REEF Ocean Explorers Camp: Frequently Asked Questions


Where does REEF Ocean Explorers Camp take place? 

Two weeks of camp are based at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037. All field activities (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) will depart from the State Park. 

Two weeks of camp are based at Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036. All field activities (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) will depart from the property. In addition, campers will walk to Theater of the Sea one day of camp, located next door to Postcard Inn.  

Who can sign up for camp? Does my child need to know how to swim?

REEF welcomes campers ages 7 to 13. Please inquire if you have a younger or older child who would like to participate.

While swimming is not a requirement of the camp, it is a large component. Campers will get the best overall experience if they are able to participate in all camp activities. We prefer campers to be comfortable in deep water without assistance from an adult. Regardless of swimming ability, a personal floatation device or snorkel vest will be provided by camp staff, and worn during in-water activities.

How much does camp cost?

Camp tuition is $300 per session. If you register siblings, we offer a discount of 5% off each camp tuition! An optional $50 lunch add-on is available.  

What does my camper need to bring? Do they need to bring a lunch?

The camp packing list is minimal. Campers should bring a swimsuit and a set of dry clothes, a towel, and sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses etc.). REEF will supply snorkel gear, activity materials, and a reusable souvenier water bottle! Campers will either bring a sack lunch or purchase the camp lunch option for an additional $50 a week. A more detailed packing list will be sent to registered campers. 

Who is the camp staff?

A mix of full-time REEF employees and REEF interns. All camp staff must pass a background check. Full-time camp staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Camp staff have educational backgrounds in marine science, biology, conservation, and education. 

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

REEF Ocean Explorers Camp is limited to 15 campers per camp session. The small number allows for a more personal experience, a safe environment, and an attentive staff. While at least 2 counselors will always be present, we aim for a 5:1 ratio throughout camp. 

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

Contact us at 305-852-0030 or 

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