Teen Eco At Camp Live Oak

COVID-19 Camp Update

We are happy to announce that we will be running our full Teen Eco program for summer 2021!

Teen Eco Experience is a leadership, environmental education & volunteer service program packed with innovative activities and outdoor adventure specifically designed for 14 – 16-year-olds. Become the leader of the future!

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Summer Teen Eco Experience Program

This teen program features wide variety of activities and fantastic field trips that your teen is sure to love! We offer a multitude of different programs which are flexible with your teens busy summer schedule. The teen summer program is now a weekly program. Register for 3 weeks (regular weeks) or more and receive a Multiweek discount! Discount does not apply to any of the Specialty weeks, including Ocean Quest. This program is ONLY available at Birch State Park.

Weekly Options all Summer Long! – We have two options that teens can participate in, our Volunteer only program and our full Teen Eco Experience. Teens can participate in either of these weekly programs all summer long.

The Teen Eco Experience is a combination of volunteer work and activities or field trips designed specifically for teens. Teens will be assigned to a camper group (ages 5 – 9) which they will work alongside certified teachers and college students guiding campers through a series of outdoor activities. The time that they work with the groups they earn community service hours for high school. In addition, they will come together with the Teen Eco coordinator and participate in a variety of activities or field trips. To see a full list of activities and pricing for the full Teen Eco Experience please scroll further down the page.

Teen Eco Experience Program Features

Career Preparation & Exploration: Learn the basics in career training such as how to interview, telephone skills, dressing for success, writing the right resume!

Park Service Project: Complete a hands-on project that will greatly benefit the park and leave a lasting legacy

Environmental Science: Discover Florida’s ecosystems, Marine Biology, Renewable Energy, & Conservation Efforts

Team building: Fun, innovative activities that include Character Development, Leadership Skills, Problem Solving, etc.

Outdoor Skills: Getting to know the world around you through Orienteering, Medicinal Plants, Primitive Cooking, Wildlife Identification, etc.

Engaging Onsite Activities – Teens will participate in some of the activities done during the weekly programs. Activities such as environmental science projects, creative and hands on art projects, and outdoor skills will be done during the second half of their day.

Staff Training, First Aid & CPR Training –  All registered L.I.T’s will need to attend Staff training on Saturday, May 15th from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale and Tuesday, May 25th from 6:00 – 6:30 pm via zoom. The link will be emailed to you with a zoom link, meeting ID, and password. This training will review all Camp Live Oak policies and procedures, paperwork, and basic camper interaction guidelines. If you register your camper after these dates, your child will still be able to participate in the program and training will be done on their first camp day at 8:00 AM. Detailed information will be sent out prior to all training events.

Volunteer Only Program

We offer a volunteer only program throughout the summer. There is a limited number of volunteers allowed per week and the teen must attend the training sessions prior to their start at camp.  Teens who participate in this program will be assigned to a group and work alongside certified teachers and college students guiding campers through a series of outdoor activities. They will be able to participate in the normal day camp activities and field trips. The Teen Eco activities and specialty field trips are not included. There is a $65 per week admin fee for this program and maximum of 2 weeks that a teen is allowed to registered as a teen volunteer. All those that wish to participate in this volunteer program must submit a Volunteer application. If accepted, applicants will need to come in for a short interview and information session.


Weekly Activities & Field Trips

In addition to attending the regular day camp Field Trip, teens will also participate in engaging volunteer activities with other non for profit South Florida organizations. They will also learn a variety of arts and crafts with special guests artists. We offer several Specialty weeks throughout the summer that feature an amazing field trip experiences. Below are some of the trips planned for Summer 2021. We are working on adding more activities, so please check back often for updates! Please note that Specialty weeks are not eligible for any camp discounts.

June 14 – 18
We welcome ALL teens to the first week of Camp Live Oak. Teens will go through a brief training session during this week to get to know one another and their Teen Eco Coordinator Jay who has 8 years of experience being a camp Director, specifically working with teens. Teens will learn the ins and outs of their role as a Leader in Training. This week will also be filled with fun team building and get-to-know-you games! And don’t forget about Friday, Teen Time! We will be making ice cream sundaes together while we get ready for a fun-filled summer!

June 21 – 25
Love the smell of an outdoor campfire? This week come and learn how to make a delicious meals and desserts over an open flame! Teens will learn the basics of campfire building as well as fire safety. Then they will learn the basics of meal planning and prep, making sure to include all the major food groups! Then it’s time to start cooking a meal for the group! Get your plates ready for this yummy adventure.

Specialty Week, June 28 – July 2: Discovering the Keys & Canoe Certification
During this week, campers will travel for a day snorkeling trip to Key largo, FL.  Situated in the marine habitats of the Everglades National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, teens will be get a chance to snorkel, identify flora and fauna, and study how adaptations are made by different organisms within an environment.  This popular trip is a MUST for any teen interested in marine biology or has a love and passion to know more about our unique ecosystem.

