Yes! There are several scholarships available for campers who meet the criteria for the scholarship. Please visit our scholarship page (link) for more information. The majority of our scholarships are for campers from the Central Texas (Austin to San Antonio) region, however there are statewide opportunities that also may be an option. Please call Education Director Aaron Swink at 512-245-3541 or email@example.com if you have any questions about financial aid or scholarships.
The camps are designed to introduce campers to the amazing world of aquatic science through a holistic, inquiry-based learning environment. We strive to make sure the entire camp is an educational experience and even our fun and games are designed to get campers to think scientifically. Campers are encouraged to ask questions and given tools to investigate those questions for themselves. Campers participate in hands-on learning activities in the lab and in the field facilitated by knowledgeable staff that are either active research scientists or teachers. Our goal is to give campers the chance to experience what it is like to be real scientists. All of the equipment and methods that we use for the activities are professional-grade and indoor activities take place in a university laboratory. Please see the camp activities page [click here] for more information.
Homesickness is most common in our younger aged campers, but can happen to anyone, especially if this is the first time they have been away from home for this long.We do our best to comfort and redirect their attention towards engaging in the camp activities and it usually fades within the first day or two.If your camper contacts you asking for an early pickup, please talk to our camp director first and we will provide you with a first-hand report of how your camper is doing and help you to make a decision that is in the best interest of your camper.
We encourage parents to contact their camper with letters, emails, or care packages (although you may want to send them ahead of time because of the 1-2 day delay in processing university mail!). We do not encourage phone calls and we do not allow visits during camp. We have found this disrupts the camp experience and can exacerbate homesickness issues. We are fully aware of our responsibility to care for your child and we take that very seriously.
We recommend that your camper bring either a suitcase or a small trunk to keep their belongings in at camp. We encourage each camper to bring only one piece of luggage plus a small backpack or knapsack for day outings in order to ensure that the bunk rooms do not get overcrowded. We also suggest that you give your camper a plastic garbage bag in order to keep dirty clothes in.
All of our staff are trained in first aid and CPR and are equipped to treat minor cuts and bruises. In the case that a camper requires medical attention, he/she will be taken to the Texas State University Student Health Center (SHC) for treatment if it is a minor injury or illness. In case of a more serious issue, he/she will be taken to the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) emergency room. Parents/guardians will be notified immediately by phone call in the event of any emergency involving their camper.