SUMMER CAMP 2018 AT canterbury school

In Summer 2018, we will partner with Canterbury School to offer ocean-themed, field-based summer camps based in Fort Myers. Canterbury School will be our home base, and Sanibel Sea School and Canterbury educators and counselors will transport campers to beach locations each day to experience the ocean. We’ll spend time on the bay and in the Gulf, and visit locations on the mainland and our local barrier islands. We’ll learn a little marine biology in the best way possible – hands on! We’ll have the opportunity to observe some of our favorite sea creatures in Canterbury’s marine lab, all while creating lasting friendships and memories around the ocean. 

Each week of camp has its own theme and activities, and there are things we do every day in camp. We surf each day, and our famous Surf Paddling Competition is held each Friday. In Sanibel Sea School style, every day includes surfing, friendship, macramé, and team bonding. Then there’s always artwork, journaling, beach time, seining and snorkeling. Our “Milk and Cookies Slideshow” takes place every Friday at 3:30 PM. Bring some delicious baked goodies and join us to experience your child’s week of camp. 

We keep the size of our camps small and the meaningful experiences big. Typically, the camper to teacher ratio is less than 6 to 1.

Our summer programs at Canterbury School are open to the public. 

Looking for Summer Camp at Sanibel or Summer Camp at Sundial?

Island skills camp at canterbury school

June 11-15, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Baby Plover Week

$350, rising grades PreK4 - 1

Ever been walking on the beach and see something dart out from under your feet? A teeny ball of feathers is to blame! Snowy plovers are hard to see and that’s because they are masters of camouflage – a perfect defense for tiny baby plover chicks! Let’s see how well we can blend in with the beach this week in our epic hide-and-seek game. We’ll practice our nest guarding skills like the mama plovers and even try to see some of the nests through binoculars. It’s a big beach out there, little plover, but you can make it!

June 18-22, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Whistlin' for Dolphins Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Click, click, click, whistleeeee. Did you know dolphins have their very own signature call? Each signature whistle holds a lot of important information – location, identity, and mood. This week we’re going to create our own dolphin calls and get whistlin’. Not only will we make our own calls but also learn how these calls are transmitted through the water. How does sound work under water? We’ll experiment with underwater sounds and learn about vibrations. And because dolphins aren’t solo singers, we’re going to learn about how social and smart they are. Come join our pod for a whistlin’ good time.

June 25-29, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Going Batty for Batfish Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

It’s a bat. No, it’s a fish. It’s a batfish! These crazy looking fish have flattened bodies and fins that they use to walk across the seafloor. A walking fish, you say? This week we’ll walk on our fins into the water and have batfish races. Batfish are super camouflaged and use a special lure to attract their prey. We’ll not only learn about batfish but we’ll BE batfish. How flat can you go? How well can you blend in to your surroundings? Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll witness a batfish taking a stroll in the seagrass. Put on your mask and snorkel and get ready for a week in the water.

July 9-13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wiggly Worm Week

$350, rising grades 2-5

Slippery, slimy, ooey-gooey worms! And not just your average earthworm – these are bristly, writhing, wiggly marine worms! We’re going to get slimy and dirty this week and trudge through the muck to find these segmented siltherers. We’ll burrow in the sand like our lugworm friends and build our own feather duster worm tubes. Ever wonder what’s inside a worm? We’re going to find out during our worm dissection. We’re going to spend our days digging in the sand. Join us for a wonderfully worm-y week.

Camps for Teens at Canterbury School

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Offered Weekly

$210, rising grades 8-12

The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is for kids 13 and older who would like to reach their leadership potential.

This program is designed to teach older campers the skills of leadership for their future success. CITs are a vital link between our younger campers and the counselors in our programs. Through theory and practice, we teach our CITs how to be leaders and positive role models to those around them. We assign duties and create and maintain performance expectations for these young adult leaders. We treat them with gentleness, love and respect, but show them how to carry out the responsibilities they are now capable of and how to use their abilities to become excellent role models. On any given day, it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the campers or the CITs.

July 2-6, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (no camp on 7/4)


$400, rising grades 5-9

Fishing is an exciting and rewarding pursuit that helps us connect with and develop a deep understanding of ocean ecosystems. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times when it wasn’t just a sport but a means of survival. We’re going to spend the week exploring all things fishing with Sanibel Sea School’s marine science educators. We’ll teach campers the basic skills required to start fishing on their own and the biology behind where and when to catch that prized fish. This week we’ll learn fishing 4 ways – we will use our seine nets and cast nets, along with regular rod and reel fishing, and even spend a little time with a fly rod.

June 25-29, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

$400, rising grades 7-12

Do you ever wonder why you stand up on a boat to get a better look at something? It’s amazing how much you can observe by standing on top of the water! This week we’re going to observe and study wildlife in the bay, in the canals, and around the mangroves all atop stand-up paddleboards. Sanibel Sea School educators will teach campers the basics of paddleboarding and give them the skills needed to properly, safely paddle – we’ll cover basic strokes and techniques and maybe even have some SUP races! Join us for a week of wildlife, paddling fun, and adventure.


We're so excited for your kids to join us for the best summer ever! Registration for our camp programs at Canterbury School are processed through Canterbury's system. For assistance, please contact Carolyn Monteiro, Director of Summer Programs at (239) 481-4323, ext. 282.