The Sanibel Sea School was excited to offer a winter camp session on the topic “New year, new ocean” in the last week of December.
To ensure the safety of campers, staff and the community, staff implemented several COVID-safe procedures throughout the week. The camp was limited to 20 participants, who were divided into smaller groups, and masks, social distancing, and plenty of hand washing were incorporated. The education team was able to conduct a successful and safe winter camp.
This year’s theme celebrated the return to nature after such a challenging year for everyone. Not only did counselors enjoy being outdoors, they also shared the importance of protecting the environment and ran a camp throughout the camp “Bioblitz” to learn what creatures are everywhere. They cataloged the plants, animals, and even shells they encountered on the east end of Sanibel.
“It was so nice to get back to a little sense of normalcy because we couldn’t hold our summer camps this year.” Director Nicole Finnicum said. “We were thrilled to have campers back in our building and to get back to our favorite activities like surf paddling.”
Campers also took part in the annual “Give your worries to the sea” Ceremony.
“Each camper writes down what worries or worries them in the past year, and then we burn the papers in a small campfire.” Shannon Stainken, education program manager, said. “Then we go down to our favorite beach and throw a pinch of ash into the sea each time so the ocean can wash away our worries.”
The Sanibel Sea School hopes to implement the procedures during their summer camp. Registration will open in February with details to be announced later in January. More information can be found at https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/sanibel-camps.
The Sanibel Sea School is part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family and has set itself the goal of improving the future of the ocean one by one.
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