Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a cancellation policy?
If your child is unable to attend camp, we can issue a full refund minus registration processing fees as long as we are notified one month prior to the first day of the session. If cancellation occurs after that date, a full refund minus processing fees will be given only if we are able to fill your child’s spot in the session or your child cannot attend due to illness or injury (physician’s note required).

May my child register with a friend?
We do not accommodate requests for campers to be grouped with friends. We value that your child is interested in sharing their NOAA Science Camp experience with a friend, and we do our best to ensure that the week’s activities enable all campers to work in small and large groups together during formal and informal time at camp. However, one of our goals at NOAA Science Camp is to help facilitate team-building and friendship-making among the group and we feel this is best achieved when campers step a bit outside of their comfort zone and are challenged to meet new people. Additionally, it is logistically challenging for us to honor everyones’ requests in a way that is fair to all campers. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

How are campers supervised?
Campers are assigned to a group of 10–15 other participants and led by an experienced Camp Educator assisted by a Camp Assistant. Other camp staff include the camp Director, Coordinator, NOAA and Washington Sea Grant liaisons, and multiple volunteer NOAA staff.  Science activities are introduced by Camp Educators and then led by NOAA scientists with specialties in multiple disciplines of science. NOAA scientists and staff volunteer their time to camp annually and enjoy meeting the campers.

NOAA Science Camp Educators and Assistants are dynamic individuals with experience in teaching youth in formal and informal settings. They participate in multi-day staff trainings, where they work with NOAA scientists and Washington Sea Grant employees to ensure safe, educational, and fun experiences for campers. All staff must be certified in CPR and Emergency First Aid.

Do you provide scholarships?
The goal of NOAA Science Camp is to provide opportunity for all interested youth to attend. Generous sponsors provide scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to attend because of financial need.

Parents, guardians, or other youth representatives may apply for partial and full scholarships available for individual campers. Community groups may inquire about multiple scholarships and travel stipends. Funding availability varies from year to year.

To apply for a scholarship, download and complete the scholarship application form and mail it to:

Washington Sea Grant, c/o Maile Sullivan, Education Specialist
3716 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105-6716

You will be notified when your application is received. If your request is approved, you will receive registration instructions.