Summer Camp

Presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union
Presented by Keesler Federal Credit Union
  • Camp Aqua: Bayou Bound summer camp will take campers through the habitats surrounding our region. Campers will explore rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Mississippi Sound: both in and out of the classroom. They will also explore the Aquarium’s various habitats, species, jobs, and facilities. The goal of Camp Aqua: Bayou Bound, is for campers to cultivate a deeper understanding of the waters that make up the Mississippi Sound, and begin to take action to conserve this local environment for future generations. Camp includes age-appropriate hands-on activities, readings, science experiments, exploration time in the Aquarium, crafts, camp t-shirt, daily lunch and snacks.
  • Summer Camp is designed for Children ages 7-12 | Drop off begins at 8 a.m. Each session is held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. | Daily health checks and masks are required

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my camper?
  • Please fill out all applicable forms online at www.msaquarium.org as far in advance as possible to give staff adequate time for planning and to ensure your camper’s spot is secure. Each camp has a maximum capacity of 15 campers and space is filled on a first come, first served basis no later than one week prior to the start of your camp session.
Can I change my camp session after I have already registered?
  • If your camper is unable to attend camp during the originally scheduled week, please contact us at education@msaquarium.org or call our Camp Coordinator, at 228 241-1235 as soon as possible to reschedule. Staff will make every effort to reschedule your camp date; however, rescheduling requests are not guaranteed and depend on availability.  
What if I need to cancel?
  • You may cancel registration at any time. Any cancellation will not receive a refund.  
Can my camper sign themselves in/out?
  • Campers must be accompanied and signed in/out by an authorized adult over 18 years of age. It is Aquarium policy that no one under the age of 18 may sign themselves in/out of the Aquarium’s care.
Where can I park?
  • To assist in the flow of traffic and ease congestion, drop off and pick-up times are organized so that parents/guardians do not need to park and get out of their vehicle. Staff will be positioned on the sidewalk with clipboards north of the Coast Transit Authority parking garage for sign in/out. If you arrive after the drop off/pick-up period, you will need to park in the Coast Transit Authority parking garage or find street parking and proceed to the main entry plaza.  Please note that the CTA Parking Garage and street parking are not associated or affiliated with Mississippi Aquarium. If a parent/guardian chooses to park they are responsible for the parking rates in place by those entities.
What if I arrive late to pick up my camper?
  • Parents/guardians who arrive more than 15 minutes late for pick-up will be charged a late fee.
What will my camper do during the week of camp?
  • Each camp theme has fun and unique experiences, activities, games, and learning opportunities incorporated with visits to our animal habitats as well as off-campus field trips to local beaches. You will receive a more detailed schedule of activities prior to the start of camp.
Who comprises the summer camp staff?
  • The summer camp staff is composed of passionate, dedicated, and responsible staff and volunteers who are held to the high standards of Mississippi Aquarium. All staff have undergone a background check and rigorous camp training.
What if my camper is sick during camp?
  • Daily health checks will be administered for every camper in the form of a temperature check with a contactless forehead thermometer. If a child exhibits signs of illness, they will be isolated from other campers and kept comfortable while the parent/guardian or emergency contact is notified. If no party can be reached and symptoms persist, the child’s physician will be notified, and we will follow their directions. Campers must remain symptom free for 24 hours before returning to camp, unless approved by a physician.  Mississippi Aquarium will not pro-rate the cost of camp if a camper is absent one or more days.
My camper does not like the food provided; can they bring food from home?
  • Two snacks and a lunch are included with your registration, but your camper can bring their own food for lunch and snacks if so desired.
My camper’s birthday occurs during camp, how can we celebrate?
  • If your camper's birthday falls during the camp session and he or she would like to celebrate it at camp, please follow these steps:
  • Notify camp staff of your camper’s birthday by emailing us at education@msaqurium.org  
  • We will celebrate birthdays at the end of the day
  • Families may bring in treats of their choice to share around 15 servings
Can camp fees be pro-rated?
  • Mississippi Aquarium will not pro-rate the cost of camp if a camper is absent one or more days.  
What do I do with my child’s medication?
  • Medicines will be collected on the first day of camp and stored in a secure place. If parents choose, medicines that are self-administered for life threatening situations may remain with the camper, epi-pens, inhalers, etc. MSAQ personnel will not be responsible for administering medication.  
Will I get a refund in the event of camp closure?
  • Mississippi Aquarium reserves the right to cancel a camp session or any portion of the camp experience. Staff will make every effort to reschedule your session and minimize disruption. If the cancelation is COVID-19 related, the Aquarium will offer a refund.  
  • In accordance with the CDC and Harrison County guidelines, we have implemented policies and procedures to create a safe experience for guests, staff, and animals. These procedures include masks, limited touchable objects and other health and safety procedures.
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Event Details:

Available sessions:

May 31 – June 4

June 7 – 11

June 14 – 18

June 21 – 25

June 28 – 2

July 5 – 9

July 12 – 16

July 19 – 23

July 26 – 30

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