Sea Camp Overview

Eighth grade students, and two faculty members, go to San Diego for Sea Camp for a week at the end of September.  Sea Camp is a private organization that teaches students about marine biology and oceanography.  You can find out more information about them at: http://www.seacamp.com/ .

Dates and Flight Info: Monday  21 October 2013 through Friday 25 October 2013.

Departure: Monday 21 October 2013 – Southwest Flight #270, departs at 6:30 am, arrives in San Diego at 7:55 am.  Arrive at the airport NOT LATER THAN 5:00 AM!!!!

Return: Friday 25 October 2013 – Southwest Flight #2189, leaves San Diego at 3:00 pm, arrives in Denver at 6:15 pm. 

Tentative Schedule for Week – Click on link:  Slavens 2013

DPS – Medication Form – Required for all Meds!!:  click on link for a copy: DPS_MedicationForm

Before going to Sea Camp, students spend several weeks learning about physical oceanography and marine biology to help make their experiences at Sea Camp more meaningful.

Below is a brief overview of the Slaven’s experience at Sea Camp.  A more detailed description will be given to parents at evening meetings held specifically about Sea Camp, one during the spring for 7th grade parents, one at Back to School night for 8th grade parents.

Sea Camp is based on Fiesta Island at a City of San Diego youth facility.  It is near Sea World, but has no connection to Sea World, except that students will spend part of one day there exploring the exhibits.

Students sleep in bunk beds in dorm rooms.  They will need to bring their own bedding or a sleeping bag.   Sea Camp staff stay with the students during the night, the Slavens faculty do not spend the night on site.  Boys are kept in one dorm, girls in a differnt dorm  – the dorms are across the courtyard from each other.  The Sea Camp staff sleep in the bunk by the door.

Breakfast and supper are eaten at the Sea Camp facility, in a buffet, all you want to eat format.  The food is excellent and offers many options that will meet various dietary needs and restrictions.  Lunch is usually a sandwich, chips, and fruit and is eaten wherever that days activities takes us.  All meals are eaten outside, so hats and sunscreen are a student’s best friend.

These are the long tables where students eat their breakfast and supper, gather for departure, hang with friends, and where they usually call home from around supper time – the only time they will have access to their phones.  This is the courtyard, the girl’s dorm  doors can be seen in this view to the right,the boy’s dorm are located behind where the photographer was standing.

During the week, students will do many activities, including visiting the Birch  Aquarium and Sea World; learning how to snorkel, boogie board, and sea kayak; and participating in many labs.  After they have learned the basics of snorkeling at Mission Point, they will go on a day long boat ride to the Coronado Islands and snorkel off the coast of one of the islands.

The Pacific water is very cold, so students will wear wet suits for all activities during which they will be in the water.  Sea Camp provides the wet suits, which not only keep the student warm, but are also designed to be very buoyant, helping students stay afloat.

The days are very busy, students are up by 7 or 8 am, depending on the schedule, eat breakfast and start the days activities which is either a lab at base camp or leaving base.  They will often  not return until late afternoon.  In the evening they have labs to complete after dinner.  There is some free time around dinner during which they play games, shoot hoops, call home, and work on their journal entries.  Students usually get to bed around 10 pm. On the last night, there is a campfire on the beach.

Below is a link to page of what to bring.  Students and families are given many copies of this, and it can be found on the Sea Camp website.  It is included below for your convenience:    What to Bring

Group Lists 2013: 8th_SeaCamp_GroupForBlog