Summer in the Sun: the Florida Keys Adventure!

by Andrea Wackerle

Our 38th summer camp season is on its way! To celebrate, we’ll be highlighting each course over the coming weeks. This week, we’re featuring our Florida Summer Camp, the Florida Keys Adventure. This 10 day course brings the phrase “Fun in the Sun” to life with a variety of activities that will make your child happy to answer the question, “What did you do this summer?”

The Florida Keys Adventure is surrounded by unforgettable sites and adventures. This course is ideal for campers at any skill level who are looking for a variety of adventures. Campers will work together with our trained staff to establish a daily routine of activities, meal preparation, personal hygiene, and nightly reflection. Campers will meet at the Ft. Lauderdale airport before driving down to Big Pine Key to begin their journey. This trip together allows campers to get to know each other and begin building the friendships that make this trip unforgettable.

Oceanfront Camping

Campers will fall asleep and awake to the sound of the ocean (no sound machine needed). After arriving in Big Pine Key, we’ll set up camp at Camp Wesumkee, complete with ocean front views and complete bathroom facilities. Here they will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities including snorkeling, sea kayaking, boating, swimming, and deep sea fishing. Campers will then head to Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote island about 70 miles west of Key West. Accessible only by ferry, the island is surrounding by clear blue water for campers to kayak, fish, snorkel, and explore!

Marine Life

While visiting Looe Key, campers will get up close and personal with hundreds of unique species of fish including yellowtail, angelfish, parrotfish, barracuda, sergeant majors, and moray eel. Looe Key is also home about fifty kinds of coral formations. Named after their shapes, species include the staghorn, elkhorn, star, brain, and fire corals. Campers will also learn the history of the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary, the history of its marine life, and the importance of marine conservation in the keys.

Island History

Key West is home to multiple historic sites as well as “must see” attractions. While camping in Dry Tortugas National Park, campers will visit the historic Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, and learn about its history and why it is preserved today. Campers will also visit Fort Zackary Taylor, the Key West Aquarium, and the exciting Sunset Festival at Mallory Square, complete with music, history, and street performers!

Ready to enroll? Submit your child’s application today! Still have questions? We would love to help! Give us a call at 828-456-3435 or email us at