There are many questions you may have prior to joining us for Animal Camp Jamaica! Feel free to read through these FAQs and request a brochure to learn more about the program!
Who are your staff?
ACJ counselor staff are college students who usually have a focus in Marine Biology/ Science, Biological/Marine Conservation, or Philanthropy/Community Outreach and who have worked for Cub Creek Science Camp in a previous summer. Each staff member is required to be lifeguard and CPR certified and to go through our two-week staff training program at Cub Creek. The villa staff have worked for Scott and Lori Martin for years before the start of Animal Camp Jamaica. Also, Brenda and Tina have worked for the villa owners prior to it becoming Seven Palms Villa!
What does my child need to travel to Jamaica?
Everyone traveling to Jamaica needs a current passport. Passports should be up-to-date and not expiring within 6 months. Some countries, including Jamaica have a 6 month expiration date rule stating that passports expiring within 6 months can keep a traveler from flying in or out of the country.
What does tution cover?
Our tuition details is covered in dates and prices. All tuition options cover scheduled program activities admissions, all program meals, a two-week stay at Seven Palms Villa, and travel to excursions while on the island. We have tution options that includes the roundtrip, chaperoned ticket to Jamaica.
Where do I go to register?
Click HERE for a quick 3 minute registration!
How do I keep in touch with my camper?
Seven Palms Villa is equipted with wi-fi that campers can use to keep in touch with their families.The villa also has an American landline that campers may use to call home if they wish. During a session of Animal Camp Jamaica, the counselors will post daily photos and newsletters to a private Facebook Page to allow families to keep up with the excitement!
Is Jamaica Safe?
The North Coast of Jamaica is a very safe tourist destination. But just like everywhere, common sense is important We train our ACJ staff to be vigilant in making sure that all campers are monitored at all times and accounted for. We suggest that campers not carry around large amount of money and be aware where they place their items on excursions away from the villa.
Is the water safe?
Water is safe to drink directly from the tap, but bottled water is also readily available. Although many Jamaicans get their drinking water directly from the rivers and streams it is not recommended that you drink anything that doesn't come from the tap or a bottle.
What is the Language of the island?
The official language of Jamaica is English, however very few Jamaicans speak standard English exclusively. Most Jamaicans speak both English and Jamaican Patois, a creole language with influences from West Africa!
What currency do I need to give my camper?
Most places in Jamaica will accept US currency, however, we have Jamaican dollars (JA) available for exchange at the villa. We suggest that campers not travel with their allowance. Instead, we have set up "accounts" that campers can withdraw from via their counselors. When registering for ACJ, you can alot money for your camper to use on their trip, this will become their spending account while on the island. No one will have access to your camper's account except when they withdraw. Counselors will keep track of withdraws via that camper's paperwork like a checkbook with balances. ONLY your camper can withdraw from their account and they acknowledge all transactions with a signature/initials on their "account paperwork".
Currently, the exchange rate is close to 125 JA to1 USD. So, a bottle of soda that costs $125 JA is about $1.20 USD. Counselors will always help campers when spending money on the island to make sure they are receiving a fair exchange rate.