Camp WAVE Summer Camp

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Get ready to jump into the deep end and make some waves with Camp WAVE! Each action packed week will include adventures, activities, river explorations, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and of course up-close animal encounters all geared around an exciting theme. We are excited to announce this year that each week-long camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm! Fall enrollment in kindergarten through 8th grade is required for all themes except for career camp. Pre and post care will be available for an additional price. 

Camp WAVE is a unique experience.  This is the only camp around where campers can have fun touching sharks and penguins, exploring the Ohio River, making crafts and playing games all while discovering the wonders of the natural world and making new friends.


Click above to register online or Click Here to download the Camp Wave Registration Form and mail it in with payment. 

 If you have questions about Camp WAVE, please email Will Gosnell, Education Coordinator, at or call 859-815-1467.

Camp WAVE Prices  

Newport Aquarium Annual Passholder - $180

Non-Passholder - $220 (Click Here to purchase a Newport Aquarium Annual Pass Now)

Before Care and After Care

The WAVE Foundation is happy to offer before care and after care to families that are unable to drop-off at 9am and pick up at 4pm each day.  For an additional fee, arrangements can be made to drop-off as early at 7:30 a.m and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. each day. Before care and after care registration information will be sent with the comfirmation packet.

Before Care: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - $15 per day

After Care: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - $15 per day

Register for both Before Care and After Care for just $25 per day!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted up to two weeks in advance of camp. For multi-session packages, cancellations are accepted up to two weeks in advance of the first registered day of camp. Within two weeks, no refunds will be made. Accepted cancellations will receive a complete refund minus a $20 administration fee.


Camp WAVE Themes


Week 1: Animal Super Heroes: SOLD OUT June 6-10, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

Week 1 - Animal Superheroes week has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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You don't have to open a comic book or watch a movie to see super powers! In every ecosystem on every continent, there are countless super powers on display. These death defying abilities include freezing solid, immunity, projectiles, morphine, speeds, invisibility, armor, strength, and so much more. Join us on the epic adventure to discover amazing super heroes, both animal and human. Maybe, there is even a super hero hiding in you! Click here to register now!

Week 2: SAFE - Saving Animals From Extinction: June 13-17, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm         ONLY A FEW SPACES REMAIN- BOOK NOW!

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How do animals stay safe? During Camp SAFE, we will explore a varietyy of ways animals hide, flee, and defend themselves from potential threats. From the smallest bug to the largest whale, all animals need to be safe! In addition, campers will be introduced to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' exciting new program SAFE, Saving Animals From Extinction! Let's celebrate the great things happening in the field of conservation and learn about new opportunities to do even more. Click here to register now!

Week 3: NCIS - Nautical Creature Investigative Service: SOLD OUT June 20-24, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

Week 3 - NCIS week has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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Do you enjoy a good mystery, puzzle, or scavenger hunt?  Grab your detective hat and badge as we dive into an underwater world of unsolved cases and clues.  What was that sound?  Where is the buried treasure?  Did that animal just vanish?  These cases and more will be solved during Camp NCIS, Nautical Creature Investigative Service! Click here to register now!                                             

Week 4: Chasing Your Dream, Career Camp: June 27-July 1, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

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Would you like to work at a zoo or aquarium one day?  Come chase you dream as we discover the awesome opportunities available.  Meet a variety of aquarium employees and learn valuable insights in breaking into this incredible field.  Participate in hands-on, real world activities to better understand what it is like working at an aquarium.  Interact with educators, aquarists, engineers, accountants, sales and marketing reps, divers, photographers, and other staff members who work together daily to provide an exciting, engaging, and educational environment for the guests and animals. Click here to register now!

Week 5: Camp Sampler: SOLD OUT July 7-8, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

Week 5 - Camp Sampler week has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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Calling all Super, SAFE, Shark Investigators!  Join us for a two-day camp where we will have an encore presentation of our favorite activities from the first four weeks of camp.  Sharks, sea turtles, and penguins… oh my!  If you missed out on your favorite theme, here is your second chance to enjoy the best parts. Click here to register now!                                         

Week 6: Shark Week!: SOLD OUT July 18-22, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

Week 6 - Shark Week has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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Ready for an up-close hands-on shark week?  We will take you beyond the stereotypic dorsal fin cutting through the water’s surface with a bah-dump, bah-dump, bah-dump playing in the background.  We will explore sharks in fresh water and even out of water, sharks with no teeth, sharks that sun tan, sharks that are ghosts and goblins, sharks that are some of the slowest fish in the ocean, and maybe even a real sharknado! Click here to register now!           

Week 7: Bonus Week - Most Popular Theme: SOLD OUT July 25-29, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm SHARK WEEK 

Week 7 - Shark Week has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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What will the theme be?!?!  The decision is in your hands!  Whichever theme fills up first gets a bonus second week!  Will 2016 be a double Shark Week?  Maybe a Super Duper Summer Camp?  What if we save endangered animals or unravel underwater mysteries for two whole weeks?  Finally, a second week for Olympians and career chasers would build an impressive force for conservation.  May the odds be ever in your favor! Click here to register now!

Week 8: Animal Olympians: SOLD OUT August 1-5, 2016  9:00am-4:00pm 

Week 8 - Animal Olympians has reached capacity.  Please email Will Gosnell at to be placed on the waiting list.

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Welcome one and all to the annual Animal Olympics!  Contestants from around the globe will meet in the underwater arena to determine who is the king of the ocean, the fastest fish at the finish, the most agile aquatic athlete and so on!  In addition, we will meet some conservation champions, test our abilities with aquatic activities, and hit the local baseball field for a little R and R! Click here to register now!


Thank you to everyone that attended Camp Wave 2015.  This was our most successful year of camp yet with more than 190 campers in attendance.  Check out some of the great photos we have from our FINTASTIC summer.


If you have questions about Camp WAVE, please email Will Gosnell, Education Coordinator, at or call 859-815-1467.