KAyak | paddleboard | sail
Camp is what we're known for
At Moss Bay we believe in the concept of “inside-out” learning. By this we mean that young campers in our program will discover for themselves how much they love to kayak, sail or paddle board. Through our supportive, yet low key approach to skill development on the water, kids seek out those activities for which they want to develop more skill. By not over pushing the kids to perform, we find that they become more interested in water sports. Similarly, by having limited structure for the program we do not produce the kind of “stricture” that eliminates fun. Regardless, the kids will have safe fun, in a low-pressure setting. We fully appreciate the benefits of goal-setting, accomplishment, and skill acquisition and believe the proven benefits of our low key, inside-out approach produce the best results for kids and their parents. Campers will develop their passion for water sports through their initial experiences at Moss Bay centered on fun, play, safety, and incremental skill development, not excessive competition and pressure. Campers will learn to kayak, paddle board and sail while practicing water safety. Campers will experience fun interaction and teamwork with other kids. Each day campers will experience new boating destinations and games in Lake Union’s protected waterways.
Q. Why a kayaking, sailing & paddle board camp?
A. They are simple, fun, and safe sports for children. None of these sports require the kind of hand-eye coordination of ball sports, but still develops considerable balance, rhythm and strength. Skilled rowers very often grow into confident, successful adults. Because kayaking emphasizes individual skill development rather than competition, in a peaceful setting, kids initiate their own creativity, curiosity, and discipline in order to gain this skill.
Q. Is any prior experience required?
A. Absolutely no experience is required. Many of our campers have been to MB before and others will have never been in a kayak before the first day of camp – either way we will keep them safe and make sure they have a ton of fun.
Q. If my children are a few years apart but still want to be in the same group is that ok?
A. Not a problem at all. Throughout the week there are times we travel as one big group and other times we split into groups as small as 6 campers. Before doing so we always ask the kids to stand with friends / siblings etc. If a camper is new to MB and not attending with friends our staff is great at introducing them to kids similar in age and experience.
Q. 6 hours on the water seems like a lot for my young camper – is it too much?
A. The kids will come home tired out – you’re welcome! But we never push them too hard. We take plenty of water breaks, sunscreen breaks and of course a nice long lunch (in the shade). We never go out for more than 45 minutes at a time without coming back to relax for a few minutes and catch a breather.
Q. Is it important that my child be a strong swimmer?
A. If they are, great! If not, no big deal. No matter their age or comfort level in the water they will wear life jackets at all times on our docks and on the water. Safety is our #1 priority at all times.
Q. Are the children safe?
A. Yes, we have a 6:1 ratio of kids to counselor (or better). The counselors thoroughly understand boat-handling safety, are CPR trained, and know the lake. Kids will wear lifejackets anytime they are on the water. There is a 7mph speed limit on the lake, which keeps motorboat speed down. Our boathouse is located away from the shipping lane, in the protected waterways of South Lake Union. All of our equipment is in great condition.
Q. When should I send in the waiver I received with the email follow up packet?
A. Please bring your waiver the first day of camp. DO NOT SEND it back to us before then. Our insurance company wants to make sure all the information is current. If you attended last summer we will need a new one (if you attend multiple weeks we will also need a new form each session, sorry.
Q. What should my kids bring?
A. Even when it’s a hot 75 degree day (fingers crossed) it’s a bit cool in the morning so a nice warm layer is important. A swim suit is a must, same with sunscreen, hat and water bottle. Don’t forget a towel too. One extra change of clothes is never a bad idea as well. We will provide the life jackets – but if you have one you want to use that’s a-ok with us.
Q. What if it rains?
A. This is Seattle, so a little drizzle will NOT scare us off the water. If it comes and goes we will get the kids off the water as much as possible inbetween drops. We do have pop-up covered areas to keep us mostly dry. Obviously, a rain coat is important on the ‘iffy’ days! Really high winds or lightening is more concerning. On days in question sailing is off the table. We keep in close contact with Harbor Patrol to make sure we are being safe and that the worst has passed before heading back out.
Q. What happens after I sign up?
A. You will receive a follow up packet by email in 3-5 days (if you don’t see it check your spam/junk folder)! This will include a welcome letter, waiver and receipt with tax ID. You will receive one more email a few days before your scheduled week with reminders about parking, pick-up / drop-off times, the waiver, before and after care etc.
Q. Camp is full – can I get on a wait list?
A. yes! To do so please call our office at, (206) 682-2031. We always tell parents to cross your fingers but don’t hold your breathe. On average once a camp fills we typically see 3 or 4 spots open back up as family plans change and need to cancel. Every week and summer is a bit different.
Q. Are Refunds given?
A. Any cancellation before June 1st will be refunded 90%. Any cancellation after the 1st of June will be an 90% reusable credit. Moss Bay will hold onto 10% of the funds to cover the insurance that is purchased at the time of sign up – this is non refundable to us or transferable so we don’t give that portion back. Campers needing to cancel for medical reasons (and who have a doctor's note) or because of a family emergency (such as a death in the family) will also be refunded in full (minus the 10%). All cancellations must be called or emailed in by a parent of the registered camper(s).
Q.Best thing about the program?
Our summer Kids Camp is a week-long kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing camp on Lake Union in Seattle. Open to children between the ages of 6-12. Youth participants are guaranteed a terrific staff, quality adventures, excellent sports equipment, good times and fantastic instruction. Participants will build skills, friendships and confidence all week long. Camps run M-F each week: 9am-3pm daily!
Note: Unlike prior years, signing up for camps must be done one week at a time. If you desire to sign up for multiple weeks, please do so in seperate transactions.