The guide below is a great starting point when selecting the correct camp sessions for your child. Our courses are divided into four groups: Ospreys, Eagles, Hawks and our shore specialty programs (fishing & Chesapeake Experience). We have a program for everyone ages 6-18. 

Our programs are designed to build off of one another so that campers can take multiple sessions and continue to progress throughout the summer. If you have questions please email our camp manager, Ellen, emacgeorge@bcsailing.org.

Check out our Summer Camp Course Options Below

Chesapeake Experience--(ages 6-11) One Week Camps


These one-week camps allow kids to develop an appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay. Fun,
active days include adventures such as fishing, sailing, seine netting, kayaking, stand-up
paddleboarding, hiking, environmental stewardship, and beach volleyball. Additionally, through
our STEM curriculum provided by US Sailing's REACH program, these young explorers will be
learning through all these fun activities. We have a series of fun games that teach campers about
buoyancy, marine debris, tides and current, weather and so much more. Our fantastic instructors
keep them on the go taking in all the bay has to offer! Chesapeake Experience Campers may also
take a sailboat ride under the leadership of our Adventure campers and supervision of our
Adventure Instructors (as weather permits). REGISTER HERE

Fishing Camp--(ages 10-18) One Week Camps 

 

These extremely popular one-week camps are a unique experience for kids ranging from
beginners to more experienced anglers. Rocky Point Park offers numerous idyllic fishing spots
which campers will experience as they learn to collect bait, select a fishing spot, bait hooks, cast
a line and reel in a “keeper” that will be released for this catch and release program. BCSC
provides the bait, but kids will need to bring their own rod, line, and hooks. BCSC’s Fishing
Camp is a catch and release program, so campers will take home wonderful experiences rather
than fish.   REGISTER HERE

Sailing 101 Beginner Osprey--(ages 8-12) Two Weeks Camps

 

Sailors will learn the fundamental skills of sailing but most importantly develop confidence on
the water. As weather permits, by the end of the session, sailors will venture to Hart-Miller
Island across Hawk Cove for a picnic lunch. During graduation at the end of their second week,
sailors will have the opportunity to show their families all they have learned. Your amazement
with their skills will be matched by their sense of accomplishment!
 Rigging and derigging
 Capsize and recovery
 Boater safety
 Launching and landing
 Tiller steering
 Tacking and gybing
 Points of sail
 Seamanship 

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 102 Intermediate Osprey--(ages 8-12) Two Week Camps

Sailors will continue to build upon their fundamental skills and develop more comfort and
control in their boat. They will work on sailing upwind efficiently with more precise steering.
Sailors will also move to the next level in seamanship, learning more advanced rules of the road,
understanding of navigation markers and more. After completion of the intermediate course, they
will be prepared to move forward to the next phase of their sailing journey into Sailing 301
HAWK LEARN TO RACE or Sailing 103 OSPREY ADVENTURE.
 Refresh beginner skills
 Boater safety
 Close hauled sailing
 Wind shift patterns

 REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 103 Osprey Adventurer--(age 8-12) Two Week Camps

This group of sailors will take their skills to the next level in a fun but academic way. They will
plan trips, optimize routes, and evaluate weather and tides. Sailors will be introduced to boat
maintenance and repair and may sail in Optis or one of BCSC’s centerboard sloop sailboats or
catamarans. Sailors will take at least one trip across to Hart-Miller Island if weather permits. By
the end of the program, your sailor will be a valuable crew member on your next family cruise!
 Refresh intermediate skills
 Performance sail trim
 Navigation
 Float planning
 Tides and currents
 Jury rigging
 Advanced Seamanship

REGISTER HERE

Sailing 201 Beginner Eagle--(ages 13-18) Two Week Camps

Sailors will learn the fundamental skills of sailing but most importantly develop confidence on
the water. By the end of the session, sailors may venture to Hart Miller Island across Hawk Cove
for a picnic lunch if weather permits. During graduation at the end of their second week, sailors
will have the opportunity to show their families all they have learned. Your amazement with
their skills will be matched by their sense of accomplishment!
 Rigging and derigging
 Capsize and recovery
 Boater safety
 Launching and landing
 Tiller steering
 Tacking and gybing
 Points of sail
 Seamanship

REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 202 Intermediate Eagle--(ages 13-18) Two Week Camps

