Registration for the 2018 National Ocean Challenge Program is now open for all individuals ages 16-25 years of age with or without prior fishing experience. Please read this entire page to familiarize yourself with all the requirements and policies.
The true cost for one person to attend 21 days is $2000. Thanks to our sponsors we are able to reduce the cost for participants to as follows:
July 8-28, 2018 21-day Program $1200
July 1-Aug. 9, 2018 40-day CIT Program $1500
2018 CIT (Captain-in-Training) Application
- Must have attended NOCP previously or have boating/captaining experience
- Must already have taken the USCG Boating Safely course or equivalent
- Must already have CPR/First Aid certification
- Must be willing to get involved with and support an Ocean Tribe/Challenge chapter after the program in your community/nation.
Limited, additional scholarships are available to those who need more financial support. Select the scholarship option when filling out the application form. For 21-day applicants the scholarship available is $400. For CIT applicants the scholarship is $500.
International applicants must also contact us directly at email@example.com about international scholarships details.
Additional Financial Support and Suggestions
To help cover costs for the program and airfare these are some suggestions for ways to personally generate financial support:
- Create a Go Fund Me campaign
- Ask local business owners if they can support your trip Print Flyer
- Ask your local Pastor and church community for support
- Application Submitted
- Deposit Paid
- Turn in the following forms to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Medical Liability Form & Signed Code of Conduct Form PDF FILE
- Recent photo of yourself
Fishing License Types and Costs:
- Regular 21-day participant will need a 14-day fishing license and king salmon stamp** ($130 total)
- Captain-in-Training 40-day participant will need an annual fishing license and king salmon stamp** ($245 total)
A Deposit of $250 must be made in order to hold your place as soon as you receive confirmation on your acceptance into the program.
Payments can be paid online through the donation button on the Ocean Challenge website or can be sent as a check or money order to:
HSA-UWC Kodiak Ocean Church
PO Box 8876
Kodiak, AK 99615
Please make checks payable to:
HSA-UWC Kodiak Ocean Church
Full Payment Deadline: the program payment balance is due by June 1st.
If you make a deposit and cancel coming to the program before June 1st your $250 deposit will be fully returned. If you cancel after June 1st your deposit will be forfeited.
In the event you are unable to attend the program after making your full payment, the tuition fee you paid, excluding the $250 deposit, will be returned.
- What if I want to stay before or after the program for a few days? Arriving and staying in Kodiak outside the program dates is OK. It is the participant’s personal responsibility to take care of their own food and accommodation costs outside of the program dates. If the participant plans to stay at the Church building it is $20 per night for lodging.
- What if I’m outside the age of acceptable applicants for NOCP?
If you are a few years older you are still welcome to apply. If you are younger than 16 you will need to submit a reference of either your local pastor or leader that knows you well and can vouch for your level of maturity.
- What does the program cost include?
The program cost covers boating, fishing, staff, food, accommodation and class expenses. NOT INCLUDED are fishing license/stamp, airfare and rain gear.
- Who do I send my flight information to?
Please send all flight itineraries to email@example.com
- What should I bring?
Click HERE for a packing list of what to bring!
- What kind of weather should I expect during the program?
Kodiak Island is warm in the summer months with average temperatures in the 60s degrees Fahrenheit during the day with occasional rain and drizzle. When on the ocean the temperatures are 10-20 degrees colder than on land. Make sure to pack warm and waterproof clothing.
- Are there rain gear and rain boots available to use in Kodiak?
There are some rain gear and boots available for rent from the program, but there are limited amounts and sizes so it’s first come first serve upon arrival. You can purchase rain gear locally from stores if needed.
- Can friends outside of the Unification Church community attend with me?
Any youth and young adult are welcome as long as they agree to follow the code of conduct and are comfortable and aware of our movement’s teachings and traditions. Within the program we talk about True Parents and Divine Principle content.
- Will I be able to take fish home with me?
We try our best to make sure participants can take a 25lb box of professionally frozen fish home with them. How successful the fishing is during the program will determine how much fish each participant can take home. International participants may not be able to check fish boxes as luggage due to long flights.
- Why is the cost for 2018 more than the usual 21-day programs in the past?
NOCP’s goal is to become a sustainable program. In the past the costs and expenses were lower and most of the staff were volunteers, paying their own travel expenses. NOCP staff fundraised to reduce the cost to participants tremendously. The true cost for a 21-day program is approximately $3000 for one participant, not including the boat maintenance and repairs.