ALONG THE COAST CAMP SUMMER 2021
Dates: *Session 1 (June 1-4); Session 2 (June 7-11); Session 3 (June 14-18); Session (June 21-25)
*Note — Session 1 is Tuesday-Friday due to Memorial Day
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm (please pick-up at the daily destination from 1-2pm)
Location: See daily schedule
Ages: 6-10 years old
Cost: $250/child (Session 1 is $200)
After a fully sold out and safe COAST Camp last year in 2020, we are excited and ready for the another summer in the sun!
For those unfamiliar with this camp program, Along the COAST is a five day trek around Old Town complete with nature lessons, history, practical skills, games, and plenty of time along the shores and the beaches skirting our island.
The program and route will more or less stay the same as in years past, however to stay on the safe side we will be adding the following safety precautions as recommended by the CDC:
- Campers will wear masks when we are in high traffic areas.
- We’ll provide hand sanitizer and make stops to wash hands.
- Campers will pack their own snacks and water bottles.
- We’ll have a fully-stocked first aid kit and extra rubber gloves in the event of cuts, scrapes, etc.
- Finally, we will be limiting the group to 12 campers — plus one counselor (Billy — owner at COAST) and one junior counselor.
We may be adding additional sessions later in the summer. But for now, here is what the first month’s day-to-day schedule will look like:
Day 1: Starting at the End… of the Road (drop at Southernmost Beach and pick up at Truman Waterfront Park) — Starting at the Southernmost Beach Pier we’ll get everyone comfortable with the rules and have a lesson on the beach followed by swimming and an overview of the day’s trek and what to look forward to over the next five days. We’ll then weave through the southernmost neighborhood pointing out historic landmarks, wildlife, notable trees and flowers and stop at the COAST shop to have a snack, wash hands and have a bathroom break. From there, we will move slowly through Bahama Village pointing out more landmarks while making our way to Truman Waterfront Park where we’ll explore the grounds and play socially distant games. Parents can pick up in the main parking lot from 1-2pm.
Day 2: Day at the Beach (drop and pick up at Truman Waterfront Park) — We’ll start the day with a quick meeting and then a trek into Fort Zachary Taylor State Park where we’ll set up camp and, together with the kids, plan our expeditions for the day. From there, we’ll trek to and discover the “Secret Beach”, take a dip in the water, beachcomb, and have a lesson in the local marine life and natural environment. Next we’ll move to the old Fort for more socially distant games and history lessons. We’ll end the day with a journey back to the Truman Waterfront Park for a socially distant scavenger hunt!
Day 3: Old Town Stroll (drop at Truman Waterfront and pick up at Bill Butler Park) — We’ll start with a bit of navigation and course plotting so the kids know where we are headed and how to read a map. From there, it’s a leisurely stroll through the Truman Annex and an exit onto Front Street. We’ll weave down to Mallory Square for a snack and continue down towards the harbor for a dip in the water at Simonton Street Beach. From there, it’s a harbor walk at the Key West Bight with history lessons and some fish feeding. Finally, it’s onwards through the heart of Old Town to Bill Butler Park for tree and fruit identification and maybe some relay races to end the day?
Day 4: Cemetery to Cemetery (drop at Bill Butler Park and pick up at Higgs Beach) — The day starts with a cemetery walk and iguana spotting! From there, we’ll walk through the back streets of the Meadows for plant and fruit identification. Then it’s more of our new favorite games at Bayview Park, a snack and then a walk to Rest Beach and White Street Pier for beachcombing, wildlife spotting and, of course, swimming! Pick up at Higgs Beach by the African Cemetery adjacent to West Martello Gardens.
Day 5: Beach Combing (drop at Higgs Beach and pick up at Southernmost Beach) — We’ll walk the shores of Rest Beach for shell collecting and wildlife spotting — we’ve seen everything from queen conchs to ospreys catching fish. From there, we’ll take a dip at the White Street Pier followed by a snack and lesson at Higgs Beach. Then it’s a walk through the back streets of the Casa Marina neighborhood for stories, tree identifications, and history before we wind up at Southernmost Beach for a cool down in the water where the trek comes full circle!
The kids will feel a huge sense of accomplishment both in the lessons they’ve learned but also in completing the entire “route” while simultaneously learning the theory that “the journey is the destination”. What’s more, they’ll be able to tour you around town in the future!