Summer Adventure Camp FAQs


8:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Summer camps at Marine Discovery Center are designed for children to experience the water through our hands-on, feet-wet programs. All of our summer camp programs will include island exploration, science activities, marine-related arts and crafts, nature hikes, a t-shirt, and a photo show of your child’s week at camp!

Our 2021 Summer Adventure Camps have concluded.
We will be updating our 2022 Summer Adventure Camp info some time in January.

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When are Marine Discovery Center Summer Adventure camps?

Our Summer Adventure camps are offered June through August. Camp hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Our camp schedule for 2022 will be released some time in January.

Where do Marine Discovery Center Summer Adventure camps meet?

Upon arrival on the first day of camp, your child will be directed to the classroom or the learning lab at MDC. Younger camps usually meet in the classroom and older camps in the learning lab.

How do I register my child for camp?

Our Summer Camp Schedule Page will be updated for 2022 some time in January and, when it is, will have the links to register online.

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?

MDC Members receive discounted pricing. If you encounter any trouble with receiving your MDC member pricing when booking online, please contact Michelle West at or 386.428.4828/386.428.3310 to receive a membership code.

Are there scholarships available for summer adventure camps?

Yes; information for our 2022 Summer Adventure Camp scholarships will be available in early 2022.

Are your camp counselors background checked?

All of our volunteers and staff are required to undergo a Level 2 Background Screening through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)’s Clearinghouse.

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 Outside Activity – This may include fishing, island exploration, shoreline exploration or nature walks.
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

What are your COVID policies?

Our health and safety policies for our 2022 Summer Adventure Camps will be updated in spring of 2022.

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For more information, please visit our Summer Camp Descriptions and Summer Camp Schedule
For questions,
contact Michelle West at 386.428.3310/386.428.4828 or

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