The gift of camp


Marine Science Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing science education to students from all walks of life, throughout the year. We raise funds to support schools all over the Bay Area to attend MSI programming throughout the school year. During the summer we continue to offer support to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford camp. The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the benefits of summer camp.


The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund is supported entirely by the generous contributions of our community. If you have enjoyed an MSI experience, you know how special this gift can be. With your help, we look forward to continuing to inspire young scientists to keep active and inquisitive minds that have a lasting impact.

Bat ray at MSI

Donate to the Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund:

If you wish to provide financial assistance for children, please visit our Network for Good page and select Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund under the donation designation drop down menu. 100% of all donated funds are used for Marine Science Camp Scholarships for children.

Apply for a Marine Science Camp Scholarship:

Marine Science Camp Scholarship Application (MS Word)

Marine Science Camp Scholarship Application (PDF)

  • Scholarship awards are granted only to campers with financial need and determined by a set criteria. Awards are not guaranteed to every applicant.

  • All application materials must be returned to MSI by Friday April 16, 2021.

  • Camp spots held in select camps for qualified scholarship recipients.

“My son went to marine camp for the first time last year and loved it so much. Throughout the year he spoke about how he couldn't wait to go back!!!! All the while I worried about how I was going to afford it...[O]nce I applied I still felt the need to prepare my son that he might not be able to attend. I had explained that it depended on the generous donations of complete strangers who wanted him to enjoy marine science...When I received confirmation that my child was gifted a full scholarship I felt overjoyed and relieved...I can not and will not ever be able to thank the MSI supporters enough for making it possible for my child to learn and experience (come home smelling like a creature from the bay) marine camp. Thank you!!!!”


entering K - 1st grade


$550 per 1-week session

(includes 1 day on boat, 4 days at MSI)


June 28-July 2

July 12-16


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM



entering 2nd - 5th grade


$1200 per 2-week session

(includes 2 days on boat, 8 days at MSI)


June 14-25

June 28-July 9

July 5-16

July 19-30

August 2-13


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


entering 6th - 8th grade

Cost: $700 per 1-week session

(incudes 2 days on boat - no overnight,

2 days canoeing, 1 day at MSI)


June 28-July 2

July 12-16


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Mon - Fri

June 14-August 13

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Grades K - 8th

Price varies per camp

Questions? Contact

All sessions will consist of stable groups of no more than 12 students with dedicated staff members. Each group will remain separated to avoid intermixing of other students and staff, and big group gatherings.


All staff and participants are required to wear masks.

Face covering exceptions will be made to those with sensory complications or other issues which make wearing masks or face coverings challenging.