Where does REEF Ocean Explorers Camp take place?
Camp is based at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL. All field activities (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) will depart from the State Park. One day of each camp session will be hosted at Island Dolphin Care, 150 Lorelane Place, Key Largo, FL. Camper drop off and pick up will take place at Island Dolphin Care on that day.
Who can sign up for camp? Does my child need to know how to swim?
REEF welcomes campers ages 8-13 during three camp sessions. One session is reserved for High School age students.
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 to campers, and worn during in-water activities.
How much does camp cost?
Camp tuition is $400 per session. If you register siblings, we offer a discount of 5% off each camp tuition! The 2019 camp tuition will allow one day of each session to be hosted at Island Dolpin Care, a nonprofit organization located in Key Largo. Island Dolphin Care will faciliate new and exciting additions to our camp schedule, including a dolphin interaction, touch tank program, and shark dissection.
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 souvenir water bottle! Parents need to pack a sack lunch for their camper each day. Due to limitations at the State Park, we are not able to provide a box lunch. 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 3 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 explorers@REEF.org