YOUTH SUMMER SAILING CAMP
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The core instructional program we offer at SBJSA is our youth sailing camp, which is conducted over a 7-week timeframe from approximately near the end of June to mid-August. This seven week period is comprised of the following camp sessions, available to youth ages 8-18:
1-week (5 days), all day Learn-to-Sail (LTS), Performance Sailing (PS) and Adventure Sailing (AS) sessions.
1-week (5 days) 1/2 day beginner Opti "Boomers" sessions.
3-week (17 days) Travel Race Team sessions.
5-day “Intro to Sailing” course for area School District and Town Recreation Program students, Boy or Girl Scout groups and/or other organized groups of children, given in the final 1-week of camp.
SBJSA is pleased to offer scholarships (Sailorships) for attending sailing camp. Any youth, aged 6 to 18, whose family is in need of financial assistance, is eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must complete the questions in the application regarding need and apply by the deadline. As we provide a limited number of sailorships every year, it is always best to get your application in as soon as possible. All requests, names, and specific information on this application will be kept confidential.
Opti-Boomers is designed to meet the needs of new sailors, ages 6 to 10 years old, who are perhaps anxious or otherwise uncomfortable getting started. It is a week of half days, 8:30am until noon, for an introduction to sailing. Students may sign up for as many weeks as they like. If a new camper quickly finds, like most kids do, that sailing is fun and SBJSA is their camp, then we allow parents/guardians to sign-up their kid(s) for a whole session or more of regular, all-day LTS camp. Either way, we want campers to get started and enjoy camp at a pace that fits them best.
LEARN TO SAIL
Learn to Sail (LTS) is the camp foundation to sailing and being comfortable on the water, including ages 8-18. Campers will be instructed in the Optimist Pram, the Laser, and the 2-person Club 420 sailboat depending on their age, weight, and progression through our curriculum. All campers will also participate in our “Adventure Trek” paddlecraft program, which includes instruction in the care and safe use of kayaks & stand-up paddleboards. A camper may spend several seasons to complete the entire LTS program, and may choose to move on to Performance Sailing or Adventure Sailing after completion.
*In order to get the most out of our Learn to Sail Curriculum, we strongly recommend that you sign up for two consecutive weeks! Attending camp for two weeks at a time provides young sailors with enough time to get comfortable on the water and in our boats before we dive into the basics of sailing.
Performance Sailing (PS) is a camp program designed for sailors who want to build upon their overall sailing skills and also explore their potential interest in racing. Sailors in this program include ages 10-18, who have successfully completed the LTS program. The PS curriculum guides sailors through a more advanced curriculum, including instruction in tactics, sail trim, boat handling, mark rounding, the Rules of Racing, and practice races. Weight and height restrictions apply to specific boats.
Performance Sailors may attend specific Travel Team Race Events with permission of Race Team Coaches and additional parent/guardian involvement. Additional fees will apply. Speak with program director and team coaches to apply.
PREREQUISITE IS COMPLETION OF LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAM!
Adventure Sailing (AS) is a camp program that introduces sailors to a diversity of non-competitive sailing and “Adventure Trek” paddle-craft activities. Sailors in this program include ages 13-18, who have successfully completed the LTS PROGRAM.
This group will further build sailor skills and experience in a wide variety of boats. Sailing on waves in the Lake, proper anchoring techniques, how to correctly secure a boat to a dock, basic navigation, and many other skills are taught using a variety of boats in our fleet. On a daily basis, AS group instructors are able to evaluate wind/weather conditions, type of sailing, boats to be sailed and the interests of enrolled campers to determine what activity will be pursued that day.
The goal is increased skill and knowledge across a range of subjects to grow/maintain interest in sailing while having plenty of fun in the process! Weight and height restrictions apply to specific sailboats.
Sailorships are available.
PREREQUISITE IS COMPLETION OF LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAM AT LEVEL III!
TRAVEL RACE TEAM
The SBJSA Travel Race Team (TRT) utilizes advanced skills as our sailors compete in sailing activities including traveling to regional competitions. intramural sailboat racing, and involves learning the fundamental rules of competitive sailboat racing. Traveling and meeting fellow sailors from programs all over our region is a highlight of the program. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged as or sailors will be traveling and attending regattas off campus.
PREREQUISITES: COMPLETION OF LEARN TO SAIL LEVEL III, AT LEAST ONE DOUBLE SESSION IN PERFORMANCE SAILING, RECOMMENDATION OF INSTRUCTORS/RACE COACH.