Teen Eco At Camp Live Oak

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We are happy to announce that we will be running our full Teen Eco program for Summer 2022!

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 Multi-week 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 (Leadership In Training) will need to attend Staff training.   Training date and time to be announced.  

Both training days will be held at the Youth Lodge. 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 are 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 special field trips are not included. There is a $75 per week admin fee for this program and a maximum of 2 weeks that a teen is allowed to be 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.

TEEN VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

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-2022. 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 13 – 17

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.  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 homemade pizzas and ice cream sundaes together while we get ready for a fun-filled summer!

June 20 – 24
Love the smell of an outdoor campfire? This week come and learn how to make 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 27th – July 1st: Teen Eco Sleepover 

Teens are in for a special treat this week, as they take over the Elks Youth Lodge and cabins for a one-night sleepover.  Teens will participate in fun camp activities throughout the week at Birch State Park.  On Thursday, after their normal camp day, they will stay in one of the air-conditioned cabins at the Elks Youth Lodge, located within Birch State Park.   Evening activities will include fun night games, dancing, a hearty dinner, and late-night snacks!  Early risers get the worm…Sunrise yoga will start their day off right!  Clean up and showers and it’s time for another camp day.  We will celebrate the 4th of July on Friday, July 1st, so be prepared and bring your red, white, and blue apparel!

July 5th – 8th
Time to give back to the community! Teens will travel to Feeding South Florida this week and help organize and pack food for So. Florida families with food insecurities.  This week we also welcome back our favorite life and job coach Joyce Mandel.  Joyce will help you teen navigate the complex world of job searching, how to handle its related stresses, and how to find happiness!

Specialty Weeks, July 11 – 15th:  Shark Tagging with NSU! 

Get up close and personal with the APEX predators of the seas.

July 9th-10th 
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 a-longs.

All campers will enjoy a hearty dinner, toasty s’mores dessert and a terrific breakfast as part of their 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: $125.

Specialty Week, Ocean Quest July 25th –29th

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 have an opportunity 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 who has a love and passion to know more about our unique ecosystem.

August 1st – 5th: Information Coming Soon! 

Specialty Week August 8th – 12th
Information Coming Soon!

  • 2022 Summer Session General Overview*
  • Session 1 (June 13th – July 1st ): Campfire Cooking, Other activities TBA
  • Session 2 (July 5th – July 22nd): Feeding South Florida, 3rd of July Fun, Career Week
  • Ocean Quest (July 25th – 29th): Snorkeling at John Pennekamp
  • Session 3 (August 2nd – 19th): Rapid Water Park, End of the Summer Celebration
  • 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
  • Volunteer Only:  $75 per week, Maximum of 2 weeks.
  • Weekly Rate (non-Specialty Weeks; June 13, June 20, July 5, July 18, Aug 1): $285
  • Specialty Week: Teen Eco Sleepover June 27 – July 1: $435
  • Specialty Week: NSU Shark Tagging July 11 – 15:   $495
  • Specialty Week: John Pennekamp Snorkeling Ocean Quest July 25 – 29: $415
  • Specialty Week: Rapids Water Park August 8 – 12: $375
  • Register for 3 weeks or more and receive a Multi-week 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