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SEACAMP I
Overnight Camp for Students 7th through 12 Grade
SEACAMP I
Overnight Camp for Rising 7th - 12th Graders
About SEACAMP I
Overnight Camp for 7th - 12th Graders

Our SEACAMP I marine science program is a 6 day, 5 night residential summer camp for students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall. SEACAMP I is the first program in our progressive overnight Summer Camp options and is designed to give students a broad knowledge base of all aspects of marine biology through hands-on education and interactive water activities. Participants for all Summer Camps are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start of their session. See additional COVID-19 information here.

Students will cover a wide variety of marine biology topics in our labs and workshops, including fish adaptions, marine mammals, shark ecology, plankton evaluation and much more. Instructors will use our aquariums along with live and preserved marine animals to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the ocean and the animals in it. The topics covered in our labs and workshops are reinforced and applied in field activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, and the highlight of the week, an all-day boat trip with snorkel excursion.

In most sessions, students will be split into two groups by age/grade with older students in one group and younger students in the other group. Additionally, all of our SEACAMP II sessions have a SEACAMP I prior to them which allows students 8th grade through 12th grade to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively. Our overnight summer camps are designed as a progressive program – first attending SEACAMP I, then SEACAMP II and SEACAMP III – as all labs and field activities build on knowledge in the previous residential camp session.

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Camp Tuition102500$per student

$300 deposit payment due with enrollment.
All Sessions open for enrollment.

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Session Dates
Overnight camp for Rising 7th - 12th Graders

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 52 students per session. *This SEACAMP I session has a SEACAMP II session following, allowing a student to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II. Click here for SEACAMP II information.

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 35 students per session. *This SEACAMP I session has a SEACAMP II session following, allowing a student to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II. Click here for SEACAMP II information.

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 52 students per session. *This SEACAMP I session has a SEACAMP II session following, allowing a student to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II. Click here for SEACAMP II information.

Program Details

SEACAMP I sessions are open to students entering 7th through 12th grades in the upcoming fall. Enrollment is accepted online with a partially refundable $300.00 deposit payment. The deposit payment is required to secure student’s spot in session. The Final Payment alone will not secure enrollment in session. If deposit payment option is not available, the session is full. All COVID-19 Policies, Cancellation Policy, and Terms and Conditions should be reviewed prior to enrolling your student.

Students 8th grade or older have the option to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively. Sessions indicated with (*) may be done with the next level. Students will stay with SEACAMP from the start of the first session to the end of the next session.

Transfer Policy
Transfer Policy applies per student, per session. Students may request to transfer or switch session dates without penalty. Requests will be granted providing space is available and that the request is received prior to May 15th. Request a transfer by emailing seacamp@seacamp.com. The email must include student’s name, date of birth, session date student is enrolled in and which session date student would like to be transferred to. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

Enrollment Considerations
Each family should carefully consider if participation is appropriate for their student due to the additional risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who are immunocompromised, or live with individuals at risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 should not attend programs, or they should consult with their doctor to determine if participation would be safe and appropriate.

  • Session may be cancelled or modified based on local or regional public health concerns. Please have an alternative plan ready.
  • Many activities will occur in public park spaces that are accessible to the general public.
  • Students may be required to wear a face covering in public places. Face covering must be good quality. Sun buffs and face shields cannot be used in place of a face covering.
  • Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center is a multi-use facility that may include students from other geographic areas. SEACAMP students will have designated spaces and will have limited to no interaction with other programs.

COVID-19 Vaccination & Immunization Policies
All participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, by the start of their session date. Proof of vaccination required.

Additionally, per the California Department of Health all participants will be required to provide a copy of their immunization records that include the date of their last tetanus shot. We require participants to be up-to-date on recommended vaccinations for their age according to the CDC.

There are no exceptions or exemptions to these policies. Students that are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or are not able to supply a copy of their immunization records will not be able to attend camp.

