SUMMER CAMPS

Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 26, 2020

Project Oceanology is working hard to plan a fun and healthy summer!  Our mission for summer 2020 is to get kids outside and away from their devices for a week of fun on the water.  We know that children who spend time outdoors are healthier and stronger, with stronger immune systems, lower stress, and longer attention spans.  We are working closely with our camp physician, the camp community, and the state of CT to ensure a safe and healthy environment at our summer camps.    

 

On Monday May 18, the State Office of Early Childhood announced that CT summer camps can open as of June 22, 2020 with new health and safety guidelines for best practices against COVID-19.  However, overnight camps in CT will not be allowed to open for summer 2020. Project O has offered overnight camp for almost 2 decades and we are feeling very out-of-sorts!  We are sad for every returning camper who has made Project O part of their extended family and those who were "testing the waters" for the first time.  Please assure your camper this is a blip on the radar screen and we are already dreaming of summer 2021!

Also, due to recent state regulations, our Partnership camps with Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, and NESS are also cancelled this summer.

Moving forward, we are excited to roll out our new camps!  We are now offering the Day Camp version of Ocean Camp and Marine Science Research Camp, as well as 2 new virtual camps: Ocean Explorers at Home (Grades 3 - 6) and Research Experience at Home (Grades 7 - 12).  We will also be offering additional weeks of our new UnderSea Technology Camp and Ocean Explorer Academy.

 

Here are the latest modifications we have made to our Day camps to ensure best practices for camper and staff safety this summer:

 

  • Each camp will have a maximum of 10 campers

  • Camps will not interact; check-in, meals, and activities will be separate

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout each day are in place

  • Hand and Respiratory hygiene and social distancing instruction will be added to the Camper Handbook for discussion prior to camp, reinforced at the start of camp and supervised during camp

  • Campers and staff will be screened upon arrival for any observable illness and confirm temperature reading below 100 degrees.  Campers and staff will be excluded from the program if their wellness screening is not acceptable

  • Staff are required to wear a face mask/covering.  Campers are not required to wear a face mask/covering but are encouraged to do so or have one with them

  • If a camper develops any symptoms while at camp, they must remain in a designated quarantine area until arrangements can be made for them to leave.

 

More to come very soon!  

Many aspects of our camp already allow for safe practices. Our shoreline studies take us to mile-long beaches and marshes, with plenty of room to explore. Small camp sizes also mean that we can share ideas without sharing equipment! Aboard our vessels, we make full use of deck space… and gulps of fresh sea air.

Please check back regularly for updates to this notice (revised notice date will show at the top of the page).  You can also email us at projecto@oceanology.org

For more information visit our Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 FAQ's page.

OCEAN DAY CAMP

Cruise the waters of Long Island Sound as you make new friends, conduct ocean science research, and have fun! Every day campers will climb aboard our boats; either our research vessel EnviroLab to deploy the trawl net, or our small boats to explore local salt marshes and sandy beaches. Campers will also study and investigate rocky intertidal zones and nearshore marine life.  Under the guidance of professional marine scientists, campers will use oceanographic research equipment such as sediment corers, salinity meters, nutrient test kits, dissolved oxygen meters, otter trawls, and seine nets.  Team-building and leadership activities will be woven into daily life as you forge lifelong friendships with your fellow campers and explore Long Island Sound! Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will enjoy their bag lunch outside daily, as long as weather permits. 

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

 

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 5 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:45am - 4:15pm

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - June 26 (Grades 9 - 12)

June 29 - July 3 (Grades 5 - 8)

July 6 - July 10 (Grades 7 - 9)

July 13 - July 17 (Grades 7 - 9)

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

July 20 - July 24 (Grades 9 - 12)

July 27 - July 31 (Grades 5 - 8)

August 3 - August 7 (Grades 5 - 8)

August 10 - August 14 (Grades 7 - 9)

 

MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH DAY CAMP

Are you interested in a career in marine science?  Project Oceanology’s Marine Science Research Experience is a unique opportunity for students to participate in authentic science by designing and conducting their own independent research projects.  Under the mentorship of professional marine scientists, students will learn how to use a wide range of oceanographic research equipment and techniques aboard boats, on the shore, and in our waterfront marine laboratories.  Students and staff in this program become a close-knit community of scientists and forge lifelong connections as they design, conduct, and troubleshoot their experiments, and analyze and communicate their results.  Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will eat their bag lunch outside each day, as long as weather permits.   At the end of the program, students will present their findings in an online poster presentation or symposium to their families, mentors, and peers.

