Set in the style of an old-Florida cracker-town from the 1800’s, our air-conditioned dormitories and activity rooms serve as the perfect home base for the week’s activities. We have a boys dorm and a girls dorm each with 30 camper capacity. Counselor to camper ratio is 6:1 during the day and 8:1 at night. Counselors and Leaders in Training stay in the dorm with campers all night. With so much to do, campers can stay for multiple weeks with no additional charge for overnights between sessions and we also offer laundry service free of charge!
Camp Illahaw staff are extraordinary people from all over the world. They are diverse, vibrant, fun and relatable. They are unique because they must not only meet the needs of our campers and make sure each child is having an amazing time, but must also possess advanced skills or professional expertise in one of our specialty program areas. They are the people your child will come home talking about - perhaps with the English or Australian accents, your child will come home impersonating. They are your child’s new role models, heroes, confidants and friends.
Staff Selection Process
The uniqueness of our camp program attracts a large number of applicants and we are able to choose only the very best to work with your kids. Candidates that advance past an initial screening undergo a rigorous multi-step hiring process. Potential staff members are interviewed one-on-one by the camp directors, pass comprehensive background checks, submit to drug testing and provide at least three references who are all personally contacted by our team. Only candidates who are truly outstanding are selected.
Health and Safety
All staff are CPR and First Aid certified, drug tested and complete a thorough background check throughout the United States. International counselors are also background checked in their home country. Forever Florida has a certified EMT on staff and she is onsite nearly 24/7 throughout camp duration. We do have to give her some time off! We do everything in our power to ensure our campers are as safe as possible. We are fully prepared for the unlikely event of an emergency. Emergency transport is within 7 miles, a designated doctor is on call in the local emergency room and other hospitals with emergency medical services are only a short drive away. We have a satellite phone as a back up as cell service is limited!