Guide to 2018 summer camps

Calling all parents and kids. Are you looking for adventure this summer? FIU is here to help! There are a variety of programs children of all ages and interests will enjoy – from singing in a choir to paddling a kayak.

Check out this year’s camps below.

FIU EcoAcademy

FIU EcoAcademy

The FIU EcoAcademy features marine science activities, swimming, kayaking, and arts and crafts for youth 6-14 years old. Now in its 10th year, the camp is held on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) in North Miami. Each week of the camp is thematically driven, including coastal ecosystems, marine wildlife, coral reefs and the Everglades.

The camp runs from July 9 – August 3, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp costs $250 per week. Before and after care are available for an additional $30 per week.

To register or for more information, contact Shalimar Moreno at 305-919-6000 or

CASE Summer Camp @ MMC

Children ages 4 to 13 can explore, create and innovate at the CASE Summer Camp, organized by The College of Arts, Sciences & Education. In collaboration with the Department of Earth and Environment and Geosciences, this eight-week summer camp combines a unique STEM experience in environmental science and geosciences with fun adventures, sports, games and field trips.

FIU campus tours, arts and crafts, competitive gaming tournaments and educational learning experiences are just some of this camp’s activities. The camp runs from June 11 through July 28.

Before and after care is available. Fees include meals and activities. Parents can select from eight-week, four-week or weekly options.

For more information, contact Program Director Ana Jimenez at or at 305-348-6545. Click here to learn more.

Forensic Science /CSI Summer Camp

The International Forensic Research Institute, world-renowned for its research and education in the field of forensic science, in partnership with the National Forensic Science Technology Center at FIU, offers an opportunity to engage in a one-week, hands-on experience led by forensic scientist and CSI experts.

Campers will learn about crime scene investigation, detection and interpretation of fingerprints, bloodstain patterns, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, DNA, report writing, ethics, court testimony and more.

Camp starts July 23 and ages 13 and older are welcome. Click here for more information.

Panther Music Camp Sing Out! or String Out!

FIU Music in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has designed a program where students can “Sing Out! or String Out!” during summer camp. Panther Music Camp Sing Out! allows students to explore singing in every style, including classical, musical theater, folk music, gospel and jazz. Singers will have the opportunity to participate in a capella, jazz, and traditional choral ensembles.

Camp runs July 30 through August 10. Learn more here.

Panther Adventure Recreation Camp

Panther Adventure Recreation Camp is a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being, promoting creativity, community and health and wellness through recreation and outdoor adventure.

Our program includes Field Games, Archery, Aquatics, Group Games, Songs, Nature Hikes, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Education, STEM, Gaga ball, Special Events & Field Trips.

The program runs from June 11 to August 10 and campers of ages 5-12 are welcome. To learn more, click here.

FIU Theatre Summer Camp

Children ages 6-12 years old can explore their thespian side this summer with FIU Theatre. No prior acting experience is needed! Campers will learn about storytelling, voice, movement, music and improvisation. At the end of t camp, the children will show what they have learned in a play.

Theatre summer camp runs from July 9 to July 20 and is located at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Click here for more information.

Verizon Innovative Learning Program: FIU Pathways to STEM

Minorities often face obstacles to exploring careers in STEM. This summer, the Verizon Program and FIU are partnering to open avenues to STEM careers for middle school minority boys. Kids will learn about coding, 3D design, robotics, entrepreneurship and more.

Camp runs from June 11-29 at FIU. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. Click here for more information.

Parent/Child Bridge Engineering Summer Camp

Parents and children can meet at FIU’s Engineering Campus to learn from experts in bridge building this summer. Participants will learn about accelerated bridge building, different types of bridges and 3D printing in bridge engineering.

Campers will also get hands-on experience building balsa wood bridges and printing 3D bridge designs. Kids from grades three through six are welcome. Camp runs from June 11-15. For more information, contact or click here.


Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families summer camps run from mid-June through mid-August, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Below is a list of the programs offered. Enrollment is limited, and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. All of the summer camps are partially funded by The Children’s Trust, and fees associated with each camp vary. During the application and screening process, each parent has an opportunity to meet with a representative who can answer questions concerning financial aspects associated with the camps.

Contact the Center for Children and Families for more information.

Summer Treatment Program (STP)

This comprehensive 8-week summer camp program is for children ages 5-12 with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. 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 in their progress. Click here for more information.

Summer Treatment Program PreK (STP-PreK)

This school readiness program is for children entering kindergarten with behavioral problems. The STP-PreK also encourages parent involvement with weekly parent training sessions to develop the skills needed to prepare their child for kindergarten, to change their behavior at home/school, and to assist in their progress in camp. Click here to learn more.

Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP)

This program actively involves children ages 4-8 and their parents in promoting physical health in addition to school readiness. The program focuses on helping children become familiar with and increase their enjoyment of healthier food, improve on their academic and behavioral skills they need to succeed in school, and much more. For more information, click here.

Summer Reading Explorers Program (SREP)

This free program helps kindergarten, first and second graders improve their reading skills. Students reading at or below reading level receive small-group reading tutoring services provided by certified teachers.

The program is tailored to each child’s reading ability, is both structured and interactive, and follows an evidence-based reading curriculum. SREP works directly with selected Children’s Trust-funded summer programs and Early Childhood Quality Counts Centers. Families are required to enroll in one of these participating programs in order to receive SREP services. Click here to learn more.

Summer Academy in Liberty City

This comprehensive school-readiness program is for children entering kindergarten with behavioral problems. It is funded by The Children’s Trust and operates in Liberty City at Thena Crowder Early Childhood Diagnostic and Special Education Center.

Parental Involvement is also encouraged through weekly parent meetings, where parents develop the skills needed to prepare their child for kindergarten, to change their behavior at home/school, and to assist in their progress in camp. Click here for more information.


Sports Camps

Elite Residential Soccer Camp

Boys ages 13-19 can have a great experience this summer with top level coaches from around college soccer at FIU. Campers will enjoy FIU’s top notch facilities and a exciting curriculum including a recruiting seminar, which will help aspiring players to understand the college recruiting process as well as the demands of being a college athlete.

Camp runs from July 8-11. Click here for more information.

Mervyl Melendez Baseball Camps

Mervyl Melendez Baseball Camps are structured to help improve the performance of baseball players of all ages and skill levels. These camps offer hands-on experience that concentrates on the fundamental skills players will need in order to progress throughout their baseball careers.

Comprehensive, individualized instruction is offered for all of our campers. Mervyl Melendez and his staff have all been involved in successful baseball programs and pride themselves on their ability to understand, teach and communicate with athletes.

For more information, click here.

Gator Rebhan Softball Camps

The objective of Gator Rebhan Softball Camps is to create an environment to develop softball skills and fundamentals while providing an opportunity for campers to showcase their talents in a competitive environment.

Campers will learn from Head Coach Gator Rebhan, who has developed and sent players to Harvard, Auburn, Florida and Syracuse prior to taking the head position at FIU.

The camp takes place at recently renovated Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium. Click here to learn more.

Butch Davis Football Camps

Young football players can enhance their skills in a fun and competitive environment this summer at Butch Davis Football Camps. Kids from grades 9th-12th as of fall 2017 as well as current junior college freshmen and sophomores are welcome. A wide variety of camps are offered, including one-day camps, a specialists camp, a 7-on-7 tournament and a camp geared toward offensive and defensive linemen (OL/DL camp).

The one-day camps, specialists camp, and the OL/DL camp cost $25 each camp. The 7-on-7 tournament costs $25 per camper with a maximum of 20 players per team.

For more information about these camps, click here.

Rita Crockett Camps and Clinics

Rita Crockett Camps and Clinics offers training to all levels of players, from players who love the game but need more technical work to players who aspire to take their game to the college level and beyond. The camps has an array of coaches who offer insight to all aspects of the game basic and advanced.

At the camps, kids will leave loving the game (if possible) more than we do. All camps will be held on Lime Court at FIU Arena and at the FIU Beach Volleyball Complex.

For more information, contact

Beach Volleyball All Skills Camp

Campers ages 11-18 will learn all aspects of the game of beach volleyball. This beach camp will help your child fine-tune all skills including passing, setting, attacking and more. Players will participate in wash drills to put the campers in game-like situations designed to teach them strategy, side out and transition play.

This camp will also focus on how to gain team chemistry with your partner and strength and conditioning and is the perfect way to way ready for any tournaments or showcases this summer.

The camp runs from June 12-15.

Indoor/Beach Volleyball Hybrid Camp

This camp is for the player who is non-stop: indoor during one season and beach in the next, or just for the player who is interested in bettering their game. This camp will assist the campers on how to transition from court to the beach with ease. All skills will be transferable to help the camper understand both of their sports and how they can use this to their advantage. Ages 11-18 are welcome.

The camp runs from July 9-11.

Indoor Volleyball Intensive Training Camp

Campers will focus on specialized training and skill development for specific positions to put together with their teams. The advanced training sessions will also consist of intensive footwork training, agility work, vision training and strength and conditioning.

Campers will also start to understand the commit and the drive to take their game to the next level and transitioning from club volleyball to college athletics. Ages 13-18 are welcome.

Camp runs from July 24-27.