Summer is all about fun, new friends, and exciting adventures.

Community Sailing Center summer camps are designed to teach kids ages 6 through 18 the safety, skill, and joy involved in the life-long sport of sailing. Organized by age group and led by certified instructors, camp options include sailing-only and multi-activity camps that blend sailing and another sport or hobby. Week-long camps take place throughout the summer with several sessions to choose from. The Community Sailing Center offers early drop-off/late pickup options to accommodate each family’s needs.

Sailing camps

Little Guppies Half-Day

In this fun introduction to the sport, campers will learn to be comfortable around the water, rig and sail a keelboat, and enjoy their day on the waterfront. Morning option only. Ages 6-7.

Little Guppies Full-Day

This week will be filled with sailing basics and age-appropriate outdoor ecology. Campers will engage in hands-on activities each morning followed by an afternoon of sailing aboard our keelboats. Ages 6-7.

Level I

Campers will learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat. Ages 8-10 and 11-15.

Level II

Ideal for Level I graduates or sailors who are comfortable with the basics, this camp will consolidate existing skills and teach new ones during longer sails around Burlington Bay.
Ages 8-10 and 11-15.

Level III

Building on the foundations learned in Level I and II, this two-week camp will refine boat-handling skills and introduce advanced equipment. Ages 11-16.

Junior Big Boat Sailing Program

Apply the skills learned in Level 1 & 2 to a new challenge – big boat sailing!
Sailors will spend the week on board a larger keelboat learning the new crew roles and skipper responsibilities that go beyond those needed to sail small boats. This program provides the basics to big boat racing and cruising as well. Ages 12-16.

Racing and Performance Sailing

High School sailing teams, summer race teams and more! Check out our Performance Sailing page for details.

Junior Instructor Training

Ready to take your sailing experience to the next level? Then become a Junior Instructor and let the CSC help lay the foundation of your professional sailing career! Junior Instructors help facilitate the day to day activities of youth camp at the CSC. Please see our Junior Instructor Program Page for more details.
Ages 15-18

Additional Opportunities

Early Drop Off

Come to camp early and we will start all the fun before camp begins. Can be added to qualifying camps when you register. Ages 8 and up.

Late Pickup

Stay at camp late to continue the day’s fun. Can be added to qualifying camps when you register. Ages 8 and up.

Saturday Free Sail

Each Saturday, campers use our dinghy boats for free! A sailing instructor oversees the safe use of the boats. Campers must have completed at least one full week of Level I, II, or III prior to using the boats. Ages 8-16.

Multi-Activity Camps

Lake Adventure

This program explores Lake Champlain from a variety of watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Campers enjoy daily excursions to nearby destinations like Lone Rock and sailing adventures around Burlington Bay.
Ages 8-10 and 11-15.

Lake Adventure: 4-Day Stars & Stripes Edition

Celebrate the days leading up to the 4th of July by playing on Lake Champlain! This program is a shorter version of our popular Lake Adventure camp, and a great way to try out Community Sailing Center programming with plenty of time left for family celebrations on the 3rd and 4th. Ages 8-10 and 11-15.

Aloha Paddle Camp:

Dragon Boating and Stand Up Paddling
Campers learn stand up paddling and dragon boating techniques, safety, balance, steering, and lake navigation. Ages 11-15.

Rock the Boat

Climbing and Sailing
Campers will explore Petra Cliffs’ ropes course and other climbing activities. Students also enjoy the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on the lake. Ages 8-11 and 12-16. All female option available too!

Skippers and Chefs

Cooking and Sailing
Campers will spend the morning creating their own healthy lunches in the kitchen at Healthy Living Market and Café and then head down to the water for afternoons of sailing. Ages 9-12.

Boards and Booms

Skateboarding and Sailing
Campers will spend mornings perfecting their skateboarding skills and afternoons learning how to sail at the Community Sailing Center. Ages 8-15.
For registration information please contact Burlington Parks and Recreation

Bubbles and Breeze

SCUBA & Sailing
Campers learn basic snorkeling and scuba skills and explore the lake’s aquatic habitat with the Waterfront Dive Center. In the afternoon, the divers experience the excitement and skill of sailing. Ages 12-16.

Catch the Stoke!

Windsurfing and Sailing
Every morning you’ll learn the basics of sailing small boats at the CSC then in the afternoon you’ll head down the waterfront to the beach where you’ll learn to ride the waves solo while you learn how to windsurf. Ages 11-15.

Bikes and Boats – New!

Cycling and Sailing
This unique opportunity connects campers to both the land and water. Mornings are spent cruising Catamount’s trails, learning bike handling skills and introductory mechanics. Afternoons take participants down to the lake as they explore the fundamentals of sailing. Ages 9-10.

Sailors and Scientists – New!

All-girls Stem and Sailing
Take science to the lake! Each morning will begin with the basics of sailing on keel boats at the Sailing Center followed by afternoons at ECHO discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment! Ages 8-12