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?
OHvBC will take start on the same date as the original in-person event was scheduled - beginning on Friday, June 26, 2020 and extending for six days to July 1, 2020.
Where will this year’s OHvBC 2020 take place?
OHvBC will be right here, online! 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(including having their guardian submit the Participant Waiver) will be granted access to a password protected, unpublished website where all activities and tools will be accessible.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, youth ages 11 to 18 can participate in Ocean Heroes virtual Bootcamp.
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, CrowdCast, 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 will take place over the span of 6 days. 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 six 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 time zone will events be scheduled in?
Ocean Heroes will be tuning in from around the world to participate in OHvBC. Live-streamed activities will be cast at different times each day to ensure youth in different time zones will able to engage with speakers, ask questions, and participate in real time, at a reasonable hour. All content will be recorded for streaming later, so if you miss your favorite speaker live, you’re sure to find their video online directly after it wraps. To more easily arrange Squad meetups and mentoring time with your Squad Leader, Squads will be organized regionally.
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.
Will I be able to meet my Squad and Squad Leaders before bootcamp?
Yes! Every Ocean Hero will be introduced to their Squad and Squad Leader before OHvBC kicks off on Friday, June 26. More details coming soon!
If I can’t start on June 26th, 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 OHvBC 2020?
Missing out on a day or two 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, so be sure to communicate your availability to the best of your ability. Live streamed content will be recorded and made available to watch at your leisure.
I can’t attend OHvBC this year. Can I still become an Ocean Hero?
You can still become an Ocean Hero even if you can’t attend OHvBC 2020. There will be additional opportunities to complete the Ocean Heroes Basic Training later in 2020! Stay tuned to social media for more information to come soon.
Can I register with a friend?
You register independently for OHvBC, but you 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! When your youth registers, they include the name and email address of their parent/ guardian/ caretaker. We will be sending out information about special guardian-oriented programming that will be offered as well.
How many youth are expected to attend OHvBC?
OHvBC participation will be limited to 500 youth from around the world, so be sure to register early!
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.
What if I register for OHvBC but then can’t attend?
Bummer! If you have registered for OHvBC and then find you aren’t unable to attend, please notify us as quickly as possible at email@example.com so we can invite other young people to fill your spot.
How can I learn about new speaker and session announcements?
Stay tuned to @oceanheroeshq across all social media for updates. You will also receive updates once you have registered for the event. If you haven’t already, subscribe to OHHQ email updates here!
I can’t wait for June! What can I do to get started NOW?
We can’t wait either! Check out the action other Ocean Heroes are taking to curb single-use plastic pollution worldwide, right here! Learn more about Ocean Heroes Campaigns here and maybe even get to work crafting your campaign ideas and strategy. We are so excited to meet you in June!
Will representatives of Ocean Heroes Network
moderate all online forums?
Yes! The safety of all Ocean Heroes is our top priority. All forums, including Zoom rooms, Slack Channels, and CrowdCast events will be monitored and moderated by staff and partners of Ocean Heroes Network affiliate organizations. Please review the OHN Code of Conduct below and be sure to reach out to seek clarification, if necessary.
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