The Downtown Sailing Center has taken the best of their Access Dinghy Camps and J/22 Camps to provide the optimum balance of fun and learning in a safe, high-energy package. Their Junior Summer Camp seamlessly blends sailing education with fun activities. Your child will learn to sail in a safe environment, but they will also have the opportunity to be kids and to have fun!

Science, technology, engineering and math is incorporated hroughout their Junior Summer Program. Each week, participants will work on a fun and engaging activity dedicated to expanding their knowledge of the marine environment. The DSC uses the US Sailing REACH! Curriculum as the foundation for these fun projects. Activities include water quality testing, the “great clay boat” challenge, and a special module on simple machines.

Age Groups

Upper Elementary School Age (Grades 3-5; Ages 8-10)
Middle School Age (Grades 6-8; Ages 11-13)
High School Age (Grades 9-12; Agues 14-17)

Before/After Care Options

$80 per week for both before and after care or $5 per option.

Camp Highlights

New for 2015! The DSC will be bringing back US Sailing‘s Little Red Book for all campers this year. The Little Red Book helps sailors chart their progress as they develop new skills at each wind range

2015 Baltimore Summer Camps / Sessions

Beginner to Advanced Sailing

Beginners will split their time evenly between our Access Dinghies and our J/22s as they learn the basics of sailing through an experiential environment. Intermediate sailors will spend more time honing their sailing skills and sailing knowledge through more in-depth chalk talks and more focused sailing on the J/22s. Advanced sailors will work toward sailing the J/22s on their own, developing the skills and confidence they need to skipper and crew on larger, faster boats.

Every sailor will receive their own personal copy of the US Sailing’s Little Red Book and have the opportunity to advance through the book as they develop their skills in light, medium, and heavy winds.

Weekly activities include:

  • Four Square – The de facto camp game, played during every break and after lunch!
  • “Fort Run” – Every week, campers will race out to Fort McHenry in J/22s, accompanied by power boat support.
  • “BOP Day” – Typically held on Wednesdays, sailors take a trip over to Historic Fells Point to enjoy classic brick oven pizza on ‘The Square’. Sailors are welcome to bring their own lunches and enjoy the relaxing lunch.
  • “Regatta Day” – Typically held on Thursday afternoons, campers mix it up with fun, spirited racing on the Harbor. Depending on the group size, racing may be held in Access Dinghies or in J/22s.
  • Rainy Day Movies – Got rain? Not a problem! Campers enjoy great classics like Wind, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, White Squall, Morning Light and the new favorite Maiden Voyage.
  • STEM modules – Simple Machines, Anemometers, Water Quality Testing, Clay Boats, and Sail Area are just a sampling of the no-wind activities we incorporate into our weekly camp.
  • Water balloon toss – Hot? No Wind? Their staff ensures your child is having fun, regardless of the conditions.

Junior Certification Programs

These offerings will allow your son or daughter to receive a nationally recognized certification from US Sailing. This program is dedicated to serious youth sailors who want to take their sailing to the next level. If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a sailing assistant or instructor these courses are the next steps. These specialized programs involve focused on-the-water training with in-depth classroom lessons. See website for options


Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore City
1425 Key Highway
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Camp Cost

$400.00, Full Day Camp for One Week
Discounts for multiple weeks or for multiple children

Contact Information

Lynn Handy
Phone Number: 410-727-0722

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