FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many campers are in each camp?
Depending on the week, there can be between 20 to 30 campers total. Maximum is 40 campers. Throughout the day, campers will be split into groups for the activities they chose and will be in smaller groups of 10 to 20. Campers are supervised by 3 CBFS educators who lead activities during the day and by 4 camp counselors (2 male, 2 female) during evening activities and quiet hours.
2. What training do your educators and counselors go through?
Our educators are all college graduates with a degree and experience related to the environment and education. They go through an intensive 4 week training period at the beginning of their season and get more specialized information and training for summer camp as it approaches. Counselors have 2 weeks of training at the beginning of the summer and are all 21+ college students or recent graduates. All of our staff undergo a background check and are certified in First Aid and CPR.
3. Where are you located?
We are located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, about 5 miles south of the Maryland/Virginia border. We neighbor Chincoteague and Assateague Islands and the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
4. What happens during stormy/rainy weather?
During inclement weather, we have field trips or activities to do with campers indoors. If boat trips are postponed, we will do our best to reschedule the trip during the remainder of the week of camp.
5. How much money should my child bring on the trip?
All expenses during the program are covered in the camp fee. We do have the Ship's Store on campus that has apparel and a variety of other souvenirs. Campers will have opportunities throughout the week to visit the store.
6. What is the Ship’s Store?
The Ship's Store is the gift shop of CBFS. It has apparel, a variety of souvenirs, plus snacks and drinks.
7. What will the campers learn from the Field Station?
Campers who come to Chincoteague Bay Field Station will get an invaluable field experience in marine science, ecology, biology, and environmental science. Campers ages 9+ will learn vessel safety and how to operate water sampling equipment. The camp experience introduces participants to sharing living spaces, working together, and trying new things. We are also proud to have experienced and knowledgeable staff on hand with a variety of backgrounds in the marine science field who are always willing to answer questions regarding their work!
8. What is the food like? Dietary restriction options?
We have a large Dining Hall on campus that is set up in buffet style. There is always a variety of hot food available, as well as a salad bar and cold items. If your child has any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate allergies and restrictions. Please note that our campus is NOT a peanut-free facility. We do offer peanut butter and nut products in the Dining Hall and Gift Shop. There will be a nut-free table in the cafeteria reserved for students with a nut allergy. We will accommodate a nut allergy as best we can, but can not guarantee a nut-free environment. If a child has a severe allergy or dietary restriction, please contact the Director of Summer Camps to discuss meal options for your child.
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT SUMMER CAMP?
Summer Camp Department
TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMPS:
Please complete the online registration form. For assistance, please give us a call at (757) 824-5636 x100 on M-F between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
Space is limited so register early!