THIS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We're sorry we will be unable to host Sea Camp this summer. We were excited to invite you on a fun journey of exploration, but our enrollment numbers were simply not enough to make this program viable for this summer. We hope you will consider joining us in future years when we are able to offer an overnight camp experience at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston once again.

Academic Camp for Budding Ocean Scientists Who Love to Learn, Completing Grades 4-8 

August 6-8, 2021

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How do I register for Sea Camp?

Before Starting an Application

If you have registered/applied for any other of our programs within the past 2 years, you will log in under the same credentials. If you are a new student to Sea Camp or anything else that we offer, please use an email address that you will check often as this will be the email address Sea Camp will use when notifying students of their application, payment information, updates and reminders. Please do not use student school emails as sometimes those accounts are deactivated over the summer. 

When you return to the system, press the 'Account Login' button and enter in your log in credentials. If you have forgotten your login credentials, press 'Account Login,' then 'Forgot Your Password?' If you have futher trouble with the system, please send us an email: youthprograms@sou.edu

Start Your Application

Complete Applications Include:

  1. 100% completion of Application. Please note: Staff will not review applications if there is missing information. A complete application includes all of the components listed below. Please be certain the essay/student statement is complete.
    1. Essay Prompt: What are you hoping to discover at Sea Camp in 2021?
  2. Most recent report card with at least a 3.4 GPA or equivalent in whatever form your school reports progress at school. If you have not received a spring report card yet, a fall report card will be adequate. Please upload this into the appropriate spot in the application. 

What will Sea Camp look like in 2021? 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be able to stay at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology as we have in previous years. We will start camp with some lab time looking at ocean plants, and animals in the SOU science labs in Ashland, OR, and then everyone will drive out to Charleston, OR where you will stay overnight with family members, spending your days exploring the beaches, and marinas learning even more about the precious ecosystem of the sea! 

Families will need to travel on their own, find their own lodging, and be prepared to provide their own meals for student participants. What could this look like? Parent/Guardian(s) may wish to travel on their own with their student participant or they may wish to "carpool" and share lodging with other families that they have already developed a "pod" with.

Tenative Schedule

Friday, August 6

  • Afternoon - Students check-in and experience lab time at the SOU Environmental Sciences Lab

  • Evening - Family gathering to get to know one another, held on the SOU Campus

Saturday, August 7

  • Morning - Everyone travels separately to Charleston. Arrive at the marina by 1:00 pm.

  • Afternoon - Students explore the marina and local beaches. Parents/Guardians enjoy the afternoon on their own

  • Evening - Family gathering at a local beach for an activity

Sunday, August 8

  • Morning - Students are dropped off at another local beach for a beach hike and tidepool exploration. Parents/Guardians enjoy the morning on their own.

  • Afternoon - Families gather to pick up their ocean scientists and head for home.

Who is Sea Camp for?

Are you interested in the sea, wildlife creatures, and ocean plants? How does this ecosystem all work together, and how does it benefit us? Then Sea Camp is for you! Sea Camp is for budding scientists completing grades 4-8

Tuition for Sea Camp

The tuition for the 2021 camp is $300 per student and includes instruction, curriculum, space usage at SOU, camp swag and Saturday, August 7 evening BBQ. $10/adult who attends Saturday evening BBQ. 

About Sea Camp

Sea Camp of Oregon was first established in 1997 with the goal of offering students a hands-on experience in marine biology and science. Southern Oregon University Youth Programs and the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology (OIMB) have worked together to create an environment where students can learn more about the wonders of our oceans and coastlines. 

Traditionally, Sea Camp is a residential camp held at the Oregon coast in the town of Charleston just south of Coos Bay. Students meet at Southern Oregon University where they board the Sea Camp vans and travel to the coast. They spend the next three days and three nights exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments by hiking, observing marine mammals, tide pooling, and taking classes in marine biology. As a Sea Camp student, you have full access laboratory facilities, hands-on experiences and adventures, and a professional staff that will enable you to learn about the ocean in new and exciting ways. Plus you will have fun on the beach! We hope in 2022 we will be able to return to our traditional camp. 

Stay in Touch!

541-552-6452
youthprograms@sou.edu

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