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Welcome To Nathan Benderson Park

NBP Camps and Minicamps

Nathan Benderson Park offers summer camps and minicamps during the school year. Camps are a great way for children to learn new skills, enjoy the park and have fun with friends!

Summer Camp and Minicamp Offerings

Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break Camps Available

WATER ADVENTURE CAMP

Each day, campers will participate in different water sports — kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding! Campers will learn the basics of each discipline and, more important, boating safety. On-land instruction and safety requirements accompany all activities before campers get out on the water, so they obtain the knowledge and safety skills needed. Campers will be issued PFDs for on-water activities.

 

ARCHERY & FRESHWATER FISHING CAMP

Archery: Campers will gain experience to become independent, educated, safe archers. All of our camp staff holds at least a Level 1 National Archery Association certification.

Fishing: Learn the essentials of safe fishing! Campers will learn the rod and reel assembly, types of tackle, types of knots, casting, bait, fishing, and boating safety while they’re out on the water.

 

LEARN TO ROW CAMP

Morning session only. No experience necessary! Learn to row camp focuses on the fundamentals of rowing. Individuals will be taken step by step through nomenclature, safety maneuvers, and independent boat handling skills. This camp will provide campers with the skill set to safely row a single scull and other rowing shells. On-land instruction and safety requirements accompany all activities before campers get out on the water, so they obtain the knowledge and safety skills needed. Campers will be issued PFDs for on-water activities.

NBP ULTIMATE CAMP

Morning session (mornings) — Archery on Monday and Tuesday, and Freshwater Fishing on Wednesday and Thursday. Campers will gain experience to become independent, educated, safe archers, and will learn the essentials of safe fishing. Campers will learn the rod and reel, tackle, knots, casting, bait, and boating safety. All of our camp staffers hold at least a Level 1 National Archery Association certification.

Afternoon session (afternoons) — Water Adventure Camp activities (stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and rowing) all week. Campers will learn the basics of each discipline and, more important, boating safety. On-land instruction and safety requirements accompany all activities before campers get out on the water, so they obtain the knowledge and safety skills needed. Campers will be issued PFDs for on-water activities.

 

LEARN TO SAIL CAMP

Afternoon session only. No experience necessary! Campers will acquire foundational knowledge in the concepts of sailing. They will learn nomenclature, knots, and safe sailing practices. On-land instruction and safety requirements accompany all activities before campers get out on the water, so they obtain the knowledge and safety skills needed. Campers will be issued PFDs for on-water activities.

Specialty Camps

Nathan Benderson Park hosts a variety of speciality camps focused on building skills and confidence on and off the water.

 

SPIRIT OF AMERICA FOUNDATION
SAFE BOATER EDUCATION CAMP

The NBP/Spirit Of America Foundation Safe Boater Education Camp is a unique opportunity for potential boaters ages 10-15 to get both classroom education AND practical experience, at a low price. It will teach youths the lifelong skills of safe sailing, paddling and powerboating, with the ability to confidently teach others. The campers will be able to earn their Florida boating license.
The camp is conducted in partnership with Spirit Of America Foundation, which offers a comprehensive program that also instills confidence and positive, lifelong ambitions, and fosters the spirit of teamwork in youths. This camp starts with classroom time that culminates with the state boater license exam, then moves to a water safety class before hitting the waters at NBP for on-the-water education days in sailboats, paddle craft and power craft.
NOTE: There are off-site visits as part of the camp.

Fee: $200 (scholarships available — no one will be turned away)

2022-23 NBP Minicamps

Date: Jan. 9, Water Adventure Camp theme
Ages: 6-14
Pickup and Drop-off Location: Under the Benderson Family Finish Tower
Times: Check-in is at 8 a.m. Pick-up and drop-off times are 8:15–9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Fees: $45 per day ($125 for all three days)
Coming Dates: Feb. 20, March 13-17

Date: Jan. 2-6, Spirit of America Foundation Safe Boating Education Camp
Ages: 10-15
Pickup and Drop-off Location: Under the Benderson Family Finish Tower
Times: Check-in is at 8 a.m. Pick-up and drop-off times are 8:15–9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Fees: $200 for the six-day camp (scholarships are available — no child is turned away)
NOTE: There will be off-site visits during the camp.

IMPORTANT: You MUST complete payment in order to be fully registered for camp and to have your spot reserved.

Please contact programs at 941-358-7275 ext. 5816 or email programs@nathanbendersonpark.org with any questions you may have.

Register Now for January Minicamp Register for NBP/SOA Safe Boating Camp

 

See the Fun!

How to prepare

  • Please make sure your child has a healthy breakfast prior to arrival at NBP.
  • Apply sunscreen at home and send some with your child so he/she may reapply during the day.
  • Bring sunglasses, a hat and water shoes (or shoes that can get wet)
  • Bring a large bottle of water (We will have the ability to refill water bottles)
  • Bring snacks and, for full-day campers, bring lunch.
  • For designated down time throughout the day, bring a favorite book.

Discounts available

Siblings: Register two children for a week of camp, and recieve 10% off on one week of camp (use code SIB2022)

Limit 1 discount per customer. Discounts apply to both half and full day camps. If your discount code does not apply at check out, we will refund you the appropriate amount. Please contact programs@nathanbendersonpark.org if you encounter any issues with checkout or registration.

PROGRAMMING PARTICIPATION
CODE OF CONDUCT

Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy Inc. (the Conservancy) is dedicated to promoting and developing Nathan Benderson Park as a healthy, sustainable and safe environment in which people are welcomed and connected. In keeping with this vision, we ask that our customers exhibit appropriate behavior and follow directions while participating in or attending NBP activities. You are the NBP community and help create a culture of inclusion and respect for others by following these simple guidelines:

• Follow the rules of Nathan Benderson Park and county, state and federal laws, statutes and ordinances.
• Show respect for all individuals and property.
• Conduct yourself in a manner that does not interfere with another person’s enjoyment or experience.
• Demonstrate good sportsmanship, as the dignity of others should always be respected.
• Refrain from using foul, offensive, threatening or abusive language.
• As we care about your well-being, do not cause bodily harm to yourself or others, including unwanted bodily contact.
• Help create a safe environment by not behaving in a way that may constitute a danger to yourself or others, or lead to a hostile environment.
• The unlawful carrying or concealment of a weapon, brandishing a weapon or using any object in a threatening manner is prohibited.
• The use or possession of illegal substances at NBP is prohibited.
• Remember to report, and to refrain from, any type of threatening behavior, including harassment, bullying or intimidation.

Procedures for reporting: Any customer observing behavior inconsistent with the spirit of this NBP policy should feel comfortable to report their concerns to the appropriate Conservancy personnel or email programs@nathanbendersonpark.org
The Conservancy reserves the right to deny access to any person who does not follow these guidelines, commits a crime at NBP, is registered as or is currently under investigation for a sex crime against a minor, or who creates an unsafe environment for others.