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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Discover 2020 has been canceled.

For updated information on how FIU is responding to the pandemic, please visit FIU's coronavirus page.

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.

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.

  • June 15-19: Eco Exploration

    Key topics: Paleontology, geology, earth science

    What is our planet made of? What kinds of organisms once roamed the land and sea? Join us in exploring the history of earth through activities and labs that ignite campers' interests in these science fields!

    Field trip: Everglades airboat

  • June 22-26: Science Superheroes

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

    A perfect week for scientists in training: Campers will dive into everything from conducting physics and chemistry labs to learning how to be a field biologist.

    Field trip: Beach clean-up + Plant sea oats + FROST MUVE

  • June 29-July 3: Tech Savvy

    Key topics: Robotics, engineering, architecture

    Campers will engage in activities that focus on robotics, coding and more. They will use engineering and design concepts throughout the week through activities and labs that test their knowledge of the technological world.

    Field trip: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus

  • July 6-10: From Land to Sea to Me

    Key topics: Marine science, tropical conservation, Everglades

    Discover the natural world around you! 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 such intricate food webs.

    Field trip: Biscayne Nature Center

  • July 13-17: Explore the Cosmos

    Key topics: Astronomy & space

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

    Field trip: Frost Science Museum

  • July 20-24: Worldly Weather

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

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

    Field trip: Zoo Miami

Information

Costs

  • Weekly rate: $275
    • Employee weekly rate: $250
    • Sibling weekly rate: $260/week
  • Session rate: $765 ($255/week)
    • Session 1: June 15-July 3 (3 weeks)
    • Session 2: July 6-July 24 (3 weeks)
  • Early/late care: $30/week
  • Extra t-shirt: $10
  • Extra water bottle: $5

Age Groups

  • Junior Scientists: 5-7
  • Adventurers: 8-10
  • Lab Techs: 11-12
  • Counselors in Training: 13-14

Learn more about the Counselor in Training program in Frequently Asked Questions, below.

Hours

  • Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Early care: 7:30 -9 a.m.
  • Late care: 4:30-6 p.m.

Register for Camp

The registration process is being adjusted in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Information will be provided here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Lunch Options

    Lunch is included in the cost of camp. Campers will have lunch at 8th Street Campus Kitchen at the Graham Center building on our campus. Campers may bring a packed lunch if preferred.

  • 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 Student Data 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. Junior Scientists (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.

  • Field Trips

    Buses are scheduled to depart the FIU campus sharply at 9 a.m. It is important that all campers arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on field trip day to ensure that they are able to join their group. We are scheduled to depart back to campus at 3 p.m. and should arrive on campus at approximately 4 p.m.

    We understand that there may be circumstances that will not permit your camper to participate in programmed field trips. However, we do not have additional staff to remain behind with campers. All campers attending camp on days with scheduled field trips must participate in the experience.

  • 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.

  • 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 prior to May 25, 2020, will receive a full refund minus the $100 initial payment. Cancellations after the start of summer camp on June 15, 2020, will not be eligible for a refund; no refunds will be issued for missed days or absences from summer camp. No compensation will be made for missed days due to natural disasters or other unforeseen events resulting in the closure of the university.

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.