Summer Adventure Camp FAQs


We are busy planning lots of fun activities and developing some new procedures in order to keep everyone healthy while they are at camp.  Some of the steps we are taking include…

  • Spending as much time outside as possible and increasing ways to ensure our campers are protected from the sun and heat
  • Reducing the number of off-site field trips in order to limit our contact with others
  • Implementing a parent drop off/pick up carline to limit the number of people in the building
When are Marine Discovery Center Summer Adventure camps?

Marine Discovery Center’s summer camps are offered starting June 1 through August 14 in 2020. Camp hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please visit our 2020 Summer Camp Schedule for our upcoming 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?

Register online by clicking the button below. Our Camp Registration Form is also required. To inquire about camp openings or ask questions please call our Education Office at 386.428.3310 or our Welcome Desk at 386.428.4828.

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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?

If you register for camp by February 29, you receive a 5% discount
MDC Members receive a discounted rate. Please visit Summer Adventure Camp Descriptions & Prices for detailed 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be hosting group photo shows. Photo shows will be emailed to parents after camp is over.

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

Please visit our Summer Camp Schedule and…

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The form below is required for registration.

For more information, please visit our Summer Camp Descriptions
For questions or to inquire about a waiting list for camps that are full,
contact Michelle West at 386.428.3310/386.428.4828 or

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Camp Registration Form

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