Florida Keys Journals

Sea Camp in the Florida Keys

A May 2005 trip to Florida Keys by JWRIGHT

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Quote: Sea Camp is the ultimate field trip for graduating fifth-grade students. It is 3 days of hands-on marine science activities, including snorkeling, swimming with sharks, wading at night, exploring mangrove islands... You get the idea. I went along as one of several parent/chaperones with around 100 fifth-grade students.

Sea Camp in the Florida Keys

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Overview

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Sea Camp weekend was great. The day is packed with activities, so there really is no time to be bored. Living conditions were not uncomfortable, and the food was excellent! The activities were great fun, made all the better by excellent and knowledgeable instructors accustomed to working with young people. Highlights included snorkeling, swimming with sharks, night wading, mangrove island exploration, dissecting squid, and the algae lab. Periods of free time were also programmed into the day, when students could play basketball volleyball or football, or just hang out with their friends. All in all, it was a really well-planned program and great experience for all. Quick Tips: Let’s see....Read More

Sea Camp Dining Hall

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Hotel | "Dorms"

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Accommodations were standard camp dormitory arrangements, with five bunks beds to a room. Bathrooms and showers were located in a separate building just next door, and they were also standard camping arrangements. At peak times it was a bit crowded, with just three stalls and three shower heads. I got up early to beat the crowds and get some hot water. There is no air-conditioning in the dorms, but there are fans, and the buildings are situated so that the breeze is almost constantly blowing through. During my stay, the night air was about 70°F and sleeping was comfortable. I don't think I would want to be there in August, however. Lights went out at 10pm, and the policy was strictly enforced by t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Sea Camp Dining Hall
1300 Big Pine Avenue
Florida Keys, Florida 33043
(305) 872-2331

Sea Camp Dining Hall

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Restaurant | "Dining Hall"

Sea Camp Dining Hall Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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The task of feeding 100 or so hungry 5th graders is a major undertaking, but like everything else, the folks at Sea Camp had it down to a science. The crowd control procedures may seem a bit extreme, but they really worked to control the chaos. If you've ever eaten in the cafeteria of a large elementary school, then you know what I'm talking about. The dinner bell rang ten minutes before mealtime, and the kids lined up outside the dining hall. Teachers and parents went inside to help prepare the tables. The kids were allowed to enter when everyone was present and accounted for, and everyone stood at their chairs until the chef invited them to sit and eat. All meals were served family-style...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Sea Camp Dining Hall
1300 Big Pine Avenue
Florida Keys, Florida 33043
(305) 872-2331

Snorkelling

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Being in and under the water is what Sea Camp is all about. Our snorkelling experience started with a swim test, where each swimmer had to demonstrate ability to swim out to the end of the dock and back (around 20 yards). Then we were taught how to fit and wear the mask and defog it, how to don fins and safety vest, enter the water etc. All the camp staff were certified lifeguards. They were very serious about water safety and were quite vigilant during our water time. As a finale, we tried out our new diving skills in the swim canal, and next it was on to the boats. The boats were flat-top catamarans, probably around 22 feet. We had about eight people per boat, although I'm sure they could carry...Read More