BCSC Summer Camp
BCSC summer camp is a unique and unforgettable experience. We specialize in sailing and sailing education. Campers see a passion for life and the water emminating from BCSC staff and quickly follow suit. While learning to sail, students also learn spatial awareness, problem-solving skills, balance, and determination. Through BCSC's proven methodology, every child who has enrolled in our camps and has shown a desire to want to learn to sail, has been able to do so by the end of a two-week sailing camp.
"Just a quick note to tell you how much our son is enjoying sailing camp! He talks about camp the entire ride to and from the bus and calls family in the evening to tell everyone what he did at camp." - A happy camp parent
Beginner, Learn-to-Sail CampS (AGES 8-16) - Good for anyone new to BCSC sailing camps (and some repeat campers). BCSC has been offering two-week learn-to-sail camps for 23 years with tremendous success. One-week options may become available.
Intermediate/ Camps for Returning SailorS (AGES 9-17) - For anyone who has taken the two-week beginner sailing camp. Sailors can choose between racing-focused camps (Opti Green Fleet or Bayfarers Race) and adventure-focused camps (Opti Intermediate, Xcite Turbos and Bayfarers Adventure).
Chesapeake Child Camp (ages 6-8) - This fun, multi-adverture, Chesapeake Bay themed camp is an amazing experience for our youngest campers.
Cove Crabs Camp (ages 9-11) - A Chesapeake Child camp for slightly older campers.
Fishing Camp - The campers usually stay dry, but they have a blast exploring all the local fishing spots around Rocky Point. They will also venture out on a charter boat one day a week to fish even more remote areas.
Available Scholarships - BCSC is hoping to again have some scholarships available. Stay tuned!
Most campers ride one of our complimentary buses to and from camp. This service is included in your camp fees. Click here for bus stop locations, times, and details. Bus
Please note that all times are approximate and that the bus may leave a stop early or arrive late. Parents are encouraged to arrive ten minutes early for both pickup and dropoff. Neither the bus company nor BCSC are responsible for children left at the bus stop.
Monday - Thursday 9AM - 4PM
Friday 9AM - 3PM
No sailing experience is needed for any of our beginner camps.
Please contact the Director before enrolling in an intermediate camp if you child has learned to sail elsewhere than BCSC so that we can ensure that your child will have the best possible experience. 410-391-0196 or Director@bcsailing.org
Every sailing camper will be required to pass a swim check on the first day of camp to ensure that they are comfortable in and around the water. Chesapeake Children will have an abreviated swim check.
Instructor: Student Ratios
Overall staff: camper, minimum - 1:5
US Sailing Certified Instrutors: sailing campers, minimum - 1:8
These ratios are the minimum at which BCSC will operate. Most camps will have much lower ratios. It is frequent to hear two names when you ask your child whom their instructor is.
The registrar will email you electronic versions of these documents for e-signature. Please ensure that everything is correct on each document.
- LIABILITY WAIVER - Please be on the lookout for this very important document. We must have an accurate liability waiver for every camper.
- BUS PERMIT - The registrar will email you a bus permit for electronic signature
- IMMUNIZATION RECORD - Must be filled out and signed by a doctor if camper did not attend a Maryland School in 2016-2017 school year. This is the only form that cannot be signed electronically. It must have a doctor's signature.
- TRAVEL PERMIT - Fishing, Opti Green, Opti Race Team, and Laser/ C420 Race Team only. The registrar will email you a travel permit for electronic signature
BCSC's boats are size and weight dependent. Although a child may be old enough for a particular camp, parents are encouraged to talk to the camp director if their size is outside of these general guidelines. BCSC doesn't want a child to be in a boat that they are too small for (and unable to prevent from capsizing) any more than we want to see someone scrunched up in a boat too small for them. We have a diverse fleet and are able to find the right fit for all kids.
Blue Dragon Prams: 45 lbs - 85 lbs
Xcites: 75 lbs - 110 lbs
Xcites with Turbo Sails: 75 lbs - 115 lbs
JY-15s: 115 lbs - 160 lbs
Optis: 50 lbs - 100 lbs
420's: 100 lbs - 180 lbs
2017 Summer Camp Discounts
The 2017 registration discount period will end on Dember 31, 2016.
A 3% sibling discount will be applied to all siblings registered for BCSC summer camps. This discount was not eligible during the holiday promotion period.
Although it is not a cash discount, BCSC will send a special gift to any BCSC participant who refers a friend. The friend must come from a family who has never participated in any BCSC program.
What to Pack Daily
A NE-er will occasionally sit overtop our region for a day or two during the summer. If this occurs, please send lots of warm clothes and waterproof gear (a rain jacket works) so that sailors will have the ability to sail comfortably.
Summer Camp Parent Survey
Here is a quick snapshot of some of the responses from a 2013 summer camp parent survey:
98% said that they would recommend BCSC summer camps to a friend
100% of attendees to Chesapeake Child camp said that they would return for 2014 camp. 70% of Sailing campers said that they would return.
100% of 2 week sailing campers thought that their child was placed in a camp group with a "great group of peers"
95% thought that the value of the camp was worth the price.
Meet your Instructors
Most BCSC instructors were once campers too! Check out who your instructor may be this summer. Meet your Instructors
All sailing instructors are US Sailing Small Boat Instructors and many are lifeguards as well. Everyone on staff is CPR and First Aid certified. BCSC maintains a 8:1 sailor: certified instructor ratio and an overall 4:1 camper: staff ratio. Most sessions, these ratios are even smaller.
BCSC needs help distributing our brochure. If you are able to place them at your child's school or know of a good place for them, please let Kim or Eileen know.
Expectations and Policies
By knowing what is expected of campers, staff, parents, the director, and the board, BCSC's summer camps run smoothly. BCSC's grievance policy, emergency procedures, safety rules, information on head injuries, and policies on a variety of topics can all be found here.
Working for BCSC
Interested in becoming a BCSC CIT? You will become an intregal part of the BCSC staff and will hold a lot of responsibility. If you are interested in applying, please email Rob with your intent. Interviews will be held in March and a resume is required.
Expectations of a CIT:
Be at least 16 years of age
Be Red Cross First Aid and CPR certified
Pass a concussion awareness training class
Be MD Basic Boater certified
Possess basic sailing knowledge; racing experience is preferred
Strong work ethic
Desire to encourage and mentor younger sailors
Please note that since it is the sailor that will be working, they are the one who is expected to contact Rob. Parents who make the initial contact will be harming their child's chances of working for BCSC.
Historically, the majority of applicants who go through this process have been hired. Of these CITs, most have become full sailing instructors who treat their summer job with the professionalism that it is due.