Also during this week Teens will travel to Mizell-Johnson State Park and participate in an ACA (American Canoe Association) certification class. The course will focus on learning, reviewing, and improving canoeing skills. Basic strokes, equipment review and terminology, and learn, review, and improve safety and rescue skills. At the end of class, teens will be certified as a Level 1 Canoe Instructor. Teens will finish off their day with a stop at Jackson’s Ice Cream shop in Dania Beach!

We will close out the week as we all come together and celebrate the 2nd of July holiday on Friday with a delicious BBQ, parade and water games!

July 5 – 9
Time to get our hands dirty and give back to the community! Teens will travel to the Urban Farming Institute in Oakland Park this week and get a taste of life on a farm.  They will be tasked with helping out with day to day chores around the farm, while learning about farming and bees!

Specialty Weeks, July 12 – 23: Dare 2 Develop! 
Did you ever have a great idea for a business or a product and not know what to do next.  During this two-week program, teens will be introduced to the possibilities of entrepreneurship, learn interpersonal communication skills, and engage in leadership training in an effort to introduce them to and prepare for leadership roles in school, teams, business, and beyond. Training topics will be introduced and taught by Joyce Mandel, former business coach and job placement expert.   Sample topics include; Identifying Skill Sets and Talents, How to Market These Skills and Talents, Stress Management, and Effective Communication! Teens will also have an opportunity to meet one on one with local business leaders in areas of Arts, Beauty and Fitness, Tech/Multimedia, Environmental/Marine, Entertainment, including a local Escape Room!  There teens will be able to problem solve and work together as a team!

In order to receive the full benefits of this program, we highly encourage a two week commitment. There is a weekly option available.

Due to COVID restrictions, this Special Event has been canceled for 2021.  Starlight Sleepover
The Starlight Sleepover is a wonderful Camp Live Oak tradition held during the second session of summer. Teens and campers from Ft. Lauderdale and Dania are invited to stay overnight in the air conditioned cabins at Birch State Park for a fun filled night including a drum circle around the camp fire, star gazing and sing alongs.

All campers will enjoy a hearty dinner, toasty s’mores dessert and a terrific breakfast as part of the registration. Teens will earn additional community service hours if they are registered for this event. There are a limited number of spots for this popular activity, so early registration is encouraged.  Starlight Sleepover will be held at Birch State Park. Address: 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Please note that Discounts are not applicable to this activity. Add on Fee: $85.

Specialty Week, Ocean Quest July 26 – 30
Details soon to come!

Specialty Week, August 2 – 6th:  Pushing the Limits!
Teens will push their limits and support their fellow friends at Treetops Trek located in Melbourne, FL.  This three hour course, complete with ropes course and zip line is located at in the heart of Brevard County Zoo will inspire your teens to new heights.  Teens will learn the safety protocols before strapping in for a trek through the pine tree canopies and tackling a variety of high ropes elements.

Also this week…Field Day 2021! Participate in one of the most popular activity at Camp Live Oak. Teens will assist in creating and setting up various activities for campers. They will learn about event planning and will need to work together as a team to bring this event to life!

Specialty Week August 9 – 13th
Teens will have the opportunity to close out a summer of fun with MORE fun!  As we gather with friends for this last full week of camp, Teens will head out to Tigertail Lake in Hollywood to learn the skill of sailing!  Led by a certified US Sailing instructor, teens will get the chance to steer a small craft on beautiful Tiger Tail Lake!

      • 2021 Summer Session General Overview*
      • Session 1 (June 14 – July 2 ):  Campfire Cooking,Canoe Certification, Snorkel at John Pennekemp
      • Session 2 (July 5 – July 23):  Urban Farming Institute, 3rd of July Fun/Dare 2 Develop, Escape Room
      • Ocean Quest (July 26 – 30):  TBD
      • Session 3 (August 2 – 18):  Treetops Trek/Tigertail Lake
    • Register for 3 weeks or more and receive a Multi week Discount! Discount does not apply to the following Specialty weeks.
        • Program Dates and Fees
        • Weekly Rate (non Specialty Weeks; June 14, June 21, & July 5) $275
        • Specialty Week: June 28 – July 2: Exploring the Keys; Fee: $550
        • Specialty Week (2 weeks): July 12 – 23: Dare to Develop & 4 Field Trips  Fee: $760 – 2 weeks or $380 p/week
        • Specialty Week: Ocean Quest July 26 – 30: TBD
        • Specialty Week: August 2 – 9: Treetops Trek; Fee: $395
        • Specialty Week: August 9 – 13:  Sailing at Tigertail Lake and Water Obstacle Course; Fee: $395
      • Register for 3 weeks or more and receive a Multiweek Discount. Discount does not apply to the Specialty weeks and Ocean Quest.

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