Summer Camp

Overview

SUMMER CAMP 2020

Dive into Summer Camp fun!

Summer Camp Dates: June 22nd- August 14th

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Summer Camps will run in 2020!

COVID-19 Policies

The health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is and always has been of utmost importance to the Ocean Institute. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly monitoring the status of Orange County’s public health and making decisions related to our camp programs based on the most up-to-date and scientific information from the Centers for Disease Control and the OC Department of Health. To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all our campers, staff, and volunteers, we have modified camp protocols to be aligned with best health practices:

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop off and pick-up times will be staggered between 8:45am – 9:30am and 3:45pm – 4:30pm. Pick up and drop off times will be confirmed when camps are booked. 

In order to minimize the number of persons on our property, campers will be registered and dropped off curbside at the Ocean Institute front entrance. OI staff  will greet and escort campers to the appropriate camp group. 

The same process will be followed for check-out at the end of each day. Parents/caregivers will show their identification and sign out their children, and OI staff will escort each child directly from the camp to their car. 

Camp Group Size

Under these modified protocols, each camp group will have a maximum of 10 campers for the entire week. Camp groups may also include a support staff member or volunteer if needed.

Hygiene Practices

Staff First Aid kits will now include extra masks, hand sanitizer, gloves etc. Campers must apply their own sunscreen throughout the day. Please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen before arrival at the Ocean Institute in the morning.

All campers must be completely proficient in restroom procedures – staff will not be permitted to help with any part of the process, including hand-washing. Restrooms will be disinfected between use.

Increased Sanitation Practices

Ocean Institute staff will be increasing the sanitation of our public use surfaces such as door handles, restrooms, etc. These areas will be disinfected at before camp, after camp, and frequently throughout the day. Campers will wash their hands after every activity and hand sanitizer will be readily available at hand washing stations throughout the facility. Every camp group will have its own dedicated materials, (such as crafts, games, supplies, etc). Materials will be sanitized between each use and will not be shared with other camp groups. 

Physical Distancing

While it is unrealistic to expect children to maintain six feet of distance from each other at all times during the camp day, we will be doing what we can to maintain physical distancing. 

Activities, games, and crafts will be developed with physical distancing in mind. 

Face masks: Child(ren) are required to have a face mask and encouraged to wear it as much as possible, especially at drop-off, pick-up, and group focused activities etc. Masks must be washed or replaced daily. 

If you do not see your questions answered on this page, feel free to call us at (949) 496-2274 and ask for the Summer Camp Team Leader.

Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if Ocean Institute cancels the program. 

To register for summer camps, click on the name of the camp you would like to register for on the left side of this page!

• Extended care is available for most week-long camps!

* Only Sea Star, Mariner, Sealife Sponsor and Ocean Advocate membership levels are eligible for the Summer Camp Member Discount.

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Sea Squirts

Sea Squirts is for campers age 5-6 years old (Must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2020)

This is a half day camp from 9am – 12pm. ONLY Before Care is available for this camp.

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 1 (June 22-26)
Session 2 (July 6-10)
Session 3 (July 13-17)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 5 (July 27-31)
Session 6 (August 3-7)
Session 7 (August 10-14)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled. 

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Neptune’s Mysteries

Neptune’s Mysteries is a full-day camp for campers age 6-7 years old (Must be 6 by Sept. 1, 2020).

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 1 (June 22-26)
Session 2 (July 6-10)
Session 3 (July 13-17)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 5 (July 27-31)
Session 6 (August 3-7)
Session 7 (August 10-14)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled. 

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Buccaneer Adventure Camp

Buccaneer Adventures is a full-day camp for campers age 7-8 years old (Must be 7 by Sept. 1, 2020).

*This camp will take place on our tall ship, The Spirit of Dana Point.

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 3 (July 13-17)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 5 (July 27-31)
Session 6 (August 3-7)

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Ocean Discovery

Ocean Discovery is a full-day camp for campers age 8-9 years old (Must be 8 by Sept. 1, 2020).

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 1 (June 22-26)
Session 2 (July 6-10)
Session 3 (July 13-17)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 5 (July 27-31)
Session 7 (August 10-14)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled. 

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Shipwreck Hunters

Shipwreck Hunters is a full-day camp for campers age 9-10 years old (Must be 9 by Sept. 1, 2020).

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 1 (June 22-26)
Session 2 (July 6-10)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 6 (August 3-7)
Session 7 (August 10-14)

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Coastal Explorers

Coastal Explorers is a full-day camp for campers age 10-12 years old (Must be 10 by Sept. 1, 2020). 

After Care is not available on Friday for Coastal Explorers. Parents/Guardians will pick up campers directly from Doheny State Beach at the designated pick up time for Friday ONLY.

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Sessions

Session 2 (July 6-10)
Session 4 (July 20-25)
Session 5 (July 27-31)
Session 6 (August 3-7)
Session 7 (August 10-14)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled. 

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*NEW* Engineers Wanted: Ocean Innovators!

Engineers Wanted: Ocean Innovators! is a full-day camp for rising 7th – rising 12 grade campers (Must be in 7th grade by August-September 2020).

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Session

Session 2 (July 6-10)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled. 

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Marine Science Careers + Internship Academy

Marine Science Careers + Internship Academy (MSCIA) is a full-day camp for campers age 14-17 years old (Must be 14 by Sept. 1, 2020).

You MUST submit an application for this program and provide two letters of recommendation to be considered.

COVID-19 Summer Camp Policies

Session

Session 3 (July 13-17)

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Summer Camp payments are non-refundable. Refunds will only be given if camp is canceled.