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Our Mission

Camp Live Oak’s mission is to provide a nurturing setting that will enhance each camper’s sense of self-worth, by providing opportunities, through active play, to develop self-confidence, as they embrace guided risks through interaction with nature.  Our goal is that our campers leave us with resourcefulness; increased confidence; respect for themselves, and others; courage to face new physical, and mental challenges; and a profound appreciation of nature.

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Voted Best Summer Camp by Broward Family Life!

Camp Live Oak is a camp working in a cooperative effort with Florida’s State Park System to provide a quality environmental experience. We offer a unique opportunity for kids to experience the joy of curiosity and the wonder of discovery while learning about nature in general and South Florida ecosystems in particular.

 

WHY CHOOSE US

We are proud of the fact that Camp Live Oak is the ONLY accredited camp in Broward county and only one of two in Miami Dade County by the American Camp Association (ACA).  This ensures that we meet and often exceed over 300 standards of health and safety, programming, staffing and accountability set by ACA.

In addition to meeting the ideal adult/camper ratio required for ACA accreditation, our staff is comprised of highly qualified and certified teachers, counselors, specialists, scientists, state guides, ecologists, environmentalists, and water safety instructors.

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Carey McKearnan
Carey McKearnan
Sales/Marketing
Susanna Casique Coleman
Susanna Casique Coleman
Associate Director
Susanna Casique Coleman is our Associate Director. This will be Susanna’s 10th summer here at Camp Live Oak, she is so excited for another...
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BIRCH STATE PARK

Ted O’Connell
Ted O’Connell
Junior Counselor for the Eagles
Ted O’Connell is a Junior Counselor for the Eagles.  Ted O’Connell has been coming to Camp Live Oak since he was five years old. He has...
Iris K. Hoffman
Iris K. Hoffman
Lifeguard/Art Teacher
Iris Hoffman is the Life Guard/Art Teacher and will be inspiring our campers for the second time this summer. Iris is a freelance artist and...
Bilal Siddiqi
Bilal Siddiqi
Head Counselor for the Eagles
Bilal Siddiqi is the Head Counselor for the Eagles and is very excited to return this summer! Bilal will be returning back to our Birch location...
Mary Kate McKenna
Mary Kate McKenna
SUB Jr. Counselor/ Gardening Specialist
Taylor Givens
Taylor Givens
Junior Counselor for the Foxes
Taylor Givens is the Junior Counselor for the Foxes. She is currently at South Plantation High School where she will be going into her junior...
Nick Chu
Nick Chu
SUB Jr. Counselor
Ryan Unterbrink
Ryan Unterbrink
Canoeing/Archery/Fishing Specialist
Ryan Unterbrink is the Canoe, Archery, and Fishing Counselor.  Ryan Unterbrink is returning for his sixth year as the Canoeing/Archery/Fishing...
Erin Simpson-Krar
Erin Simpson-Krar
Lil Sprouts Teacher, Sewing, Kitchen Kreations, and Substitute Head Counselor
Erin Simpson is the Program Specialist/ Lil Sprouts, Sewing, and Kitchen Kreations. Erin Simpson-Krar has been an educator in South Florida for 12...
Brett Sheridan
Brett Sheridan
Head Counselor for the Foxes
Brett Sheridan is the Head Counselor for the Foxes. Brett Sheridan is a first year head counselor at Camp Live Oaks. He grew up in Connecticut...
Renee Bell
Renee Bell
Head Counselor for the Squirrels
Renee Bell will be returning for her 13th year at Camp Live Oak and will be the Squirrels Head Counselor.   During the school year, Renee teaches...
Maria Lucia Romero
Maria Lucia Romero
SUB Jr. Counselor/SCUBA.
Sarah Leary
Sarah Leary
Jr. Counselor for the Squirrels
Molly Rose Malaney
Molly Rose Malaney
SUB Jr. Counselor
Chris McCullen
Chris McCullen
Teen Eco Coordinator/Aftercare Coordinator
Chris McCullen is the Teen Eco Experience Coordinator/Aftercare Coordinator. This is Chris’s first year here at Camp Live Oak. He is very excited...
Fernando Pieras
Fernando Pieras
On Site Director
Fernando Pieras is the On Site Director at Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale.  This is Fernando’s third year with Camp Live Oak and is...
Dominique Doyon
Dominique Doyon
Jr. Counselor
Dominique Doyon is a Jr.Counselor and will be joining us for the first time this summer. Dominique is currently a student at Broward College and...
Sonia Matthews
Sonia Matthews
Art Teacher
Sonia Matthews is the Art Teacher. Sonia graduated with her BFA with two separate specializations. She’s been an active part of many different...
Ian Quist
Ian Quist
Lifeguard
Ian Quist is the Lifeguard for this summer. Ian is a  lifeguard this summer at Birch. He is a student at Fort Lauderdale high school and enjoys...
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DANIA BEACH LOCATION

