LaBelle Fossil Camp is a blast for the campers

(Caloosa Belle/Danika J. Hopper) Campers hunting for fossils along the river while Capt Perry helps them learn how to identify each one.

LaBelle Fossil Camp has started its first of four weeks, and it’s already been a blast for everyone who has joined in on this science-based, adventure camp.

The day starts with breakfast provided by the Hendry Country School Feeding Program, the campers talk with Captain Scott Perry, long time fossil enthusiast and the camp’s founder, about what fossil hunting sites they will visit for the day and what they should look for.

They play team building games like the Poison Peanut Butter Pit or Predators vs. Humans, and then don their life jackets and get ready to board the pontoon boat Seekersaurus or sailboat Anhinga II. The use of these boats has been donated to LaBelle Fossil Camp for transporting campers to various fossil sites.

They get to hunt for fossils along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. After completing water testing with their EarthEcho test kits, the kids enjoy their lunches out in the field, along the river, with the permission of some awesome local landowners. They return to camp, at the Barron Park House Gallery, to record their data in their journals.

The kids, parents, and everyone at LaBelle Fossil Camp want to thank everyone for their generous support.

Capt Scott Perry says, “Without all the help from our community, LaBelle Fossil Camp wouldn’t be possible. Kids get to have such a unique learning opportunity that broadens how they view science and history, through adventure, taking away lessons that will last a lifetime.” We are so grateful for their support!”

LaBelle Fossil Camp continues through the end of July, and there is still time to sign up! There are still a few scholarships left, provided by the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership, making tuition just $75 per child for one week. All a prospective camper has to do to apply for a scholarship is write a detailed letter to Scott Perry that explains why they want to attend a week of camp. Send letters, or contact him with any questions at

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