Where When How — Summer 2017
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Summer Camp Options
Morgan Luker

WHETHER YOU ARE A VISITOR IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS OR ARE A RESIDENT, IF YOU ARE IN TCI THIS SUMMER WITH CHILDREN you are sure to be looking for activities and programs for your family. Even more likely, you may be looking for your children to experience some programs on their own (while mom and dad can get a little down time). Luckily for the kids, and for YOU, there are a number of great options that kids of almost any age can partake in during the summer months of June, July and August.

While there are a number of great summer programs across the TCI, the ones below are open to both visitors and the community in Provo and are a representation of camps from 2016 or earlier.

SURFside SEA Camp

offering year-round adventures for both kids and families, SURFside special programs in the summer just for kids. These are compiled of half and full day adventures almost entirely on the ocean, exploring new sites around Provo and the other islands. With a different adventure every day, kids eight and up experience kayaking, snorkelling, SUP, scuba, kiteboarding, wakeboard and waterskiing, all while learning about the marine and coastal environments in the TCI. Other options include lifesaving and open water swim coaching during the summer that are implemented into the regular SEA Camp curriculum. One evening a week is spent paddling on a kayak or SUP to a remote location for coastal marine discoveries, a campfire dinner and s’mores (and possibly glow worms), and described by one camper last summer, “the best night ever!”

Grace Bay Club’s Kids Town

Also in operation year-round, the Kids Town at Grace Bay Club is open to on-property guests but also visitors staying at other prop-erties and kids from the community. Their programs run entirely from the resort and beach area, and they have a new Games Room to occupy the kids looking for some indoor play time as well. Their Clubhouse caters to programs such as arts & crafts, a cultural program, kids yoga and daily games. Weather permitting, sailing and kayaking are also offered and there is always daily pool/ocean time. Margaret and Delisa will be there to welcome everyone and are wellregarded by the guests as the best in the business.

Big Blue Summer Camp

Big Blue are known for their ocean adventures and exploring while learning about the marine environment. For the past three summers, they have been offering a tailored program for kids that runs during the first three weeks of July only. These week-long camps run Monday through Friday and offer excursions for kids nine and up on kayak and SUP, and also a certification course in diving. There is an optional seamanship component as well for avid boatpersons, and also a weekly trip by boat to visit West Caicos and explore. Kids will be sure to learn a great deal in this experiential program.

Graceway Sports Centre

With super sporting amenities on site, the Graceway Sports Centre offers a huge variety of recreational activities for kids five years and older at very reasonable prices. Basketball, volleyball, tennis, squash, gymnastics, badminton, soccer, etc. are all offered in the mornings. Often, there is a guest speaker or specialised coach in the afternoons teaching a nutrition workshop or hip-hop class, followed by afternoon sports and/or activities such as arts and crafts. An amazing, wellrounded sports-based camp that runs for the month of July.

So, with choices like these, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy the summer months in TCI. There is variety, educational components, water safety, and loads of fun in each one. Every camp offers its own unique pieces, and there is sure to be one perfectly suited for every camper. I know when I was growing up in TCI as a kid we were given a three-wheeler, a mask, snorkel and a map. But that’s another story… Grateful for options :)

More about Summer Camp, or other outdoor adventure programs for kids and families, call SURFside Ocean Academy, on 231.5437.