Spring Break Kids Camp

Savannah Vasquez
Twin brothers Anthony and Aiden Henzel enjoy a pool day at Emerald Coast Scuba.

This week was spring break for Okaloosa County Schools, and the Destin Community Center was full to the brim with 40 kids participating in the weeklong Spring Break Camp. Daily activities were planned all over Destin to keep the children entertained while still learning about the world around them.

Wednesday saw the group head to Emerald Coast Scuba for some fun in the sun at the Sea Mint pool. Youngsters still learning to swim were given lessons and guidance, while more experienced swimmers enjoyed diving for rings and splashing with water toys.

Thursday, kept inside by the rainy weather, the group split up taking turns between a tour of the Destin History and Fishing Museum and a safety talk given by Okaloosa County Beach Safety members. At the museum, kids learned of the giant Mola Mola fish caught by Captain Bruce Marler in 1960.

“Why do you think he’s called a head fish,” Kathy Marler-Blue asked the children.

“Because his head is so big,” laughed several of the children.

During the beach safety talk, kids were taught about the dangers of rip currents and how to best survive if caught out in one. Visiting mascot, Buddy the Dolphin then led demonstrations on how to help rescue distressed swimmers.

The spring break camp finished up on Friday, and the Destin Community Center is currently planning the annual half-day summer camp. Information for the upcoming summer programs will be released shortly at

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