2016 summer camps available at FIU

With summertime quickly approaching, many children are searching for a summer adventure and parents are looking for the perfect combination of fun and education for their kids. FIU offers numerous summer camps for youth K-12 that are sure to delight people with all kinds of interests and hobbies.

From ecology academies and STEM preparation programs to a variety of sports camps, summer fun starts at FIU.

FIU EcoAcademy @ BBC
The FIU EcoAcademy summer camp is hosted by the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) at the Biscayne Bay Campus. For children 6-15 years old, the camp offers a range of activities from swimming and kayaking to marine science activities and arts and crafts. During each week of the program, children will focus on different topics such as invertebrates and vertebrates.

The camp runs from July 11 – Aug. 5, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program costs $230 per week. Pre-care and post-care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. is available for an additional $25 per week. Registration for the program closes July 1.

For more information, click here or contact Nick Ogle 305-919-5568.

Wellness and Recreation Center@BBC

The Youth Learn to  Swim Program calls all youth ages 4-17 who want to learn how to swim this summer. The program runs from June 6 – July 1, and there will be two sessions a week for the four weeks. Classes will be held at the FIU Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center and will be led by the Aquatic Center’s student staff.

The cost for the eight sessions is $225. Parents are expected to wait for their swimmer on-campus during sessions. Metered parking for visitors who do not have an FIU parking decal costs $1 per hour.

For more information, call Barry Tucker at 305-919-4572 or click here.

Miami PREP Summer STEM Program @ Engineering Center

Miami PREP Summer STEM Program at the FIU Engineering Center is a five-week summer program that combines academic enrichment in STEM fields and recreational activities. The program is open to incoming 4th graders through incoming 12th graders and runs from June 27 – July 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Miami PREP Summer STEM Program picture

Participants will get to experience college life at FIU while participating in daily classes in STEM areas such as transportation engineering, computer technology and college, career and financial planning. They will also participate in sports and field trips to various recreational sites.

The registration deadline is May 29. The program costs $750 for the five weeks plus a $25 registration fee. Limited scholarships are available.

To register click here and for more information about the program click here. High school students looking to earn volunteer hours can also volunteer to help at the summer program. For more information about volunteering, click here.

For questions about any aspect of the program, call 305-348-3690 or email mprep@fiu.edu.

Center for Children and Families @ MMC
Beginning June 20, the Center for Children and Families will host its nationally acclaimed Summer Treatment Program (STP), open to children ages 4-12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD or who have emotional, behavioral or learning challenges.

The program has helped more than 2,500 children and families and is composed of evidence-based intensive treatments incorporated into an eight-week therapeutic, summer-camp setting. Group and tailored individual treatment plans are focused on improving problem-solving, academic functioning and social skills while also incorporating recreational, age-appropriate games and group activities.

Parents take an active role in their children’s treatment by participating in weekly parent-training sessions, where they develop the skills needed to change their child’s behavior at home and assist in their progress.

Additional programs within the STP are also available for children with ADHD interested in or currently taking medication, children entering kindergarten with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for families seeking to promote physical health and school readiness.

Fees are determined based on family income using a sliding scale. For more information, click here or call (305) 348-0477.

Vector 01 program 
The Vector 01 program will introduce physics and rocketry to middle and high school students. From learning about the history of spaceflight to learning how to use a rocket construction and simulation game, the camp offers youth an opportunity to explore rocketry.  There will be five two-week sessions running from June 13 to August 19, Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions for the camps are as follows:

Session 1: June 13 – 24

Session 2: June 27 – July 8

Session 3: July 11 – 22

Session 4: July 25 – Aug. 5

Session 5: Aug. 8 – 19

The camps will be led by two Hackers in Residence at the Honors College, who are also the co-founders of 01, a prototyping lab and studio.

The camps will be held at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

For more information click here. To learn more about 01 programs click here. And for more information about Vector 01, contact Jorge Torres at 305-348-4100 or jitorre@fiu.edu.