COVID-19 PCR Test Policy
COVID-19 PCR (molecular) Test Policy is currently required and applies per student, per session. SEACAMP San Diego reserves the right to modify or cancel this policy at any time. Each student must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the session. Failure to provide COVID-19 PCR test results to SEACAMP San Diego (emailed to seacamp@seacamp.com) prior to the session starting or at check-in on the first day of camp will result in immediate cancellation of the student and no refunds will be provided. Students with a positive COVID-19 PCR test and their close contacts (including attending siblings or friends), will not be able to attend session and tuition will be partially refundable. Tuition for students with a positive COVID-19 PCR test will be refunded minus a $150 processing fee per student; unless we are able to fill the open spot in the session, then all tuition will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee per student. Additionally, students may instead transfer their enrollment and tuition to a later session, minus a $50 processing fee per student, if available.

Students that attend consecutive sessions may be additionally tested between sessions at no additional cost. Results of test may result enrollment in next session to be cancelled.

COVID-19 Policies
As stated above, all students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to session dates date. Also stated above, all students are required to follow the COVID-19 PCR Test Policy. Following are additional COVID-19 Policies. SEACAMP San Diego reserves the right to modify or change these policies at any time.

  • All students must have 10 days of good health prior to the session start date and students are required to follow a 10-day precaution plan. Specifically, students should be extra cautious of close interactions at school, wear a good quality face covering for necessary interactions in public (school, doctors, etc.), and only interact with individuals in their household when not wearing a face covering.
  • All instructors are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be periodically tested for COVID-19
  • Students will be screened at check-in to meet the following health parameters. The answer must be NO to all of the following screening questions:
    • Has student had any of the following symptoms:
      • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fever • Chills • Muscle Pain • Sore throat • New loss of taste or smell • Nausea • Vomiting • Diarrhea
    • Within the 10 days prior to camp, has student been in contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed with COVID19?
    • Temperature check – No fever of 100.4°F or greater
    • No observed symptoms of illness

SEACAMP I Tuition:
$1025.00 per student. At enrollment a $300.00 a partially refundable deposit payment is due. Tuition balance and required online Registration Forms for session are due on or before May 15th.

Tuition Payments
Tuition payments are paid online and are made in two installment payments (Deposit & Final Payment). At the time of enrollment the $300 Deposit Payment is due. Most families choose to pay the Deposit Payment at enrollment and the Final Payment by May 15th.

Tuition Includes
Housing, meals, admission to all attractions, gear, equipment, 24-hour supervision and transportation while in San Diego, plus SEACAMP swag.

As an added benefit to those who are attending back-to-back sessions of SEACAMP I and SEACAMP II or SEACAMP II and SEACAMP III, your tuition will include all intersession activities, supervision, housing, dinner and breakfast.

Transportation to San Diego is not included in tuition. Students and families are responsible arranging travel. Tuition includes transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport for students with flights that arrive and depart inside the provided window of time.

Cancellation Policy
Deposit and tuition may be partially refundable. Cancellations prior to January 31st are subject to a $100.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations between February 1st & March 31st are subject to a $200.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations between April 1st and May 15th are subject to a $300.00 cancellation fee. Deposits and tuition are non-refundable after May 15th. Travel fees, unaccompanied minor fees and SCUBA rental fees are fully refundable fee up to 30 days prior to session date. Cancellations must be submitted via email to seacamp@seacamp.com and received by the dates stated above. Cancellation Policy applies to each session. Cancellation email must include student’s name, date of birth, and session date

If program is cancelled by SEACAMP due to insufficient participants or health and safety concerns, deposit/tuition will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee.

Students with a positive COVID-19 PCR test and their close contacts (including attending siblings or friends), will not be able to attend session, and tuition will be partially refundable. Tuition for students with a positive COVID-19 PCR test will be refunded minus a $150 processing fee per student, unless we are able to fill the open spot in the session, then all tuition will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee per student. Additionally, students may instead transfer their enrollment and tuition to a later session minus a $50 processing fee per student, if available.

