What to Expect in a Youth Camp

Youth Sailing and Boatbuilding Camps are designed to engender skills in leadership, observation, and decision-making while exploring maritime heritage in a dynamic hands-on environment. Team-building games, rigging, knot-tying, tool use, and demonstrations are preparation for sailing adventures and boat construction. Our talented and dedicated team of instructors are US Sailing, First Aid, and CPR certified. They are trained and experienced in working with youth to ensure safety and best practices on-the-water and in the shop.

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Sunglasses
  • Snack or lunch
  • Water bottle

Specific to Sailing Programs:

  • Head-to-toe change of clothes, including shoes
  • Towel
  • Rain jacket and rain pants. We have some rain gear available for loan, but supplies are limited and may not fit perfectly. Students should bring their own raingear if possible
  • Recommended: Rubber-soled shoes that can get wet

Specialized sailing gear like gloves are sunglasses retainers are useful but not required.

Specific to Woodworking and Boatbuilding Programs:

  • Long pants
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Clothing that can get dirty or permanently stained with paint or glue

Pick Up & Drop Off

Students should be dropped off and picked up only at designated sites. Parents and guardians are asked to provide a list of people authorized to pick their students up from their programs, as well as if they’re authorized to walk, bicycle, or take public transportation from CWB. CWB staff must be notified in person, phone or via email if there are any changes to your authorized pickup list or transportation arrangements.

Specific to Youth Sailing PRograms:

Students spend the majority of their time on the water every day learning to sail in 8’ wooden boats. Dress for the weather in layers. Water resistant jacket and pants are encouraged. We have some rain gear available for loan. Fleece, wool, synthetic fabrics are highly recommended for top and bottom layers. Students will be expected to wear shoes on and off the water. Wool socks are also recommended. Rubber-soled shoes that can get wet are recommended.

Capsize Drill

The first day of our sailing classes and camps includes a capsize drill, where students deliberately flip and right a sailboat next to the dock and under close instructor supervision. Students will get wet that day, and should bring a swimsuit.

Following the first day, accidental capsizes can and do happen (and are part of the fun!). Students should bring a towel and a change of clothes to each session.

A swim test is not required for CWB’s youth sailing programs. Lifejackets are required and provided for all participants

Weather Conditions

What if there is no wind or too much wind? Lessons will never be cancelled due to weather.  If there is too much or not enough wind, we’ll review sail theory, practice rigging and knots, or do shoreside teambuilding activities.

What if it rains? We will sail rain or shine. We have some rain gear to loan, but supplies are limited and may not fit you perfectly, so bring your own raingear if you have it.

Payments and Refund Policy

Payments made by check at the time of registration.  Please include the participant name and class name/dates. Refund or course credit is available minus a $15 handling fee if cancellation is made two weeks before the program begins. Membership fees are non-refundable.

Safety & Liability Waiver

Parents and guardians of youth program participants are required to sign an Acceptance of Responsibility waiver before the first day of their program. This waiver includes a photo release, permission for medical treatment, and a release from liability.

sample Acceptance of Responsibility & release from liability waiver (PDF)

Pay What You Can Scholarships

Pay What You Can scholarships for youth programs are available to families facing financial barriers, youth service organizations, schools and underserved youth. CWB defines underserved youth as low income students, ethnic and racial minorities or students who are off track educationally.

Learn More Here

After the Class

There are many opportunities to get involved after the lessons are over.  The Center for Wooden Boats has programs that run year long. From boatbuilding, to sailing, and volunteer opportunities, kids have a chance to stay involved and active in different programs throughout the year.

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