Camp Pineapple

Camp Pineapple

We’re taking a break in 2022 and 2023

We plan to be back in June 2024 with exciting new programming for our campers.

Camp Pineapple started in Summer 2018 with 24 campers and expanded in 2020 to 40 campers. Campers are high school students from around the United States that have an interest in careers in the hospitality industry. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 Camp Pineapple experience. UCF Rosen College and the Camp Pineapple staff were disappointed that the camp was cancelled but like many other things in 2020, the decision was made with the health, safety and well-being of all involved.

Camp Pineapple remains on hiatus for 2022 and 2023, as the Central Florida hospitality industry rebounds from the Covid-19 pandemic, but is still in recovery. Camp Pineapple partners with the hospitality industry partners for many of our unique camper experiences, and given the ever changing travel and health guidelines, we want to be considerate of our partners’ ability to accommodate their returning guests in a safe and healthy environment, and not strain their resources to manage our camp site visits as well at this time. We continue to monitor the Covid-19 numbers in Central Florida and around the country as many of our campers travel from out of state. Our staff takes great pride in providing an exceptional camp experience that includes living in the Rosen College Apartments, numerous site visits and team building activities. The health and safety of our staff and campers is a priority and we would not be able to provide a top-quality experience. Planning Camp Pineapple takes about a year and with the uncertainty surrounding the ever-changing Covid-19 situation, we will continue the hiatus through Summer 2022.

We are as disappointed as potential campers that Camp Pineapple won’t return right now, but know that our goal is always to provide an exceptional program and with so many unknowns we don’t feel that we could provide that experience at this time. Any update to future opportunities will be posted here when decisions are made.


There’s a lot to learn about Rosen College.

Find out what makes it one of the top-ranked programs in the world and why our Orlando location is the perfect place to study, work and succeed in the hospitality management field.

Rosen College Open Houses will take place on Friday, October 20, 2023, and Friday, February 16, 2024.  Registration for the October event will open in late summer. We hope you will join us to learn more about the best hospitality college in the country.

The event will start at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the main entrance to the academic building.

Please make sure to follow @RosenCollege on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on our upcoming events. If you have questions about the UCF Admissions Process, contact for assistance.

Our Open House events are designed to provide an overview of the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management where you will spend the day on campus learning about our academic programs, student support services and campus life. You’ll meet our students, faculty and staff at various sessions and take a tour of campus that includes the Rosen College Apartments.

Insights and Images from Camp Pineapple

Take a moment to read Camp Pineapple ’18 alumnus Lucas Gorlin Tarbell’s Story: From Camper to Knight!

Please click on the In This Section arrow above for more information on Camp Pineapple.

Find our Camp Pineapple 2019 photos in the 15 albums we have on the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Facebook page.

Find our Camp Pineapple 2018 in the 16 photo albums on our  Facebook page and on Flickr.