Transfer Policy
Transfer Policy applies per student, per session. Students may request to transfer or switch session dates without penalty. Requests will be granted providing space is available and that the request is received prior to May 15th. Request a transfer by emailing seacamp@seacamp.com. The email must include student’s name, date of birth, session date student is enrolled in and which session date student would like to be transferred to. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

Additional Fees, if applicable

  • Additional Fees for Air Travel:
    • Late arrival fee: $25.00*
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $75 each way*
    • Early departure fee: $25.00*
  • Late fee for auto departure
    • Late fees start accruing at 3:01pm with $1.00 charge for every late minute.
  • Additional Fees for Train Pick-up and Drop-off
    • $75.00 each leg of travel
  • Additional SCUBA Rental Fee (optional)
    • $100.00 per student, per session

*Restrictions apply, please see Travel Information for more details.

SEACAMP San Diego Location:
Camp location is on Mission Bay just north of downtown San Diego and approximately 7 miles from the San Diego International Airport. This location has our dorms, restrooms, showers, classrooms, aquariums and access to a private beach.

Housing
Students will be housed in a traditional open style dorm equipped with bunk beds. We have two large dorm rooms, one for female identifying students and one for male identifying students. Students are assured 24-hour supervision by our SEACAMP Marine Science Instructors that spend the night in the dorms with the students. Students bring their own bottom sheets, sleeping bags and pillows. Dorms are separated by a courtyard area, which encloses a safe space to play games and hang out, and provides a sunlit outdoor area for the tables for meals or alternate lab space. Bathrooms are across the courtyard with separate facilities for males and females. Each bathroom is equipped with toilet facilities and separate, individually curtained showers. To conserve water, showers are push button showers. SEACAMP San Diego currently only has binary dorm and bathroom options; either male or female.

Meals
SEACAMP San Diego provides all meals that are included on your schedule. Meals are supplied by our caterer and are prepared in their kitchen. Breakfasts and dinners are usually cafeteria-style and served at our camp facility. Lunches are “brown-bag” style and usually eaten in the field. Meals are delicious and varied, well-balanced and include fresh fruits and vegetables. However, snacks are not included. If your student will need more than the meals provided, please have them bring individually wrapped snacks in a bag labeled with their name. Snacks will be stored and available daily to students.

Classroom Facilities
All of our lab & workshop facilities are tailored for the specific needs of our program and include a classroom with a running seawater system, a full aquarium room with touch tanks, a shark tank with live specimens, microscopes, and the added security of private beaches.

Students participate a variety of activities – each day is different and includes a combination of labs and field activities that are chosen to maximize time and provide students with a one of a kind experience. To accommodate age ranges and education levels students are split into two groups by age/grade with older students in one group and younger students in the other group. Students will do almost all of their activities with their respective age groups. Students enjoy a hot breakfast at camp with lunches generally being picnic style and eaten in the field. At the end of the day students have dinner prior to their evening programs.

Labs are designed to introduce students to the marine life they will observe in the field. Our instructors teach using a wide variety of live and preserved specimens that students are encouraged to handle and investigate. The topics of labs include invertebrates and fish adaptations. The students will also learn more about sharks with a lab on shark ecology prior to an excursion to La Jolla Shores for a Shark Snorkel. We also conduct water chemistry, plankton studies, physical oceanography and seining activities in the field. These allow students to directly apply the concepts of marine science to real-world observations. Participatory workshops such as deep-sea animals and night adaptations combine the learning with a fun nighttime activity.

Students will have the opportunity to visit The Living Coast Discovery Center, located inside the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Students will participate in a behind-the-scenes experience and a nature walk through the wetlands incorporating discussions on marine birds and reptiles. While at the Discover Center, students will have the chance to participate in a scavenger hunt. The activity will lead students through a variety of amazing exhibits, from local bird species at Shorebird Aviary and Raptor Row to the Turtle Lagoon. Prior to the visit to The Living Coast Discovery Center students will stand up paddle board and complete their Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation Workshop.

