General Camp Questions
Unfortunately, no. Our camps are designed with activities and lessons tailored to that specific grade level. Also, do the popularity of our camps (most camps will completely fill), we would like to leave the spaces available for the grade appropriate campers.
All camps taking place out of Providence are located at our Save The Bay Center (main office) and our Newport Junior BayCamp takes place at the Save The Bay Aquarium. Students have access to indoor space for additional activities.
All BayCamps and Shipboard BayCamps taking place out of Newport, Bristol, Westerly, and Wickford locations do not have an indoor space during most days (with the exception of rain days). Therefore, each day is spent outdoors and/or on our vessel for the entire day of camp.
Our staff are all required to complete and pass a federal background check. Captains are United States Coast Guard certified. Our education vessels are inspected by the United States Coast Guard. All swimming camps are staffed with a minimum of 1 waterfront certified lifeguard and all campers must undergo a swim test prior to swimming.
We cannot accommodate early arrivals or late pick up. Camp sign in begins at 8:30am. Pick up starts at 4:00pm and all campers must be picked up by 4:30pm.
Most of our camps do not stay at their drop off site all day and depart on our education vessels. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate a late drop off or an early pick up. Camps generally depart on our vessels by 9:00am and return by 3:30pm. If a situation arises where you need to drop off later or pick up early, please contact the Camp Director or your camp counselor. We may not be able to accommodate and your camper may not be able to attend camp that day.
What does a day at camp look like?
This camp is for campers who have recently completed grades K-1. There are locations in Newport and Providence. Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm. Campers will be introduced to the fun and excitement of learning about our local environment, Narragansett Bay, and the interesting animals that live in it while interacting with live animals. They will learn about the bay’s habitats and animals with hands-on activities and interactive models. Campers will play fun games, read stories and create bay-themed crafts. Campers will spend time outdoors while exploring the shorelines and learning about some of the bay’s diverse habitats. At Junior BayCamp, campers do not swim; however, we will play water games on the lawn. Campers will have an opportunity to go out on one of our education vessels to trawl for animals or tour the upper. What do campers need to bring to camp? Bathing suit, towel, water shoes, sunscreen, plenty of snacks, lunch, and a water bottle.
This camp is for campers who have recently completed grades K-1. Camp runs 9:00am-noon and is only located in Newport. Campers will be introduced to the fun and excitement of learning about our local environment, Narragansett Bay. They will learn about the interesting animals that live in it while interacting with live animals through our various touch tanks. They will learn about the bay’s habitats and animals with hands-on activities and interactive models. Campers will play fun games, read stories and create bay-themed crafts. Campers will spend time outdoors while exploring the shorelines at Easton’s Beach and learning about some of the bay’s diverse habitats. At Junior BayCamp, campers do not swim. Please pack sunscreen, snacks, and a water bottle.
This camp is for campers who have recently completed grades 2-4. It is located in Providence, Wickford, Newport, Bristol and Westerly. It runs 8:30am-4:30pm. During this weeklong camp, campers will have a fun and educational week exploring one of Rhode Island’s greatest resources, Narragansett Bay. During the week, they will board one of Save The Bay’s education vessels to venture to some of the bay’s most interesting locations. Campers will swim, explore habitats and shorelines and learn about the environment.
This camp is for campers who have recently completed grades 5-7. Camps take place in Providence, Wickford, Bristol, and Newport. It runs 8:30-4:30. During this weeklong camp, campers will have fun exploring Narragansett Bay while learning concepts such as climate change, buoyancy, water chemistry and watersheds, just to name a few. During the week, campers swim, explore habitats and shorelines and visit some of the Bay’s most fascinating places
This camp is designed for students completed grades 8-12 and are interested in pursuing a college career related to environmental science. Students will travel aboard our education vessel and study concepts such as water chemistry, animal biodiversity, and plankton. While traveling to other locations around the bay, campers could also learn about topics such as climate change, invasive species, and fisheries. During the week, students will also learn about college careers and participate in a weeklong service-learning project.