Guide to 2019 summer camps

Campers rejoice: adventure awaits at the university this summer. Whether your child wants to kayak Biscayne Bay, act in the theater or dive into forensic science, there is something for him or her at FIU. In addition, the Center for Children and Families offers programs to help children improve critical skills before they return to school.

Check out all FIU has to offer in the guide to summer camps below.

Theatre Camp

FIU Theatre Camp

FIU Theatre Camp is designed to help children develop valuable social skills, boost their confidence and explore their creative side, all while having fun.

In the mornings, campers will participate in theatre classes focused on storytelling, voice, movement, music, and improvisation. In the afternoons, they will put all of the elements together to create, rehearse and perform their original, self-written play, which they will present to family and friends on the final day of camp.

Campers ages six through 12 years old are welcome. The camp will run for two weeks from July 15 to July 26. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aftercare will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The cost for the two weeks is $350.00. Aftercare is an additional $40.00 per week. Lunch will not be served, but snacks and water will be provided.

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Panther Music Camp

The Panther Music Camp offers aspiring musicians at all levels an opportunity to work with professionals in a non-competitive environment at the FIU School of Music. The camp offers a two-week program where campers can choose their focus: voice/musical theatre, strings, or piano. At the end of the camp, all students will showcase their talents in a finale performance on the beautiful Wertheim Concert Stage.

The camp runs from July 22 to August 2 and is located at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. Visit the camp’s website for more information.

College of Engineering and Computing’s ENLACE PROGRAM

Located at the College of Engineering and Computing, the ENLACE program is for students who are in fifth through seventh grade, attend schools in the West Dade area, have a “B” average and exhibit a high degree of interest in learning and in obtaining a college/university education.

Academic classes are taught by certified teachers using the latest educational tools. In addition, Fit Kids, Inc. offers nutrition and physical fitness education. The Yaeger Foundation teaches students about technology and leadership skills. And the Non-Violence Project instructs students on having respect for others, developing a high self esteem and solving problems without violence.

Summer program fees are a one-time registration fee based on a sliding scale (free lunch students $25, reduced lunch $50, and others $90).

For more information, contact Frank Fins at 305.348.3714 or

College of Arts, Sciences & Educations Camps



The EcoAcademy summer camp is based in North Miami and features marine science activities, arts and crafts, swimming, kayaking and more. The camp runs from July 8 to August 2. Each week of the camp is thematically driven to include a range of activities.

Week 1 — July 8-12: Tech to Protect

Week 2 — July 15-19: Rescue and Restore

Week 3 — July 22-26: Shifting Shorelines

Week 4 — July 29-August 2: Take Back the Wild

For additional information, read the camp’s Frequently Asked Questions, call 305-919-4460 or email

CASE Summer Camp at MMC

Located at Modesto A. Maidique Campus, campers ages 5 through 13 years old will experience supervised summer activities including adventures, sports, games and field trips that highlight STEM learning in Environmental Science and Geosciences. Children will be able to participate in gaming tournaments, build their own fishing rods, tour the university’s campus, compete in field days and more.

The cost for all six weeks of the camp is $1,200, with options for three-week sessions (priced at $705) and a single week ($250) available. For more information, call the camp directors at 305-348-2864 or contact

Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Forensic Science/CSI Camp

The International Forensic Research Institute offers an opportunity to engage in a one-week, hands-on experience led by forensic science and CSI experts. Campers will learn about crime scene investigation, detection, interpretation of fingerprints, bloodstain patterns and more.

Campers ages 13 years old and above with an interest in the application of science to criminal investigation are encouraged to register. The camp is based at Modesto A. Maidique Campus and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp runs from July 15 to July 19. The registration fee of $750 includes educational and recreational activities, a field trip, a CSI Toolkit, a camp shirt, a duffel bag, lunch and snacks. No overnight lodging is provided.

For more information, visit the camp’s website.

Center for Children and Families Camps

Summer Reading Explorers

The Summer Reading Explorers Program helps rising kindergarteners, first graders and second graders improve their reading skills. Students receive small-group reading tutoring services provided by certified teachers. The program is tailored to each child’s reading ability, both structured and interactive and follows an evidence-based reading curriculum.

For more information, contact If you are interested in registering your child for the summer program, visit The Children’s Trust website to find participating summer camps.

Summer Treatment Program

Nationally acclaimed, the Summer Treatment Program (STP) at the Center for Children and Families is an eight-week comprehensive summer camp program for children ages 5 through 12 with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. The program is designed to help children improve their problem solving skills, academic performance, self-esteem and ability to follow instructions. The STP also encourages parent involvement with weekly parent training sessions to develop the skills needed to change their child’s behavior at home and assist them in their progress.

The program runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The camp begins on June 17 and ends on Aug. 9. Attendance for all eight weeks is required. After-care (until 6:30 p.m.) is offered at $12 per day.

For more information, visit the camp’s website.

Center for Children and Families

Summer Treatment Program PreK

The STP-PreK is based on the nationally acclaimed Summer Treatment Program for elementary-aged children. The program equips children with:

  • Problem-solving and social skills to improve friendships
  • Academic skills to succeed in kindergarten
  • The ability to focus and follow classroom rules and routines
  • Emotional functioning, self-control skills and self-esteem
  • Positive attitude towards learning and school
  • Independent organizational and self-control skills
  • Teamwork, good sportsmanship, and basic collaborative skills

For more information, contact the Center for Children and Families or call them at 305-348-1833.

Summer Academy in Liberty City (PreK)

Summer Academy in Liberty City is a comprehensive school readiness program adapted from the Summer Treatment Program for pre-kindergarteners. Each summer, the Summer Academy serves 45 pre-kindergartners (age 5 by September 1, 2019). The camp is designed to help children overcome behavioral challenges, academic shortfalls and feelings of underachievement.

Children will participate in various recreational and classroom activities within an seven-week therapeutic summer day camp setting. Parental involvement is also encouraged through weekly parent meetings, where parents develop the skills needed to prepare their children for kindergarten.

Healthy meals and snacks will be provided daily. For more information, call 305-396-1241.

Athletic Camps

Elite Residential Soccer Camp

Elite Residential Soccer Camp

The Elite Residential Camp invites boys ages 14 to 19 to hone their craft at Modesto A. Maidique Campus under the guidance of college soccer coaches. The camp includes a “recruiting seminar,” which will help aspiring players understand the college recruiting process as well as the demands of being a college athlete.

The combination of an experienced and enthusiastic staff, top notch facilities, and an exciting curriculum will provide each camper with an excellent experience. Attacking play and creativity will be encouraged in an environment that is positive, challenging and fun. Campers have two plans to choose from:

  • Residential plan ($450): Eight field sessions featuring FIU staff, two pool recovery sessions, college recruiting seminar, college academic seminar and three nights accommodation in air-conditioned dorms, including all meals.
  • Commuter plan ($350): Eight field sessions featuring FIU staff, two pool recovery sessions, college recruiting seminar, college academic seminar and five meals.

For more information, visit the camp’s website.