2018 Juniors Summer Camp

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20 Aug 2018 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center

The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) began offering youth sailing programs in 1990 to make sailing available and convenient to all Baltimore-area children. Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to develop teamwork skills, improve concentration, and become more self-confident. Most importantly, our camp focuses on the FUN your child wants while providing the SAFE environment you look for as a parent.

All of our summer camps maintain a 5:1 camper/instructor ratio or better. Most of our campers will experience a 4:1 camper/instructor ratio throughout their entire camp experience. This small-group setting enables our staff to provide customized, personalized education and care for your child.

*Discount price in shown immediately upon registering until March 1st.

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Juniors Adventure Camp: Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate Sailing 

Ages 8-15 (cost: $320 for members; $400 for non-members)

In addition to providing quality sailing instruction, we are committed to providing lots of structured play time as well as supervised, unstructured time for your child to grow. Our Junior Summer Camp seamlessly blends sailing education with fun activities. Your child will learn to sail in a safe environment, but they will also have the opportunity to be kids and to have fun! 

Novice, Beginner, and Intermediate sailors alike will get to experience the fun and joy of sailing in our J/22, Sonar, and Access Dinghy Sailboats this summer with coaches aboard our keelboats. Our primary vessel is the J/22, but we do "dinghy daze" once every couple of weeks and we use the Sonars to sail over to Fells Point or out past Fort McHenry.

Novices and Beginners spend the majority of their time learning the basics of sailing through an experiential environment. Intermediate sailors will spend more time honing their sailing skills and sailing knowledge through more in-depth chalk talks and more focused sailing on the J/22s. Intermediate sailors will work toward sailing the J/22s on their own, developing the skills and confidence they need to skipper and crew on larger, faster boats. Once your Junior Camper can sail without a coach aboard, it is time for the Performance Keelboat and Spinnaker Camp (see below).

Weekly activities include:

  • Four Square - The de facto camp game, played during every break and after lunch!
  • "Fort Run" - Every week, our campers will race out to Fort McHenry in our J/22s, accompanied by power boat support.
  • "BOP Day" - Typically held on Wednesdays, our sailors take a trip over to Historic Fells Point to enjoy classic "Brick Oven Pizza" and chill on the Bond Street Park lawn. Sailors are welcome to bring their own lunches and enjoy the relaxing lunch.
  • "Regatta Day" - Typically held on Thursday afternoons, all of our campers mix it up with fun, spirited racing on the Harbor. Depending on the group size, racing may be held in our Access Dinghies or in our fleet of J/22s.
  • Rainy Day Movies - Got rain? Not a problem! Our campers enjoy great classics like Wind, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Morning Light and the new favorite Moana. Our staff keeps the movies age-appropriate, so you can rest assured you child doesn't bring home anything new other than sailing skills.

Adventure Sailing Summer Camp Sessions (scroll for all events)

20 Aug 2018 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center
05 Sep 2018 5:30 PM • 1425 Key Highway, Docks

Performance Keelboat and Spinnaker Camp - Limited Spots! 

Ages 12-16 (Cost: $320 for members; $400 for non-members)

Now in its fourth year! This camp is for advanced sailors who have demonstrated the ability to skipper our J/22s without instructor assistance. This is a great course for campers who are "aging out" of regular camp or have outgrown other learn-to-sail camps.

Sailors must be at least 12 years of age who can drive and crew a J/22 without a coach aboard. If you are unsure of your child's preparation for this program, we strongly recommend talking with one of our staff before registering for this program. All staff for this course hold US Sailing Level 1 and/or Basic Keelboat Instructor Certifications.

The instructors will combine hands-on instruction with powerboat-coaching support to provide up-to 8 campers with a unique, rewarding educational experience. Campers will eat lunch and enjoy the same fun activities of the regular camp (such as "BOP Day"), but more emphasis will be placed on the study of performance-oriented sailing and campers will have the responsibility of sailing a boat without an instructor aboard. Campers signing up for this course must be self-sufficient and ready to make decisions without a coach aboard.

Performance Juniors Camp

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Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
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