In-water activities for the SEACAMP I week include kayaking, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling. Our sit-on-top kayaks allow students a great follow-up to a discussion of shallow bay ecology, in addition to learning some fun kayak games! Our instructors also introduce students to many aspects of physical oceanography. Students will experience first hand the waves Southern California is famous for while boogie boarding under the supervision of the SEACAMP San Diego staff.

Students of all abilities have been very successful in mastering the skills of snorkeling through our progressive and well-supervised snorkeling program. We expose students to many different sites in the San Diego area, beginning with an introductory session at Mission Point. The highlight of the SEACAMP I week is the all day boat trip with snorkeling, marine life interaction and marine mammal watching. With time permitting the students will conduct an otter trawl and capture plankton for observation. Students have an opportunity to further improve their snorkeling skills on this trip aboard a 65-foot charter boat.

Travel to and from San Diego is to be arranged by the student and their parent/guardian and is not covered in the SEACAMP San Diego tuition. SEACAMP San Diego provides complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off, as long as students arrive and depart inside the designated window of time provided. See below for exceptions. Travel Information is due with the rest of the Registration Forms by May 15th. Any changes to travel after May 15th must be approved by SEACAMP San Diego but may not be possible.

Students Traveling by Car
Arrival: Student check-in on the first day of camp is between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Students arriving by car must use the provided map to camp to navigate to the SEACAMP San Diego facility and be checked-in by adult. The map will be sent with the Student Information Packet emailed after enrollment. Please do not use our mailing address – it will not get you to our facility. SEACAMP provides a generous 2-hour check-in window, please ensure check-in is between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Late arriving students may not be able to join the group until dinner time.

Departure: Student check-out on the last day of camp is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. All students will need to be checked-out and signed out with SEACAMP staff. The authorized pick-up person will be required to show a government issued photo ID for student check-out and must use the provided map to camp to navigate to the SEACAMP San Diego facility. The map will be sent with the Student Information Packet emailed after enrollment. Please do not use our mailing address – it will not get you to our facility. SEACAMP provides a generous 2-hour check-out window, please ensure check-out is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Early check-out is not possible. If you happen to arrive early, please wait until we are ready for you at 1:00pm. Late Fee: Check-out after 3:00pm will result in late fee penalties. Late fees start accruing at 3:01pm with $1.00 charged for every late minute. Late fees are due at check-out via cash. If fees are not paid at check-out, you will be invoiced to complete payment online with an added 3% processing fee.

COVID-19 Protocols for Check-in/out: Minimize number of people checking student in/out of camp. After check-in/out is complete depart facility promptly. Follow posted face-covering requirements. These protocols are subject to change.

Students Traveling by Air
Arrival: Flights must arrive on the first day of camp between 9:00am and 12:00pm into San Diego International Airport (SAN). SEACAMP staff members will meet students at the baggage claim carousal for their flight. Staff members will be wearing a SEACAMP San Diego t-shirt and holding a yellow “camper pick-up” sign. Please note, all students must be traveling as ticketed passengers – we can not have students flying as “standby” passengers.

Travel Fee: Arriving Early – For flights that arrive prior to 9:00am, there will be no additional charge. Students will wait at baggage claim for SEACAMP Staff to pick up at 9:00am. Arriving Late – Flights arriving between 12:00pm and 1:00pm are subject to $25.00 fee. Student may need to go directly to beach to meet up with the group and may miss some of the scheduled activities.

Unaccompanied Minor Fee: Students arriving as unaccompanied minors designated by the airline either due to age or due to preference are subject to a $75.00 fee. This service is only provided for students that are arriving inside provided window (9am -12pm). We are not able to accommodate students arriving early or late. SEACAMP must be notified of Unaccompanied Minor status on Travel Form. Upon arrival, SEACAMP staff member will acquire pass from airline to obtain entry into secured area of airport and will meet your student at the gate for his/her flight. If your airline of choice requires information regarding pick-up person, give the SEACAMP office a call/email and we will provide that for you (e.g. name, phone number, etc.).

