Boulder Youth Programs

General Summer Camp Information

Camp Schedule: weekly Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, between June 5 and ending August 11

Schedule Overview: Here is the visual Camp Schedule Overview of all camp offerings by location.

Cost per 5-day Camp: $499 | Early bird pricing of $474 automatically applied before March 1.

Camp Locations: Boulder Reservoir and Cherry Creek Reservoir

Want more help finding the right camp? Check out our SUMMER CAMP GUIDE with Camp Progression Map. 

Here are links to our Cancellation Policy, Scholarship/Discount Information, other FAQs, and medication-related forms.

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Little Puffs Sailing Camp

Ages 5-6 | Camp Level: Foundation & Fun

For our youngest campers, these weeklong camps introduce sailing, water safety, and boating. This is a great introduction on how to have fun and be safe on the water. Sailing together as a group with the instructor and taking turns with each job in a larger Venture Keel 18 or Capri 14 sailboat, is a great way to teach the fundamentals with this age group. We understand that campers this age may not be strong swimmers so we recommend that they come feeling comfortable in and around natural water such as lakes and reservoirs, have experience and feel confident floating where they can’t touch with a PFD on, and have emerging skills in kicking and paddling in an intended direction.

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Windsurf + SUP + Sail Camp

Ages 9-17 | Camp Level: Foundation & Fun

This combo camp is a great introduction to both paddle and sail-based sports. Campers learn basic windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayak skills through fun games and challenges. Campers will rotate between various sports based on optimal weather conditions and campers’ interests. 

Please note with a wide age range in this camp, we recommend older campers sign up with a friend or look at our Teens Only Windsurf + SUP + Sail Camp.

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Teens Only Windsurf + SUP + Sail Camp

Ages 13-17 Camp Level: Foundation & Fun

This combo camp is a great introduction to both paddle and sail-based sports. It is tailored for teenagers who want to explore different watersports, but are not looking for a kid’s summer camp experience. Teens learn basic windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayak skills. Participants will rotate between various sports based on interest and optimal weather conditions. 

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Younger Learn to Sail Camps

Ages 7-9 | Camp Level: Beginner

This is for beginning sailors or sailors continuing to fine-tune basic skills. Campers will sail 2 or 3 to a boat in a small age-appropriate Pram or Bug sailboat. This class emphasizes learning the basics, feeling comfortable on the water, and having fun. At this level, campers practice capsizing and righting boats so it is required that campers feel comfortable swimming in a PFD in natural/darker water.

Moving Up: Taking at least 2 weeks of Learn to Sail camp is required before moving on to the Intermediate level.

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Older Learn to Sail Camp

Ages 10-17 | Camp Level: Beginner

This entry-level camp is perfect for beginning sailors ages 10 and up. Campers will sail in age-appropriate Tiwal or Capri 14 sailboats. This class emphasizes learning the basics, feeling comfortable on the water, and having fun. Please note that with a wide age range in this camp, we recommend older campers sign up with a friend or look at our Teens Only Learn to Sail Camp. At this level, campers practice capsizing and righting boats so it is required that campers have previous swimming experience. This includes the ability to swim in an intended direction while wearing a PFD for 25 meters (the width of a standard pool) and being comfortable in and around natural water such as lakes and reservoirs.

Moving Up: Taking at least 2 weeks of Learn to Sail Camp is required before moving on to the Intermediate level.

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Teens Only Learn to Sail Camp

Ages 13-17 | Camp Level: Beginner

This camp is more independent than other entry-level camps and is perfect for first-time teen sailors. It is tailored for teenagers who want to learn to sail but are not looking for a kid’s summer camp experience. Sailors will be in age-appropriate Tiwal or Capri 14 sailboats. This class emphasizes learning the basics, feeling comfortable on the water, and having fun with other teens. 

Moving Up: Taking at least 2 weeks of any Learn to Sail camp is required before moving on to the Intermediate level. Older teens may be able to skip to Intermediate Double-Handed after 1 week with an instructor recommendation, so please inquire if your teen is interested in moving on to the next level.

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Intermediate Solo Sailing Camp

Ages 8-12 | Camp Level: Intermediate

Start sailing solo! This camp is perfect for anyone who has had at least 2 weeks of any Learn to Sail Camp, has an instructor recommendation, OR has previous experience sailing solo. Sailors will develop independence on the water in their own RS Tera sailboat. The goals of this camp include tacking, jibing, sail trim, all points of sail, boat handling, knot tying, and efficient capsize recovery. Returning Intermediate campers can graduate to a larger sail for a more challenging experience in order to safely prepare them for the next step.

Moving Up: Taking at least 2 weeks of an Intermediate level camp is required before moving on to the Advanced level. This camp can be taken as many times as needed before getting an instructor recommendation to move on to Advanced. 

