Ocean Camp offers fun, adventure and learning for children entering or currently in grades 1 – 5. Campers learn about the oceans and Maui’s natural environment while building new skills and making new friends. Each week centers around an ocean-related theme, and every day includes hands-on science lessons, fun games and activities, creative arts and crafts, and nature based field trips.
Weekly or daily enrollment is available. If you are registering for more than one day, we recommend purchasing a Multi-Day Camp Pass. After you complete your pass purchase, you will receive a code to register for individual days of camp.
Ocean Camp registration fees are $80 per day or $325 for the week. Pacific Whale Foundation Members receive the discounted rate of $64 per day or $260 for the week. Last-minute registration (24 hours prior to or day-of camp) is $88 per day ($70 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members). The cost of Ocean Camp includes registration, field trip transportation and fees, and a snack. Campers must bring their own lunches with them each day.
- A TYPICAL DAY AT OCEAN CAMP
Each day at Ocean Camp follows a format that allows for consistency and organization while providing a unique daily experience. On a typical day, campers start the morning with ice-breaker or team-building activities, followed by a brief introductory activity based on the weekly theme.
These activities take place in the air-conditioned classrooms of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Ma‘alaea, equipped with multi-media equipment, lab equipment, private restrooms, and other facilities.
Campers are then transported to field trip sites in our 15-passenger vans (campers under 8 years of age must bring a booster seat with them). After the field trip, BYO picnic lunch, and a bit of play, campers return to the classroom for more hands-on science based learning and other fun activities.
- TYPICAL FIELD TRIPS
- Monday – museum-type visit
- Tuesday- beach trip
- Wednesday – nature based field trip
- Thursday – surfing or windsurfing lesson
- Friday – snorkel trip
*Schedule for specific sessions will be available or provided upon booking and/or confirmation.
- WHAT TO BRING
- Sun protection
- Water bottle
- Booster seat (required for children under 8 years old)
- Change of clothes
*Required items for specific sessions will be available or provided upon booking and/or confirmation.
OCEAN CAMP STAFF
Ocean Camp is led by our experienced and enthusiastic marine education staff, all of whom are college graduates, over 21 years of age, and First Aid/CPR certified. All water activities are supervised by lifeguard certified staff. Additional adult volunteers provide support for off-site field trips, maintaining an adult to camper ratio of 1:8 or better. All staff and volunteers must be cleared by background checks and show proof of negative TB status. When we are out of the classroom, we carry parent contact information, first aid supplies, and a dedicated Ocean Camp cell phone with us.
OCEAN CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Need-based financial assistance for Ocean Camp may be available for individual campers through our Scholarships for Keiki Programs. To apply, please download this application due at least one month prior to the start of camp session. Return completed form to:
Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Maʻalaea Road, Suite 211
Wailuku, HI 96793
For further assistance, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (808) 856-8341.
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