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Our Mission

Camp Live Oak is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing a nurturing setting that will enhance a child’s self-worth, confidence, and a profound appreciation of nature.

Camp Live Oak’s awesome 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  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. Also, we are now a Non-Profit Organization 501 (c)(3) which helps us make sure our campers get all the benefits of any revenue we generate. We make sure every dollar goes into our various programs, activities, and most importantly camper scholarships.

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.

The safety of your child is our upmost priority.  Each year, our staff members are checked against the National Sex Offender Public website, have a Level 2 Background Screening and Fingerprinting check, and local criminal screening. In addition, it is required that each staff member have a signed and notarized Affidavit of Good Moral Character and Voluntary Disclosure on file.  Prior to each camp season, staff members undergo 25 hours of training, where a variety of topics such as safety policies and procedures, camper management, and first aid and CPR are discussed.

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Anna Marie Hayden
Anna Marie Hayden
Social Media Coordinator/Marketing
Anna Marie Hayden is our Sales and Social Media Coordinator and Program Specialist.
Morgan Short
Morgan Short
Program Assistant - Music Teacher
Morgan Short is our Program Assistant and Music Teacher grew up loving time spent outdoors backpacking, snorkeling, running, and attending various...
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

Renee Bell
Renee Bell
Teen Eco Coordinator
Renee Bell will be returning for her 14th year at Camp Live Oak and will be the Teen Eco Coordinator!  During the school year, Renee teaches at...
David Jantz
David Jantz
Science Teacher
David Jantz is the Science Teacher and Mountain Bike instructor. He has loved summer camps since he was a few weeks old, when he and his parents...
Tim Carmichael
Tim Carmichael
Canoe/Archery/Fishing Instructor
Tim Carmichael is our Canoeing, Archery, and Fishing Instructor. This will be his first year at Camp Live Oak and has recently moved to the Ft...
Marlo Gentner
Marlo Gentner
Head Counselor - Tree Frogs
Marlo Gentner is our Head Counselor for Tree Frogs. She has been involved with Camp Live Oak since this spring, and this will be her first summer...
Aydan Warner
Aydan Warner
Jr. Counselor - Tree Frogs
Aydan Warner is our Junior Counselor for the Tree Frogs. She has been attending Camp Live Oak since she was 5 years old! Last year she was a...
Jessie Spangler
Jessie Spangler
On site Director
Maria Collazos
Maria Collazos
Art Teacher
Maria Collazos is our Art Teacher. This is her first summer with Camp Live Oak. Maria has been a camp teacher and coordinator for children and...
Michael Reason
Michael Reason
Associate Director
Michael Reason is our Associate Director. This is Michael’s third summer with us here at Camp Live Oak. During the year Michael works as a...
Anna Volynets
Anna Volynets
Sub Counselor & Scuba Lead
Anna Volynets is a Sub Junior Counselor and Scuba Lead. Anna currently resides in Ukraine and is in her fourth year at Kyiz Mohyla Academy...
Riley Steinger
Riley Steinger
Junior Counselor - Osprey
Riley Steinger is the Junior Counselor for the Osprey. This is Riley’s third year with Camp Live Oak, spending the first two years at our Dania...
Xavier  Esteve
Xavier Esteve
Lifeguard & C/A/F Assistant
Xavier Esteve is our Lifeguard and C/A/F assistant. He is currently a student at University of Florida pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer...
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DANIA BEACH LOCATION

Arianna Sunyak
Arianna Sunyak
On Site Director
Arianna Sunyak is the On site Directorfor the at Dania.  This is Arianna’s third year at Camp Live Oak, and is excited about taking on a...
Sonia Matthews
Sonia Matthews
Art Teacher
Sonia Matthews will be returning as the Art Teacher at Dania Beach. Sonia graduated with her BFA with two separate specializations. She’s been an...
Jeri Joiner
Jeri Joiner
Head Counselor - Squids
Jeri Joiner is our Head Counselor for the Squids. This will be Jeri’s first summer with Camp Live Oak. She received a Mast of Arts in Education in...
Max Schneider
Max Schneider
Jr. Counselor - Squids
Max Schneider is a Junior Counselor for the Squids. He was a Junior Counselor for our Spring Camp and is excited about being with the camp for his...
Alexandra Barth
Alexandra Barth
Science Teacher
Alexander Barth is returning as our Science Teacher. This will be Alexandra’s third year with Camp Live Oak. She is originally from Maryland...
LuAndra Hilaire
LuAndra Hilaire
Head Counselor - Tarpon
LuAndra Hilaire is a Head Counselor for the Tarpon. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts Management at Broward College...
Samuel Clausman
Samuel Clausman
Fishing Counselor
Samuel Clausman is our Head Counselor for our Salty Angler’s Fishing Camp. He will also be a C/F Counselor in the afternoons. Samuel has been...

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