2019 Summer Camp

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10 Jun 2019 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center

The Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) began offering youth sailing programs in 1990 to make sailing available and convenient to all Baltimore-area children. Sailing is an exhilarating way for children to develop teamwork skills, improve concentration, and become more self-confident. Most importantly, our camp focuses on the FUN your child wants while providing the SAFE environment you look for as a parent.

*Discount price in shown immediately upon registering until March 1st.

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Adventure and Performance Camp: Something for everyone!

Ages 8-15 (cost: $320 for members; $400 for non-members)

All young sailors will get to experience the joy of sailing our J/22, Sonar, and Access Dinghy Sailboats this summer. Our primary vessel is the J/22, but we do "dinghy daze" once every couple of weeks and we use the Sonars to sail over to Fells Point or out past Fort McHenry.

Novices and Beginners spend the majority of their time learning the basics of sailing through an experiential environment with coaches aboard the keelboats and a 1:4 coach:camper ratio. 

Intermediate sailors will spend more time honing their sailing skills and knowledge through more in-depth chalk talks and more focused sailing on the J/22s. Our goal for truly intermediate junior campers is to begin stepping off the boat and let them take full control of the sails and helm.

And once your Junior Camper can sail without a coach aboard, it is time for the Performance Spinnaker Camp option (see below)!

Weekly activities include:

  • Four Square - The de facto camp game, played during every break and after lunch!
  • "Fort Run" - Every week, our campers will race out to Fort McHenry in our J/22s, accompanied by power boat support. If the weather is really nice, we may even sail out to the Key Bridge and anchor out for lunch by the "Star-Spangled Banner Buoy".
  • "BOP Day" - Typically held on Wednesdays, our sailors take a trip over to Historic Fells Point to enjoy classic "Brick Oven Pizza" and chill on the Bond Street Park lawn. Sailors are welcome to bring their own lunches and enjoy the relaxing lunch.
  • Rainy Day Movies - Got rain? Not a problem! Our campers enjoy great classics like Wind, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Morning Light and the new favorite Moana. Our staff keeps the movies age-appropriate, so you can rest assured you child doesn't bring home anything new other than sailing skills.
  • In addition to providing quality sailing instruction, we are committed to providing lots of structured play time as well as supervised, unstructured time for your child to grow. Our Junior Summer Camp seamlessly blends sailing education with fun activities. Your child will learn to sail in a safe environment, but they will also have the opportunity to be kids and to have fun! 
  • Within reason, we want your children to have the experience they want to have, so we structure each day with "Choice and Voice" so they can take the reigns on their own camp destiny! By charting out weekly activities in advance, campers can know what to expect and provide input on how the week flows.

Downtown Sailing Junior Summer Camp! All Ages and All Levels!

10 Jun 2019 9:00 AM • Downtown Sailing Center

Performance Keelboat and Spinnaker Camp - Limited Spots! 

Ages 12-15 (Cost: $320 for members; $400 for non-members)

Now in its fifth year! This camp option is for advanced sailors who have demonstrated the ability to skipper our J/22s without instructor assistance.

Sailors must be at least 12 years of age who can drive and crew a J/22 without a coach aboard. If you are unsure of your child's preparation for this program, we strongly recommend talking with one of our staff before registering for this program. All staff for this course hold US Sailing Level 1 and/or Basic Keelboat Instructor Certifications.

The instructors will combine hands-on instruction with powerboat-coaching support to provide up-to 8 campers with a unique, rewarding educational experience. Campers will eat lunch and enjoy the same fun activities of the regular camp (such as "BOP Day"), but more emphasis will be placed on the study of performance-oriented sailing and campers will have the responsibility of sailing a boat without an instructor aboard. Campers signing up for this course must be self-sufficient and ready to make decisions without a coach aboard. To register, click on your desired camp week (above or through our CALENDAR and select "Performance Spinnaker Camp" when registering.

Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
410.727.0722 •

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