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Session 1

Session 2

June 29 - July 3 (Grades 7 - 12)

August 3 - August 7 (Grades 9 - 12)

 

OCEAN EXPLORER ACADEMY

Explore Long Island Sound’s rocky shores, salt marshes, barrier beaches, and more! Discover the vital role habitats play in our coastal ecosystems by using scientific instruments such as trawl nets, seine nets, plankton nets, and water chemistry kits.  Back at Project Oceanology, we’ll reinforce what we have learned through games, art projects, and scientific experiments. ​

All themed weeks consist of time aboard one of our research vessels and our fleet of Carolina skiffs. Campers will set plankton and trawl nets to explore the biodiversity living in Long Island Sound and sample the water quality in the estuary. Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore and aboard our boats.  Campers will enjoy their bag lunch outside daily, as long as weather permits. 

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 5 - 7

Cost: $475 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Hidden Habitat

Squish through the salt marsh, climb on the rocky shore, and comb through the beach as you explore a different habitat each day!

 

Animal Adaptation

Campers will collect and observe animals from Long Island Sound and discover how they are adapted to find food and protect themselves from predators!

 

Eco Engineers

Campers will look to nature for inspiration as they search for solutions to engineering challenges. Campers will design their own wind turbine and try their hand at operating a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - June 26 (Hidden Habitat)

July 6 - July 10 (Animal Adaptation)

July 13 - July 17 (Eco Engineers)

August 10 - August 14 (Eco Engineers)

 

UNDERSEA TECHNOLOGY CAMP

Dive into the technology of ocean exploration! Investigate the brackish environment of Long Island Sound using marine technology to collect samples of plankton and algae, map the ocean floor, track currents, measure temperature and salinity at depth, and locate objects hidden beneath the waves. Campers will collaborate to design and build SeaPerch ROVs. Teams will tackle daily challenges related to real-world marine engineering problems. Navigate through an ROV obstacle course, clean up a simulated polluted waterway, observe bottom-dwelling organisms, and more at SeaTech camp! Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will eat their bag lunch outside each day, as long as weather permits.

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 6 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

June 22 - June 26 (Grades 6 - 9)

July 20 - July 24 (Grades 6 - 9)

July 27 - July 31 (Grades 9 - 12)

SUMMER CAMP AT HOME

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT HOME

Are you interested in a career in science?  Project Oceanology’s Research Experience from Home is a unique opportunity for students to participate in authentic scientific research experiences by designing and conducting their own outdoor research projects - all from their own neighborhood!  Staff and students will build a close-knit virtual community and forge connections as they design, conduct, and trouble-shoot experiments, and analyze and communicate their results.  We’ll provide one-on-one and small group mentorship, and work with you to make sure your project is fun, interesting, and relevant.  Project O will send materials and scientific equipment to you by mail, and we’ll take advantage of our geography to compare findings between hometowns.  The experience will include a live 1.5 hour meeting each day for activities, discussion, and sharing, plus independent research work and small group meetings with Project O mentors.

Duration: 2 Week Virtual Camp

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 12

Cost: $325 (Discounts: Military $25; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: Google Meet Live 1:30pm - 3:00pm daily plus independent project time

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 12 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - July 3

July 6 - July 17

July 20 - July 31

August 3 - August 14

EXPLORER ACADEMY AT HOME

Explore Long Island Sound from your home, through a series of fun, engaging, hands-on activities!  You’ll receive a box of supplies at the beginning of the week, and then meet live with our educators in google classroom for 1.5 hours as they lead you through a series of scientific experiments, explorations, craft projects, and games.  Includes follow-up activities that can be done in your backyard or your kitchen. This camp is designed to be entertaining and interactive - we hope you join us on this adventure!

Duration: 1 Week Virtual Camp

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 3 - 6

Cost: $150 (Discounts: Military $25; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: Google Meet Live 10:00am - 11:30am daily

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 12 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - June 26

June 29 - July 3

July 6 - July 10

July 13 - July 17

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

July 20 - July 24

July 27 - July 31

August 3 - August 7

August 10 - August 14

 
 

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