, Mote’s Conch Baby Farm, and Key West cultural and historic sites.  Round-trip ground transportation is provided from Mote in Sarasota, Florida to Summerland Key, as well as lodging and food during the program. Program costs include the use of snorkel or SCUBA (if certified) gear. Swimming skills are required.

Dates: ALL CAMPS ARE FULL   July 10 - 14

Times: Monday morning to Friday evening

Cost:   Snorkeling Program - $725/Mote Member, $775/Non-Member

            Diving Program - $825/Mote Member, $875/Non-Member

            (Copy of dive certification required with registration)


Pigeon Key - Pigeon Key Overnight Marine Biology Science Camp

Camp Season: 6-1-2006 to 8-10-2006

Summer Address:
P. 0. Box 522696
Marathon, Florida, USA 33052
Phone: 305-289-0025

Phone: 305-289-0025
Fax: 305-289-0319

A fun-filled week of marine science exploration both in and out of the water! Discover the diversity of life that is found in the grasses, mangroves and reefs that make up the unique tropical setting of the Florida Keys. Students are housed in historic buildings that once served the railroad from Miami to Key West.  All the buildings have been restored to their original beauty and have been modernized with air-conditioning and indoor plumbing!  All meals supplied during the program.

During the week, students will have the opportunity to snorkel on two of the Florida Keys most beautiful coral reefs, Sombrero Reef and Looe Reef.  Additionally, students will have the chance to explore the seagrass beds, tidepools, and hardbottom habitats on and around Pigeon Key.  Within each habitat there is ample opportunity to see the fascinating critters, like sea stars, tropical fish, eagle rays and sometimes turtles! From the smallest plankton to the largest fish, we'll discover the biological diversity that the Keys have to offer and what makes this an amazing and special place.

THis material may be dated - Requirements - 12 -14 years old (older students please call for alternate camp options, swimmer that is comfortable in the water, keen interest in the ocean, marine science and exploring the beautiful and fragile habitat of the Coral Reefs, mature and responsible and will enjoy living on a rustic island without the modern amenities of Television and the Internet.


 Bahama Village Music Program & Boys & Girls Club summer music camp. Bandroom, 727 Fort St., Key West. 305-292-9628 · Email: bvmpkw@aol.com - The BVMP offers year-round music instruction in piano, violin, drums, clarinet, guitar and voice. The program is open to Key West children ages 6 - 12. Teenage music students and professional musicians serve as teachers and mentors to their young students. Call the office for more information!


BELOW - Camps and information we have be update information on for 2006


2005 - Soccer Camp on Big Pine - held at St. Peter's - July 18 - July 22, Open to boys and girls ages 5 through 16, registration at St. Peters Church Field, www.aysosoccercamps.org, or contact coordinators Mike Hartley 305-872-0664 or Rob Dinnie at 1-800-589-5984 - Hours 9 AM to Noon, and from 5 PM to 8 PM. Mini-camp for aGES 5-6 YEARS

2004 -  Fall Big Pine Soccer - Big Pine and the Lower Keys 872-1190

Optimist Sailing Program -at the Key West sailing Club, 705 Palm Ave. and end of sailboat Lane, Key West - Summer Camp starts in June, AM for beginners, PM for advanced sailors, children ages 7 to 17, call 305-292-5993



 2005 - Turtle Kraals Museum - 200 Margaret Street, Key West - weekly program June 6 to July 29 - ages 6 to 11, Children will complete a project on local marine education, sea turtles, and other marine life. - Fee - 305-294-0209


2004 - Summer Skate Camp at Blake's Daily Grind Skate Park - 3145 Flagler, Key West - ages 7 and up with field trips to Marathon Skate Park - four weeks, June 9 to July 3, 2003, 9 AM to 1 PM, FEE, Call 305-295-WMCA -

2004 Summer - Blake's Daily Grind Skate Park FREE - Open Daily from noon to 7 PM

2004 - Key West YMCA Skating - During the school year 2004 The Daily Grind Skate Park - Ramps and grind rails for all ages. Pads required! Wednesday - Friday, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Sat. & Sun. 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

YMCA Family Skate Night - Skate in circles and join r limbo contest at the hockey rink on Bertha St., Fridays from 7 - 9:45 p.m.  

YMCA Skate Park, 3145 Flagler St. (behind the fire station), 305-295-9622. Two-hour skateboard or inline skate session for kids under 18 is $3. Open every day but Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Summer Tennis Offering - Classes for children are available at 1800 Atlantic, Key West call 305-292-1215. There is a fee

3-Legged Dog Art Academy at the Robert Frost Cottage, Key West - 410 Caroline Street - available for the serious child artist - starting June 19,2003 for four weeks, five days a week,, Beginners -9 AM to 11 AM, Advanced 1 PM to 3 PM, call 294-3559 FEE


Theater Camp for Teens -Two Week Workshop - June 16 - 27, 2003 Mondays - Fridays, sponsored by Playful productions and directed by Coral Shores High School teacher Deanna Healy, room for ten to twelve students - tuition fee and application - call Sugrue at 852-1864 or e-mail fairyair@playful.com

