The Herbert Wellness Center offers a summer sports camp where children can experience playtime in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle and habits. Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp is an 8-week summer camp that is open to children ages six through twelve, and offers a wide variety of sports and other activities for a fun-filled summer.  The summer is divided into 2-week sessions where campers can swim, play sports, and take part in a variety of other indoor games and activities.  Each week of camp features a sport of the week in addition to theme days and special events. Campers are grouped together by grade into the following groups:

Group Grade/Age
Canes 6 year olds
Manatees 7 year olds
Panthers 8 year olds
Dolphins 9 year olds
Marlins 10 year olds
Heat 11-12 year olds

Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp has been named one of the top summer camps in Miami-Dade County by South Florida Parenting Magazine six times, and is run by energetic, well-qualified University of Miami professionals, Miami-Dade County teachers, and college students. Use the right-hand menu to learn more about the camp staff and program highlights.

Program Highlights

The Department of Wellness and Recreation sponsors the summer camp program at the Herbert Wellness Center. The many features of the Herbert Wellness Center allow campers to participate in a variety of fun and exciting activities, such as:
Daily swim lessons in the indoor pool (7 to 1 ratio)

Diverse indoor games, sports and activities

Wellness education (nutrition, stress, environmental, etc.)

Daily arts and crafts
Special events

Carnival day

Sport of the week

Cooking once a week

Other fun outdoor activities and sport

A variety of recreational sports and leisure activities are taught. Campers are assigned to groups according to age. All groups are co-educational. Activities may include: basketball, board games, kickball, movement education, soccer, softball, tennis, tether ball and
wallyball. Not all sports and leisure activities listed are taught every day, nor will they be taught to every group.


Mini Canes’ SuperLife program was named the Best Children’s Program by Club Industry’s 2012 Best of the Best Awards and was honored at the Club Industry Conference and Exposition for Fitness Business Professionals in October 2012.

The camp has received Best Summer Day Camp in Miami-Dade County from South Florida Parenting Magazine in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2011.


Feel secure in knowing that your son and/or daughter is participating in a camp program sponsored and administered by University of Miami professionals. Camp operates in compliance with federal, state, and local standards for health. Camp counselors are qualified professionals and college students. The camper to staff ratio is 8 to 1, which allows for individual instruction. All camp staff must pass a drug test, criminal background check, and are finger printed. A staff member certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED is on duty at all times.

Consent Forms

No camper will be allowed to register for camp without completed Health History and Parent Consent forms. These forms will be distributed with the brochure and enrollment form prior to camp registration. All forms are available on the camp website. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to have their child’s physician complete the Health History form.


The cost of supplemental medical insurance is included in the camp tuition. Coverage supplements parents’ insurance plan for most injuries and accidents while the child is on the University of Miami campus attending camp.