FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many campers are in each camp?
This number is subject to change pending Virginia COVID restrictions. The maximum number of campers is 24. Campers will either be in a cohort group for the entirety of camp, which will consist of 6 campers and 1 educator, or campers will be split into smaller groups of around 10 depending on the activities they choose.
2. What training do your summer educators go through?
Our educators are all 21+ college students or recent graduates with a degree and experiences related to the environment and education. They go through an intensive 4 week training period preparing them for summer camp. 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.
9. What precautions is CBFS taking to protect from COVID-19?
CBFS is committed to the health and safety of all staff and participants. We are consistently evaluating and updating our COVID-19 protocols. All program participants will be asked to review all COVID-19 policies prior to arrival and sign a COVID-19 waiver. All participants are required to provide either 1. proof of vaccination or 2. a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the program start date. Anyone showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to be tested immediately and quarantine until results come back. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to leave campus immediately. COVID-19 policies and procedures are subject to change as guidance from the state and federal government evolves.
A complete list of COVID-19 policies can be found here.
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!