 

Sailors will continue to build upon their fundamental skills and develop more comfort and
control in their boat. They will work on sailing upwind efficiently with more precise steering.
Sailors will also move to the next level in seamanship, learning more advanced rules of the road,
understanding navigation markers, and more. During their intermediate course, they will have
some exposure to racing and adventure sailing. After completion of the intermediate course, they
will be prepared to move forward to the next phase of their sailing journey into Sailing 301
HAWK LEARN TO RACE or Sailing 203 EAGLE ADVENTURE.
 Refresh beginner skills
 Boater safety
 Close hauled sailing
 Wind shift patterns

 REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 203 Eagle Adventurer--(age 13-18) Two Week Camps

This group of sailors will take their skills to the next level in a fun but academic way. They will
plan trips, optimize routes, and evaluate weather and tides. Sailors will be introduced to boat
maintenance and repair and can sail one of the BCSC centerboard sloop sailboats or catamarans.

Sailors will take at least one trip across to Hart-Miller Island if weather permits. By the end of
the program, your sailor will be a valuable crew member on your next family cruise!
 Refresh intermediate skills
 Performance sail trim
 Navigation
 Float planning
 Tides and currents
 Jury rigging
 Advanced Seamanship

 REGISTER HERE

Sailing 301 Hawk Optimist Learn to Race--(ages 8-12) Two Week Camps

The Optimist learn to race program (Sailing 301) is well suited for sailors, 14 years old and
younger with at least 4 weeks of sail training and successful completion of Sailing 201-
Intermediate Osprey skills. The coach will continue where the Intermediate program left off.
This group will take racing to the next level by learning to read wind shifts, advanced boat
handling, race tactics, and race starts. The team will travel the bay competing in regattas against
sailors from other yacht clubs and sailing centers in the Green Fleet (beginner racing). If your
sailor would like to participate and has sailed less than 4 weeks, please let the summer camp
director know of your interest. BCSC may hold pre-season clinics to help sailors get comfortable
before camp starts and those clinics will help less experienced sailors get up to speed.

 REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 401 Hawk Optimist Race Team--(ages 9-12) Six Week Session 6/20-7/29/22

Sailing 401 is a more advanced version of Sailing 301 for sailors who have moved beyond the
Green Fleet. Both Sailing 301/401 are offered as a 4-week program with the option for
additional 2-week sessions in the second half of the summer. Sailors can either bring their own
Opti or charter from BCSC.

 REGISTER HERE

 

Sailing 402 Hawk 420 Race Team--(ages 13-18) Six Week Session 6/20-7/29/22

This program is perfect for sailors looking to move up from Optis, sail on their high school team,
or race high performance 420’s against sailors from all over the Chesapeake Bay. Sailors will
receive top-level coaching during training at BCSC and on the road competing in the regatta
circuit. This is a fantastic way to develop the skills to continue to high school and college racing
teams. Please let the summer camp director know if your sailor has already selected another
sailor to partner with for the summer. Sailing 402 is offered as a 4-week program with the option
for additional 2-week sessions in the second half of the summer. Use of a 420 with class-legal
racing sails is included in the registration fee.

REGISTER HERE

Siebel Sailing Program

Siebel Sailors Program - Fall & Spring 6-Week Sessions (Ages 10-13)

Through a grant from the Siebel Foundation, BCSC & US Sailing are partnering to bring the Siebel Sailors Program to our beach! We will be accepting applicants ages 10-13 to learn about the sport of sailing for the first time. Click to learn more about program goals and schedule information! 

 

Inquire about how to apply for a scholarship to this program at programs@bcsailing.org

Session 2023 Dates

Session 1--June 19-July 3, 2023 (two-week sailing session)

1A--June 19-23 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience or Fishing)

1B--June 26-July 3 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience or Fishing)

Session 2--July 3-14, 2023 (two-week sailing session)

2A--July 3-7 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience or Fishing)

2B--July 10-14(one-week session Chesapeake Experience or Fishing)

Session 3--July 17-28, 2023 (two-week sailing session)

3A--July 17-21 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience)

3B--July 24-28 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience)

Session 4--July 31-August 11, 2023 (two-week sailing session)

4A--July 31 - August 4 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience)

4B--August 7-11 (one-week session Chesapeake Experience)