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Guppy Summer Camp

Ages 7-9

 

Summer Guppy Camp 2017 – $375 full day, $253 half day

The Guppy Camp is an introduction to sailing for 7-9 year olds with little to no sailing experience. This program is taught in our new fleet of Optimists sailboats that are the perfect size for this age group. Guppy Camp will instill confidence around the water, teach safe boating, develop sailing abilities and promote active learning. Kids are closely-supervised and at the end of the week these young sailors will feel comfortable maneuvering a sailboat in light wind.  This is accomplished through hands on learning experiences.

Parents can sign their kids up for ½ day (9-1pm) or full day camp (9-4pm).

Program Schedule

9 weeks of summer sailing for 2017

Week 1 – June 19 to June 23

Week 2 – June 26 to June 30

Week 3 – July 3  to July 7

Week 4 – July 10 to July 14 – No Camp July 4th, Pro-Rated $300

Week 5 – July 17 to July 21

Week 6 – July 24 to July 28

Week 7 – July 31 to August 4

Week 8 – August 7 to August 11

Week 9 – August 14 to August 18

Our Typical Day

  • 8:45 – arrival and boathouse chores
  • 9:00 – sailing instruction
  • 10:30 – sailing practice
  • 11:30 – swimming
  • 12:00 – lunch
  • 1:00 – collaborative games
  • 1:30 – sailing instruction
  • 2:00 – sailing practice
  • 3:30 – clean up
  • 4:00 – headed home!

Curriculum

Sailing skills – the RPCS Summer Camp curriculum helps young sailors develop safe sailing skills.  Working with small groups, trained instructors deliver brief classroom sessions, perform demonstrations, and supervise on water practice sessions.

  • Sailing and Boating Safety
  • Nautical Terminology
  • Knots and Splicing
  • Care of boats and equipment
  • Rigging and derigging
  • Observing wind and weather conditions
  • Points of Sail
  • Sailing Team roles and tasks
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming

Responsibility and Collaboration – Sailing is primarily a team effort.  From rigging to racing, success depends upon working and learning together.  While our staff is always available to assist, we frequently take a support role, allowing our campers the enjoyment of teaching and learning from each other.  Our boats and facility require significant upkeep.  Campers are responsible for keeping the boats and facility neat and clean.  We share the water and shore with many other recreational users.  Campers learn to respect others’ rights and to cooperate to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of our resources.

Science and Mathematics – Sailing, particularly sailing upwind, is a scientific endeavor.  The sail is shaped to create an airfoil, similar to an airplane wing, which in turn creates a vacuum, pulling the sailboat upwind.  While it is not necessary to understand this principle in early stages of the learning process, it is experienced from the very first day on the water.  Size and shape of both the sail and the boat, combined with sailing skills, determine ultimate performance.  As sailors work to improve their results, they become immersed in the practical application of physics, including mass, force, leverage, machines, mathematics, algebra, and geometry.  Because the need to know is established first, this learning experience is powerful and long lasting.

Swimming Requirements

Participants must be 7 years of age by the start date of the program.  You must sign off that your child is able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 1 minutes. A swim test will be administered on the first day. If you are unsure, seek a local agency like the YMCA for a swim test or lessons.

Facility & Staff

Located at the south end of Regatta Point State Park on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, our brand new modern boathouse offers a classroom, private bathrooms, and indoor and outdoor sheltered spaces for learning, lunching, or just resting.

We are adjacent to the State beach, and use that area for swimming.

Our primary training boats are safe, stable Opti’s.  Our fleet also includes several other types of boats from keelboats to kayaks, and we provide the opportunity for our campers to experience these craft as well.

We oversee sailing practice from our safety launches.

Our staff is made up of trained professionals, many of whom learned to sail right here at Regatta Point, starting with this summer camp!

Senior Instructors are US Sailing certified. All camp instructors are lifeguard/first aid/CPR/AED certified.  We maintain a camper to staff ratio of 10:1.

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