Panther Camp

The Panther Camp mission is to provide incoming FIU students with the opportunity to transition to FIU in an exciting and engaging manner. The program focuses on assisting new students in building relationships with other FIU students, fostering school spirit, cultivating future student leaders and helping students learn about FIU's traditions and unique culture.


What is Panther Camp?

Panther Camp is a great way for you to meet other new students before you start your FIU experience. If you enjoy having fun, meeting exciting people and love to take advantage of a great opportunity then Panther Camp is for you!

Camp Information

  • When is Panther Camp?

    New students should attend Panther Camp based on their admission status.

    More information to come about our upcoming summer sessions!

  • Panther Camp Blog

    Want to know more about Panther Camp? Check out our Panther Camp Blog ( for stories, testimonials, and first-hand accounts from past campers and leadership!

  • What can I expect at camp?
    • Meet 200+ other new students in large and small group settings
    • Meet FIU faculty, staff, and student leaders
    • Participate in fun activities and team builders
    • Learn tips and tricks on how to be a successful student
    • Learn about FIU traditions
    • Learn how to take advantage of opportunities available to you as a FIU student
    • Learn leadership skills and the leadership opportunities for you on campus
    • Learn how to make the most of your college experience
    • Become a part of a proud FIU tradition
    • Have FUN!
  • Where is Panther Camp?
    Panther Camp takes place at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid, FL. Accommodations are air conditioned, with bunk-bed style sleeping quarters. All cabins are carpeted and have indoor plumbing.
  • Guide to Panther Camp
    • Please keep in mind that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no deadline.
    • We encourage you to attend Panther Camp after you've attended your Orientation, when possible. During the summer, sessions are specified for freshman or transfer students, while our spring session is for both combined.
    • The camps are designed for students based on their admission status. In summer, three of the camps are for Freshmen students and one is for Transfer students. In spring, the one session offered is for both freshmen and transfers. Please make sure you sign up for the correct session.
    • Panther Camp takes place at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid, FL. Accommodations are air conditioned, with bunk-bed style sleeping quarters. All cabins are carpeted and have indoor plumbing.
    • Our air-conditioned bus will take you there- we will leave the first day of camp from the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
    • Males and females are separated into different cabins
    • Parents are not allowed. Panther Camp is a getaway retreat for new students only. We encourage parents to attend our annual Parent & Family Day, which takes place during the fall semester.
    • If you are not an incoming student but still want to get involved in Panther Camp on a leadership level, please see our Panther Camp Leadership page.

Scholarship Opportunities

FIU Panther Camp is dedicated to providing incoming students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transition to FIU in a unique way. All efforts are made to ensure that participants pay as little as possible to attend Panther Camp. Those in need of financial assistance to attend Panther Camp can apply for one of our scholarship programs listed below.

Panther Camp Scholarship Fund

Throughout the academic year the Panther Camp Team raises funds for the Panther Camp Scholarship Fund. These funds are raised to help defer the cost of Panther Camp for students with financial need. Recipients will receive a $50.00 scholarship, which will reduce the $90.00 registration fee. The recipients of the scholarship are responsible for the $40.00 difference in the cost of registration. Recipients are selected solely based on expressed need, not on merit. All scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Panther Camp does not offer a waiver of registration cost or full scholarships.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship should complete the 2020 Panther Camp Scholarship Application (includes online form and one-page essay). We will review all applications and you will receive notice of our decision within 10 business days. If awarded the scholarship, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register at the reduced price. If not awarded the scholarship, you will receive an email and we will work with you to see how we may be able to get you registered for Panther Camp. Scholarships will not be granted to participants who have already registered for Panther Camp.

Panther Camp Scholarship Applications are only accepted through Panther Connect. Click the link below or log into Panther Connect ( and search for Orientation and Family Programs.

Robillard Scholarship Program

The Robillard Scholarship will allow up to 12 students each year to have the full registration cost of Panther Camp covered by completing the requirements of the program. Robillard Scholars will be selected to participate in a cohort experience which includes attending Panther Camp and successfully completing the Academy of Leaders program in Fall 2020. The Robillard Scholarship will cover the full cost of Panther Camp and AOL.

  • Application Process

    Students interested in participating in the Robillard Scholarship will be required to complete an online application form. Deadlines for the Robillard Scholarships are to be determined.

    Those interested in the Robillard Scholarship SHOULD NOT register for/pay for Panther Camp. No scholarships will be granted for those who have already signed up for Panther Camp and paid the registration cost.

  • Selection Criteria

    The Robillard Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are interested in participating in Panther Camp and continuing their involvement and engagement with FIU following the camp experience. Applicants should outline their plans to be involved throughout their time at FIU and how participating in Panther Camp and the Academy of Leaders will help them to do so. The Robillard Scholarship is not a need-based scholarship, but instead is based on merit and intended impact on the FIU community through spirit, leadership, and involvement.

    The scholarship is open to students admitted as either transfer or freshmen for the Summer/Early Fall or Fall 2019 semesters.

  • Financial Coverage/Responsibility
    Those selected for the Robillard Scholarship will have the entire cost of Panther Camp covered. If selected, participants will need to register themselves for camp by coming to the Office of Orientation and Family Programs (GC 189). In addition to the cost of Panther Camp, Robillard Scholars will also receive funding to cover the cost of their participating in the Academy of Leaders (AOL).

    *Participants who fail to complete the Academy of Leaders (AOL) after attending Panther Camp, will be required to repay the registration cost of Panther Camp ($90) and the AOL registration cost ($60).
  • Academy of Leaders Requirements

    We are excited to offer this opportunity to students who are ready to get involved and make an impact at FIU. If you are ready to experience the Magic of Panther Camp AND continue that experience after camp, than the Robillard Scholarship is the perfect option for you!

    In addition to your Panther Camp date, you will also be required to attend these MANDATORY Academy of Leaders (AOL) dates. More information about the Fall 2020 AOL sessions dates to come.


Mr. & Miss Panther Camp

Every year, Panther Camp selects two program alumni to serve as Mr. & Miss Panther Camp. These alumni serve as representatives of the Panther Camp program and help to raise funds for the Panther Camp Program. Mr. & Miss Panther Camp are selected during our annual Panther Camp Fundraising Week, which typically takes place in April. To be eligible to run for either position, you must have attended Panther Camp in some capacity, be a currently enrolled student, complete the required application and interview, and actively participate in all Panther Camp Fundraising Week events.


Donate to Panther Camp!

Donations to the Panther Camp Program FIU Foundation Account will provide support for any expenses related to the operations, programming, services and student support. If you'd like to make an in-kind donation or have questions, please email!

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