Why is the CSC offering this program?
The CSC knows that Lake Champlain is one of our area’s greatest resources, but we recognize that both access to sailing and summer camps is a privilege not available to all families. In order to make a lasting change towards providing lake access and life lessons for all, our organization made a long term commitment to ensure that our staff, board and daily participants include different perspectives and voices. This is just one of many opportunities and outreach the CSC is making for the diverse youth and families in our community. If you’d like to hear more about our other efforts, you can read our Commitment to Change.
Why is the Diversity Access scholarship program designed to encompass multiple weeks and years? What is the end goal of this program?
Sailing is an exciting and transformative sport, but does require practice in order to hone one’s skills. If participants are newer to the sport, we want to set them up for success to continue sailing. The goal is to not only provide individuals an introduction to sailing, but also to encourage long term diversity in the future of sailing through our upper level courses, performance sailing, and junior instructor programs.
How do I sign up?
Participants must call the CSC at (802)864-2499 to sign up over the phone to register, as spots are limited and cannot be found on our online registration system.
What camps are available?
Campers generally start with Level 1 and Lake Adventure their first year, and can continue to progress through higher levels as they grow as sailors. Below is a progression of the Diversity Access Initiative. Please note that this is not always a linear progression, and each camper will take their own path.
How many weeks should I sign up for?
We recommend first year sailors take two or three weeks of camp, depending on their interest and schedule. Returning campers tend to take a two-week camp plus Middle School or High School Sailing depending on their age and interests.
Does the scholarship cover Early Drop Off and/or Late Pick Up?
Yes, participants may also apply the scholarship to extended day options.
How can I get the transportation stipend?
The transportation stipend will be dispersed to participants via check, according to the number of weeks that the camper attends. 4 weeks = $120, 3 weeks = $90, 2 weeks = $60, 1 week = $30
Participants will need to notify the CSC if they are interested in the stipend.
What programs are available as a first year camper?
First time scholarship recipients can take advantage of our Level I or Lake Adventure camps. If applicants are unsure of the best fit for their child, our staff is available to discuss the options that suit their needs and interests. Descriptions of the camps are below:
- Level I class description: Campers will learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment. Certified instructors lead a variety of land- and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat.
- Lake Adventure class description: This camp is designed for adventurers who love to play on the lake. We will explore Lake Champlain to the fullest from a variety of watercraft, including canoe/kayak excursions out to Lone Rock Point, paddleboarding to North Beach, and sailing adventures around Burlington Bay.
What programs are available as a second year camper?
Returning Sailors may take one of the Level II sessions, plus they may choose between enrolling in
either Spring or Fall Middle School or Spring or Fall High School Sailing. If the Spring or Fall programs don’t work, returning sailors can enroll in one of the summer Lake Adventure programs. Descriptions of the camps are below:
- Level II class description: This two-week long camp is a perfect follow up to the Level I camp or an ideal choice for young sailors who are already comfortable with the basics. Following a review of nomenclature and basic rigging, safety, and sailing maneuvers, sailors will advance to on-the-water activities that consolidate existing skills and teach new ones. Ages 12-16. This is a two-week camp that runs Monday-Friday.
- Northern Vermont High School Sailing Team: The Community Sailing Center coaches high school sailors from around the region through the Northern Vermont High School Sailing Team, each season offering young sailors the chance to develop their skills and compete throughout New England. The team is open to any student in good standing attending public, private, or home school in Chittenden and surrounding counties. The Team practices together approximately three days a week after school, with occasional weekend regattas at home or away. Grades 9-12. Spring Session: April 25 – June 1. Fall Session: August 29-October 10.
- Middle School Race: Develop the skill to sail our 23' keelboats with a team of other middle school students. Focus on sailing quickly and efficiently on each point of sail. An introduction to the fundamentals of sailboat racing while learning to independently sail keelboats. This program will meet two days a week during after school hours. Grades: 6-8. Spring Session: May 8 – June 1. Fall Session: September 6 – October 5.