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Mini Canes Camp Registration Opens

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    Mini CanesCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 15, 2018)Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp, which runs for four, two-week sessions beginning June 11 at the University of Miami, is not your traditional sports camp. As a multi-award-winning camp, Mini Canes offers children ages 6 to 12 educational and recreational activities to help develop lifelong skills while having fun in a safe environment. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, UM employees and alumni can register their children at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center.

    “Mini Canes is a multidimensional camp,” said Tom Soria, director of Mini Canes Camp at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our campers are on the Coral Gables campus and learn a range of skills, from sports and swimming to art and cooking all with health, fitness and safety in mind.”

    Campers are divided into groups by age and will participate in a variety of activities focused on sports, health and wellness. Depending on which session a camper enrolls, basketball, kickball, flag football, soccer and softball are among the sports taught. In addition to sports and games, campers engage in educationally focused activities such as wellness education, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and special events. Campers also take part in daily swim lessons.

    “Camp offers a variety of educational learning opportunities, and daily swim lessons are just one of our main highlights,” Soria said. “Swimming is a vital skill that every child living in South Florida should master.”

    Additionally, each day, campers create beautiful art projects using a collection of art materials and techniques that become increasingly challenging as the campers grow older. Once a week, campers learn how to read recipes and apply various cooking techniques while whipping up delicious treats.

    At the end of every two-week session, camp culminates with an extravaganza performed by the campers. Parents, family and friends are invited to watch as their children sing, dance and act in a special-themed show.

    The four two-week Mini Canes Camp sessions begin June 11. Parents have the option to sign their children up for any combination of sessions, depending on availability. Camp drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., which coordinates with the UM workday. Before and after-care are available for additional fees.

    Camp Session Dates

    • Session 1: June 11 – 22
    • Session 2: June 25 – July 6 (Closed Wednesday, July 4)
    • Session 3: July 9 – 20
    • Session 4: July 23 – August 3

    Registration is available for all UM affiliates, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. To expedite registration, visit to download and complete the necessary enrollment packet before registering. Camper enrollment packets must be delivered in-person to the Mini Canes office on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. Please be prepared to present your Cane Card and C# (or alumni association card) upon registration. Incomplete registration materials will not be accepted. For complete registration procedures, click here.



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