Sea and Sail Adventure Camp
Come Join the Fun at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum’s Sea and Sail Adventure Camp Experience the History and Heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through Sailing Trips, Fishing, Maritime Crafts, and Seafood Industry Field Trips.
Purpose of the Camp – The history and heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast extends back to the arrival of the French over 300 years ago. The Sea-n-Sail Adventure Camp is a day camp that is designed to bring about a greater awareness of our original history and maritime heritage through a variety of fun and educational activities. The camp is offered by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum of Biloxi, Inc., and is open to 6-12 year old students. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 1st
Street, Biloxi, will serve as the base for all camp activities.
Camp Structure – The Sea-n-Sail Adventure Camp consists of a week of activities. Seven sessions will be held during the summer. Daily activities will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Campers will be grouped according to age: 6-8 and 9-12 years old. Camp staff for each group will include an instructor and two (2) teaching assistants who are CPR/First Aid certified.
Daily Activities – All daily camp activities will originate at the museum. Campers will be transported by bus to and from all fields of activity. Individual activities will range from one to four hours in duration. Camp activities include a variety of unique hands-on experiences which will make regional history and heritage come alive. The camp will begin with a welcome orientation on Monday morning. At this time, campers will meet staff members and be divided into groups. Campers must provide their own lunch and snacks. At times, lunch will be at a field trip or on board one of the schooners.
The Glenn L. Swetman/Mike Sekul – All Sea-n-Sail Adventure Campers will take two sailing trips aboard one of the Museum’s famous replicas of the Biloxi Schooner. Age groups 9-12 will take a full day trip to Horn Island through waters fished by Biloxi fisherman for over 200 years. Campers age 6-8 will visit Deer Island during one of their half day sails and learn about marine pollution. During the sail, campers will learn components of sailing a schooner, boating safety and rules of the road, and participate in many sailing activities. Lifejackets are required on all students.
Shrimping Experience – Campers will experience a living marine adventure on board a shrimp trawler, the Sailfish designed to demonstrate the how, why & what is caught by local fishermen.
Crabbing/Fishing/Cast Netting – Campers will get to see crab pot demonstrations while at the pier complex. All campers will learn and employ the methods of Gulf Coast fishing on actual fishing trips. This includes learning how to throw cast/brail nets as well as learning the importance of these nets to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Field Trips – Campers will experience fun and educational field trips along the Gulf Coast. Locations include the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the Exploreum, the Institute of Marine and Mammal Studies, bowling, and swimming to name a few. We will also have story-telling by Native American Greyhawk, and oyster shell painting.
Punch & Cookies Reception/Awards Presentation – On Friday of each week parents, grandparents, and guardians are invited to attend a reception beginning at 3:30 p.m. to see the presentation of trophies and awards for the many camp activities which took place during the week. This takes place at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First Street, Biloxi.