SUMMER CAMP 2021 FAQ

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Check out the videos below to learn more about summer camp at Project O!

The video below provides a virtual tour of our facility with information about how we will keep campers safe in 2021.

The videos below are the recordings of our two camp information sessions where you will get to meet our camp directors, and learn how we are working to ensure a safe, fun and engaging summer camp experience.

 
  General Questions  
Why choose Project Oceanology?

Project Oceanology is working hard to plan a fun and healthy summer! Our mission for summer 2021 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 work closely with our camp physician, the camp community, and the state of CT to ensure a safe and healthy environment at our summer camp. Many aspects of our camp allowed for safe practices even before the pandemic. Our 15.000 sq. ft. facility allows for camps to have their own labs, classrooms and open space for activities. Our shoreline studies take us to mile-long beaches and marshes, with plenty of room to explore. Aboard our vessels, we make full use of deck space… and gulps of fresh sea air! 

How do I register my camper?
What if my child has a special need?

Project Oceanology staff has extensive experience working with students of all abilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made as necessary; however each camper is unique in their needs. You may contact Project Oceanology to arrange a meeting prior to the start of camp to discuss your child's individual needs and/or accommodations.

What occurs during inclement weather?

Project Oceanology prides itself on getting campers outside to study their natural environment and we don’t let a little rain stop us! Please plan accordingly based on the weather forecast. During times of heavy rain, lightning, or thunder, alternative programming will be conducted inside the labs and/or classrooms. Our facility is large which allows ample space for each camp to have its own lab, classroom and open space for activities during severe weather days.

I understand that you take pictures during the camp. Where do I find them and does Project Oceanology use them?

Project Oceanology staff take pictures throughout your camper's session and will share a photo album of their week at camp via an online link after their camp week has ended. Some of these pictures are also posted on the Project Oceanology Facebook page, where you can download any pictures you wish.

Does my child need vaccinations to attend camp?

The following vaccinations are required to attend summer camp at Project O:

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis A & B, Meningococcal (grades 7+) and Polio. We do not make exceptions for this requirement.

 

Our vaccination policy is a result of continual education and guidelines from:

It is our responsibility as a licensed youth camp to make the safest and best decisions not only for our campers and their families but also the Project O staff and their families. Our camp community is large and includes: 

  • Infants and children (siblings of campers and staff children) who are not old enough to have the necessary vaccines or the established immune system to safeguard them against these communicable diseases

  • Pregnant women and their unborn child

  • Children and Adults with weakened immune systems (cancer patients, type 1 diabetics and many others) even if fully vaccinated don't have immune protection to fight infections

  • Adults 50+: Vaccines given as a child can weaken over time and diseases like Varicella (chickenpox) turn into Shingles or worse for older adults 

Taking these factors and more into consideration, requiring vaccinations is a necessary component to a healthy camp. These vaccination requirements also pertain to our camp staff and other Project Oceanology employees.

Is there a waiting list for all sessions that are full?

Yes, waiting lists are kept for all camp sessions. If you apply to a session that is already full, we will automatically enter your camper's name on the list. You will be notified if a space becomes available.

Can my camper receive academic credit for participating in camp?

Project Oceanology does not provide academic credit for participating in camp.

How do I get in touch with you?

If you have any questions regarding our policies or requirements to attend camp at Project O, please email us at projecto@oceanology.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Camp Forms  
What camp forms are required? (All forms will be included in your confirmation email when you register your child for camp).
 
 
  Tuition Assistance  
Is tuition assistance available?

The ability for Project O to offer tuition assistance varies each year and is dependent on private donations and grants. More information and the application can be found here.

 
  Camp Staff  
Camp staff qualifications:

Staff may include both Marine Science Educators and Marine Education Interns. All Marine Educators have degrees in Marine Science or related fields. Marine Education Interns are current college students completing undergraduate studies in marine and/or environmental science. All staff is American Heart First Aid/CPR/AED certified. All camps are licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood-Division of Licensing. Licensed Captains operate Coast Guard inspected vessels.

Is camp staff background checked?

