summer camp

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

In a pile of used cardboard, bottles and other tossed-aside items, children dig about, grabbing handfuls and turning items over and over in their hands. This was the scene last week in a hallway of West Navarre Intermediate School.       Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Camp gives new cadets a taste of JROTC

Camp gives new cadets a taste of JROTC

Jade Abrams liked what she saw from a video presentation about the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC program while in middle school and decided to give it a shot. Alex Woodall grew up in a military family. Makenzie Bartels said her parents wanted her to join because they thought it would be good for her. Read […]

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Walking into a West Navarre Intermediate School classroom last week meant ducking flying plush cupcakes and stepping over splayed out, half-finished mini mansions surrounded by students with pipe cleaners. The noise of a half-dozen hammers wielded by third-graders filled the halls. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Young athletes enjoy soccer camp

Campers arrived at the NYSA complex on June 4 to begin a fun-filled week of soccer. “We have about 80 campers this year,” coach Rob Simon said. “We attempt to encourage and foster the camper’s love of soccer. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Handmade hair ties send kids to church camp

Handmade hair ties send kids to church camp

Peytyn Culbertson, 8, is lending a hand to help local children attend Winshape Camp this summer at Coastline Calvary Church. She’s doing it one hair tie at a time to pay forward a gift that allowed her to attend the camp last year. Registration for camp is $209 and lunch is not included. Chick-fil-A provides […]

Wildlife refuge set to sell Crestview zoo

Wildlife refuge set to sell Crestview zoo

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has accepted an offer to sell the zoo it owns in Crestview to a man with television aspirations. An unnamed buyer has agreed to pay the full asking price of $350,000 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park and its animals. The sale of the zoo will bring the refuge […]

Students STEAM through summer

Students STEAM through summer

Would you trust an 11-year-old to design life-saving buffers along U.S. Highway 98? Would you let a 14-year-old design your home? Fourth-grade teacher Marci Kennison might tell you to rethink your answer. At the second annual Santa Rosa School District STEAM Camp that is exactly what students set  out to do. Woodlawn Beach Middle School […]

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Despite patches of rainy weather, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station launched the first of this year’s summer camps last week. Dolphin Discovery had children entering third through eighth grade learning and playing along Navarre Beach June 12 through 16. The children participated in a variety of activities that familiarized them with the species that […]

Popularity of soccer camp continues to grow

Popularity of soccer camp continues to grow

Attendance at this summer’s Navarre girls soccer camp has exploded. “This is one of our largest turnouts for the camp since it was started several years ago,” Navarre head coach Rob Simon said. “We had 50 campers that pre-registered and another 25 that registered on the first day.” The campers were split into five age […]

Camp gives cadet candidates taste of life in ROTC

Camp gives cadet candidates taste of life in ROTC

Inside the high school gymnasium on a rainy Monday morning, 80 potential cadets in the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC program run through a series of exercises for nearly two hours. This is the first day of orientation camp, which gives the students here a chance to feel what life in ROTC is like and to […]

Surf’s up at PaddlePalooza

Surf’s up at PaddlePalooza

Children between the ages of 8 to 11 took to the waters of Navarre Beach and Black Water River July 18-22 for the second annual PaddlePalooza Summer Camp hosted by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Activities for the 23 campers started at 9 a.m. and finished by 3 p.m. each day. Campers went to […]

Summer vacation means child-care stress for many parents

Summer vacation means child-care stress for many parents

Primary and intermediate schools in the Navarre area let out June 1, and for many parents with children ages 5-12, this means finding somebody to look after the little ones. This is even more difficult for the 46 percent of families with both parents working full time according to the Pew Research Center in 2015. […]

$600K project to alleviate crowded YMCA

$600K project to alleviate crowded YMCA

It won’t come as a surprise to the 4,400 members of Navarre’s Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA that it is time to expand. The YMCA opened its doors in 2006 and has grown 450 percent, culminating in an at-capacity crowd. The 15,000-square-foot facility is buzzing with activity day and night with members seeking room in […]

Campers focus on fins, flippers

Campers focus on fins, flippers

Even as summer winds down, Navarre Beach Marine Station (NBMSS) summer camps are still in full swing. Kindergartners through second graders last week attended Fins and Flippers. The camp could be described as an introduction to NBMSS. “We talk about turtles and dolphins and sea otters,” said camp leader Emily Simon, referring to the mammals that […]

H2o + Tech = Sea3PO

H2o + Tech = Sea3PO

What do you get when you merge water and technology? A five-day STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camp called Sea3PO hosted at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Campers learned to take water samples, conducted research with microscopes and built and drove remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The camp was led by two teachers, Lauris […]

Science summer camp sparks creativity

Science summer camp sparks creativity

“Goggle check!” Manisha Agrawal yelled to her campers as they demolished computers, sewing machines, alarm clocks and radios. Agrawal, a third-grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate School (WNIS), was doing a safety check for Camp Invention students. Camp Invention is a weeklong day camp where campers participate in hands-on problem-solving, using science, technology, engineering and […]

Students ‘Turn the Tides’ at summer camp

Students ‘Turn the Tides’ at summer camp

Not many summer camps include squid, ice cream and kayaking at the beach all in one week. But those are just a few of the activities young campers were able to enjoy during the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s Turning the Tides summer camp June 9 – 13. Students from kindergarten to fifth grade participated […]