by Lauren Crawford
Summer camp is often thought of as a place of fun- where lifelong friendships are made and kids have a chance to learn new things. That’s exactly what I found when visiting Camp Immokalee this summer. Immediately I was greeted with a sense of community, and I could tell that the kids shared a special bond with one another as they worked together with teammates in their daily activities.
Camp Immokalee is a First Coast YMCA resident camp where kids can participate in physical, social and educational activities such as fishing, canoeing, talent shows, archery, arts and crafts, and other teambuilding activities designed for personal enrichment.
YMCA of Florida’s First Coast also partners with the Bridge of Northeast Florida in order to provide Camp Immokalee stays for Bridge program participants. The partnership is annually funded by the Deerwood Rotary Club and makes it possible for kids of diverse backgrounds to have opportunities that they might not otherwise have access to.
Camp Immokalee is one of the ways that the Y hopes to impact kids of our community, teaching them self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership, and meaningful relationships.
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