Cool weather Brings Perfect Winter Camp Days for Kids!
2023 Programming Coming Soon!
December 26 – 29, 2023 & January 2 – 5, 2024
We offer Winter camp during Broward county’s holiday sessions. Enjoy near-perfect weather during these two weeks at Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale. Busy holiday schedule? Our flexible daily camp options are sure to fit right in!
Winter camp will be offered from 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. with optional Extended care available. Make sure to pack a hearty lunch for this camp session as there is NO LUNCH SERVICE available.
Activities Include: Each day can include Sports, Art and crafts, Beach Play, Canoeing, Hiking, Archery, Fishing, and Hands-on Science activities. Currently, swimming is not offered at Winter Camp, unless weather permits.
- Winter Camp Information
- Dates: December 26 – 29th, 2023 & January 2 – 5th, 2024
- Week 1: Dec. 26th – 29th, 2023
- Week 2: Jan. 2 – 5th, 2024
- Locations: Birch State Park in Ft. Lauderdale
- Time: 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
- Camp Fees: $312.00 per Week / $85 per day ($15 Weekly Sibling Discount / $5 Daily Discount)
- Extended Care
- Morning Care (8:00am – 9:00am): $16 per week / $5 daily
- After Care (3:30pm – 5:30pm): $28 per week / $10 per day
- Both Morning and After Care: $34 per week / $15 per day
2023 – 2024 Winter Camp Programming Coming Soon!
*Programming Subject to Change
2023 – 2024 Winter Camp Programming Coming Soon!
The Past, from Dinosaurs to the Roaring 20’s
Monday, Dec. 26th: Prehistoric Florida
From giant sloths to saber tooth cats, Florida has been home to some amazing creatures; we will discover how to unearth fossil remains, and create ancient petroglyph artworks as we look back into the prehistoric past!
You will get to know your group and the park in ice breaker and team-building games. Can you canoe? You will be able to after learning the basics of paddling forwards and backward on the park’s freshwater lake.
Tuesday, Dec 27th: Living off the Land
Pioneers and people in the past did not have shopping centers like we do today, so where did they get the things, they needed? They had to make or trade for them, and you will do the same today. Learn how to make your natural insect repellent, toothpaste, and body scrub in Science, and trade what you made for other things you need.
Craft bowls and plates from clay in art, using techniques and symbols from ancient cultures, or make up your own to tell your story.
Learn how the ancients hunted as we aim at archery. Can you target that stuffed deer or squirrel?
Wednesday, Dec 28th: Discover Pioneers, Pirates, and more on a Field Trip to Bonnet House
Field Trip to Bonnet House
We will walk the trails and cross paths of ancient Indians, Spanish Explorers, African-Americans, real estate tycoons, artist,s and poets as we explore the past of one of Ft Lauderdale’s treasured places, Bonnet House. After our tour, we will enjoy picnicking with our lunches in the gardens.
Thursday, Dec 29th: Explore the Park’s Natural Treasures
Meet the oldest residents of the park, the trees!!! Some are hundreds of years old!
Explore the forest floor as an Entomologist, a scientist who studies insects – Collect and Identify the smallest fauna but largest population of the park in a bug hunt; some of them are living fossils!!
Fossils are historical records of what lived long ago! Create your fossil to take home in art class
Did you know some fish are living fossils? Learn about the fish in the area as go fishing and learn to be ethical anglers.
Friday, Dec 30th: Florida in the 1920s
Development in medicine and technology took off in the 1920s, with the invention of movies, rockets, and more. Design, build and launch your rocket in our Science program, and in Art, create a festive 1920s-styled accessory to wear as you celebrate New Year’s camp style with a cook-out, s’mores, and snowcones.
Week 1, Dec. 19th to 23rd will be following this week’s programming.
Monday, January 2nd: Designing our Future, from Cars to Fashion, Let Your Imagination Run Wild
Create futuristic designs with recycled materials on your vision for the future board, and see what you want Your future to look like.
Develop the Clean Car of the Future- what will it look like? How will it run? In Science, we will discover clean fuels and designs for transportation.
Throw to new friends in a game of Far Out Frisbee and aim for your goals in Archery!
Tuesday, January 3th: Future Fashion and Food!
Let your imagination run wild as you design and make your fashion statement. In our Art program use upcycled materials and make your future fabulous! In Science, we will learn about futuristic hydroponic gardening, and build and plant a hydroponic garden to take home.
Some closed garden systems use fish to fertilize the water used to grow plants; we will learn more about fish as we try to catch them in our Fishing for Fun activity.
Wednesday, January 4th: Water World- is it our Future? Can you imagine it?
All living things need clean water; where will we get clean water in the future if the sea level keeps rising and seawater keeps seeping into our groundwater? Use your imagination and knowledge to make and desalinate sea water in Science. Use bubbles to paint pictures of your futuristic water creature in Art and explore the freshwater lake of the park in a Canoe.
Guest Speaker: TBA
Thursday, January 5th: Create the Camp of the Future!
What can you imagine Camp Live Oak and Birch State Park will look like in 100 years? Learn about adaptations and changes in Science; how will the camp and park adapt in the future? Create a 3-D model out of recycled and found objects of how you think the camp will look. Design a futuristic obstacle course or games for your friends to tackle with fun items from the sports shed. Perfect your paddling skills in Canoeing. Look into the Future with Spiral Illusions created in Art.
Friday, January 6th: Show Us You Imagination! in Camp Fashion & Science Show
All week you engaged your imagination, dreaming of fantastic possibilities and designing fun futuristic fashions, now is your chance to show us your imaginations. Campers will set up their designs and show off their fashions with the entire camp voting on the best, the funniest, and the most likely to be realized inventions and fashions. We will enjoy a campfire, roast marshmallows, and sip cocoa on our last day of camp together.