Basic Camp




Camp Fee:  $320.00 per week
Offered All 9 Weeks

Ages: 7-17 

Sailing - Skimming effortlessly across the water in an afternoon breeze is an enjoyable sensation that is becoming more and more popular every year. Each student will learn the principles of sailing, water safety, sailing knots, and how to operate their sailboat.

Windsurfing - This thrilling sport is rapidly becoming one of the most popular aquatic sports today. Students will be applying their acquired skills along with windsurfing fundamentals toward practical experience on the water. Water play and games are a big part of the windsurfing day.

Canoeing - This day of camp will give students the skills needed to navigate a canoe across the lake safely and effectively. We will teach: paddling strokes, balance, safety, and rescue. The serenity of Lake Natoma provides an excellent setting for this enjoyable sport.

Kayaking - This day exposes campers to the fundamentals of flat-water kayaking with adventures to Blackberry Island or The Camp "Prison." Maneuvering these feisty little boats is a real challenge and a lot of fun. This sport is very popular with our campers.

Boating Safety - Most serious boating accidents involve motorboats. Proper care, handling, and equipment are essential for safe and enjoyable boating. Classroom time is very valuable on Friday. The California Division of Boating and Waterways Safety Exam is given to every Basic camper. Boating safety skits are performed every Friday morning prior to classroom education. Awards are also presented to outstanding campers.

For fun and a challenge there will be a variety of activities on Fridays: Team Raft Building, Sailing Races, Kayak Relays, Canoe Tug-a-War, and Kayak Water Polo. (Activities will vary each week).

Basic camp is broken down into age categories, that are listed below.

Age Group Camp
7 Guppies
8 Starfish
9 Turtles
10 Dolphins
11 Seals
12 Stingrays
13+ Sharks


If you are registering for summer camp online, please download and print this camper packet. Your camper will need this for Monday morning check-in, and without it your camper will not be elligible to participate in activities. You can either mail the completed packet to the Sac State Aquatic Center, or bring it with you on the first day of camp: Monday Morning Check-In. (Camper Packet PDF)

2017 Session Dates

Section Days Time Start Date End Date
Basic Camp Week #1 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm June 12 June 16
Basic Camp Week #2 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm June 19 June 23
Basic Camp Week #3 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm June 26 June 30
Basic Camp Week #4 Mon - Fri 8am  -4pm July 10 July 14
Patriotic Camp Wed - Fri 9am - 3pm July 5 July 7
Basic Camp Week #5 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm July 17 July 21
Basic Camp Week #6 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm July 24 July 28
Basic Camp Week #7 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm July 31 August 4
Basic Camp Week #8 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm August 7 August 11
Basic Camp Week #9 Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm August 14 August 18

If you are attending weeks 2, 4, 6 or 8 you can join us for the Thursday night camp out!

Cost:$60.00 Meals and activities are included in this fee!

Special notes:

  • It is recommended that parents drop off their children at the Aquatic Center at 8 a.m.

(Camp instruction begins at 8:30 AM) Summer camp instruction ends at 3:30 p.m.

Parents are advised to pickup their children between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

  • Child must provide their own healthy lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • Children are required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) at all times!
  • Campers receive a T-shirt. 
  • Please join us for Parents-Family Night on the Thursday afternoon of the week your camper attends.
  • Please note our Friday Theme Days, which will be posted at check out!