Summer camp at the North Fort Myers Community Park and Center is now in full swing, and there are still several weeks to have your children join in the fun.
Camp will end July 27, but there are spots for the next few weeks, said NFM Community Center senior recreation specialist James Pittro. He is running the camp with senior recreation specialist Jennifer Valez.
There are still more field trips, and there is weekly mentoring from other Parks & Recreation representatives on subjects from bullying to video games, along with traditional camp activities. They skate, bowl and go to movies as well as on big field trips, including an upcoming one to the Naples Zoo on July 19.
Then there is the fishing.
"It's very popular," said Pittro. "It was supposed to be from 10 to 11 a.m but it went for an hour and a half this week," he said.
He brought the activity to the park this year when he transferred over from the Lehigh Acres Recreation Center.
"We do this every Monday throughout the summer," he said, adding they go to a nearby lake and catch dozens of fish.
Avid anglers include Trevor Bass, Samantha Stout, Megan Serrano, James Stout and Alexandra Nieves.
Alexandra Nieves said she really likes the fishing experience.
"I'm not a big fisherman. I like helping people, so I would get the worms for them," she said.
"She basically feeds the fish, getting them hungry for us by throwing in bread," said Pittro.
Cape Coral resident Trevor Bass is a true fisherman.
"I go fishing about everyday," he said. "Fishing is very fun. I've caught blue gill, talapia and bream."
Father Joe Bass said, "This is an excellent camp." He said he takes Trevor and his brother Tanner to the Cape Canals. "He (Trevor) is getting a lot out of camp."
"Another of our 'professional fishermen' is James Stout," said Pittro.
Lee County Parks & Recreation's Mary Broomfield, along with other mentors, speaks with campers weekly on a variety of subjects, including bullying.
Members of the North Fort Myers Fraternal Order of the Orioles Nest 301 helped fund many camp scholarships for the last three years through their fund raising efforts.
The cost for a week of camp is $75, but $67.50 online.
For more information on summer camp, call The North Fort Myers Community Park Recreation Center at 652-4512.