Departure: Flights should depart San Diego International Airport (SAN) on the last day of camp between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Students will arrive at the airport 120 – 150 minutes before scheduled flights. SEACAMP staff members will assist students with the check-in process and see them through security checkpoints. Please note, all students must be traveling as ticketed passengers – we can not have students flying as “standby” passengers.

Travel Fee: Departing Early – Flights departing between 10:00am and 2:00pm are subject to $25.00 fee. Student may miss some or all of the day’s scheduled activities. Departing Late – For flights departing after 5:00pm, there will be no additional charge. Students will go to the airport with the last group of students.

Unaccompanied Minor Fee: Students departing as unaccompanied minors designated by the airline either due to age or due to preference are subject to a $75.00 fee. This service is only provided for students that are departing inside provided window (2pm -5pm). We are not able to accommodate students departing early or late. SEACAMP must be notified of Unaccompanied Minor status on Travel Form. Upon departure, SEACAMP staff will acquire pass from airline to obtain entry in to secured area and wait with student at his/her departure gate until plane departs.

Students Traveling by Train
Service is NOT included in SEACAMP tuition, but provided for an additional $75.00 fee each way. Please check Amtrak Unaccompanied Minor Policy.

Arrival: Trains must arrive on the first day of camp between 9:00am and 12:00pm into Old Town Transit Center (OLT). SEACAMP staff members will meet students on the train platform. Staff members will be wearing a SEACAMP San Diego t-shirt and holding a yellow “camper pick-up” sign.

Departure: Service not provided for students 15 years old or younger. Only provided for students 16 years or older. Trains must depart on the last day of camp between 2:00pm and 5:00pm from the Old Town Transit Center (OLT). Students will arrive at the train station 30 – 60 minutes before scheduled departure. SEACAMP staff members will assist students with the check-in process and wait with them until train departs.

Travel Fees
Required Travel Fees are due by May 15th with Travel Information Form. Fees are refundable up to 30 days prior to session date. Any changes to travel after May 15th must be approved by SEACAMP San Diego but may not be possible.

While your student is here with us at SEACAMP San Diego, we are excited to give them an “unplugged” experience. Time away from the computer, TV, and cell phone means more time for learning, interacting, and being out in the field and on the water. This unique unplugged experience allows your student to truly engage with other students and all of the activities he or she will be participating in.

For most families, it is the parents who find it hardest to cut ties with their student during a camp session. Students are engaged with new activities, new friends and busy schedules – no news is good news!  Parents may feel reassured to know that we will, of course, contact them if their child is having insurmountable difficulties or issues while at camp that are brought to the staff’s attention. SEACAMP staff has access to SEACAMP cell phones at all times for inter-staff and emergency use.

As you will not be receiving phone calls from your student once they have arrived at camp, try to remember that not hearing from them or SEACAMP is a positive thing – this means your child is okay and having a great time! Your student can, however, receive messages from home while they are at SEACAMP. Email is a great way to let your student know you are thinking of them and keep them up to date on life at home – please refrain from sending photos, as we do our best to keep waste minimal. Send your emails to camper@seacamp.com and include your student’s name in the subject line. Emails will be printed and delivered to camp once a day, except when students are on the live aboard boat trip. As there is no internet at camp, campers will not be able respond. Please be aware that messages are sometimes reviewed and those with inappropriate subject matter will not be delivered and may be forwarded to parent/guardian.

SEACAMP San Diego staff have training and experience in dealing with students experiencing adjustment, social, or homesickness issues. Our staff will counsel students about their feelings and work together to find solutions to fit your child’s specific needs. Please remember calling home is sometimes the worst, not the best, remedy for homesick students. Be assured in the event of an emergency or needed communication SEACAMP Staff have cell phones and will contact you.

