2013 Camp Hercules: Beluga whales, a harp seal and Native youth

Club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County - Tulalip Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes recently attended Camp Hercules in Mystic, CT from July 9-12. They represented their Clubs in this Immersion Mentoring-centered camp which explored many aspects of underwater life throughout the exciting four days of events. The youth participated in activities such as touring the Mystic Aquarium, attending a sea lion show, completing a Coastal Field Study Program at Rocky Neck State Park, sailing aboard the Argia Schooner, exploring the Mystic Seaport, and competing in the Camp Hercules Olympics. In addition, the campers were able to witness a harp seal being released into the ocean! At the conclusion of the camp, each participant received their own graduation certificate. Club members showed off their knowledge of the Immersion Learning Program and even got the chance to listen to Dr. Robert Ballard speak! Dr. Ballard not only discovered the Titanic, but is also the founder of Immersion Learning.

These two Clubs have done an outstanding job running the Immersion Mentoring Program with their youth! The goal of Immersion Mentoring is to reduce high-risk behaviors of at-risk youth, ages 9-13 and positively impact their social development and academic achievements. To learn more about Immersion Mentoring, visit