1. Elissa Savos

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    My daughter attended Sea Turtle Camp this summer, 2014. We took a chance because it was too far to visit before signing her up, and it is fairly expensive, but we could not have been happier with her experience. The staff was fantastic and the program was amazing. First of all, they handle the kids flying in from far away very well – they are picked up at the airport and communicate well with the parents both before pick-up and after, and same for getting them home. My daughter absolutely loved every minute – the hospital work with the turtles, the activities when they were off duty, the meals out, the camaraderie of all the other campers. It was an amazing adventure and an outstanding learning experience. If I could change one thing, it would be to make the program longer – two weeks at least!

  2. Leah B

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    I remember what was probably my favorite day of sea turtle camp, the day we went to the Karen Beasley sea turtle hospital. It was so hot outside and we were all walking around in the sun, teaching kids and adults alike, about the different sea turtles. I remember that the looks on some of the young kid’s faces were the best things to see. We were able to actually help take care of the turtles, washing them and watching them be medically cared for; which is something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life, I’d never been able to do anything like that before and haven’t since. Over everything else that I did and experienced at the camp though, there was one thing that was the most amazing. It was later the same day we went to the sea turtle hospital, after we were done there, and went to a great place for dinner, we went for a walk on the beach. It was just starting to get dark, with a beautiful sunset starting on the horizon and we came upon a group of people standing around something, and that something turned out to be a sea turtle nest excavation. Many of the babies had already hatched and left into the water earlier, but there was still some left in the sand that had to come out. It was awesome when you saw the surface of the sand start to move and then they would poke their little flippers out and dig up onto the beach. It was amazing to see them fighting to get their little bodies out onto the sand, and then to watch them as they traveled down the shore towards the water. Some of them would go off course and we would all be calling saying to ‘turn the other way!’ like they would understand. That experience is one that’s still vivid in my mind and I believe that, no matter where I go with my career, I will never experience something that was in some way private and personal but still special to so many people as that was.-Leah Braley

  3. Stephanie Smith

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    For as long as I can remember there is one thing I have always loved, and that is the ocean. On top of that, my dad’s love for reptiles led me to find my favorite animal was a turtle, and because of my love for the ocean, it became the sea turtle. For years I have known what I’ve wanted to be when I grew up, a marine biologist, but I never thought I could get a head start on pursuing my dream until I found Sea Turtle Camp. My week at camp was the most amazingly fun and educational week of my life. Nothing can compare to taking care of the turtles at the hospital, or getting to experience a turtle crawling onto the beach and laying her eggs. As well as getting up close to real live sea turtles, I got to stand up paddle board for the first time and go surfing. While having fun at camp, I was constantly learning. From building sand castles to learning dune ecology, to catching creatures in the sound to study, I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much about marine biology. Thanks to the wonderful people at Sea Turtle Camp I was able to get one step closer to accomplishing my dream and make some great friends along the way.~Kyra Flynn

  4. Molly Thistle

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    As a teenager in Minnesota, my dreams of becoming a marine biologist and pursuing research with sea turtles and coral reefs around the world seemed almost impossible. I had little to no experience with anything marine biology related, and this fact made me more than a little nervous as it was the summer before I began college. However, attending Sea Turtle Camp in North Carolina that summer completely changed everything! Not only was I able to leave Minnesota in favor for North Carolina, but the opportunities they provided at the Sea Turtle Camp were well-suited for a young, aspiring marine biologist such as myself. Volunteering at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center instantly solidified my interest and passion for marine mammals and ocean conservation. Not only were we able to assist with medical procedures, cleaning, feeding, turtle sunbathing, and tourist tours (which is an incredible list of opportunities to begin with) but we also researched the many dangers for sea turtles and presented our findings to tourists that visited the hospital. This not only increased my confidence with speaking in front of crowds, but also demonstrated how several people are not aware of the repercussions that littering and pollution have on marine life. While I personally believed that the hospital was the highlight of the camp, I cannot forget about the incredible surfing lessons, never-ending field trips, and bonding experiences throughout the rest of my time at camp. I returned to Minnesota with more knowledge, experience, memories, and friends than I could have asked for – I even attend college with one of my fellow campmates! If I ever had the opportunity to return to Sea Turtle Camp, I would. No questions asked.

  5. Sandy Crayton

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    My son attended the Marine Biology Immersion camp in 2014 and had a great experience. While I knew he’d be working with the sea turrtles and getting his SCUBA certification, I had no idea how many other things he would get to do: surfing, paddle boarding, visiting the Ft Fisher Aquarium, visiting UNC Wilmington, bowling, mini golf, volleyball, and many, many other activities. There was obviously never a dull moment, as the students were occupied from dawn until dusk and then some! The best part for me as a parent was that the instructors and director loaded so many pictures to FaceBook, that I could follow along each day to see what my son had been up to. I would definitely recommend this camp to any youth that are interested in marine biology and scuba!