Teen Eco At Camp Live Oak

COVID-19 Camp Update

Due to COVID – 19 we will running a pared down version of our popular Teen Eco program.  Our summer 2020 Teen Eco program will follow the Winter and Spring format (please see details below).  There will be a limit on the amount of participants per week and the fee is $65 per week.

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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2020 Teen Eco Program

This year our Summer Teen Eco program for ages 14 – 16 is a scaled version of our normal summer program.  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 will earn community service hours for high school and will be issued a letter noting the service hours worked within in one week of the end of camp.  There will be weekly designated “Teen Time” that will give the teems an opportunity to come together and bond.  Program Fee:  $65

The programming below is NOT available for the 2020 summer session.
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.

NOTE for Dania Beach location: There is a minimum of seven teens needed for the FULL Teen Eco program to run. If minimum is not met, teens are still able to register and participate in the specialty field trips. Afternoon activities with Teen Coordinator will not be offered. Pricing will be adjusted accordingly.  For more information please call 954-563-4880 for details.

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. NOTE for Dania Beach location: There is a minimum of seven teens needed for the FULL Teen Eco program to run. If minimum is not met, teens are still able to register and participate in the specialty field trips. Afternoon activities with Teen Coordinator will not be offered. Pricing will be adjusted accordingly.

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 – In addition, all Leaders in Training (L.I.T’s) will have the opportunity to be certified in First Aid and CPR on May 22nd from 5 to 9:30 PM at Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale. All registered L.I.T’s will need to attend Staff training on Saturday, May 23rd from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. 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. Or for further information please contact Tim Carmichael at 904-210-6090.

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 be accepted and registered by the Executive office staff. 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 2020. 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 8 – 12
We welcome ALL teens to the first week of Camp Live Oak. Teens will go through a brief training session during this week, including a customer service session with Ms. Joyce, Career placement expert. 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! Let’s get ready for a fun filled summer!

June 15 – 19 (This is available at Fort Lauderdale location ONLY)
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. This week also includes a regular camp field trip.

Specialty Week, June 22 – 26: Discovering the Keys
During this week, campers will travel for a 2 day, 1 night (Thursday/Friday) program to Marine Lab in 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.  Evenings are spent in discovery activities and labs and then retreat to air conditioned dormitories.  Teens will start with an early breakfast, then top off their excursion with one last activity before heading home.  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.

Canoe Certification:  American Canoe Association (ACA) Certification. During this week your teen travel to Mizell-Johnson State Park and participate in an ACA 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!

June 29 – July 3
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!

We will close out the week as we all come together and celebrate the 4th of July holiday on Friday with a delicious BBQ, parade and water games! We also be welcoming our Dania site Campers and Teens for this special day!

Specialty Weeks, July 6 – 17: Dare 2 Develop! (Ft. Lauderdale location only; Dania location please call for details)
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.

Special Event: Starlight Sleepover, Saturday July 18 -19
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 20 – 24th.
Teens will head to beautiful Key Largo for a day snorkel trip (Weds or Thursday) at John Pennekamp State Park. There, they will swim in crystal clear waters and see abundant sea life. Dinner will be served upon their return and before they head back in an air conditioned charter bus. Arrival time will be 8:15 for Dania Beach and 8:30pm for Birch Park. Also during this week, Teens will participate in an in depth dissection with our experienced Science instructor.

Specialty Week, July 27 – 31:  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 2020! 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!

August 3 – 7
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!

      • 2020 Summer Session General Overview*
      • Session 1 (June 8 – 12 ):  Campfire Cooking,Canoe Certification, Marine Lab/Regular Camp Field Trip
      • Session 2 (June 29 – July 17):  Urban Farming Institute, 3rd of July Fun/Dare 2 Develop, Escape Room, Regular Camp Field Trip
      • Ocean Quest (July 20 – 24):  Snorkel Day trip to John Pennekamp/Coral Reef Restoration Foundation
      • Session 3 (July 27 – August 11):  Treetops Trek/Regular Camp Field Trip/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 (Fees vary for Dania Location, please call for details)
        • Weekly Rate (non Specialty Weeks; June 8, June 15, & June 29) $275
        • Specialty Week: June 22 – 26: Marine Lab; Fee: $550
        • Specialty Week (2 weeks): July 6 – 17: Dare to Develop & 5 Field Trips  Fee: $760 – 2 weeks or $380 p/week
        • Specialty Week: Ocean Quest July 20 – 24: Snorkel Day Trip to J. Pennekamp in Key Largo; Fee: $375
        • Specialty Week: July 27 – 31: Treetops Trek; Fee: $395
        • Specialty Week: August 3 – 7:  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