The Seacamp Philosophy
Seacamp Association, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to marine science education. Our mission is to create awareness of the complex and fragile marine world and to foster critical thinking and informed decision making about man's use of natural resources. We are one of the few organizations in the United States providing experiential education in marine studies to students aged 8 to 21 years old. As a residential facility Seacamp Association offers extended sessions of hands-on, interactive education, taking advantage of the variety of marine environments surrounding the campus.
In the past thirty years Seacamp Association has developed and continuously refined an educational program which offers a range of subjects, a high degree of student participation, and an intense experience that is both action-packed and safe. We've seen the enormous impact that field observation and research has on students, demonstrating, as no classroom lecture can, the connections between living things on land and in the ocean and the complexity of the ecological, social, cultural, and economic issues facing the world's citizens.
The summer camp for 12 to 17 year-olds began in 1966 and emphasizes marine research and exploration using snorkeling and scuba skills as well as the more traditional camp activities of sailing, lifesaving, windsurfing, photography, arts and crafts and campcraft. In 1970 Newfound Harbor Marine Institute evolved to provide a marine studies field camp for public and private schools, teaching snorkeling skills used to study the coral reef, shallow bay, and mangrove communities.
To date more than 200,000 students have participated in sessions at Seacamp. The Association's scholarship program provides support to students from as far as Russia and as near as neighboring Keys.
Seacamp Association has built a fleet of eight, flat-topped trimarans which are Coast Guard-designated Oceanographic Research Vessels. We have designed rigorous training programs for our instructors and counselors focusing not only on marine biology and ecology but also emphasizing the development of teaching techniques, water safety, first aid, and boat operation skills.
In the coming years Seacamp Association aims:
We hope you enjoy this glimpse of the Seacamp commmunity. For those browsers who are alumni of our programs -- Institute, Seacamp, or staff -- we are delighted to be able to keep in touch via Seacamp Association's home page.
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