Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camp

When does Summer Camp registration open?
You can register for summer camp through our online registration portal. Online registration opens the first day of February.
How much does camp cost?
For most of our camp programs, the baseline fee is $395 per week, per child. Three of our summer camp programs have different baseline fees due to excursions and programming. Our Anglers Plus program is $425 per week, our Mariners program is $430 per week, and our Seafarers program is $530 per week.
How do I know if a program I want to register for is still available?
We process our registrations in the order that they were received, so when you register your camper online, you’ll receive a status of “pending” until we have confirmed we have space and availability to accommodate your camper for that program that week. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for us to process your registration.
Can my camper be in the same week/program/cabin with their sibling or friend(s)?

We are unable to accommodate specific week/program/cabin requests as they are first come first serve. To increase the chance of campers being placed together, we encourage you to coordinate your registration with your family/friends, register asap, and pick programs that are most often grouped in the same cabins. You can refer to our Orientation Packet for a list of our programs.

What programs do you offer?
Everglades Youth Conservation Center (EYCC) offers between seven (7) and ten (10) summer camp programs for children in 3rd – 8th grade. To learn more about which programs are being offered this summer please refer to our Orientation Packet. Parents may register their child for one program per week. Parents may not register their child for more than two weeks of camp and the weeks cannot be consecutive.
How old does my child have to be to attend camp?

EYCC offers programs for children based on their grade level in the most recent school year. For example, if you are looking to sign your child up for a program this summer, then you will refer to their grade level they are currently in. EYCC offers programs for children in 3rd – 8th grade. Some of our programs have age requirements, you can learn more about which programs cater to which ages in our Orientation Packet.

Are your staff background screened?
Our staff are subject to a thorough background screening. We request two references, not letters of recommendation. We also require staff to pass a level 2 background screening through the Department of Children and Family Services.
Does my child need to bring extra money to camp?
Extra money is optional. EYCC has a camp store where they can buy snacks, drinks, t-shirts, etc. During check-in your child’s money is deposited into a store account. Purchases will be deducted from their account and any balance left over on Friday will be returned to you. We limit the account to $20 per child.
Are there alligators in the swimming lake?
EYCC sits on a 60,000-acre wildlife management area, so there is always a possibility of alligators residing in the swimming lake or other bodies of water at camp. However, any alligators that are observed and considered to be a nuisance or are over three feet in length are removed from the swimming lake and relocated as soon as possible. According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida averages five unprovoked alligator bites per year statewide. Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare. Click here to learn more about living with alligators.
Are the cabins air-conditioned?
Yes, all our buildings, including our cabins, are air-conditioned.
How many campers are in each cabin?
There can be up to 16 campers in each cabin and two or three Group Leaders. There are also two leadership campers (high school students) in each cabin.
What do you do during bad weather?
The EYCC has programming designed to work around weather of the typical summer months here in Florida. We keep our campers inside during any dangerous weather conditions. EYCC uses THOR Guard to predict any oncoming weather that could pose a threat to programming and camp participants.
What do you do about insects, mosquitoes, and alligators?
The camp does not spray for insects and mosquitoes as it is located within a wildlife conservation area. Children and parents are instructed to send/bring non-aerosol forms of insect repellant. All camp areas are monitored by camp staff and FWC employees for nuisance animals to ensure they are not found within the camp limits.
Can I pay camp tuition by credit card?
Yes, you will be able to pay by credit card when registering your child for camp.
Can I make a down payment to reserve a spot for my child?
We are not able to reserve spots for any campers until the full registration fee and the registration form have been received. Camp is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis without exception.
If I live out-of-town and my child flies into the Palm Beach International Airport, can they be picked up at the airport by someone from your staff?
Sorry, we do not provide transportation to and from the airport, bus, or train stations at this time.
What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in is 3PM to 5PM on Sunday. Check-out is 3PM to 5PM on the following Friday. More information about our check-in/check-out schedule can be found in our Parent Information Packet.

Can my child call home or can I call my child?
Camper personal electronics are prohibited at EYCC. We do have landline phones, which are for emergencies only. If a child becomes homesick, the camp director will contact you. Parents are welcome to call the summer camp director in the event of an emergency.
If my child cannot attend camp, can I get a refund?

Please refer to our refund policy located in our Orientation Packet.

If my child is sent home due to illness, homesickness or disciplinary reasons, can I get a refund?
Partial refunds may be given due to illness or injury and are decided on a case-by-case basis. Refunds are not given when children are sent home for homesickness or disciplinary reasons.
If I have more than one child attending, do I get a discount?
Sorry, discounts are not available at this time.
Can I volunteer at the camp during my child’s week at camp?
We do not allow parents to stay during a camp session. Only regular service volunteers and employees of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who have had a background screening check are allowed to volunteer at camp.
Can my child just come during the day during their week at camp?
Sorry, but no. Safety, programming, and scheduling do not permit a child to attend as a day camper only.
Can I change sessions if my child’s summer schedule changes due to school, athletics, band, or a family emergency?
Certainly! Please contact the camp office for assistance at (561) 624-6929 or
What should my child pack for summer camp?

You can find a recommended packing list in our Parent Information Packet.

What is orientation?

Never sent a camper to EYCC before? We have a helpful orientation just for you! Orientation consists of a presentation about camp and a tour of the facility. Orientations are not required for registration but are strongly recommended. Orientation dates can be found on our Summer Camp Page. If you are unable to attend an orientation, all information covered can be found in our Orientation Packet.

Children & Family Programs (in Fall and Spring)

What programs do you offer other than summer camp?
We are busy year-round! We offer educational day programs for children in 3rd – 5th grade, outdoor weekend learning seminars for families, and school field trips for grades 3rd – 12th. For information about children and family programs, click here. For information about school field trips, click here.

Facility Rental

When can I rent EYCC’s Facilities?
Our rental season is September through March and we begin accepting reservations each August. Please note that we only accept reservations that are made at least one month in advance and for a minimum of 20 people. For more information on renting EYCC’s facilities, click here.
What facilities are available for rent at EYCC?
EYCC has four tent camping sites, 10 cabins, a pavilion, bathhouses, and dining hall. All these sites are available for rent including our fishing, archery, paddling, and swimming areas. We also offer meal plan options to renters. Please note we only rent to groups of 20 people or more. For more information and to download our rental use agreement, click here.

Everglades Youth Conservation Center
12100 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. | West Palm Beach, FL 33412
561-624-6929 |
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