Summer Sound to Sea

Summer Sound To Sea Day Camp Program


| Program Description | Typical Schedule | Program Themes | How to Register | Downloads and Forms |2020 Schedule

Program Description

After a week of summer laziness, the lamentations begin, "There's nothing to do! I'm bored," your child moans. It doesn't help to remind them that a few short weeks ago, they were begging to get out of school. So, let Summer Sound to Sea Environmental Day Camp pull your kids out of the summer vacation doldrums. Trinity Center of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina offers half-week and full-week summer camp programs to rising 1st through 6th graders. Each session allows kids the opportunity to learn about the habitats on Bogue Banks and join in games, crafts and activities with ecological themes.

Have you tired of answering questions like "Mom, Dad! Why is the ocean salty? Why is the sky blue? What kind of frog is this one I have in my pocket?" Let the Sound to Sea Instructors do it for you from 9am to 4 pm every day for a week. Your child will learn an amazing amount of information without realizing there is anything more to it than having fun.

All of our sessions accommodate a maximum of 36 youth who are divided into 3 groups of 12 students (based on age). An experienced Sound to Sea Instructor leads each small group. Our Sound to Sea Staff includes qualified teaching personnel with college degrees in related fields such as biology, chemistry, marine science and botany.

This summer, youth will explore the habitats on Trinity Center's 62-acre property. They use dip nets in the sound and pond to find out more about the biology of the various creatures that creep, swim and crawl around on a barrier island. The students then have the opportunity for a closer look, as we put some of the marine organisms we find in our Nature Center's five salt and fresh water aquariums. The campers also have the chance to explore the maritime forest and learn about the animals that live among the cedars, live oaks, pines and vines. In the afternoon, students use items they have collected on the trails to create all kinds of art and music. And last, no beach camp would be complete without some time on the sand. So each camp day finishes with some time on the beach to rest and think about the day's activities.

Typical Schedule

  • 9am Arrival – Group Games
  • 9:30 Sound Class
  • 11:15 Lunch
  • 12:00 Stories and Rest Time
  • 12:30 Multi-Disciplinary Activity
  • 1:30 Snack/Prepare for Beach
  • 2:00 BEACH TIME
  • 3:30 Return to Pavilion
  • 4:00 Departure


Choose from four different themes and explore all of our barrier island habitats each week in new and exciting ways. Campers may join us for up to three weeks every summer. Weekly themes are listed after the dates below.

Icky Creatures: Investigate the unique characteristics of "icky" creatures native to our island while dispelling myths about them.

We Will Survive: Find out how plants, animals and people survive the harsh conditions of the barrier islands.

Water Wonders: Take a closer look at the water habitats of our barrier island.

Sensational Science: Discover the barrier island habitats using the five senses.

How and When to Register

To register by phone call (252)247-5600 and ask for the Sound to Sea registrar.

Registration begins on February 1, 2020.

Each 5-day session costs $215 per child. 3-day short sessions are $130 for rising kindergartners. These fees include instruction by Trinity Center's Sound to Sea Staff, program materials, Summer Sound to Sea T-Shirt, lunchtime beverages and afternoon snacks. Parents provide bag lunches and transportation to and from Trinity Center. So, if you looking for a little rest and relaxation for your summer vacation, call Trinity Center at (252)247-5600 between 9 am and 5 pm for further information, to register by phone, or if you are unable to download the Medical Forms from our Downloads and Forms Page.

2020 Dates

June 3 - 5 (Wednesday - Friday) 9:00am - 12:00pm $130 per child Rising Kindergarten Only
June 8 - 12 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Science Explorers
June 15 - 19 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child We Will Survive
June 22 - 26 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Icky Creatures
June 29 - July 3 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Water Wonders
July 6 - 10 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Science Explorers
July 13 - 17 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child We Will Survive
July 20 - 24 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Icky Creatures
July 27 - 31 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Water Wonders
August 3 - 7 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child We Will Survive
Aug 10 - 14 (Monday - Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm $215 per child Icky Creatures
Aug 17 - 19 (Monday - Wednesday) 9:00am - 12:00pm $130 per child Rising Kindergarten Only