Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp

COVID-19 Summer Camp Update

The health and safety of our campers remains our top priority. Since COVID-19 reached South Florida, we have been keeping a firm pulse on best practices and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA). Based on our careful assessment, and in alignment with these best practices, we will be moving forward with our Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp for the 2020 season with important modifications to ensure the health and safety of our campers.
Some important precautionary measures we have made to our JMB Camp protocols include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced camp size to accommodate strict and safe social distancing guidelines. Camp sessions are now restricted to 10 campers per camp room, but will still maintain a minimum of 4:1 ratio of camper to counselor
  • Increased sanitation, cleaning and disinfecting protocols in alignment with CDC and ACA guidelines for BEST practices
  • Required daily health screening of JMB Camp staff, volunteers and all participating campers, including hands-free temperature checks coupled with a zero-tolerance policy for any symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Required face coverings provided to all Camp staff, volunteers and campers. Guests in public areas of LMC are also required to wear face coverings through Phase I of reopening

While we are dedicated to all of our camp family and providing the best in fun, STEM summer education and outdoor learning, we have had to make the following difficult decisions that may affect your current camp registration. Please read carefully:

  • Due to the collaborative and close-contact nature of our more advanced outdoor and lab-based activities we have designed for our older campers, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel ALL our camp sessions for 10-13 year olds for summer 2020.
  • Due to the implementation of a reduced camp capacity to adhere to safe social distancing guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to ONLY accept 10 campers per group (20 campers per week). This is 50% of our typical camp capacity.

We are DEEPLY saddened to make these decisions, but we are dedicated to providing the safest and highest quality outdoor, educational experience for our campers and are taking health and safety guidelines very seriously. We do hope you understand and accept our sincerest apologies for these inconveniences. As a team that is extremely passionate about the importance of the youth camp experience, these decisions break our hearts. However, we hope you join us in finding solace in knowing that we always have and will continue to place the safety of our camp family first.

We want you to know that we are here for you as an important member of our camp family. For more information about the safety measures we are implementing in light of COVID-19, you can reach our camp leadership team at jmbcamp@marinelife.org.

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s summer camp programs are interactive, educational and stimulating. Each camp is geared towards children ages 6* through 17. Students participating in the Jr. Marine Biologist summer camp program will gain an understanding of various nature-related topics such as (but not limited to) ecology and marine biology, with an emphasis on conservation. Camp hours are Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*children must be 6 years old by the date of their camp enrollment AND have already attended kindergarten

Summer Camp Descriptions

Ocean Adventures
Explore Florida’s coastal ecosystems and all the marine animals that live there! Campers will journey from mangroves to coral reefs as they explore different habitats for the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Campers will learn about the importance and complexity of coastal habitats, learn to take samples and use observation to collect data, enjoy snorkeling excursions, kayak, and more.  Ocean Adventures encompasses sea turtles and their marine environment and allows your camper to observe all the amazing things you can find!

Sea Turtle Savers
Join us for our camp session dedicated to aspiring sea turtle researchers, veterinarians and biologists! Our Sea Turtle Savers session will give your sea turtle lover an opportunity to be a marine science researcher, veterinarian and marine biologist throughout the week for a hands-on experience they won’t soon forget. Campers will learn the process of rescue to release as they participate in rescue and rehabilitation simulations, become responsible anglers on the Juno Beach Pier, take a trip kayaking to explore sea turtle habitats, learn how to conduct a sea turtle nesting survey and spend a day in the life of LMC staff.

Conservation Kids
Ready, set, SAVE! Watch as your child turns from camper to Conservation Kid as they learn the importance of ocean conservation for sea turtles, the ocean and their future. Campers will learn how to responsibly enjoy the outdoors while having fun kayaking, seining, and snorkeling safely in marine environments. Conservation Kids will also explore the different ecosystems here in South Florida and gain an understanding of human impacts to them. Each camper will leave with tools and resources to implement responsible practices in their own community!

Field Experiences (Ages 14 – 17)
Got a budding scientist on your hands?  Our Field Experiences camp is designed to prepare high school-aged kids for a future in biology or other related sciences.  Campers will spend their days making observations about the local environments as well as experiencing them first hand.  Activities will include snorkeling excursions, habitat transects, seining for fish, lab experiments, sea turtle nesting surveys and more.

Pricing

Members: 
Early Bird (Feb. 1 - 29): $205 per child if attending more than one week or with a sibling
Early Bird (Feb. 1 - 29): $215 if attending ONE WEEK ONLY
$240 per child if attending more than one week or with a sibling
$250 if attending ONE WEEK ONLY

Non-members:
Early Bird (Feb. 1 - 29): $230 per child if attending more than one week or with a sibling
Early Bird (Feb. 1 - 29): $240 if attending ONE WEEK ONLY
$255 per child if attending more than one week or with a sibling
$265 if attending ONE WEEK ONLY

Field Experiences (high school students July 27-31)
Early Bird (Feb.1 - 29) Members: $260
Early Bird (Feb.1 - 29) Non-members: $275
Members: $280
Non-members: $300

Camp payments are nonrefundable. Registration can transfer based on availability.

Multi-week discount only applies when registering for multiple weeks at the time of purchase.

Summer Camp Scholarships - A limited number of scholarships are offered each year through Loggerhead Marinelife Center and the Isabel Memorial Fund. To find out more and if you qualify, Click Here >>

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Questions?

Complete Welcome Packet required on first morning to participate.

Please contact the LMC education team at jmbcamp@marinelife.org, or 561-627-8280, ext. 128 with any camp questions you may have.

Can't make it to our JMB camp orientation? View our daily camp blog from 2019, Click Here

Job Opportunities

We are searching for enthusiastic, experienced educators to fill the following full-time, seasonal roles for our 2020 JMB Summer Camp program:

Senior Camp Counselors and Junior Camp Counselors. JMB Camp employee requirements vary by position. For more information on job requirements and description, please Click Here

Counselors in Training (Summer Volunteer Position) – Are you good with kids and have free time in the summer?  Being a CIT (counselor-in-training) is a great way to get service hours, prep for a paid counselor position and just have fun!  Junior Marine Biologist summer camp takes place June-August, in one week sessions. CIT positions are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F with at least a 3 week commitment.  Spend your summer snorkeling, playing games, teaching kids and making friends. Outgoing personalities are a must! APPLY HERE