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  • SeaCamp summer camp

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    Dear parents, our 15 year-old teen is a sea and environment enthusiast. We are considering send him to SeaCamp near San Diego this summer. Do you have any thoughts about this camp? Or, if you have a kid like mine, what other places/activities would you recommend for summer? Also considering that he is our only child, with no close friends. Thank you!

    RE: SeaCamp summer camp ()

    Parent of budding marine biologist:

    Marine Science Institute in Redwood City has a summer camp on the Bay for high schoolers.  It is pricey:  $1,300.  Campers sleep over on the research ship and do real marine biologist activities.

    RE: SeaCamp summer camp ()

    Hello, my 13 year old has gone to week-long Camp SEA Lab in Monterey for several summers.  He prefers the "Shark Week."  For older teens they have Voyage Seaward:  http://campsealab.org/summer-camps/teen-camps.html

    There is also an environmental camp for 12 - 17 year olds in Pt Reyes:  http://www.ptreyes.org/summer-camp/adventure-camp-ages-12-17

    Also "Shake, Rattle, & Roll" (11 - 15) and "Touch the Earth" (6-12) in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, which are day camps, but younger teens (12 - 15 yrs old) can be CITs for $100/week. If they want to work in the future as a counselor, preference is given to kids who were CITs.

    My child also has a tough time making friends, but does really well in a structured, supervised environment with peers.

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Jan 2009

My high school son is interested in marine biology/ oceanography/ scuba diving. Any experience with summer programs? kt


A wonderful place that sounds like what you are looking for is SeaCamp, on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. Their website is www.seacamp.org. Seacamp is located at Newfound Harbor Marine Insitute and, I believe, takes campers ages 12-17.

I went there many years ago as a camper and LOVED it. Campers become certified in SCUBA, and can also learn sailing. The camp offers a great array of marine biology/ecology classes, most of which take place out in the water on and around flat- bottom boats. There is also a lab. Campers study coral reef ecology, marine invertebrates/vertebrates/botany, explore the mangroves, take lifesaving, and there are photography classes (including underwater photgraphy). When I was there, it was a bit rustic (not sure how it is now) and very hot, but the place was beautiful and awe-inspiring. (If you've spent time in the Keys, you'll know what I'm talking about!) It was a rich and amazing experience of a lifetime. eliz


If your son would be interested in a combination of oceanography and sailing (rather than scuba), he might like the SEA camps, in Woods Hole, MA. A bit of a schlep, but my daughter loved it there. They spend about a week on land, doing research and lab work and then about 10 days at sea, doing more lab work and learning to sail the research vessel. Great program. They're at www.sea.edu. Mom of a budding biologist