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July 12-August 6

Camp Explore is a fun-filled summer of educational projects and field experiences based at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. Campers will be immersed in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming. Activities, labs, field games and crafts are paired with a recreational half-day of water activities including swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.

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

Camp Activities

Each week of Camp Explore has a different theme and opportunities to explore South Florida's ecosystems through engaging activities and educational field trips.

  • Week A: July 12-16 — Forces of Nature

    Key topics: Chemistry, physics, earth science

    This week focuses on the concepts and theories that help our planet function. Campers will take part in hands-on chemistry and physics activities to learn about small and big forces alike.

    On-site field trip: Frost Science tanks

  • Week B: July 19-23 — Shifting Baselines

    Key topics: Climate change, sea level rise, invasive species

    Our planet is warming and changing, and science helps us keep track of these changes. Camp Explorers will learn about the scientific method, the importance of keeping long-term data, and the shifts occurring in our diverse South Florida ecosystems.

    On-site field trip: TBD

  • Week C: July 26-30 — Coastal Conservation

    Key topics: Coastal ecosystems, conservation and restoration, Aquarius Reef Base

    Campers will embark on nature tours around Biscayne Bay to explore native coastal habitats, including mangroves and seagrass beds, along with the organisms that inhabit them. Restoration and conservation projects in South Florida will be highlighted.

    On-site field trip: Mangrove clean-up

  • Week D: August 2-6 — Cosmic Voyager

    Key topics: Physics, astronomy, space exploration

    Learn about our solar system, the cosmos, and how humans have launched into space exploration. Campers will create their own comets and explore the chemical makeup of our universe.

    On site field trip: TBD

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 only allow 20 campers maximum. Campers will be together throughout the day and split up if needed depending on the activity.

Camp is open to ages 6-14. 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 for Camp

If you would like to join the waiting list for Camp Explore at BBC, 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 either bring lunch or pre-order lunch from the cafeteria. Seven different options are available for pre-order: chicken tenders, cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich, crispy chicken sandwich, veggie burger or chef special, or turkey and cheese sandwich. These are combo meals that include a fountain drink or bottled water and french fries.

    Lunches will be available for $35/week and must be pre-ordered with registration.

  • Daily Activities

    Most days are scheduled to include 3 hours of marine science activities in FIU's science labs doing dissections, experiments, arts and crafts and other activities; 1 hour for lunch; and 3 hours of water sports including kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. This schedule is flexible for unpredictable circumstances such as weather. Campers must be at least intermediate swimmers; if there is any doubt, please call us at 786-556-2068 for a consultation.

  • 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) 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

    The Biscayne Bay Campus is located at 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181. Campers should be dropped off on the West side of the AC2 building by 9 a.m. There will be signs to direct you to the drop-off location where the counselors will be waiting to meet you. If you need additional information, call 305-919-6000 or stop by the information booth at the entrance to campus.

    An approved individual must pick up and drop off the camper; if the camper is not picked up by the indicated time, an additional fee will be charged.

  • Dress Code and Supplies

    The following items should be brought to camp every day: swimsuit, towel, lunch (if bringing own lunch), sunscreen, sandals or water shoes that attach to the foot (no flip-flops), hat, water bottle and snorkel gear. We will have some masks/snorkel sets available for use, but it is best to bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Campers should wear a Camp Explore T-shirt on field trip days (Wednesdays).

  • 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 CITs 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 6 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 join the camp staff?

    See Staff for opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations must be requested in writing to anduran@fiu.edu. Cancellations before July 1, 2021, will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations after July 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.