These are just a few of the children’s camps on site at Ocean Reef Club this summer – Ocean Reef Club, one of America’s premier private communities, has announced its schedule of summer camps, with a dozen different camps for every age and every interest. With its location at the northern tip of Key Largo, the setting is perfect for water-themed adventures and marine discovery. But beyond the sea and surf, there are many special interest camps that allow kids to discover new skills, explore new hobbies and meet new friends. There are returning favorites as well as new additions to the camp line-up.
Although Ocean Reef Club is private, the camps are open to children of members as well as non-members. Parents (and grandparents, too!) can create their own fun at Ocean Reef Club. While their children attending one of Ocean Reef Club camps, families can stay at The Inn or Vacation Rental at special summer rates.
Here is an overview of this summer’s camp offerings at Ocean Reef Club:
Wet and Wonderful
This interactive ecology-based camp offers a hands-on investigation of local reefs and mangroves for campers 10 to 14 years old. Campers will discover the diversity of marine life in the Florida Keys under instruction of knowledgeable staff and activities including snorkeling and kayaking, lab work and more. Dates for the camp are July 15-19, July 22–26 and August 5–9.
Orvis Fly Fishing Camp
Orvis’ Fly Fishing Camp is an amazing introduction to a new lifetime hobby. For five days, anglers age 12 to 16 years learn how to fly cast, tie essential knots, tie flies, choose and fish flies, fight fish and handle and release fish. Orvis-Endorsed Guides will accompany students both wading and on boats fishing in flats, skiffs and offshore reefs. Dates for the camp are July 29–August 2.
Whether learning the basics or brushing up on techniques, participants in Sailing Camp focus on the mastery of skills to become adept and confident sailors. Taught primarily on Optimist boats, this five-day camp concludes with an exciting Regatta attended by friends and family. Open to junior sailors 8 to 14 years of age, the dates for Sailing Camp are June 17–21 and July 29-August 2.
OR SEA Dive Camp
OR SEA Dive Camp is a fun-filled week for kids to explore reefs and offshore habitats marine life calls home. This weeklong camp gives junior divers ages 10 to 17 the chance to become PADI certified with lessons hosted by experienced instructors. Included in the camp are ocean trips on Cristal Clear Charters’ custom dive boat exploring beautiful coral reefs and local wrecks, identifying fish and underwater photography. OR SEA Dive Camp is July 8–12 and July 29–2.
Fun in the Sun
Reef Discovery Camp
The majesty of the Florida Keys is close at hand with this on- and off-property camp for 8–14 year-olds. This beloved camp is returning for its ninth summer of fun, with snorkeling excursions, dolphin encounters, tubing, parasailing, an Everglades night excursion and so much more! Dates for the camp are June 24–28, July 8–12, July 22–26 and August 5–9.
Reef Tween Camp
This year, 7 to 10 year olds have their very own (no 6-year-olds allowed!) adventure retreat at The Reef. Campers can enjoy sports clinics, sailing classes, arts & crafts, video games and off-property outings. Dates for the camp are June 17¬¬–21, July 1–5, July 15–19, and July 29–August 2.
Reef Club Kids
Designed for kids ages 4-10, this daily adventure camp lets kids explore all the Reef as to offer. Sunny days will be spent slip n’ sliding on the beach or exploring all that The Reef has to offer, while other days are the perfect excuse for wacky games indoors—and every day is filled with friends and fun! Dates for the camp are June 10–August 16.
Sports and Fitness
Nike Golf Academy
For the very first year, Nike will be hosting overnight and day golf camps at Ocean Reef! These camps, designed for 9–18 year olds, include instruction from nationally recognized coaches, daily course play, Nike gear and a healthy and positive learning environment designed to help each camper improve their game. Dates for the camp are June 16–21 and June 23–28.
Quickstart Tennis Camp
Our younger future tennis pros just getting started in the sport will have a fantastic time with this introductory tennis camp for kids 4 to 8 years old. The innovative national program uses kid-sized equipment such as smaller racquets, smaller courts and specially designed balls; the goal is to limit frustration and focus on fun and learning, making this camp the perfect start for beginners. Dates for the camp are July 8¬–12 and July 15–19.
Nike Tennis Camp
Participants in Nike Tennis Camps will have the opportunity to improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. These day and overnight camps feature personalized on-court instruction and programs for every skill level. New this summer: Tournament Training for advanced level players. Dates for the camp are Jun 16–21 and June 23–28.
Kids Fitness Weekend
This brand new overnight weekend camp brings out the fun in fitness, health and nutrition for campers 8 to 12 years old. Delicious healthy eating and exciting physical activities help kids learn not only why fitness and nutrition are important but also how to enjoy living healthy! Dates for the camp are June 14–16 and June 28–30.
Summer on the Stage
Broadway bound thespians and energetic campers with a flair for the dramatic will love this two-week performing arts camp for 8 to 17 year olds! Industry professionals will offer training in voice, dance, acting, stage makeup and more, culminating in a star showcase group performance. Dates for the camp are July 15-26 and July 29–August 9.
For more information, pricing and reservations, call the Camp Concierge at
305-367-6516 or email [email protected] Rate card available at: https://www.oceanreef.com/_filelib/FileCabinet/SummerCamps/2013_SummerCamps_Brochure_Rates.pdf
Ocean Reef Club: Experience a Unique Way of Life
Nestled in 2,500 secluded, tropical acres on the northernmost tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Club is considered one of the country’s most comprehensive communities. Offering 1,700 waterfront estates, private homes, condominiums and boat slips, Ocean Reef Club also features an oceanfront Inn, full-service spa and salon, and an array of dining and shopping options. Leisure amenities include a 175-slip marina for boating, fishing and diving; two 18-hole championship golf courses; world-class tennis and lawn sports; jogging and cycling paths; cooking school; nature center; art league; cultural center; range of children’s activities and programming; and more. The Club is also equipped with a fully staffed Medical Center, gourmet grocery store, veterinary care and The Academy, an independent Pre-K3-8th grade “school within a school.” Located within an hour from Miami International Airport and 1.5 hours from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Ocean Reef Club is also serviced by its own 4,456-foot lighted runway. For more information, visit www.oceanreef.com