Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ocean Heroes Bootcamp?

Ocean Heroes Bootcamp (OHBC) is a global gathering of youth activists committed to working for a healthy ocean. OHBC is an annual event of the broader Ocean Heroes Network, the mission of which is to empower existing and emerging youth leaders to create their own campaigns to take action against ocean plastic pollution. The campaigns created by Ocean Heroes support the achievement of UN SDG 14.1 by 2025.

What is the goal of Ocean Heroes Bootcamp?

The goal of Ocean Heroes Bootcamp is to bring together youth from around the world who are passionate about ocean health, and provide them with the knowledge, skills, network, and resources to become effective advocates and champions for the ocean in their own communities. Bootcamp learning directly supports Ocean Heroes campaign development and gives Ocean Heroes the knowledge needed to create meaningful change that helps our ocean.

Why is 2020 Bootcamp virtual?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated global restrictions, this year’s event will be held online - Ocean Heroes virtual Bootcamp (OHvBC)! This transition is exciting because more youth from all over the world can join without having to travel around the planet!

When is OHvBC 2020?

The main OHvBC (Global) took place from Friday, June 26, 2020 to July 1, 2020. A regional Bootcamp focused on the Caribbean is being held in December 2020. A Bootcamp focused on Global South will take place in January 2021. A Bootcamp focused specifically on the surfing community will be hosted in March 2021.

Given COVID-19, where are Bootcamps taking place?

Until the global pandemic subsides and it is safe to be in-person, Ocean Heroes Bootcamps will take place virtually. Ocean Heroes who register (including having their guardian submit the Participant Waiver) will be granted access to a password protected, unpublished website where all activities and tools will be accessible.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, the official age range for youth participating in Ocean Heroes Bootcamp is 11-18, but if you are slightly younger or older, feel free to apply. The review committee treats exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a cost to register for Ocean Heroes Bootcamp?

Nope! Our top priority is to keep Ocean Heroes Bootcamp accessible to any person who wants to participate. All you need is access to the internet and an internet-enabled device to join the OHvBC.

What do I need to participate in Virtual Bootcamp?

  • An internet-enabled device computer or laptop would be best, but most content and tools are accessible on a smartphone. Checkout the list of tools we’ll be using, to make sure your phone can access their features
  • Internet; again, please reference the set of tools we’ll be using below, to make sure your internet will support their features.
  • Webcam (optional) to support Squad and mentor meet ups on Zoom.
  • Writing utensils, paper, and art supplies for Bootcamp projects and activities
  • An email address is needed to sign up for most profiles or accounts you’ll need to access
  • We’ll also be using some online tools that you may be asked to download and/ or create an account for. These will likely include:

**Please note that many of the above websites have age restrictions and may require your parent to create an account for you, or parental permission to create an account. Many of these websites, such as Zoom and Google Drive, do not require you to create an account to access files or meetings. Please be sure to follow all age guidelines and restrictions set out by these individual websites.**

What will happen at the OHvBC? 

Ocean Heroes virtual Bootcamp takes place over multiple days (exact # depends on which Bootcamp). Each day, there will be opportunities to meet with your Squad and compete in challenges for points and prizes, to engage with interesting videos, lectures, and fun activities that will help you develop your Ocean Heroes Campaign Plan, participate in live-streaming Q&As and watch parties, etc.

Throughout, you will have a chance to interact with youth all around the world who have a common passion for helping the ocean and become part of the Ocean Heroes Network.

Do I have to be online for all days to participate in the OHvBC?

Some of the content for the OHvBC, namely the recorded training modules, will be available on-demand throughout the week for you to work through when you have time. There will be a recommended schedule for your Squad, but if you have time constraints, it’s not a problem! Other online events like Squad meetups and live stream events will be scheduled for certain days and times (rotating through time zones) with the hope that most people can make it. Other activities will take place offline - in your home, yard, a local park, your community. We are trying to keep the time you would be expected to be online (because we are ALL tired of screens) to about three hours per day, though you can certainly spend more!

What is a Squad anyway?

At OHBC, Ocean Heroes are assigned to a Squad with a peer mentor called a Squad Leader. Squads are teams that support each other as they complete group challenges, engage in group discussions, help each other complete their campaign planners, and compete for cool prizes.

If I can’t start on Day #1, can I join before or afterwards?

Not to worry! While you will miss out on a stellar opening ceremony, this content will be available to stream online after the event wraps. You should connect with your Squad Leader as early as possible to communicate your availability, so they know what’s up. You can also review Ocean Hero Campaign Planner details here, to prepare yourself for the work to come!

What if I can’t attend one or more days of a Bootcamp?

Missing out on a day is fine, but you will miss out on live streamed content and Squad meetups. Your Squad will rely on your participation for some challenges and group activities. You may want to consider waiting to sign up for Bootcamp where you can attend the full event.

Do I have to attend a bootcamp to be an Ocean Hero?

Yes, Bootcamp is the essential training to become an effective Ocean Hero, so participation in a Bootcamp and submitting a Campaign Planner is the requirement to become an OFFICIAL Ocean Hero.

Can I register with a friend?

You apply for Ocean Heroes Bootcamp as an individual, but if accepted, you will have the opportunity in the registration form to name a friend that you want to be in a Squad with. Any participants wishing to be assigned to the same Squad should be sure to submit each other's names in their registration forms. We’ll do our best to assign friends to the same Squad.

I’m a parent/ mentor/ guardian of an Bootcamp participant;
do you have resources for me to best support my Ocean Hero?

Yes! Be sure to check out the Ocean Heroes Guardian Resources section of Ocean Heroes HQ for useful resources and videos on supporting your Ocean Hero. You may also want to join the Raising Ocean Heroes Facebook Group to join the conversation with other Ocean Heroes Guardians.

I have attended Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in the past. Is there anything new planned for this year?

Yes, we are expanding the programming partners and program to include new information, new presenters, and new opportunities to learn and share. We are also developing new learning tracks for returning heroes and opportunities for you to share your experiences and lessons with your fellow Ocean Heroes.

Where can I find the
Ocean Heroes Network Privacy Policy?

The OHN Privacy Policy can be found right here.

What is the Ocean Heroes Network Code of Conduct?

The Ocean Heroes Network and affiliated Ocean Heroes Virtual Bootcamp is intended to connect young people from around the world who are passionate about ocean health and provide them with the training, tools, and network to become effective champions and advocates for the health of our oceans and planet. In the spirit of that goal, all Participants and facilitators of the OHvBC are expected to conduct themselves before, during, and after the event with respect and integrity. Participants who raise concerns among other Participants or facilitators for their online conduct will be removed from the event channels and tools. Examples of activities that could result in the removal of the Participants include but are not limited to:

  • harassment of any individual or entity
  • posting content that, in the sole opinion of Young Heroes, LLC, is offensive, hateful, threatening, libellous, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence
  • activities that violate other users’ privacy, including the release of private personal information about others, such as address or phone number
  • activities that further commercial or other personal financial gain
  • use that can be confused with official communications from Young Heroes, LLC., OHvBC, or any affiliated partner organization
  • activities that are illegal or fraudulent under US law

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