Sports Summer Camps @ MMC

Turtle Thomas Youth Summer Baseball Camps offer children and youth from 5 years of age until 8th grade a place to learn fundamental baseball skills. Youth will participate in activities such as daily batting, pitching and fielding instruction, live games and team builders. All Turtle Thomas Baseball camps are taught by FIU’s coaching staff and current players as well as some of the top high school and college coaches in the area.

A full day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) program costs $225 and a half-day (9 a.m. – noon) costs $125. The 4-day camp will be offered six times during the summer from June 13 to July 17. The camps will be held at the FIU Baseball Stadium.

For more information about the program, click here or email Sean McSheffery at smcshef@yahoo.com or call 305-348-7403.

Women’s Soccer
Several camps for girls’ soccer are available. Golden Panthers Girls Soccer Kids Camp for ages 5-13 focuses on enjoyment of the game by learning techniques and fun exercises. A Golden Panther Soccer Academy competitive, residential ID camp is open to all high schools students. Lastly, another camp is open to girls ages 14-20. The camps will be held in June and July. Prices vary and discounts are available.

A special two-day goalkeeping camp will be held June 11-12 for boys and girls ages 13-17. Featured instructors for the camp are goalkeeping coaches Eric Steele (English FA Coaches Association – Goalkeeper Coach of the Year) and Andy Quy (Premier League Goalkeeper Coach – Stoke City FC). The camp costs $325.
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For more information, click here. For questions, call 305-348-3411 or email goldenpanthersoccer@gmail.com.

Information about boys and men’s soccer camps is not available yet, but camps are expected to be held.

Men’s Soccer

Florida International Soccer Camp, hosted by FIU men’s soccer staff along with a group of youth and collegiate coaches, will be held at FIU.

A special two-day goalkeeping camp will be held June 11-12 for boys and girls ages 13-17. Featured instructors for the camp are goalkeeping coaches Eric Steele (English FA Coaches Association – Goalkeeper Coach of the Year) and Andy Quy (Premier League Goalkeeper Coach – Stoke City FC). The camp costs $325.

Another camp, the Elite Residential Academy I, which will run from July 9-12, will be open to boys ages 11-18. The camp costs $485 for those who will be living on-campus during the camp and $395 for commuters, with team discounts available.

More camps may become available. For more information on Florida International Soccer camps, click here.

Ron Turner’s half-day high school summer football camps allow students entering 9th through 12th grades the opportunity to improve their skills and learn about college- and pro-level techniques at the competitive camp. Participants will also be able to gain exposure to FIU football and the coaching staff.

Five camps, hosted at FIU Stadium, will run from June 7 to July 22. Each camp costs $35, but a $5 pre-registration discount is valid two weeks prior to camp date.

One FIU Kicking Camp will be hosted at the FIU Stadium on July 23. Incoming high school athletes get to meet and learn from kicking, punting and long-snapping coaches. They also get a great opportunity to show their skills to Head Coach Ron Turner and his staff.  This camp costs $90, but with a $15 pre-registration discount (two weeks prior to registration), the total could be $75.

For general information, click here and for more detailed information about each camp and registration, click here.

Indoor & Beach Volleyball
Rita Crockett Volleyball/Beach camps and clinics at FIU offer participants opportunities to help develop their indoor and beach volleyball skills. From a Youth Day Camp for children ages 6-11 to Beach Volleyball Camps and Individual Skills Camps (for indoor volleyball players) for youth 12-18, players of all ages can find a camp to develop their skills.

The Middle and High School Team Camp for indoor volleyball teams of at least eight team members and at least one coach gives participants the opportunity to work with Olympic silver medalist and Head Coach Rita Crockett as well as other coaches and staff. The camp runs from July 25-28. It costs $130 per player, or $115 per player if registered before June 1.

Three-day clinics for youth ages 12-18 will be held throughout June and July. The Advanced Specialty Clinics will provide training for indoor volleyball positions. The Advanced Beach Volleyball Clinics will focus on game strategy, team chemistry and strength conditioning.

Prices for each camp vary, and early-registration discounts are available.

For general information and updates, click here. For more detailed information about volleyball camps, click here. For questions, call 305-348-6065 or email ritacrockett03@gmail.com.