Drop off is between 8:30am and 9:00am.
Pick up is between 3:15pm and 4:00pm.
Campers will learn the basics and an introduction to intermediate sailing. Through the week campers will get lots of time to practice the skills that are introduced each day.
An example of a weekly schedule of our sailing camps. Camp days will always be broken into four modules with two snack breaks and lunch..
Monday: Rigging, Parts of the Boat, Capsizing.
Tuesday: Points of Sail, Wind Direction, Cardinal Directions.
Wednesday: Introduction to the Jib, rules of the road.
Thursday: Racing basics, trial racing in the afternoon.
Friday: Dry capsizing, Standing sailing. The final race in the afternoon.
Camper House Games – Campers are placed into group and each group will get points throughout the week working towards a prize on Friday. Campers can earn points for kind behavior, drinking water, applying sunscreen, helping others, solving the riddle of the day, picking up trash, etc. On Fridays each group will get to compete against their counselor in land games for lots of points. Campers will also get to put their handprint in paint up on our dinghy racks. At the end of Friday the campers will end a little early to receive their prizes (little toys and candy). Every camper gets a prize, the picking order and quantity are ranked by which groups have the most points. The camper games are meant to encourage good behavior, team work, and comradery.
How are campers grouped? Campers are grouped first by request from parents and then by age. The groups are fluid so if a camper would be a better fit in a different group we will do our best to make it happen.
What happens if wind is too strong or lightning is too close? We know it sounds crazy but there are times where it is too windy to sail, safely. If its too windy to sail but still safe to paddle (this is mainly based on wind direction) we will do our best to have the sailors do a paddle activity. If it is too windy or lightning is too close for any water activity we have lots of games that campers can play up at the tents if it is not safe to be on the water. Games like giant jenga, giant connect 4, cornhole, hot potato, lawn bowling, etc.
What are the most important rules at camp? Our primary focus is safety, all campers wear a lifejacket at all times whenever they are on or near the water. We have a safety boat out everyday as well as a staff member watching forecasts throughout the day. Additionally campers must have appropriate footwear for camp, this is anything like a teva, chaco, croc, keens, etc. Shoes must have an ankle strap and be secure on the foot. Flip flops or slides are not allowed on the water. Lastly sunscreen and water are crucial to a safe and fun camp experience. Campers should arrive with sunscreen and a full water bottle. Sunscreen is applied at the start of the day and at each break. Campers are also prompted and required to drink water throughout the day. We have a water refill station and spare sunscreen and water bottles in the event a camper forgets theirs. We recommend zinc oxide sunscreen as it creates the best barrier between skin and sun. Staff will help campers apply their sunscreen especially to their faces, necks, ears, and any other place a camper is having a hard time with.