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All of our programs are designed to make each child feel successful and engaged while being at camp.


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Our hands-on curricula provide ample opportunities for every type of learner to be involved with marine science

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FAQs

Where is Camp SEA Lab located?

Our summer programs are located throughout the Monterey Bay peninsula, depending upon the camp selected. Residential camps take place on the California State University Monterey Bay campus, and day camps are held on coastal habitats such as local beaches, wetlands, and rocky shores. Please refer to each program for specific locations. The Camp SEA Lab business office is located on the campus of California State University Monterey Bay in Seaside.

Why is camp accreditation important?

Camp SEA Lab is an accredited camp through the American Camp Association®. This means that we care enough about the safety of your child to voluntarily undergo a thorough annual review of our operational practices from a third party national organization - including staff qualifications and training to emergency management - to meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. ACA accreditation is a parent's best evidence of a camp's commitment to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for each child. For more information on ACA standards, please visit ACA website or give us a call.

Can my child be partnered with a friend?

If your child wants to be partnered with a friend(s) while at camp, we ask that families indicate this during the initial registration process. One of the benefits of camp is meeting new people and we try to mix the groups up as much as possible to encourage campers to make new friends. Thus if your child comes to camp with a friend, they will most likely share a group during some activities and not during others. Residential campers who are friends or siblings can be placed in the dorms together if requested in advance and space is available.

Is there extended care or shuttle service for my child?

Camp SEA Lab does not offer extended care for families. Our day camps run from 8:30am-3:00pm. We do offer a shuttle service for families, where pick-up is at 8:30am and drop-off is at 3:30pm in Hwy 68 and Blanco Rd. in Salinas. Registration for the shuttle is on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee of $50 per week is required for this service and is non-refundable as of the Friday prior to the start of your camp.

Can I pick up my child up early or skip a day of camp?

Camp SEA Lab operates in various locations throughout the week, depending on camp selected. If you need to arrange an early departure before the end of the scheduled time/day, please notify the Camp SEA Lab office at least 1 week in advance, and we’ll do our best to make special arrangements if possible. If your child needs to miss a day of camp, please notify the Camp SEA Lab office at least 24 hours in advance.

Do you offer any discounts on camp tuition?

Yes, Camp SEA Lab offers a variety of discounts for parents, including multi-child, multi-session, active US Military personnel and current CSUMB employees. We also offer financial aid (scholarships) for qualified applicants. Please refer to our camp policies for more information.

Why do you have a no child cell phone policy?

Our “unplugged” policy prohibits use of electronics during our summer camps, which does include cell phones. We believe that being at camp is a great opportunity for your child to experience a world beyond home and a chance for you and your child to practice “letting go.”  Going without a cell phone 1) allows for children to develop autonomy, independence, and a strong sense of self; 2) encourages them to make new friends; and 3) provides opportunity for them to take responsibility for themselves, problem solve, and mature.

What precautions do you take to ensure that my child is safe at camp?

Camp SEA Lab provides all staff with extensive safety training prior to employment. Training includes risk assessment protocols, defensive driving, site evaluations, and camp activity training. Our hiring process through the University ensures high standards for employment are met, including screening and criminal background checks. All summer staff possess current Lifeguard and CPR/First Aid certifications and are at least 21 years of age. Campers are under constant supervision, and our ratio of staff to camper is at least 1:6. All Camp SEA Lab activities have undergone risk assessment and meet the health and safety standards of the American Camp Association®.

What if my child needs medical attention while at camp?

Camp SEA Lab staff is required to hold current Lifeguard and CPR/First Aid certifications and is trained to address minor medical issues. Camp SEA Lab conducts all program activities in close proximity to regional medical facilities. Staff are equipped with cell phones, emergency numbers, and copies of camper medical information at all times. In the event of severe injury or illness, Camp SEA Lab will notify parents to ensure that they can be part of the treatment process.

Can special diets be accommodated?

Our registrarion and health forms include space for parents to indicate a camper's dietary needs. As long as we know in advance of these needs, we can usually arrange to accommodate them. If a child's needs are very specific, we may ask parents to arrange for the child to bring appropriate non-perishable foods to camp to ensure that the necessary food is available. Please feel free to call Camp SEA Lab to discuss your child's needs at (831) 582-3681 or email.

Can special medical conditions be accommodated?

If your child has a serious health condition that may limit his/her ability to fully participate in camp activities, please contact our office prior to registration to discuss your child's needs at (831) 582-3681 or email.  A serious heath condition is defined by, but is not limited to, one that:

  1. Requires regular, periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider;
  2. Continues over an extended period of time, including recurring episodes of a single underlying condition (e.g. heart or back conditions, cancer, disease, migraine headaches, severe persistent asthma, etc.);
  3. May cause episodic rather than a continuing period of incapacity (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, etc.).

If your child qualifies, we will provide a Youth Health-Care Recommendation Form for your child’s doctor to complete within 12 weeks of attending camp.  At this time, we are unable to accommodate the special needs of children requiring the use of wheel chairs due to the physical nature of camp activities.

Do I need to provide my child any special personal equipment for camp?

Camp SEA Lab provides for all activity equipment as needed, including wetsuits, snorkeling gear, boogie boards, surf boards, etc. Please check your packing list provided in your confirmation packet for items needed for your specific camp. Camp SEA Lab is not responsible for loss or damage of any personal equipment brought to camp.


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