Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CCSO Summerfest 2013 Kicks Off June 7

Welcome back, Summerfest!

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s popular summer youth activities program will return for a fourth year in a row, starting in June.

Summerfest 2013 promises to deliver a wide range of fun and free activities for all grade levels in a safe environment at various locations around Collier County.

Fishing, swimming, boat building, chair building, and sports are just a few of the activities that combine to continue to make Summerfest CCSO’s most ambitious summer youth program ever.

“Once again the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and our community partners are teaming up to bring the community another terrific Summerfest,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.

Summerfest is made possible thanks to CCSO’s community partnerships with Collier County Parks and Recreation, the Collier County School District and more than 200 area donor businesses and individuals.

Once again, CCSO Youth Relations deputies will be assigned to the summer youth program instead of patrol duties. This reallocation allows CCSO to expand its summer youth offerings without additional cost to the community.

This year’s Summerfest will start with a splash June 7 with Hot Summer Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Road, North Naples.

Here are some of the ways the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to make sure our community’s children and teens have a safe and fun summer:

Hot Summer Nights
This popular program will take place Friday evenings from 6 to 9 a.m. at county parks and other locations throughout Collier County. Open to students in middle and high school. Activities include water slides, music, dancing, and games. Kids can snack on snow cones, popcorn and hot dogs served up by deputies.

D.E.P.U.T.Y. Club
D.E.P.U.T.Y. Club is for students in first grade through fifth grade. It takes place Thursdays for seven weeks from June 13 through July 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Naples Italian American Club Foundation Inc., 7035 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples.

Gone Fishing
Go fishing with CCSO at Naples Pier. This program is a partnership between CCSO, City of Naples and Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. Kids ages 10-16 will fish and learn about water safety during the program, which takes place Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon June 10 through Aug. 1.

This program is an opportunity for high-schoolers ages 14 to 18 to accomplish the task of building a boat while staying active and earning their boaters safety certificate. The Build-A-Boat program will talk place at Everglades Community Center in Everglades City, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and at I-Tech in Immokalee.

Students ages 11 to 14 will learn to work with tools and work together to build a chair at Lely High School in East Naples, I-Tech in Immokalee, Everglades Community Park in Everglades City, and Calusa Park Elementary School in Golden Gate.

Sports Camp
CCSO is partnering with Golden Gate Middle School and Immokalee Middle School to offer sixth- and seventh-graders a free day camp Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include basketball, lacrosse, softball, flag football, soccer and track and field.

Open Gym
Gymnasiums at Lely High School, Golden Gate High School, Immokalee High School and Oak Ridge Middle School will be open for basketball and supervised by CCSO Youth Relations deputies Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. June 18 to Aug. 2.

Child IDs
CCSO will hold child identification events at various locations over the summer. Deputies will create photo IDs and take child fingerprints, which can be used if a child goes missing.

The permission slip and a complete schedule of activities can be found on the CCSO website at visit Or for more information, contact the CCSO Youth Relations Bureau at 530-9741, or e-mail