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Panther Camp at FIU
Ever wondered what it is like to accompany 200 spirited, energetic students into the woods…then you need to know all about FIU’s Panther Camp. Now in its sixth year, Panther Camp is a leadership, involvement and spirit retreat for incoming freshman. Started in 2006, Panther Camp has grown from the 25 original campers to almost 300 in 2010. As part of the three-day retreat, freshmen are exposed to what it means to be a true Golden Panther. From programming sessions focused on topics such as campus involvement, academics, and diversity to our annual shaving cream fight, participants are guaranteed to have fun while being “pantherized”.
While most of the students who choose to participate in Panther Camp have already expressed an interest in getting involved during their time at FIU, the impact of their camp experience and the culminating ritual they take part in, solidify their commitment and ignite a passion not just to get involved, but to make an impact in the FIU community.
Although Panther Camp is sponsored by the Office of Orientation and Commuter Student Services, it is ultimately a great example of collaboration within the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Alumni Relations. In addition to the 25 student leaders who run Panther Camp, numerous university staff members serve as advisors and mentors to the campers.
As we begin to plan for Panther Camp 2011 we are looking for 25 outstanding student leaders and 10 staff advisors to help pass along the Panther Camp magic! Please consider encouraging your students to apply. Applications will be out in early November. Also, if you are interested in serving as a Panther Camp Advisor, look for applications later this semester!
Remember to always leave your legacy with P.R.I.D.E.!