Lance Cutrer
Lance Cutrer
Lifeguard & Kayaking/Fishing Specialist
Noah Friedland
Noah Friedland
Junior Counselor for the Seahorses
Noah Friedland is the Junior Counselor/Aftercare Coordiantor for the Seahorses and is very excited to return this summer! Noah is currently a...
Dominique Doyon
Dominique Doyon
Jr. Counselor
Dominique Doyon is a Jr.Counselor and will be joining us for the first time this summer. Dominique is currently a student at Broward College and...
Tommy Williams
Tommy Williams
On-Site Director
Tommy Williams is the On-Site Director. Originally from New Jersey, Tommy attended Virginia State University where he earned his B.S. degree in...
Riley Steinger
Riley Steinger
Junior Counselor for the Squid
Riley Steinger is the Junior Counselor for the Squid. Riley Steinger has been a camper at various camps, for the last nine years of her life. She...
Allison Stuber
Allison Stuber
Head Counselor for the Seahorses
Allison Stuber is the Head Counselor for the Seahorses. She was born and raised in south Florida. She has her BA degree in History from the...
Sonia Matthews
Sonia Matthews
Art Teacher
Sonia Matthews is the Art Teacher. Sonia graduated with her BFA with two separate specializations. She’s been an active part of many different...
Adrianna Sunyak
Adrianna Sunyak
Head Counselor for the Squid
Adrianna Sunyak is Head Counselor for the Squid. Arianna is a Head Counselor at Dania. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental...
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OLETA RIVER STATE PARK

Erin Simpson-Krar
Erin Simpson-Krar
Lil Sprouts Teacher, Sewing, Kitchen Kreations, and Substitute Head Counselor
Erin Simpson is the Program Specialist/ Lil Sprouts, Sewing, and Kitchen Kreations. Erin Simpson-Krar has been an educator in South Florida for 12...
Iris K. Hoffman
Iris K. Hoffman
Lifeguard/Art Teacher
Iris Hoffman is the Life Guard/Art Teacher and will be inspiring our campers for the second time this summer. Iris is a freelance artist and...
Brandon Franklin
Brandon Franklin
On Site Director
Brandon Franklin is the On Site Director. Brandon (B- Frank) Franklin is the On Site Director this summer. He is a teacher in Fort Lauderdale and...
Jasmine McCain
Jasmine McCain
Science Teacher
Jasmine McCain is the Science Teacher. She is a science teacher and will be guiding the campers of Oleta River park in fun experiments and...

This has been the first camp ever that my son didn’t complain about going in the morning, but he did tell me about the friends he made and the things he did. We love this camp!

Mrs. P

We are really happy with Camp Live Oak and our daughter Georgia can’t wait for Winter Session!

Mrs. L

Loved the fact that the camp worked with me and kept my son very active every day. He definitely wasn’t bored.

Mrs. Y