Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Camps Open with Flourish at the Y

Photos by Quentin Roux | Tennis campers pose with Coach Roberto Saad on the first day.

Sofia Arminio, who is at Manatee Elementary School in East Naples, focuses on an early task Monday as camp began.

After the cautious easing of restrictions over the past couple of weeks, the YMCA of South Collier (Marco Y) literally sprang back to life Monday with the return of summer camp activities. 

Young campers enjoyed swim lessons, learned the basics of tennis, romped around playing catch in the Airnasium, and some even took their first breaths underwater during a specialty SCUBA camp. 

Inside the Youth Development Center, masked staffers had carefully separated the campers into small groups for arts and crafts sessions, and even then, had limited the number of kids per table. 

The extra caution was, of course, in line with recommendations by Governor Ron DeSantis when he announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Inside the Youth Development Center, 5-year-old camper Becker Schulte enjoyed cutting out some paper shapes and decorating them with colored paper strips. 

“They tell me to do something, I can do it,” said Schulte, who added he was pleased to have changed his home routine by coming to the Y. “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this camp.” 

Over at the pool, which was more than welcome on a hot day following Storm Cristobal clearing out of the area, Coach Kamal Farhat put swimmers through their paces. 

Close by, Scuba Marco instructor John Blake introduced a group of young campers to the joy of breathing underwater, while Coach Roberto Saad introduced a large group of campers to the joys of tennis. 

Dubbed “The Best Summer Ever” camp, it runs through August 10th from 7 AM to 6:30 PM weekdays. Cost is $85 a week for members and $95 a week for non-members. 

The camp focuses on fun and education, and components are math and literacy, pool activities, sports, community projects, leadership activities, along with nutrition and fitness awareness. It also includes breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks. 

Upcoming specialty camps include soccer, tennis, volleyball, SCUBA, pickleball and gymnastics.   

Full details are available at 

For more on the Y’s wide variety of programs and activities for adults and children, visit or call 239-394-9622. Follow on Twitter at ymcamarco, on Facebook at marcoymca, and Instagram at ymcamarco.

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