Summer Adventure Camp FAQs


Our 2020 Summer Camp season has concluded. Thank you to all of the parents who trusted us to provide a safe and fun learning environment for their children. Please have a look at all of our school-year programming, and check back in spring of 2021 as we update the schedule for next summer.


When are Marine Discovery Center Summer Adventure camps?

Marine Discovery Center’s summer camps generally are offered June through August. Camp hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please check back in the spring for our 2021 summer dates.

Where do Marine Discovery Center Summer Adventure camps meet?
Upon arrival on the first day of camp, please check in at the Welcome Center. You will then be directed to the classroom or the lab at MDC, depending on which camp your child is attending.
How do I register my child for camp?

Registration information for our 2021 camps will be available in the spring.

When is my child’s reservation for camp confirmed?
Your reservation is confirmed when full payment and registration information is received and processed. Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis.
Is there a discount for camps?

We typically have an early-bird registration discount in the early part of the year.
MDC Members receive discounted pricing.

Are there scholarships available for summer adventure camps?

Yes; for more information about our scholarship program please call 386.428.3310 or email Michelle West at You can download the scholarship information and application here.

Are your camp counselors background checked?

All of our volunteers 18 years or older are background screened through SSCI. Any volunteers under 18 must provide two letters of recommendation from a teacher or employer.

Is camp staff prepared to handle medications associated with allergies and asthma?

Our camp staff is CPR/First Aid certified and has received training on how to properly care for campers with allergies, asthma, and other health concerns. Please discuss any health concerns with your child’s camp instructor.

What is the staff to student ratio for camps?

All camps will have at least one staff member as well as several volunteer camp counselors. The maximum number of campers varies from 16-20 depending on the camp. 

What should my camper wear/bring to camp?

Campers should wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. Campers should bring closed toe water shoes, a bathing suit, a sun shirt or rash guard, a towel, a change of clothes, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Campers should also bring a reusable water bottle, healthy snack, and waste-free lunch every day.

What activities will my child be participating in at camp?

All camps will include island exploration, science activities, marine-related arts and crafts, and shoreline studies in our salt marsh. Other activities vary depending on the camp but may include fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, surfing, and paddle boarding.

What is a typical day like at Marine Discovery Summer Adventure Camp?

Schedules will vary depending on the camp your child is attending. Below is a sample schedule for our Loggerheads Summer Adventure Camps:
8:30 – 8:35 Campers Arrive – Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
8:35 – 9:00 Icebreaker Activity
9:00 – 10:30 Outside Activity – This may include fishing, island exploration, shoreline exploration or nature walks.
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Snack
10:45 – 12:00 Inside Activity – This may include arts and crafts, science activities, or educational presentations.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Outside Free Play
1:00 – 1:30 Storytime and Craft
1:30 – 2:00 Educational Activity
2:00 – 2:30 Educational Game
2:30 – 3:00 Free Play/Camper pick-up

When is the photo show for my child’s camp?

The camp photo shows are always on Friday afternoons. Times for your child’s photo show will be provided at the beginning of the week of your scheduled camp. All of the photo shows will be emailed to the address you provided for us on your registration forms. Please notify your camp instructor if you would like the photo show emailed to a different address.

What happens when inclement weather is in the area?
Camp schedules are subject to change because your child’s safety is our first priority. We will seek shelter immediately in the case of inclement weather in our area.
Who do I contact for more information about MDC Summer Adventure Camps?

Please call the Welcome Center 386.428.4828 or Education Office 386.428.3310 for more information about our summer camps. You can also email the Education Coordinator, Michelle West, at

For more information, please visit our Summer Camp Descriptions and check back in the spring for our 2021 dates.
For questions,
contact Michelle West at 386.428.3310/386.428.4828 or

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