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Intermediate Double-Handed Sailing Camp

Ages 10-17 | Camp Level: Intermediate

This camp is perfect for anyone who has already mastered the basic skills from Learn to Sail and is ready for a more challenging boat with a second sail. Campers will sail with a partner in an RS Feva while strengthening the skills needed for efficient teamwork on a 2-person sailboat. The goals of the camp include tacking, jibing, sail trim, all points of sail, boat handling, knot tying, and efficient capsize recovery with a partner.

Moving Up: Taking at least 2 weeks of an Intermediate level camp and an instructor recommendation is required before moving on to any Advanced level. This camp can be taken as many times as needed before getting an instructor recommendation to move on to Advanced.

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Advanced Feva Camp

Ages 10-17 | Camp Level: Advanced

Sailors at this level are ready to take on the challenge needed for more advanced double-handed sailing in all types of wind. Campers will sail with a partner in an RS Feva while strengthening the skills needed for efficient teamwork on a 2-person sailboat. While sailing with a partner, campers will focus on boat handling, right of way, and sailing in all conditions under control. Sailors will even begin to learn the fundamentals of flying a 3rd sail (spinnaker) to optimize speed, practice advanced boat handling, and prepare for Expert level classes.

Moving Up: Campers need 1 week of Advanced 420 Camp (and at least 4 weeks of sailing camp in total) to move on to Expert Camp.

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Advanced 420 Sailing Camp

Ages 12-17 | Camp Level: Advanced

This camp is perfect for anyone who has had at least 2 weeks of Intermediate Camp, or 1 week of Advanced Feva Camp, or has previous experience sailing a c420 sailboat. Campers at this level are ready to take on the challenges of a larger “double-handed” (2-person) c420 sailboat. While sailing with a partner, campers will focus on boat handling, right of way, and sailing in all conditions under control. Campers are able to hone skills needed in a more challenging boat while increasing efficiency in all aspects of sailing to prepare for Expert level classes.

Moving Up: Campers need 1 week of Advanced 420 Camp (and at least 4 weeks of camp total) to move on to the Expert level.

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Expert Sailing Camp

Ages 12-17 | Camp Level: Expert

This camp is for sailors who have had at least 1 week of Advanced 420 Sailing Camp OR previous experience sailing c420s and/or Lasers. Utilizing a mixed fleet of double-handed 420s and single-handed Lasers, campers will continue to hone in boat-specific skills. Using c420s with a mainsail, jib, and spinnaker, this class focuses on the skills needed to juggle all three sails successfully. Campers in this camp must come with a solid working knowledge of how to rig and sail a c420 both as a crew and skipper in various conditions. Little time will be spent on review leaving more time to focus on expert skills. 

In Lasers, campers will take solo sailing to the next level in larger, more responsive boats while increasing expertise in all aspects of sailing. According to the manufacturer, the ideal weight for the smallest 4.7 Laser sail is around 110-130 lbs. Wind conditions and skillset play a factor in the instructor’s discretion to maintain safety when it comes to smaller campers.

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Race Team

Ages 9-18: Evening Competitive Sailing

Ready to take sailing to a competitive level? CSC’s Race Team is a great introduction to sailboat racing. Learn tactics, strategy, competitive boat handling, and racing rules. Sailors must have at least 2 weeks of experience sailing in a Tera, c420, or Laser. Spring and Fall Race Team is offered once weekly in a series format. Summer race team clinics are “à la carte” to accommodate busy travel schedules. Returning racers are invited to participate in local regattas. For those planning to attend regattas, there will be an additional fee for boat charters and coaching.

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Junior Sailing Instructor In Training (JSIT) Program

Volunteer | Ages 12-17

Is your child looking to volunteer with CSC this summer? Our Junior Sailing Instructor in Training (JSIT) Camp provides the necessary training for Advanced sailors to become confident and qualified role models. JSITs are taught how to assist instructors with a wide variety of camps. We focus on leadership, teaching strategies, and camp curriculum, along with emerging skills in safety and responsibility. This course is mandatory for all 1st year Junior Instructor applicants and only needs to be taken once.

 

Eligibility requirements

– Must be 12 years of age to take the JSIT training course.

– Successful completion of at least 1 week of Advanced 420 Camp or higher.

– Be available to volunteer for full camp weeks.

– If the applicant is new, they must attend one of the  JSIT Training Courses  ($499 for the week) held June 10-14, 2024 and July 8-12, 2024 in both locations (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm).

– Recommended (but not required) for 14+ y/o: Completion of the Colorado Boating Safely Course (https://www.register-ed.com/programs/colorado/132-colorado-boating-safely-course). Please note that this course is recommended for anyone interested in eventually becoming an instructor. This Boating License legally allows 14+ year olds to operate a motor vehicle in CO and would allow JSITs to practice driving motorboats prior to being required to test motorboat driving skills as an instructor.

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