Marco's Camp Mackle, a sea of fun

Mindy Matusiak Special to the Eagle 
 Camp Mackle kids got into the festive Fourth of July by using decorative fabric paint to make T-shirts and covers for their swimsuits , which they wore on the beach on the Fourth.

Photo by Mindy Matusiak

Mindy Matusiak Special to the Eagle Camp Mackle kids got into the festive Fourth of July by using decorative fabric paint to make T-shirts and covers for their swimsuits , which they wore on the beach on the Fourth.

The camp has 55 children, 6 to 11, sharing interesting water themes each week. The camp, operated by Marco Island Parks & Recreation staff, runs a full day, with each week having an educational theme.

Underwater sea creatures, tropical weather, hurricanes, fish in Marco's watery environment, and more have been, or will be, featured, said Mindy Matusiak, recreation manager.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary representatives have spoken on protecting the waterways, Dr. Marty Roddy talked on different types of animal bones, Nancy Richie, City environmental specialist, spoke on shells, with the children going on a shell hunt and learning how to make shell crafts.

The county Sun-N-Fun water park is on the agenda for next week. Also ahead is "Shark Week," presented by representatives from the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Camp cost is $20 a day and $80 a week. For more information, or to register, call 642-0575.

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