Deering Estate Summer Camp FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kinds of activities will my camper being doing?
A. We are a nature and science based camp, and each session of camp has a different theme which the activities will be aligned with. The themes change from session to session (examples include themes dedicated to Mangroves, the Ocean, Pine Rocklands, and Wilderness Survival), but all weeks of camp will include a hike, and experiments related to the theme.
Q. What should I send with my child to camp each day? How should they be dressed?
A. It is important to send your camper to camp prepared each day for the planned activities. It is required for your camper to bring with them a refillable water bottle and their lunch each day. We do not provide lunch or snacks to campers and there is no onsite location to purchase either food or snacks. If your child comes to camp without lunch and you are unable to arrange someone to bring the lunch to camp we will call you and arrange to find a lunch solution. It is recommended to bring snacks, extra clothes and closed toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Campers cannot wear open toed shoes (including sandals) or Crocs at any time. We recommend they dress appropriately for the activities and the weather, however for hikes we typically recommend long sleeved shirts and pants (which can be changed out of after hikes) in order to avoid mosquito bites.
Q. How much time will my child spend outside each day?
A. While we are a nature based camp, we do understand that South Florida brings along higher temperatures. For that reason, campers are typically only outside for half of the day. To combat the heat while outside, we encourage campers to drink water as often as possible, and we provide water jugs to refill their bottles when they run out.
Q. What does the camp do when it rains?
A. South Florida weather can be unpredictable; however we are a “rain or shine” camp. If a scheduled activity is interrupted by thunderstorms, we will have indoor activities aligned with the theme of the week that can be conducted as a substitute. Whenever possible, we will return to the originally scheduled activity after the weather has passed. If it is not possible to complete the activity that day, we will try to include it on one of the following day of that same week.
Q. Are there going to be a lot of bugs?
A. Bugs, including mosquitos, are plentiful in South Florida. While we cannot predict how many bugs there will be each day, we recommend that campers always come prepared for their presence. This means that for hikes, we recommend that campers wear long sleeves and pants, which they can change out off after the hike. We also request that campers come prepared with bug spray.