Yes, all the camp staff are fingerprinted for state background checks. Boat captains and deck crew for any of the Project Oceanology vessels are also part of a random drug pool testing per U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

Medical staff qualifications:
  • All camp staff are American Heart First Aid/CPR/AED certified​

  • All camp staff are certified in the self-administration of medication and Epi-Pen

  • Our on-call youth camp physician is part of the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and provides the planning of emergency care, supervision of camp health staff and reviews our health care procedures and weekly first aid camp logs

 
 
 
  Deposit & Cancellation Policies  
What is the deposit policy?

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to register for camp and the balance of any tuition is due prior to the camp start date (typically 30 days before camp). A payment plan is offered during registration.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of camp will receive a refund of camp cost less 10%. No refund will be given if canceled within 30 days of camp. Individuals who have commenced camp and withdraw prior to the end of camp for any reason (other than COVID19 related illness) and individuals who are dismissed from camp for violating any of the enrollment policies listed above or other applicable camp rules are not eligible for a refund of any portion of the tuition paid.

 
 
  Camp Types & Status  
What camps are running this year?
  • Day Camps: Ocean Explorer Academy and Undersea Technology Camp

  • Residential Camps: Ocean Camp and Marine Science Research Camp

Are there any overnight camps running this year?

Yes both Marine Science Research Camp and Ocean Camp are overnight (residential) camps offered for the 2021 camp season.

Do you offer virtual camps?

At this time, we do not anticipate offering virtual camps for the 2021 camp season.

What camps are offered for each grade level?

Project Oceanology offers summer camps for students entering grades 5 through 12. For a list of camps broken out for each grade level see the document below.

Camps by Grade

 
 
 
 
  Transportation  
Is transportation provided?

Project Oceanology is not able to provide transportation to or from camp.

 
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 COVID-19 
 
Are face masks required?

Yes, masks are required of campers and staff. Masks are required inside our facility, on our boats and during outdoor activities if social distancing can’t be maintained. Masks will not be required while eating, but social distancing will be enforced. Masks will not be required while in the water (seining), and or in bunk rooms with their "household cohort" which means campers that sleep together in the same bunk room.

Can you tell me about your medical staff? What are their qualifications?
  • All camp staff are American Heart First Aid/CPR/AED certified​

  • All camp staff are certified in the self-administration of medication and Epi-Pen

  • Our on-call youth camp physician is part of the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and provides the planning of emergency care, supervision of camp health staff and reviews our health care procedures and weekly first aid camp logs

What size groups will campers be in? Will they mix with other campers throughout the camp session?

DAY CAMPS: Maximum of 24 campers
OVERNIGHT CAMPS: Maximum of 16 campers in each cohort
Camps will not interact; check-in, meals, bathrooms and activities will all be separate.

How will you reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between campers?

We ask that you check on the health of your camper daily beginning 14 days prior to camp. The best camp sessions start with healthy campers and this begins at home. We will offer frequent opportunities for hand-washing (indoors) and hand sanitization (outdoors in the field). Campers will be required to wash or sanitize their hands before and after eating, and after touching any shared items or surfaces. Each camper will be provided with their own life jacket and basic scientific supplies (pencils, markers, notebook, etc). Each day of camp (Day and Overnight camp) consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore and aboard our boats. Day campers will enjoy their bag lunch outside daily, as long as weather permits and residential campers will also eat meals outdoors when possible. 

Overnight campers bunk room space: Bunk Beds are spaced so campers sleep 6 ft apart and will be positioned “Head to Toe” (please view our camp video) to allow for the greatest distance between them.
 

How will you keep groups of campers separate?

Each camp will have its own outdoor check-in and pick-up area, outdoor classroom area, its own set of science gear, and (in case of inclement weather) its own dedicated indoor lab space. Each camp will also have its own bathrooms and a dedicated entrance to the building.

Are you requiring COVID testing/vaccination?

All residential campers must submit EITHER a negative COVID-19 test within the last 1-3 days (72 hours) of arriving at camp, OR a COVID-19 vaccination record. Not required for day campers. For COVID-19 testing or vaccination resources please refer to your local county health district.

New London County Health District COVID-19 Testing Resources

CVS COVID-19 Testing Information

PhysicianOne COVID-19 Testing Information