Summer Camp FAQ’s
Discounts & FAQ's


Are your 2020 camps running?

Yes! Our 2020 summer camps are currently scheduled to run. We have reduced our capacities and set strict sanitizing protocol to keep campers and staff safe. 

Do you offer discounts on Summer Camps?

Become a Sea Star Member!

Ocean Institute members at the Sea Star level and above receive a $50 discount on Week-long Day Camps. An email containing a unique code was sent the last week of February to each member at Sea Star level and above. May not be combined with other discounts.

What are the payment, refund, and transfer policies?


Full payment must be made at time of booking for all camps except Marine Science Careers + Internship Academy (as this camp requires an application to attend). A processing fee is included on all credit card, phone, and internet reservations.


Summer camps are non-refundable. In the event that Ocean Institute must cancel, a transfer to a comparable program or a refund will be provided. 

Programs and activities usually proceed in light rain and other moderate weather conditions; however Ocean Institute may cancel the program  up to one hour before the start time in the event of adverse weather conditions or boat-related issues. The decision to cancel rests solely with the Summer Camp Manager. Transfers to another camp or session without transfer fees OR a refund will be provided if Ocean Institute cancels the program. 

Parents/guardians who arrive after 4:30pm for afternoon pickup will automatically be charged the $20 fee for After Care. 

Parents who arrive after 12:30pm for Sea Squirt camp pickup and after 4:30 pm for Coastal Explorers’ Friday pick up, or after 6pm for After Care pick up will automatically be charged $50.

 If a full week of Before Care or After Care reservation is made, any days not used during the week of camp will not be refunded.


A $20.00 per program, per camper fee will be charged on all transfers and returned checks. Transfers are subject to availability.

Can I change my child from one summer camp session date to another?

Yes. Please contact us and we will help switch. Due to different activities in the camps prices vary slightly. Additional fees may apply. Keep in mind that many of our camps are filling up and the session you would like to transfer to may be full. Contact us for more information.

 Can I schedule my children in the same camp session so that they can attend at the same time?

Yes! Our system allows for only one booking at a time to ensure that each child’s waiver is properly filled out. If you would like to book more than one camper, complete a separate booking for each child. 

How does the wait pool work?

If the camp that you would like to sign up for is full, you have the option of be putting in the wait pool for that camp.Please note that this wait pool is on a first come, first serve basis.  If a spot opens up in the camp, all guests within the pool will be sent an email notifying them of the opening. The open spot will be given to the guest who books first. 

What paperwork do I need to fill out for my camper’s program?  

Program confirmations will be emailed to the email address provided during booking. Camp information will be included in your confirmation.  A second email with a link to all required forms will be sent as we approach the summer. All Required Forms must be completed and signed by the parent/legal guardian for each camper. 

Required forms for Summer Programs will be available in an online format; please be sure to use this form for your camper’s camp; forms from previous years will not be accepted. Forms must be submitted online at least 7 days prior to the start of your child’s camp session. Please complete the paperwork for each camp session your child attends. Forms must be received prior to the start of camp and must be complete. 

What safety training do your staff have?

Camper safety is our top priority! Staff are certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and fingerprinted and background-checked to ensure the safety of our program participants, as well as training in each camp activity led.