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Gulf Islands National Seashore summer camps
Gulf Islands National Seashore has kicked off its summer program.
Now you can start signing your kids up for camp. It's free to participate but registration is required. The Junior Ranger camps run for most of the day and vary in age. There are fewer camps this year, so you may want to sign up early to secure them a place in the program.
Keith Rogers brought his family from Arkansas. He says he sees the value in taking his kids to camp here. "This kids camp is really cool because it is educational for the little ones and they get to learn about military history and see what the forts were like a long time ago."
Christy Ghazimoradi is camping at Fort Pickens with her family. She says her kids are too young to participate in the day camp. "I think if they had more day camps or even different things that the kids could go to, I think that would be great for them to do something different, learn something new and it would be great for me to have a little break."
The park used to offer camps for those younger kids but were told the age range changed because the staff is limited. "We started doing the day camps about 15 years ago and as staff permits we do as many as we can and throughout the summer and of course the number and the quantity kind of fluctuates depending on staff availability every year, says Park Ranger Stanley Lawhead. He says this year they have seven kids camps throughout the summer and reservations are required because the response is overwhelming.