The first day of camp can be particularly challenging for students. With this in mind, we have set-up several tasks for students to complete upon arrival. They will need to pick out and set up bunk space, meet the group leader for the session and pick out SEACAMP swag. The students all also make gear bags for their week with us. Additionally, we offer camp tours for students and parents that have driven their student. In our experience, students make friends and integrate into camp more quickly and successfully once parents have departed.

Prior to you student’ session be sure to discuss the importance of communicating with SEACAMP San Diego staff members. Instructors can only remedy ills we know about or witness; some students are quiet about their needs or problems. We try to hire a diverse staff so that even reserved students will be able to find someone they identify with and trust. Reinforce the importance of telling instructors about any questions or concerns your student may have while at camp.

SEACAMP San Diego Marine Science Instructors possess at least a college degree and are certified Red Cross Lifeguards with First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer including first aid for marine hazards. Additionally, all staff have been finger printed with the Department of Justice & FBI and all have Class-C commercial driver’s licenses. SEACAMP San Diego does not retain a nurse on staff, although we do have a paramedic consultant on call. We are within close proximity of emergency care and are in a 9-1-1 service area.

SEACAMP San Diego tuition includes 24-hour supervision of students. The amount of supervisory staff varies depending on the schedule. During snorkeling, there is one lifeguarded staff member with every seven students and staff will have a rescue tube with them. All water activities require students to wear full-length, 7mm wet suits (which makes them buoyant). The only exception is during kayaking and stand up paddle boarding when students will be wearing Coast Guard-approved PFDs (Personal Flotation Device – a ‘life jacket’). In the controlled environment of camp, evening activities will have 3 to 5 staff depending on the activity.

During overnight programs, we will have one female instructor in the dorm with the ,and the boy’s dorm will be staffed with one male instructor. The staff members with the group have access to a cell phone at all times.

All SEACAMP San Diego’s programs are centrally located in the community within easy reach of full medical facilities, including emergency care. All facilities are easily accessible by car and ambulance in case of emergency and professional medical care is on call 24 hours a day. Additionally, SEACAMP San Diego Instructors are certified Red Cross Lifeguards with First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Oxygen Administration training. SEACAMP San Diego does not retain a nurse on staff, although we do have a paramedic consultant on call.

Our registration forms ask parents/guardians to provide information about medical conditions, allergies, prescription and over the counter medications, etc. Our staff should be aware of medications that students should be taking. Student information is confidential and stays with SEACAMP staff at all times. With over-the-counter medications, completed registration forms provide us with a written list of what the child takes on a regular basis (Advil, Aspirin, Midol, etc.) and students bring their own supply. We have added a list of OTC medications that we stock at camp that may be available to your students if necessary, and parents may give permission to make these medications available if necessary.

In regards to prescription medications, SEACAMP staff is not authorized to hold or administer prescription mediation to students – with the exception of emergency medication (i.e. Epi Pen) which staff are able to administer in an emergency situation. Students that require prescription medications will be responsible to hold and administer them.

SEACAMP Staff cannot address or help remedy situations they are not made aware of. Students will need to communicate any health problems or concerns. If your child becomes ill or injured while attending SEACAMP San Diego, we will, of course, make sure that parents are kept informed about their child’s situation and progress. Whenever possible, parents/guardians will be included in decisions regarding their child’s care.

SEACAMP San Diego Instructors remind students to keep their dorm space clean and clear, to shower regularly, wear clothing appropriate for the day’s activities and bring water bottles with them for the day. Two of the most important things for a successful camp experience is staying well-hydrated and sunburn free. Staff remind students to apply and reapply sunscreen and drink water throughout the day. Students have access to water and sunscreen all day – even when we are in the field for the day.  It is helpful to discuss parent/guardian expectations regarding sun exposure, appropriate attire, hygiene and hydration, etc. prior to camp attendance. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibly to stay well-hydrated and sunburn free.

Registration Forms and Travel Forms are done online after student is enrolled in desired session. All forms are due by May 15th.

Additional Registration Forms Information coming soon.