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Immokalee summer camp begins with a splash

Kids at Recreation’s summer camp in Immokalee get the summer started with a splashing good time on some large inflatable water slides. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

IMMOKALEE — The Immokalee Recreation Department kicked off summer camp June 13 with a group of bouncey water slides, face painting and a hearty lunch. More than 40 kids are signed up for a summer of fun on the reservation and off with weekly field trips.

Summer work experience counselor Alice Jimmie, 14, was looking forward to working with the campers.

“I enjoy hanging out with kids, it’s fun,” Alice said. “I’ll keep an eye on them, take care of them and be positive with them. I’m really good with kids; I have two younger sisters.”

Brothers Zachary Yzaguirre, 6, and Alexaviar Yzaguirre, 9, were excited for camp. Alexaviar went last summer and loved it; this is Zachary’s first time. When asked what advice he had for his younger brother, Alexaviar said “Be good, be nice, always listen and just have fun.”

Brothers Alexaviar Yzaguirre and Zachary Yzaguirre watch wrestling on their phone while enjoying a snack of popcorn and snow cones. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
A group of campers and SWEP counselor Alice Jimmie, center with mask, participate as they watch a face painter perform a magic trick on the first day of summer camp. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Camper Claire Yzaguirre, 7, is amazed by and happy with the artwork painted on her face. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at