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Welcome To Nathan Benderson Park

NBP Camps

Nathan Benderson Park offers great summer camps, and NBP Minicamps during the school year. They’re great ways for kids to enjoy the park and have fun with friends!

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.

2021-22 MINICAMPS

Fall Minicamp: Nov. 22-24
Spring Break Camp: March 14-18

Ages: 6-14
Pickup and Drop-off Location: Under the Benderson Family Finish Tower
Times: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All camps have half-day and full-day options.
• Drop-off for full-day is 8:30-9 a.m. Drop-off for half-day afternoon camps is between 12:30-1 p.m.
• Pick-up 5-5:30 p.m. Pick-up for half-day morning camps is between 12-12:30 p.m.
• Early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. is $15. Late pick-up by 6:30 p.m. is $15.
• Late fee: After 6:30 p.m., $10 for every 5 minutes authorized pick-up is late.
Fees: $20 for each half-day; $40 for full-day

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. 5812 or email programs@sanca.us with any questions you may have.

Register Now For Minicamps!

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NBP/SPIRIT OF AMERICA PREMIER BOATING EDUCATION CAMP

This camp will teach youths ages 10-15 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. 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.
Classroom days: Dec. 11-12*
Water safety day: Dec. 19*
On-the-water training: Dec. 27-30
Parents meeting: Dec. 19, time TBA

Register Here for NBP/SOA Camp

* Mandatory participation days to continue progressing in the program

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 or tablet 

Discounts available

NBPerks! affiliates: 10% discount (use code NBPAFF)
Siblings: Register 2 children and receive 10% off (use code SIB2020)

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@sanca.us if you encounter any issues with checkout or registration.

PROGRAMMING PARTICIPATION
CODE OF CONDUCT

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates Inc. (SANCA) 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 appropriate SANCA personnel or email programs@sanca.us
SANCA 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.