2004 - Mid-Keys Summer Swim team - 743-4443 - age 5 and older - call for registration information - free evaluations Monday and Wednesdfay evenings - Cabana Club pool Key Colony Beach swim lessons also avaialable


2004 - Marathon Soccer - ages 4.5 to 18 - Register at Marathon Youth Club AYSO soccer season - applications and registration information available at Marathon Community Park Pavillion. info at AYSO Hotline 743-0683 or talk to League Commisssioner Chris Bull at USP Store in the Publix Shopping Center MM 50 Marathon. Fee includes uniform, practice starts in August, email soccer@marathonfl.us

Major League Soccer Camp - June 1 to 5 Switlik Elementary
Marathon Soccer also holding a summer areana socccer program June 11 through August 5.

2005 - Marathon Basketball - sponsored by Marathon Parks and Recreation department - June 25 - 29, ages 8 to 14, adult volunteers to instruct call 743-6598

Marathon Youth Football 2004 - sponsored by Florida Keys Electric Coperative and the Marathon Youth Club - June 10 to 12, ages 7 to 14, Registration May 14 and 15 6 to 8 PM at the marathon Community Park - registration also available for fall football league at same time.

Planet Gymnastics - Key West - Toppino drive off of Northside Drive - 305-293-6977 - Gymnastics plus games, movies and other activities - Monday through Friday 7:20 to 2:30 June 2 through August 4, 2003


Soccer Camp - Key Largo Park - AYSO - Major League Soccer affiliated youth camp - Registration May 17, 2002 at Key Largo Park, June 10-14, ages 6 and under, 9 to 10;30 AM - Cost $58; 8-10 9 to Noon Cost $94; and 11 and over 5-8 PM Cost $94. Registration for soccer through AYSO, region 864, PO Box 1286, Tavernier Florida, Soccer Hotline - 453-4950

Challenger Sports - Soccer Camp - July 22-27 Morning and Afternoon sessions


Florida Keys 2003 Summer Nursing and Health Careers Camp - call Janet Cauble -305-289-2480 in Marathon, Barbara Ott in Coral Shores 305-853-3222, Alice Calleja in Key West 305-293-1549

Free camp for high school age residents in Monroe County going into 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and interested in a career in nursing or health care. Camping geared for students interested in a career in nursing or health care. duration of one week. Applications available through CAPPS Counselors at each high school.

 Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp - Upper Keys - Applications will be accepted through July. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Vince Carter. Open to ages 10-19. For information and brochure call (704) 568-6801


Marathon High School - UCA Cheerleading Camp August 9-10, 2003

Marathon High School Summer Volleyball Camp at Lakeland, Florida for Girls Volleyball team

Marathon High School - available only to Seniors - June 9 - July 11, 2003

Marathon High School Summer recreation - call Ms. Booker at High School - June 9 to June 30


The following offerings are listed because they take place in the Florida Keys or eminate from the Florida Keys.

 ----------YMCA Skate Park, 3145 Flagler St. (behind the fire station), 305-295-9622. Two-hour skateboard or inline skate session for kids under 18 is $3. Open every day but Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
YMCA Family Skate Night, 305-295-9622. Held at hockey rink on Key West High School Grounds. Skates only. Open from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Cost is $3 for children or adults.


2006 - SEA BASE High Adventure Camp - FLORIDA SEA BASE, 73800 Overseas Highway, P.O Box 1906,Islamorada FL 33036, (305)664-4173 Telephone 305-664-4173 - FAX 305-664-2039,


SEA BASE will not accept reservations via E-mail, fax, overnight letters or in person. They have a toll free reservations number with a bank of operators on a rotary system to handle requests.

Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is located in Lower Matecumbe Key and is owned and operated by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Member participants must be 14 years of age by September 1 of the year of participation.

Sea Base offers Scouts aquatic programs and includes a variety of water activities from SCUBA diving to sailing, swimming, snorkeling and fishing among the coral reefs of the Continental United States. In addition to the Islamorada Center, Sea Base uses a facility on Summerland Key near Key West for its Out Island and Keys Adventures program.The Bahamas Sailing Adventure uses as its base Man of War Key and Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. Call (305) 664-4173 for more information.


To find out about available programs for 2006 go to http://www.bsaseabase.org/reservations/open-2005.html


2006 - Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center - offers a Florida Keys Sailing based out of Plantation and Key Largo.

This YMCA is located about 20 miles north of Lafayette, Indiana - For more information go to http://www.camptecumseh.org/

Florida Keys July 16 - 29, 2006, $1750.00
Florida Keys Sailing is a must for those who love the sun, marine life, water, the open ocean and sailing. The Camp Tecumseh Sail Trip will start south of Miami, Florida and take place off the shore of places like Rodriguez Key, Port Largo, and Elliott Key for 5 1/2 days on the boat. Campers will be responsible for cooking, cleaning, setting sail, sailing, anchoring, etc.
 The trip is full of swimming, snorkeling, sunning, sailing, and spending time with your new friends on the boat! Camp Tecumsek WMCA has offered this Florida Sailing Trip for over 17 years.    




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