VB Sea Camp Program Descriptions

Sea Camp days run from 9 AM  4 PM. All camps are 5-days long unless noted. The main adult camp leader for each week is listed. These leaders will be joined by additional Sea Camp staff. All Sea Camps work to include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, netting, surfing skills, the SupSquatch, exploring and the Bay to Beach hike as wind and weather conditions allow. Camps are divided into age ranges to best accommodate the different abilities of different aged children. The numbers of the camps are simply for us to keep track of the camps. There is no progression or ability level in any of the camps.

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June 20 - 23 (4 days), Mermaid Training Camp, Girls ages 7-9, (Tuesday  Friday), $275. Laurie Sorabella.

Laurie Sorabella (The Oyster Queen) will be leading this fun and creative Sea Camp that will teach your daughter to appreciate nature and friendship like mermaids do. Young mermaids will kayak, stand up paddleboard, surf and use nets to catch critters and do all the exciting activities that we do on other Sea Camps. They will also focus on their creative side by building sand castles, mermaid beach houses and underwater habitats as well as other beach art. We keep this camp at four days because the young mermaids are exhausted by the end of day 4 and we thought they would like a 3-day weekend after just getting out of school.

June 26-30, Sea Camp I, Boys and Girls ages 10-12, ($340). Kathy McCartan.

A great all-around Sea Camp for a great age group of campers. We will engage in all the awesome Sea Camp activities (kayaking, surfing, standup paddleboarding, netting, exploring etc.) and interested campers will have the chance to go hand-lining for blue crabs if conditions permit.

July 3-7, no camp this week due to July 4th holiday. Happy 241st Birthday to the United States of America.

July 10-14, Shellback I, Boys and Girls ages 11 +, $340. Bob Carroll.

Kids dont get too old for Sea Camp, we just ramp up the experience. The Shellback camps for our experienced veterans or avid newcomers to Sea Camp who want to paddle further and explore more. We are planning big kayak tours for this camp such as a Lynnhaven Inlet to the Narrows paddle and even some ocean action with a First Landing State Park to the North End paddle where dolphins should be common. Campers dont have to have experience, but they will need some gumption to keep their paddles moving. We will engage in all the awesome Sea Camp activities and go hand-lining for blue crabs if conditions allow.

July 17-20 (4 Days), Sea Camp II, Boys and Girls ages 8-10, $275. Catherine Peterson

This Sea Camp is designed to help turn your young Sea Camper into a full-fledged Sea Creature who is avid for more marine adventures. Young Sea Creatures will learn how to captain a child-sized sit-on-top kayak, try out the stand-up paddleboards and soft top surfboards, pull seine nets, read the wrack line to learn about whats going on in the water and have amazingly fun time on the beach. We do everything the older kids do on Sea Camp, however this week is tailored to a younger audience. We thought the 4-day camp option for this age range might be of interest for some families.

July 24-28, Sea Camp III, Boys and Girls, ages 8-10, $340. Kathy McCartan

We used to name our camps for younger kids Camp Sea Creature because the youngsters really are sea creatures. We have run camps where we truly believe avid young campers have been in the water for 5 or 6 hours out of the 7-hour Sea Camp day. Our younger age range camps have all the action-packed activities as our other Sea Camps, and maybe a little more time for exploration, sand castles, beach games and swimming.

July 31  August 4, Shellback II, Boys and Girls ages 11+, $340. Bob Carroll

This camp is a playback of the Shellback I camp for our experienced veterans or avid newcomers to Sea Camp who want to paddle further and explore more. We are planning the same big kayak tours for this camp such as a Lynnhaven Inlet to the Narrows paddle and even some ocean action with a First Landing State Park to the North End paddle where dolphins should be common. Campers dont have to have experience, but they will need some gumption to keep their paddles moving. We will engage in all the awesome Sea Camp activities and go hand-lining for blue crabs if conditions allow.

August 7-11, Sea Camp IV, Boys and Girls ages 10-12, $340. Kathy McCartan

An all-around Sea Camp for our middle aged Sea Campers. We will engage in all the awesome Sea Camp activities and go hand-lining for blue crabs. Every day and every week is different due to changing tides, currents, weather and group dynamics. We often have campers attend for several weeks during a summer and I have yet to see one lose interest. Honor will be bestowed upon the camper who can learn Kathys traditional Hawaiian songs that she learned when she was a teacher in the Aloha state.

August 14-18, Sea Camp V, Boys and Girls ages 9-11. $340. Bob Carroll

This is Bobs last camp for the summer, so campers best be ready for a show because he likes to go out in style. Well be singing some RamSamSam for sure. Challenge Bob in a competition for who can be the wet and sandiest on this camp. We will do all the Sea Camp activities and work to fully experience summer. Care to spend a little time in the Mermaid Spa while mummichogs nip at your skin (we like to call that fishy exfoliation).

August 21-24 (4 days), Mermaid Training Camp II, Girls ages 7-9, $275, Laurie Sorabella.

Laurie, the Oyster Queen, was able to fit this second Mermaid Training Camp into her schedule even as she gears up to engage over 200 Tidewater area teachers in the annual student oyster restoration project. This camp will surely be magical as we finish up another Sea Camp season.

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