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

Community Sailing Center summer camps are designed to teach kids ages 6 through 17 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 and two week 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: Full and Half Day

This week will be filled with sailing basics and age-appropriate outdoor ecology. Campers will engage in hands-on activities and sail aboard our keelboats. Full day, morning only and afternoon only options available. 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 two-week camp will consolidate existing skills and teach new ones during longer sails around Burlington Bay.  Ages 9-11 and 12-16.

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 12-16.

Junior Big Boat Sailing Program

Apply the skills learned in Level I & II 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. Ages 12-16.

Laser!

Learn to sail solo!  During this program, sailors will learn the ins and outs of Laser sailing and continue to develop their on-the-water skills in a new vessel. Ages 12-16.

Racing and Performance Sailing

High School and Middle 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 of the summer season, campers can use our dinghy boats for free! A sailing instructor oversees the safe use of the boats. Join fellow students, meet new friends, and build sailing skills by having fun and spending time on the water. Campers must have completed at least one full week of Level I, II, or III prior to using the boats. Ages 8-16.
Saturdays, 10am-1pm
June 20 – August 15

 

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.

Pirates of the Champlain – NEW!

Sailing and Stage Combat
Prepare to board, landlubbers! This camp will teach ye all there is to know to be a fearsome pirate! Learn swordplay and hand-to-hand combat; walk and talk like a pirate. Afternoons are spent learning the basics of sailing and how to board a vessel to plunder. Ages 8-10.

Rosie’s Girls Sail – NEW!

All Girls STEM and Sailing
At Rosie’s Girls Sail, campers will spend half their day exploring STEM concepts through hands-on and exciting projects related to boat engineering, wind energy, and lake ecosystems. During the other half of the day, campers learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing. Ages 10-13.

All Girls Sailors and Scientists – NEW!

All Girls STEM and Sailing
Take science to the lake! Each morning will begin with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant – UVM Extension discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment. Afternoons are spent sailing with the Sailing Center! Ages 12-15.

Gumby Guppies

Yoga and Sailing
Our Gumby Guppies will enjoy a dynamic day of yoga and sailing. In partnership with Evolution Family Yoga Center, this camp will begin with the basics of yoga both on land and out on SUPs. In the afternoon, the campers will take to the water and learn the basics of sailing on our 23-foot keelboats.  Ages 6-7

Art and Sail

Art and Sailing
Come get artistic on the lake with the Davis Studio and the CSC. Mornings are spent creating art, followed by afternoons of learning the basics of sailing with the CSC. Ages 6-7.

For registration information please contact Davis Studio

Yogirls and Sailing

All Female Yoga and Sailing
Through yoga and sailing, our campers will connect to both the land and the lake environments as they practice balance, gain strength and become more flexible in the outdoors. Campers will start their day with yoga both on land and on SUPs and learn the basics of sailing in the afternoon. Ages 8-10.

Harvest and Halyards

Farming and Sailing
Calling all future farmers! Spend half your day at Shelburne Farms learning how to harvest vegetables, take care of animals, and prepare farm-fresh snacks from the garden. The other part of the day campers learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing. Ages 8-10.

Sail and Paint

Art and Sailing
Discover the art of sailing in this Davis Studio and CSC camp! The day begins with learning the basics of sailing aboard our dinghies, followed by afternoon painting sessions with the Davis Studio.  Ages 8-10.

For registration information please contact Davis Studio

Sailors and Scientists

STEM and Sailing
Take science to the lake! Each morning will begin with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant – UVM Extension discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment. Afternoons are spent sailing with the Sailing Center! Ages 9-11.

Girls Rock the Boat

All Girls Climbing and Sailing
In an all female identifying environment, campers explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, ropes courses and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Ages 6-8 and 9-14.

For registration information please contact Petra Cliffs

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.

For registration information please contact Petra Cliffs

Boards and Booms

Skateboarding and Sailing
Come recreate on the dynamic Burlington waterfront this summer with this week long skateboarding and sailing camp. Campers in Session 1 will spend mornings perfecting their skateboarding skills and afternoons learning how to sail small boats. Campers in Sessions 2 and 3 will spend mornings skateboarding and will enjoy sailing and paddlesports in the afternoons. Ages 8-15.

For registration information please contact Burlington Parks and Recreation