Basic Camp

Kids playing on splash mat

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Camp Fee:  $345.00 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)

2018 Session Dates

Start Date
End Date
Basic Camp Week #1
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
June 11
June 15
Basic Camp Week #2
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
June 18
June 22
Basic Camp Week #3
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
June 25
June 29
Basic Camp Week #4
Mon - Fri
8am  -4pm
July 9
July 13
Basic Camp Week #5
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
July 16
July 20
Basic Camp Week #6
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
July 23
July 27
Basic Camp Week #7
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
July 30
August 3
Basic Camp Week #8
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
August 6
August 10
Basic Camp Week #9
Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm
August 13
August 17

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 8:00 AM. (Camp instruction begins at 8:30 AM) Camp instruction ends at 3:30 PM. Pick up time is between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • Child must provide their own lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • Children are required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) at all times! (Provided by the Aquatic Center)
  • Campers receive a free T-shirt! 
  • Please join us for Parents Night on the Thursday afternoon the week your camper attends.
  • Ask you instructor about our Friday Theme Days!