Summer Camp

Inspired by Carl Hiaasen's book Hoot and our own childhoods, we offer a number of summer camps where kids learn a little biology, a few old school “waterman” skills, and some kid skills. We'll make friends, enjoy the ocean, and have tons of fun!

We keep the size of our camps small and the meaningful experiences big. Typically, the camper to teacher ratio is less than 6 to 1. Most weeks are geared toward campers 6 – 13, although we do have age-specific weeks for students as young as 4 and as old as 18, and expeditions for older campers.

We also offer a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at each location for kids 13 and older who would like to explore their leadership potential. Learn more in our summer camp program descriptions. 

Each week of camp has its own theme and activities, but there are some things we do every week. We surf each day, and our famous Surf Paddling Competition is held each Friday. In Sanibel Sea School style, every day includes surfing, friendship, macramé and team bonding. Then there’s always artwork, journaling, beach time, seining and snorkeling. Our "Milk and Cookies Slideshow" takes place every Friday at the end of the day. Bring some delicious baked goodies and join us to experience your child's week of camp.

We hope you'll join us for summer fun and learning in our island ecosystem! 

More information about Summer Camp 2019 will be available in early 2019.

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Winter Camp 2018

Each year, we offer a camp session or two during winter break. Camps are open to children ages 6-13. A Counselor In Training program will also be available both weeks for teenagers interested in honing their leadership skills in a fun environment.

$320 per camper per week
$210 per CIT per week

Registration for Winter Camp 2018 opens October 20th at 10:00 AM EST.

Powered by the Moon – Lunar Oceans 
December 24 - 28, 2018, 9 AM to 4 PM*
Campers ages 6-13, CITs ages 13-18
*(1/2 day on 12/24, camp ends at 12:00 PM; no camp on 12/25)

How can the ocean and the moon, separated by hundreds of thousands of miles, be so closely connected? The answer is an amazing invisible force called gravity! Millions of gallons of salty water glide across the Earth’s crust each day in response to gravity – a feat that we can see with our very own eyes just by standing on the beach. This week, we’re going to take a closer look at this connection and learn how our ocean is influenced by the moon. We’ll dive into tidal changes and don our astronomer caps to become experts on the phases of the moon. We’re going to play some beach games to learn how ocean animals are linked to the lunar cycle and, of course, we couldn’t have a week of lunar celebrations without a nighttime beach walk to gaze at the glow of the waning gibbous in the sky. As always, we’ll surf every day, make macramé and sip yummy hot chocolate, and celebrate new friendships!

Powered by the Sun – Solar Seas 
December 31 - January 4, 2018 (full week of camp)
9 AM to 4 PM (M-F)
Campers ages 6-13, CITs ages 13-18

Each day the sun rises over the horizon ready to feed the ocean with its radiant energy - it is this energy that drives most life on our planet. From microscopic photosynthetic algae to vast swaths of seagrass, to the 1-ton sunbathing Mola mola, the marine ecosystem depends on the sun. This week, we’re going to use the ocean as a platform to study solar energy and all of the processes it drives. We’ll tow nets through the ocean to grab some of that photosynthetic algae and put it under a microscope to take a closer look. We’ve got some games to play to learn the sun’s role in the water cycle, and we’ll figure out just how far light shines into the briny deep. This week might sound super sciencey, but don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of fun in the sun and we’re even going to make our own homemade sunscreen! And because it’s winter camp, you know we’ll have to warm up with a toasty sweet treat, so don’t you think we should make solar oven s’mores? Come join us to salute the sun and kick off the first week of the year! 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program (ages 13-18)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on scheduled camp days (CITs arrive at 7:30 AM on Monday)

This program is designed to teach our older campers the skills needed for leadership and their future employment. CITs are a vital link between our younger campers and the counselors in our programs. Through theory and practice, we teach our CITs how to be leaders and positive role models to those around them. We assign duties and create and maintain performance expectations for these young leaders. We treat them with gentleness, love, and respect, but show them how to carry out the responsibilities they are now capable of and how to use their abilities to become excellent role models. All CITs will complete an online leadership training course prior to camp. On any given day, it is hard to tell who is having more fun, the campers or the CITs.

Registration for Winter Camp 2018 opens October 20th at 10:00 AM EST.

Schedule

Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

(9 am - 2 pm for 4 - 6 year olds)

Schedule varies for Teen Camp Programs, see individual camp week descriptions.

Fees

Fees for each week are listed with descriptions.

Refund policy: Cancellations made at least one week prior to the camp start date will receive a refund of all payments made less a $50 administration fee per week per child. Cancellations made less than one week before the camp start date are non-refundable.

If the cost of the program is preventing you from enrolling your child, please call us. We’re happy to work with you to ensure an ocean education for all.

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There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
– Dave Barry