Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications of the counselors? What are their certifications? Have they had background checks and been fingerprinted?
Staff is certified in CPR and First Aid. Background checks and fingerprinting have been assessed for all counselors, instructors, and staff.
What is the ratio of students to chaperones?
IGFA practices the same standards as the Broward County School District of 1 chaperone to 10 children (1:10). We also have volunteers to aid the instructors each week.
Where is summer camp being held?
Camp will be conducted at the IGFA Headquarters.
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Does the camp take children offsite? If offsite, where?
The camp takes campers offsite Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week to various Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County parks.
What is the cost of camp? Are there any discounts?
Summer camp will be a flat rate of $400 for individual weeks. If multiple weeks are purchased at the same time, each week will cost $375. The Advanced week is $525. We also offer a multiple child discount for siblings of $25 per family.
Is there a deposit required?
A deposit is not required. However, you must pay in full for your camp at the time of registration. Your child’s space will not be saved unless payment has been received in full.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, a limited number of one-week, full-tuition scholarships are available to families thanks to the Michael J. Levitt Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Please check the summer camp page: www.igfa.org/camps to download the application. Scholarships can only be used for regular camp weeks 1-5. They cannot be used for the Advanced week.
What are the camp hours?
Camp hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday (unless otherwise noted on the field trip schedule). On Friday, campers are required to arrive by 7:30am. Before care is available Monday – Thursday from 8:00am to 9:00am free of charge. Aftercare is offered from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at a rate of $20 per hour, per child. Payments for aftercare will be invoiced at the end of the week.
Is this camp program co-ed? What are the ages for camp?
Yes, girls and boys ages 7-12 for regular weeks and ages 10-14 for the Advanced week. During regular camp weeks, campers are divided into two groups. Children ages 7-9 are in one group; children ages 10-12 are in another group. However, we reserve the right to combine group ages if needed. For field trips and the Advanced week, campers will be grouped together.
What activities will the campers participate in and what will they learn? Are campers required to have prior knowledge and/or experience with fishing?
Each week will have a different theme, but all regular weeks will include the basics of fishing. Camp weeks also include arts and crafts and take-home projects, interactive games, hands-on activities, guest speakers, field trips, and fishing! Participants learn about fish biology, aquatic ecosystems, knot tying, tackle, tying flies & jigs, and fishing. Field trips take campers to lakes, estuaries, the Everglades, the Intracoastal Waterway, and to the ocean by shore and by boat. Campers do not need to attend Week 1 before attending any other week. You choose the weeks your child will attend camp in any order you
prefer. However, the Advanced week are designed for campers with prior fishing knowledge, they are not designed for beginner anglers.
Does IGFA guarantee my child will catch fish?
No, the IGFA counselors and volunteers will try our hardest to help each camper catch fish each day, but we can’t control whether fish will bite.
Is transportation provided to and from camp?
No, each child must be brought to the IGFA Headquarters daily to be signed in and signed out.
What is the procedure for parking, drop off, and pick up?
Parents will arrive on the South side of the IGFA Headquarters (by the swordfish statue) and shall remain in their car while an IGFA staff member checks your child’s temperature and signs them in. Parents will NOT be allowed to come inside the IGFA Headquarters building. PLEASE DO NOT drop off children without speaking to an IGFA staff member.
What type of vehicle is used when traveling on field trips? Does it have seat belts? Is it air-conditioned? Who drives the vehicle?
An air-conditioned coach bus is used for travel to and from field trips. A licensed bus driver is in charge of the bus. The Florida Statutes do not require buses to have seat belts (section 316.614, 3a1 and 2).
Is lunch provided or do the campers need to bring lunch daily?
No, campers need to bring a bagged lunch that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. We suggest packing EXTRA snacks and EXTRA drinks. IGFA and its staff will not provide campers with lunch or snacks. To reduce surface contacts, the IGFA will not allow bottles to be refilled at a water fountain or water jugs. The IGFA will have a limited supply of bottled water to hand out if a child runs out of drinks. But please remember, we are an active camp that is primarily done outdoors, so it’s better to pack more than you think your child will need than less.
What do the campers need to wear daily?
Each camper will receive an IGFA T-shirt and an IGFA Face Shield on the first day of their camp session. Campers must wear an IGFA camp T- shirt DAILY. Additional shirts are available for $10.00 each. Campers should wear casual dress: IGFA T- shirt, shorts, tennis shoes, a hat, and a face covering. Please pack sunscreen for your child and a light jacket and poncho are suggested. It is also a good idea to pack an extra pair of clothes, shoes, or sandals as we WILL still fish in the rain as long as the weather conditions remain safe. Campers are required to wear a face covering DAILY. Failure to do so may risk the camper being removed from camp.
What do campers need to bring?
Parents/guardians will be emailed a “WHAT TO BRING” sheet for each week of camp informing them of what campers will need to bring each day of the week. Extra items needed may include a towel, bathing suit, change of clothes, snorkel gear, poncho, hat, and sunscreen. Campers may bring a small backpack with their belongings, but they are responsible for carrying their own gear. Please be sure to label all belongings with complete camper’s name. On Fridays, campers may need motion sickness pills: We suggest giving your child Bonine vs. Dramamine, since Dramamine tends to make the campers sleepy.
Do the campers need to bring their own fishing equipment?
No, campers are not permitted to bring in any of their own fishing equipment. IGFA will provide what they need.
What else should campers not bring?
Campers are not permitted to bring radios, money, toys, video games, or anything else that would be disruptive to the camp. Campers are permitted to bring cell phones for emergency use only. They will not be permitted to use their phones during camp hours without permission from a counselor. IGFA reserves the right to take away any of these items that become disruptive. IGFA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Are parents allowed to participate in our camp programs? Can they join the campers on field trips? Is there an additional charge for this?
No, parents are not permitted to join on any field trips during the 2020 IGFA Fishing Camp.
Is there a nurse on-site?
No, the IGFA camp does not have a nurse on-site, but all of the instructors are CPR and First Aid certified. If an injury occurs during camp, an “Ouch Report” will be filled out for the incident and a copy will be given to the parents/guardian. If the incident is major and requires hospital care, a parent/guardian will be contacted immediately. All parents are required to complete a Hold Harmless Agreement Form while registering their child to complete their reservation, which includes the health care information and emergency contact information.
What if I don’t have health insurance?
If health care is needed, the parent’s health care insurance policy would be primary and IGFA’s health insurance policy would be secondary. If a child were not covered by insurance, IGFA’s health insurance would then be primary.
What is our safety and regulations policy? What precautions do we practice to ensure safety? What is the protocol for safety when participating in water activities?
Camp counselors always carry a binder with them which contains all camper emergency information and contact phone numbers. There is at least 1 chaperone for every 10 children, all instructors are CPR and First Aid certified. All boats on field trips have personal floatation devices (PFDs) available, and when swimming at beaches or pools lifeguards are present.
What if a child becomes ill?
If your child is ill and cannot attend, please call the education camp cell phone at (954) 849-8871 and notify the staff so that we do not hold the bus or wait unnecessarily for your child. If the child should become sick while in camp and participating in activities, a staff member would make the child as comfortable as possible and contact a parent/guardian for an early pickup.
What if I need to contact my child or IGFA camp staff during camp?
If your child is currently attending a camp week, you can speak to a camp counselor during camp hours by calling the Education Camp CELL Phone at (954) 849-8871. This phone is ONLY activated during camp hours from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 7:00am-4:00pm on Fridays. Please do not use this number to register your child for camp. If you’re trying to reach your child in aftercare, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, please dial the IGFA Education MAIN Phone at (954) 924-4362.