KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Vacationers can relive the joys of summer camp in island style during Kamp Key West, scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, May 11-15. The LGBT event, held in the island city renowned as an international gay and lesbian getaway destination, showcases notable island attractions, exhilarating games and on-the-water excursions.

Attendees are to gather for an opening night "kampfire" May 11 at the Key West Community Sailing Center at 705 Palm Ave. Music, games and food are to combine with "kumbaya" spirit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. "Kampers" can book both land and sea adventures for the coming days.

Water enthusiasts can take advantage of full-day excursions scheduled May 12 and 13, offering the chance to ride the waves on a sailboat or personal watercraft, cast lines into the sea for an ultimate fishing experience, snorkel past beds of sea grass and schools of colorful fish, glide through quiet mangroves in a kayak or take a guided paddleboard eco-tour through Key West's most serene environment.

Land-based fun includes women's and girl's flag football at the Wicker Sports Complex on Kennedy Drive, where players and spectators are to enjoy sunshine, fresh air and the spirit of competition.

Saturday, May 14, "kampers" are likely to be amazed at the artistic and offbeat human-powered floats gliding down Duval Street during the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Also Saturday is the Gay Key West Trolley Tour, a fun-filled excursion that spotlights the LGBT community's role in the island's heritage.

Attendees who prefer to chart their own course through "kamp" will find a wide range of activities each day. They include everything from encounters with nature at the Key West Aquarium and the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory to walks through history at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Kamp Key West wraps up May 15 with the traditional Sunday Tea Dance at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St., and "kampy" Drag Bingo at the 801 Cabaret, 801 Duval St.

Event information: kampkeywest.org

Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest/gaykeywest.cfm or www.gaykeywestfl.com

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