Lessons in engineering and construction, as well as leadership and teamwork, are the mainstay of the SAME/Seabees Engineering and Construction Camp at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif. The camp encourages students to pursue careers in engineering, and gives an introduction to the work of military engineers and the Seabee community.

During the one-week camp, students participate in hands-on construction activities under the supervision and guidance of U.S. Navy leaders and SAME Post members. Activities and instruction are centered around four major blocks of instruction: design, construction methods, construction materials and testing.

Students work side-by-side with mentors from the engineering, architecture and construction fields to complete various hands-on activities including:

  • designing, constructing and destructively testing a concrete beam;
  • designing, constructing and destructively testing a popsicle stick bridge;
  • and visits to architect-engineer firms, Navy engineering commands, and construction/field work sites.

The camp’s signature engineering activity gives students the chance to work in teams to design and build cardboard boats, and then race them in the base pool. Overall students are encouraged to set goals and then come up with their own designs and ideas, and carry them out to completion.

Your camp experience is designed to be balance of learning and fun. It’s true, the camp schedule is packed with hands-on, educational activities, but the week is not all work and no play. Fun and team-building events include: Seabee Olympics competition, Ultimate Frisbee tournament, trips to the beach, dinner outing to In & Out Burger, pizza & a movie night, and numerous cookouts and local tours.

The accommodations for the week will give you a small taste of what it’s like to be a military member. You’ll stay with your fellow campers in a small-scale tent city; similar to the living conditions of US Navy Seabees deployed throughout the world. Your staff members will consist of all types of military members, including active-duty, civilians, and contractors. In addition, numerous Navy visitors and guest speakers will visit during your time at camp.”

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