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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 and is limited to 52 students per session. SEACAMP I is the first program in our progressive overnight Summer Camp options. SEACAMP I overnight summer camp programs are designed to give students a broad knowledge base of all aspects of marine biology through hands-on education and interactive water activities.

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. During the field activities, students will have the opportunity to observe and explore animals and environments that were discussed in labs. Students will be in or on the water almost every day – snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding and the highlight of the week, an all-day boat trip with snorkel excursion.

Our goal is to combine hands-on labs with interactive water activities to give students a well-rounded experience. SEACAMP I residential summer camp is an excellent way to introduce students to the marine environment and marine biology. We engage those students who are already interested in Marine Science as well as spark the interest of those with little previous exposure.

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 what was learned and accomplished in the previous residential camp session.

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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. Our goal in SEACAMP I is to combine hands-on marine biology labs with interactive water activities to give students a well-rounded summer camp experience. SEACAMP I residential summer camp is an excellent way to introduce students to the marine environment and marine biology. We engage those students who are already interested in Marine Science as well as spark the interest of those with little previous exposure.

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. The topics covered in our labs and workshops are reinforced and applied in field activities. During the field activities, students will have the opportunity to observe and explore animals and environments that were discussed in labs.

In most SEACAMP I sessions, students will be split into two groups by age/grade with older students in one group and younger students in the other group.

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2019 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.

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 52 students per session.

*This session may be done consecutively with SEACAMP II June 21 – 27, 2019. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II.

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 52 students per session.

*This session may be done consecutively with SEACAMP II July 12 – 18, 2019. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II.

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 can be done consecutively with SEACAMP II July 26 – August 1, 2019. Students stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II.

Overnight summer camp open to students entering 7th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall and is limited to 52 students per session.

Program Details

Enrollment is accepted on a first come, first served basis and is open until the start of the session date, providing space is available. A partially refundable $300.00 deposit is required to secure student’s spot in session.

Students 8th grade or older have the option to attend SEACAMP I & II consecutively, giving students the option to stay with us for two weeks! Sessions indicated with (*) may be done with the next level. Students will stay with SEACAMP from the start of SEACAMP I to the end of SEACAMP II.

Participants are able to switch between session dates providing space is available. Requests must be received by May 15th and will require new paperwork. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

SEACAMP I Tuition:
$895.00 per student. At enrollment a $300.00 deposit or a full tuition is due. The balance of tuition and required paperwork including travel information are due on or before May 15th.

  • 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 to Train Pick-up and Drop-off
    • $75.00 each leg of travel

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

Tuition Includes:
Housing, meals, admission to all attractions, gear, equipment, 24-hour supervision and transportation while in San Diego, plus a SEACAMP T-shirt and water bottle. As an added benefit to those who are attending back-to-back sessions of SEACAMP I and SEACAMP II, 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. SEACAMP does include transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport as long as flights arrive and depart inside the given 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 and unaccompanied minor fees are refundable up to 30 days prior to session date. Cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by the dates stated above to seacamp@seacamp.com. Cancellation Policy applies to each session.

Participants are able to switch between session dates providing space is available. Requests must be received by May 15th and will require new paperwork. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

SEACAMP San Diego Location:
Camp location is on Mission Bay, approximately 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. This location has our dorms, restrooms, 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 students and one for male 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 curtained showers.

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 his or her 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 student 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 his or her 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. 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.

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. 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.

While your student is here with us at SEACAMP San Diego, we are excited to give him or her an “unplugged” experience. Time away from the computer, TV, and personal cell phone use 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.

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 email 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. As there is no internet at camp, campers will not be able respond. Please be aware that messages are sometimes scanned and those with inappropriate subject matter will not be delivered and may be forwarded to parent/guardian. SEACAMP does not accept mail or care packages for campers. However, if your student forgot an important item, please email or call the office and we will do our best to assist.

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 students’ 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. We are not able to help, if we are not aware of the issue.

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-B 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 girls 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. 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 will be done online. Forms are due by May 15th.

To access online forms, please sign in to My Account. Then navigate to Registration Information tab to complete required forms. You will need your order number for 2019 to access. Your order number can be found in My Account under the My Orders tab. The order was also emailed to you after completion.

SEACAMP I Students will need to review and complete the following:

  • SEACAMP Information Packet – includes rules and regulations, map/address to SEACAMP facility, schedule, packing list and more. Required for each student and family to read and review.
  • Registration Forms – broken into three parts
    1. Registration Form A: SEACAMP session information along with student, parent, emergency contact information and student dietary and medical information.
    2. Registration Form B: Medical authorization – start date should the first day of camp and end date should be the last day camp session (students staying for multiple sessions – start date should be the first day of first camp session and the end date should be the last day of last camp session). Acknowledgement and assumption of risks and responsibility. Parent authorization.
    3. Registration Form C: Snorkeling and water activities release
  • Travel Information Form – Student should arrive on the first day of camp session either by auto to SEACAMP facility between 10am-12pm or by air to San Diego International Airport between 9am-12pm. Student should depart on the last day of camp session either by auto from SEACAMP facility between 1pm-3pm or by air from San Diego International Airport between 2pm-5pm. Train pick-up and drop-off service is provided at additional fee. Travel Form is due by May 15th and any changes to travel after May 15th must be approved by SEACAMP.

Students also attending SEACAMP II will complete additional forms.

  • Boat Release Form – Release for Horizon Charters for live-aboard boat trip, required for each student. Form is included within the Registration Forms. 
  • SCUBA Form (optional) – Optional for students participating in SCUBA Program that are 14 years or older and certified SCUBA divers. Form included within the Registration Forms. Forms must be submitted by May 15th to participate in SCUBA Program.

All required forms are due by May 15th.