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June 14-July 9

Camp Discover is a fun-filled summer of educational projects and field experiences based at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Campers will be immersed in concepts ranging from marine and environmental science to space exploration, physics and technology to arts and crafts.

If you would like to join the waiting list for Camp Discover at MMC, please email anduran@fiu.edu.

Camp Activities

Each week of Camp Discover has a different theme. Our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming includes activities and labs, educational field games and crafts, field trips and more.

  • Week A: June 14-18 — Eco Exploration

    Key topics: Marine science, tropical conservation, Everglades

    What does it take to be a biologist? Find out during this week of exploration science. Campers will learn about the connectivity of ecosystems like coral reefs, mangrove forests and hardwood hammocks and the wildlife that create intricate food webs.

    On-site field trip: Nature Preserve

  • Week B: June 21-25 — Science Chronicles

    Key topics: Physics, chemistry, environmental science and biology, space exploration

    From conducting physics and chemistry labs to learning how to be a field biologist, this week has a bit of everything for the “scientist in training.”

    On-site field trip: Edge Lab (3D printing)

  • Week C: June 28-July 2 — Explore the Cosmos

    Key topics: Astronomy and space

    Campers will journey beyond the stars this week as they learn about space travel, our solar system and astronomy.

    On-site field trip: AstroScience Center

  • Week D: July 5-9 — Worldly Weather

    Key topics: Sustainability, global climate change, atmospheric science, biomes around the world

    What in the weather?! During this week of camp, campers will learn about what drives climate, how weather patterns work around the world and how we are experiencing a climate change. Join us in understanding the "what"s and "why"s and "how"s behind the weather patterns of our planet.

    On-site field trip: NOAA facility

Information

Costs

  • Weekly rate: $250
    • Employee weekly rate: $230
    • Sibling weekly rate: $240/week
    • All 4 weeks: $920 ($230/week)
  • Lunch: $40.25/week
  • Early care (8-9 a.m.): $25
  • Late care (4-5 p.m.): $25
  • Combo care (early and late): $45
  • Extra T-shirt: $10

Hours

  • Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Early care: 8-9 a.m.
  • Late care: 4-5 p.m.

Camp Groups

Due to COVID-19 we will be running camp at a reduced capacity. We can allow 40 campers maximum. Campers will be together throughout the day and split up if needed depending on the activity.

Camp is open to ages 5-14. Campers ages 13-14 may attend as Counselors in Training: Learn more about the Counselor in Training program in Frequently Asked Questions, below.

Masks are recommended on FIU campuses to help prevent COVID-19. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Camp Director Analisa Duran at anduran@fiu.edu

Register

If you would like to join the waiting list for Camp Discover at MMC, please email anduran@fiu.edu.

All fees include educational/recreational activities, afternoon snack and one camp T-shirt.

All campers must have the above waivers and authorization forms signed before camp. The forms are also included in the Parent Guide. Parents can fill them out and email to anduran@fiu.edu or bring them on the first day of camp.

FIU employees who choose to pay via payroll deduction should fill out the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form and email it to anduran@fiu.edu

Questions? Please email anduran@fiu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What to Bring to Camp
    • Lunch (if not purchased)
    • Bathing suit and towel
    • Closed toed shoes
    • Hats/sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Change of clothes
  • Lunch Options

    Campers can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from us. Our lunch program is $35/week and must be pre-ordered with registration. There is a wide variety of lunch options in the school cafeteria (8th Street Campus Kitchen).

  • Camp Staff

    Staff are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program. Each group is under the direct supervision of a Lead Counselor (a professional with experience working with children), Senior Counselors, and Counselors in Training.

    All camp staff undergo and clear a Level 2 background check and attend a mandatory training session before camp starts. Staff will be trained on FIU policies and procedures regarding camp supervision, safety and responding to first-aid needs.

    Employment opportunities for Lead Counselor and Senior Counselors will be posted on the FIU careers website. See Staff & Volunteers below for more information.

  • Pick-Ups: Photo ID Required

    Please remind all persons authorized to pick-up campers (during parent pick-up and throughout the day) that a photo ID is required. Campers may only be picked up by individuals authorized on the registration form.

  • Dress Code

    Campers must wear camp shirts every day to camp. If a camper is not wearing their camp shirt, one will be provided and you will be billed for the additional shirt. Campers wear their shirt with shorts or comfortable pants (no short shorts). Campers must wear sneakers - no open-toe shoes or crocs allowed. Campers ages 5-7 should always pack a change of clothes in their camp bag.

  • Handheld Devices

    Campers are only allowed to use their handheld devices during scheduled experiences, and they will be required to turn off and store their devices at the end of the experience. Please label all handheld devices. Lost items are not the responsibility of FIU.

  • Medical Conditions

    Please let us know immediately of any allergies and/or medical conditions your child may have and list them on the registration form. Before camp begins, be sure to submit any necessary medication(s) to the camp instructor with your child's name, along with instructions for use.

  • Counselors in Training

    Campers ages 13-14 interested in a more rigorous experience are invited to participate in our new CIT program. Each week, CITs will complete a science project based on the camp theme with assistance from a mentor. When CIT’s are not working on their project, they will learn valuable skills as an assistant to the instructors and Junior Instructors. This gives them the opportunity to engage in a higher level of education, gain leadership and team-building experience, and build their resume.

    To register as a CIT, complete the camp registration and select the CIT group. Contact us at anduran@fiu.edu to learn more about the CIT program.

  • Can I register all my children for the camp with just one submission?

    Unfortunately, no. Please submit one registration per child.

  • Is before/after care available for my child?

    Yes - early care starts at 8:00 a.m. ($25/week) and late care runs until 5:00 p.m. ($25/week). Combo care is available for $45/week.

  • How old does my child have to be in order to attend summer camp?

    Children need to be at least 5 years old to attend camp.

  • How are campers divided up?

    Due to COVID-19 we will be running camp at a reduced capacity. We can only allow 20 campers maximum. Campers will be together throughout the day and split up if needed depending on the activity.

  • Do I have to be affiliated with FIU?

    No! Registration is open to everyone.

  • Can I arrange for my child to be together with his/her friend if they both sign up for camp?

    We will do our very best to pair your child with his/her friend, although we cannot guarantee placement.

  • Can I join the camp staff?

    See Staff for opportunities.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations must be requested in writing to anduran@fiu.edu. Cancellations before June 1, 2021, will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations after June 1, 2021, will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be issued for missed days or absences from camp. Refunds will not be issued nor will camp make-up days be incorporated in the event of absences or natural disasters.

Staff & Volunteers

Staff are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program. Each group is under the direct supervision of a Lead Counselor (a professional with experience working with children), Senior Counselors, and Counselors in Training.

All camp staff undergo and clear a Level 2 background check and attend a mandatory training session before camp starts. Staff will be trained on FIU policies and procedures regarding camp supervision, safety and responding to first-aid needs.

Employment opportunities for Lead Counselor and Senior Counselors will be posted on the FIU careers website.