Marine Science Camp
Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQ Page is under constant review as we update our program and procedures to reflect new guidelines and mandates.
Check back often as we continue to revise our plans.
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What are your cleaning procedures?
Our staff has performed a site wide deep cleaning. This will be redone immediatly prior to camp opening. All cleaning procedures are in compliance with San Mateo County Health and California state cleaning and sanitation guidelines.
- All staff will wear masks when cleaning.
- High contact surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized after each group of participants uses the area.
- Facilities will be cleaned daily.
- Hand washing or use of a hand sanitizer will be enforced before and after activities that involved shared materials and before and after eating (snack and lunch).
- Any item brought from home will be isolated and kept separated from other groups items.
- Bathroom and Break rooms will be sanitized multiple times a day.
How will MSI encourage social distancing during camp?
Campers will be with their group for the entire session.
What are the preventive measures that have been implemented?
- Staff and participants are required to wear masks (unless medically not possible).
- Staff will check their temperature before arrival- if temperature is above 100 degrees staff will not come to work.
- Staff will check their temperature upon arrival to work. If temperature is above 100 degrees they will leave the facility.
- Participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival to the Marine Science Institute. This will be done with an infrared thermometer while they are still in their vehicles. If temperature is above 100 degrees they will not be allowed in the facility.
- Participants will be asked if they or any in their household are exhibiting any of the following symptom: Fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or new loss of sense of smell/taste. If they have the participant will not be allowed in the facility.
- If Staff or any in their household are exhibiting any of the following symptom: Fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or new loss of sense of smell/taste they will not be allowed in the facility.
- All Staff and Participants will wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to facility.
- Everyone will be reminded and encouraged to not touch their face with their hands without cleaning their hands first .
- Everyone will be taught/reminded that coughing and sneezing should be done into a tissue which is thrown away. Hands should we washed or sanitized after using the tissue.
- Toys and stuffed animals are not allowed and should not be sent with kids.
Cancellation policy and refund policy
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Pick up and drop off
How does drop off work?
All drop-off is at Marine Science Institute (500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94063). Due to our limited parking area we use a drive through-style drop-off and pick-up. This is proven to be efficient and safe. To drop off your campers follow the circle of traffic cones and pull as far forward as possible.
How does pick up work?
How is carpooling set up?
In support of the government mandate and the need to keep campers in isololated groups while at camp we will not be providing carpooling support this year.
What to bring
Does MSI provide food for my camper?
MSI unfortunatly will not be providing snacks this year to campers. Lunch is also not provided; please pack snacks, a trash-free lunch, and refillable water bottle for your camper. Water stations are available on-site.
What clothes are appropriate for camp?
At MSI, campers will be enjoying fun activities outside that may include water, mud, and fish slime. Please dress them in "play clothes" that they will feel comfortable in, and will not be worried about getting dirty.
Should my camper bring medication?
If your camper needs to take medication during the day, please make sure that they have it with them including instructions. Please alert the staff that the camper has these.
Discovery Voyage boat trip
Who goes on the Discovery Voyage boat trip aboard the R/V Robert G. Brownlee?
All campers! Each camp will spend a camp day aboard the research vessel. This is a highlight of the week! Underwater Investigators spend two days and an overnight on board.
How large is the ship?
The Robert G. Brownlee is a 90' research vessel that was designed specifically for teaching programs in the San Francisco Bay. Its maximum capacity is 103 passengers and crew. In 2013, this ship received several upgrades, and the Brownlee now runs on the cleanest and most fuel-efficient marine diesel engines available today.
Is this trip safe?
Our vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee, was designed specifically with students in mind. This ship passes regular Coast Guard inspections of maintenance, safety, and rescue equipment. Our staff undergo rigorous training to become crew on this ship and must complete regular safety drills. In addition, all campers wear personal flotation devices provided by MSI at all times.
How long is the trip?
The "Discovery Voyage" on our ship will last for their full camp day. The ship undocks promptly at 9:00 am after a brief welcome activity on land and donning personal flotation devices (provided by MSI). It is important that your camper arrives during the drop-off window in the morning, between 8 - 8:30 so that they do not miss out on this exciting adventure.
Summer camp staff
What is the camper to staff ratio?
What is the experience of your staff?
There are two levels of staff at Marine Science Camp: Instructors and Counselors work in pairs to lead each group of campers. Instructors must have a college degree and experience working in outdoor education. Counselors must be in college and have experience working with children. Marine Science Camp staff receive a two week professional development training, ongoing observation and evaluations. Instructors go through a rigorous training to be crew aboard the research vessel. All camp staff members are highly qualified, pre-screened, finger printed and background checked, and CPR/First-aid certified.
Is extended care available?
We are not offering extended care during the 2020 summer camp season.
What discounts are available?
This year we are not able to offer discounts.
Do you offer scholarships?
We offer partial and full scholarships to attend Marine Science Camp. Scholarship funds are awarded on a sliding scale based on demonstrated financial need. Please visit the Marine Science Camp Scholarship page to learn more. Applications are due by April 3, 2020.
How to register
How do I register?
Registration opens in January for Members and February to the community. Once registration is open click the REGISTER HERE button on any of the Marine Science Camp pages to be taken to ACTIVE, our secure camp registration site. You can also follow this link to register for Marine Science Camp.
What if the session is full?
If the session is full and you wish to be added to the waitlist, please continue with the normal registration process. A deposit will not be taken for waitlist registrations. If a spot opens up for your child you will be notified and given 24 hours to decided if you want to take the spot. Payment will be due at the time of acceptance. If you do not reply to us within 24 hours of being notified of the open spot, we will move down the waitlist and offer the spot to the next family.