Summer Camp

Inspired by Carl Hiaasen's book Hoot and our own childhoods, we offer a number of summer camps where kids learn a little biology, a few old school “waterman” skills, and some kid skills. We'll make friends, enjoy the ocean, and have tons of fun!

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. Most weeks are geared toward campers 6 – 13, although we do have age-specific weeks for students as young as 4 and as old as 18, and expeditions for older campers.

We also offer a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at each location for kids 13 and older who would like to explore their leadership potential. Learn more in our summer camp program descriptions. 

Each week of camp has its own theme and activities, but there are some things we do every week. 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 the end of the day. Bring some delicious baked goodies and join us to experience your child's week of camp.

We hope you'll join us for summer fun and learning in our island ecosystem! 

We're excited to share the news that we will once again offer three camp locations for Summer 2018 - our Flagship Campus on Sanibel, the Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel, and Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida. Our programs are listed by location and more details are available via the buttons below. 

A portion of our summer camp spaces will be made available to families who have attended camp in the past on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST. A password will be required to log in to the camp registration system at that time. Additional spaces will open during general registration on February 17th, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST. 

If your family has participated in our week-long summer or winter camps before, but you did not receive our early registration email, please drop us a line at camp@sanibelseaschool.org so we can send you the information you need. 

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Winter Camp

Each year, we offer a camp session or two during winter break. Camps are open to children ages 6-13. A Counselor In Training program will also be available both weeks for teenagers interested in honing their leadership skills in a fun environment. Winter Camp 2018 details will be announced in Fall 2018. 

Schedule

Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

(9 am - 2 pm for 4 - 6 year olds)

Schedule varies for Teen Camp Programs, see individual camp week descriptions.

Fees

Fees for each week are listed with descriptions.

Refund policy: Cancellations made at least one week prior to the camp start date will receive a refund of all payments made less a $50 administration fee per week per child. Cancellations made less than one week before the camp start date are non-refundable.

If the cost of the program is preventing you from enrolling your child, please call us. We’re happy to work with you to ensure an ocean education for all.

E-mail list

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There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
– Dave Barry