Adventure Camp

$350/week, Ages 9-14, Maximum 15/camp

2019 Adventure Camp Dates

June 17 - 21, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July 1 - 5, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July 22 - 26, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

August 5 - 9, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Our camps run rain or shine and we adjust our activities to fit the weather conditions each day. Occasionally camps have the opportunity to visit nearby boats such as the Schooner Zodiac or the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin.

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

This favorite is a sampler of many of the activities we offer at the Community Boating Center: sailing, kayaking, and stand-up-paddleboarding. Kids love being able to try out different boats based on their interest, the group's interest, and the weather conditions. We intentionally focus initiatives, games, and skill building activities around individual and group skill development, building self confidence, and simply having fun on the water. We expect that your child will leave having learned basic kayaking, sailing, and safe boating skills - but an overall positive experience with small-boats is our goal in this camp, so that participants have a strong foundation and desire from which to continue learning in the future.

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Junior Learn to Sail Beginners Camp

$350/week, Ages 9-14, Maximum 12/camp

2019 Junior Learn to Sail Beginners Camp Dates

June 24 - 28, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July 8 - 12, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

August 12 - 16, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

If you've ever been sailing, you know the magic feeling of the wind catching your sails, the boat heeling over, and the hull cutting through the water. The CBC is excited to bring a new level of sailing and learning to our youth participants with the addition of the RS Quest.

Our Junior Learn to Sail Beginners Camp provides a safe, fun setting for kids to discover the magic of sailing for themselves. In a week of sailing we'll cover all of the basic concepts, including: rigging, tacking, jibing, capsize recovery, points of sail, docking, crew overboard, and many more fun and stimulating skills and concepts.

As with all of our camps, participants will make some great friends, build self-confidence, have a ton of fun, and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of sailing. Each camp is led by a US Sailing Certified Instructor. Participants may also enjoy non-sailing activities such as paddling or land-based activities if weather conditions are not cooperative for sailing.

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All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

Junior Learn to Sail Intermediate Camp

$350/week, Ages 9-14, Maximum 12/camp

2019 Junior Learn to Sail Intermediate Camp Dates

July 15 - 19, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

July 29 - August 2, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The CBC is excited to be able to offer youth the opportunity to bring their dinghy sailing skills to the next level using our new RS Quests!

Our Junior Learn to Sail Intermediate Camp is for youth sailors with a strong grasp of the concepts and skills covered in Junior Learn to Sail Beginners Camp. Throughout the week, campers will improve their technical skills on RS Quests, learning increasingly advanced concepts and developing their boat handling skills in different wind conditions. This week-long day camp is for youth 9-14 years old.

As with all of our camps, participants will make some great friends, build self-confidence, have a ton of fun, and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of sailing. Each camp is led by a US Sailing Certified Instructor. Participants may also enjoy non-sailing activities such as paddling or land-based activities if weather conditions are not cooperative for sailing.

Prerequisites: Junior Learn to Sail Beginner Camp

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

Teen Intro to Keelboat Part I

$350/week, Ages 14-18, Maximum 5/camp

2019 Teen Intro to Keelboat Part I Camp Dates

July 29 - August 2, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The CBC is excited to offer our first summer camp for teens ages 14-18! In this camp, we will be using our J24's to teach the basics of keelboat sailing in a fun and safe environment. We'll cover all the basic concepts of keelboat sailing, including: rigging, tacking, jibing, points of sail, docking, crew overboard, and many more fun and stimulating skills and concepts.

As with all of our camps, participants will make some great friends, build self-confidence, have a ton of fun, and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of sailing. Each camp is led by a US Sailing Certified Instructor. Participants may also enjoy non-sailing activities such as paddling or land-based activities if weather conditions are not cooperative for sailing.

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

Teens Intro to Keelboat Part II

$350/week, Ages 14 - 18, Maximum 5/camp

2019 Teens Intro to Keelboat Part II Camp Dates

August 12 - 16, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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The CBC's Teens Intro to Keelboats Part II Camp is for teens who have a firm grasp of the concepts and skills from Teens Introduction to Keelboat Part I. In this camp, students will take their sailing skills to the next level by learning increasingly advanced concepts in a fun and safe environment. By the end of this week, students will be able to comfortably sail a keelboat in most weather conditions.

As with all of our camps, participants will make some great friends, build self-confidence, have a ton of fun, and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of sailing. Each camp is led by a US Sailing Certified Instructor. Participants may also enjoy non-sailing activities such as paddling or land-based activities if weather conditions are not cooperative for sailing.

All Community Boating Center camps are focused on skill-building, community engagement, team and leadership growth, confidence building, safety awareness, and fun. Each of our camps are led by CPR/First Aid/AED certified instructors who have extensive boating and youth leading experience.

Prerequisites: Teens Intro to Keelboat Part I

FAQ:

Does my child need to know how to swim to participate in a CBC summer camp?

Yes!

A swim check is required for all students participating in our camp programs. The check consists of jumping off the end of the dock without a life jacket, swimming to a nearby buoy, treading water, and putting a life jacket on while treading water. This test helps ensure the safety of all our campers. This is the standard requirement as set forth by US Sailing. All students should demonstrate a comfort level in and around the water during the swim test. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to practice this with their child prior to camp. We also encourage parents to sign their children up for swim lessons or a swim test at a local pool. Campers who do take a swim test at a pool should aim to be at least at a Youth Level 3 swimming capability.

What does my child need for camp?

Regardless of the weather and the forecast, you should prepare your child for all kinds of weather, and every day your child should be prepared to swim in the chilly waters of Bellingham Bay. The CBC provides “shorty” wetsuits but you'll need to provide the following to help ensure that your child has a great experience:

Required Attire:

Swimsuit
Rain jacket
Rain pants
Long underwear
Shorts
Long pants
Warm hat
Sun hat
T-shirt (cotton is OK)
Wool socks
Fleece or light jacket
Shoes that can be worn while swimming (boat shoes are not necessary)
Dry shoes for the car ride home

Required Personal Gear:

Packed lunch
Water bottle with at least 1 qt. of water
Snacks
Medications needed during the day
Towel

Optional Personal Gear:

Sunglasses with safety cord
Sunscreen (reef safe please)
Lip sun block

If my child is in a sailing camp and there's no wind, what do they do?

Because wind, weather, and water conditions are variable, and outside of human control, all youth campers receive instruction in both sailing and paddling. Camp instructors constantly assess the conditions to inform their outing plan for the day, and make adjustments to the day's activities based on the conditions. For light wind or no wind days, campers will receive more intensive on-land education on sailing concepts, and may practice their knowledge of wind/water reading, and boat mechanics. Campers will also get out on the water in paddleboards and kayaks on light/no wind days, to continue to build their comfort in the marine environment. For all sailing camps, every effort is made to ensure campers receive as much sailing time on the water as possible.

For heavy wind days, instructors will assess the conditions, and if they determine that conditions are too dangerous for being on the water, they will continue with on-land activities and education.