Published: Jun 14, 2011 1:19 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 14, 2011 1:30 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-The Boys and Girls Club of Lee County is opening its doors to hundreds of children left without mentors following the closing of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Florida.

The organization is making room in its summer camp program for the former "littles."

The seven-week camp, which runs Monday through Friday, usually costs $160 to attend, but will be free to kids who used to be "little brothers" and "little sisters," as long as space is available.

Garrett Rasmussen, Director of Development for Boys & Girls Club, says the the summer camp will be offered at 5 locations around Southwest Florida.

"Realizing that Big Brothers Big Sisters was having some issues, we decided it would be great to open up the camp to all those littles needing summer activities this year," Rasmussen says. Camp starts Monday, June 20.

Rasmussen says the Bonita Springs location is already full, but there are openings at the following offices:

  • Lehigh Acres
  • Suncoast Unit in North Fort Myers
  • Barrett Park in North Fort Myers
  • Shady Oaks in Fort Myers

Because openings are limited, Rasmussen says those interested should sign up as soon as possible.

He says they are also looking for people to sponsor their summer camp, which would help create more openings for children.

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