Teen Camp

Introducing Teen Camp!

Teen Camp is held at Saylorville Marina. There are two session options, either Tuesdays in June (June 4, 11, 18, and 25) or Thursdays in July (July 11, 18, 25 and August 1). Teen Camp welcomes new sailors and more experienced campers to progress in their sailing capabilities. It includes age-appropriate activities designed to teach basic to intermediate sailing skills. 

Campers will learn sailing terminology, rigging and de-rigging a variety of boats, knot tying and line handling, stopping and starting a boat, leaving and returning to the beach or dock, tacking and jibing, capsize and overboard recovery. They will take a short "day trip" at the conclusion of each week. 

Small boat sailing is often called "wet sailing" as participants in small dinghies are often at the mercy of the wind shifts and gusts as they learn to propel the boat at the maximum speed. As such they should always be prepared with proper clothing, personal safety equipment to get wet. Campers frequently beg instructors to allow them to capsize their boats as an act of "fun." 

With the introduction of new sailboats this year larger campers and intermediate level sailors will find their success rate improve with bigger boats designed for easier rigging and sailing.

Who should attend this camp?

Anyone between the age 13 and 17. If you have a camper younger than 13, please consider Youth Camp. If you have a camper younger than eight, consider enrolling them in our Pollywog Camp or contact us at info@sycss.org or 515-599-SAIL (7245). Youth camp graduates ages 13 and up are encourage to attend Teen Camp. 


Swim check--the ability to swim 50 yards using any stroke and tread water for 2 minutes. 

After completion of this camp, the camper will be able to confidently sail a small boat and meet the expectations of US SAILING's entry level small boat sailor. All classes are taught by certified US Sailing instructors, assisted by school counselors and adult volunteers. More experienced campers will be coached in the intricacies of highly technical boat handling skills and introduced to competitive sailing. 

Successful campers may have the opportunity to serve as counselors for Youth Camps, depending on staff recommendations. 

How will I spend my time?

This is a four session camp, taught at the Saylorville Marina, either Tuesdays in June (4, 11, 18 and 25) or Thursdays in July (July 11, 18, 25 and Aug.4) from 5:00-8:00 PM.

What should I bring?

Clothes appropriate for sailing (expect to get wet), towel and change of clothes, proper fitting type III life jacket, closed toe shoes, a snack, sunscreen, and water bottle.

For pricing information, click on date.       


To register online for this camp, select the desired date from the schedule on this page or go to the Calendar to view all camp options. If you have any questions regarding at what level your camper should be enrolled at please contact either info@sycss.org or 515-599-SAIL (7245). 

Teen Camp - Select one of the dates below to register online.

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