Winter Camp 2016 participants prepare to perform their ocean carols along the Sanibel canals. 

Winter Camp 2016 participants prepare to perform their ocean carols along the Sanibel canals. 

Sanibel Sea School will once again offer a series of week-long camps for 6-13 year olds during winter break. The theme this year is Ocean Traditions, and participants will have a chance to learn about and celebrate the many ocean-related rituals that have helped coastal cultures around the world connect with the ocean and with one another for centuries. 

Campers wade on the sandbar at Bunche Beach. 

Campers wade on the sandbar at Bunche Beach. 

Historically, the organization has planned two weeks of winter camp each year, but because of recent changes in the local school calendars, there will now be three to choose from. The first week (December 19-23) will be called Polynesian Ocean Traditions, and will be inspired by the island cultures of the Pacific. The second week, Ocean Tribe Traditions (December 26-30), will revisit beloved Sanibel Sea School traditions, and the third, Japanese Ocean Traditions (January 2-6), will offer a peek into Japan’s rich history of harvesting natural resources from the sea. There will also be an opportunity for a limited number of teenagers (ages 13-18) to participate in Sanibel Sea School’s Counselor-In-Training leadership development program each week. 

Campers walk to the beach during Sanibel Sea School's annual "Give Your Troubles to the Sea" ceremony. 

Campers walk to the beach during Sanibel Sea School's annual "Give Your Troubles to the Sea" ceremony. 

“We’re very excited about this year’s theme,” said Sanibel Sea School’s Director of Education, Nicole Finnicum. “Coastal cultures have some incredible traditions. I can’t wait to teach our campers about the shark callers of Papua New Guinea, Japan’s pearl divers, and some really fantastic forms of art from around the world.” Each week will also include favorite activities like surf paddling, seining, ocean caroling, and the annual “Give Your Troubles to the Sea” ceremony. 

Nicole Finnicum leads an experiment using dry ice. 

Nicole Finnicum leads an experiment using dry ice. 

Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Click here to learn more and register. 

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