Youth Boating Camps

Youth Boating Camps

people playing on an inflatable structure on the water

The Aquatic Center has been involved with youth programs for over 40 years and is recognized as the benchmark for boating safety.  Our focus is creating high-quality camp experiences in a safe, fun and enriching experience.

 The Youth Camps are for children between the ages of 7 to 17 and we provide the following camps; Basic (Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddling),  Water Ski & Wake board, Sailing, Paddle, Adventure, Personal Water Craft (“Jet Ski”), Rowing and more.  Please see below for a full information on each camps, age requirement, cost and dates.  For every week of summer camp, we offer a Parents night on the water on the Thursday of each week of camp. 

2021 Camp Dates

Spring Break Mon-Th 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM March 29 Apr 1
Hello Summer Tu-Th 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Jun 1 Jun 3
Week #1 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 7

Jun 17

Week #2 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Jun 14 Jun 18
Week #3 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Jun 21 Jun 25
Patriotic  Tu-Fri 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Jul 6 Jul 9
Patriotic Sail Tu/Wed 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM July 6 July 7
Patriotic Paddle Th/Fri 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM July 8 July 9
 Week #4 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM June 28 Jul 2
Week #5 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 12 July 16
Week #6 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 19 July 23
Week #7 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM July 26 July 30
Week #8 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aug 2 Aug 6
Week #9 Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aug 9 Aug 13
So Long Summer Mon-Th 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aug 16 Aug 19

2021 Summer Camp Photos

What to Expect:

Monday morning check in:
Check in will be located in our circle drive at 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River, CA,  just east of our parking lots between 7:30 am and 8:30 am.  Please be patient when waiting for your child to be checked in.  We need to check in every child individually to make sure that they are properly placed in a group.  We try to be as fast and efficient as possible however, you should still allow extra time on Monday morning.  Be prepared to sign your child in for camp every morning.  Campers will have their photo taken Monday morning for their camper magnet that will be given out on Friday.  

To help the morning run more smoothly, parents can do the following:  Make sure that camper packets are completely filled out, we cannot accept packets that are not complete.  Signatures must be original and cannot be copies. 

After the first day, you will still need to check in your child in the mornings.  Children can be dropped off between 8:00 am and 8:30 am.  Camp begins promptly at 8:30 am.  If the child is not here we will call you.  If you know that you will be late or missing a day please let us know at 916-278-2842.

Check out:
Camp instruction ends at 3:30 pm and check out is between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the circle drive. Children must be picked up by 4:00 pm.  Your child must be signed out every afternoon.  The campers are not allowed to leave on their own or wait at the front of the Aquatic Center. 

Ice Cream:

Ice cream is sold daily from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  We offer a variety of options and price range can be from $1.00 to $3.75


If your camper will be arriving or departing with anyone other than the parents listed on the camper packet you will need to fill out a permission slip form.  If you will be carpooling with other families please make sure each family fills out the form and lists all campers.  We always recommend bringing your child on the first day. 

What to Bring

  • Lunch (recommend a small cooler, there is no refrigeration for camper lunches)
  • Sun block
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Beach towel
  • Bathing suit, t-shirt and shorts.
  • Hat or visor
  • Aquatic shoes with a heel strap such as teva sandals (bare fee are not permitted!)  
  • Sunglasses with floaties or neck strap
  • Warm clothes for cool mornings.

It is helpful if the campers label their belongings and bring in a bag.  The Aquatic Center is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.  We do not recommend bringing valuables to camp. 

Important Notices

If you are registering for summer camp online, please download and print the camper packet. Your camper will need this for Monday morning check-in, and without it your camper will not be eligible to participate in activities. Bring the completed packet to the Sac State Aquatic Center with you on the first day of camp and as it will not be accepted early.

We are unable to give out registration information regarding minors.  If you are looking to register your child with a friend, please check with their parent or guardian to confirm what camp the other child is signed up for. 


Basic Boating Camp

kids in a canoe smiling

In our basic boating camp children will learn sailing, canoeing, kayaking, Stand up Paddling and windsurfing and boating safety.  Camps is ages 7-17 and is Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm


Sailing Camp

four sailboats on the water

Prerequisite: 1 week of Basic Camp recommended

Using Lasers, Holders, Hobie Cats, and Keelboats, blast your way through an Advanced Sailing Summer Camp. This program will cover areas in rigging, sail trim, boat handling, and racing. These skills will be archived on the water with a week of sailing drills, games, and races.


Paddle Camp

people paddling in kayaks on the water

Paddle Camps is a combination of Paddling and  Rowing.  The week will be spent learning and perfecting their skills in the following activities: to Flat water kayak,  Stand up Paddling, Canoe, Outrigger Canoe and Olympic Rowing.


Beginning Rowing Camps

group of rowers smiling

This camp is designed for the beginning/novice rower. It teaches safety, boat control, proper care of equipment and correct rowing technique. Students will learn to row in single shells. This camp is great for campers with a possible interest in high school rowing.


Hello Summer Camp

kids jumping and smiling

This camp is a four day condensed version of our Basic Camp.  Instruction and activities include sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.


Patriotic Boating Camp

kids in a sailboat smiling at the camera

Our Patriotic Boating Camp will feature a four day basic camp, a two day Sailing camp and a two day Paddle Camp.  Camp instruction starts at 9:00 am and camp ends at 3:00 pm. 


So Long Summer Camp

kids windsurfing

This camp is a four day condensed version of our Basic Camp.  Instruction and activities include sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.


Wakeboard & Water Ski Camp

boy wakeboarding on the water

This course is designed for children, ages 9-17, of all ability levels. All younger children must be water safe. Class is geared for the beginner who has never wake boarded or water skied, as well as the intermediate who has experience and wishes to learn the newest techniques. 


Adventure Camp

people in kayaks smiling for the camera

Teens from 13-17 years can join the Adventure Camp by participating in this special advanced camp. Included: one day of sailing and windsurfing at the Aquatic Center, a day of kayaking and canoeing down the Lower American River, a white water raft trip on the Upper American River, and an adventure race around Lake Natoma! Campout on Thursday night is included in the cost, as well as Friday lunch.


PWC – Jet Ski Camp

people jetskiing

Have your son or daughter experience the thrill of operating a personal water craft. We have hired extra trained staff, allowing campers from the ages of 12-15 to operate the personal water craft with supervision. Students 16 years of age or older can operate without an adult passenger.


Camp Out

campers gear in the lawn

Join us on Thursday night for a camp out for even weeks of summer camp.  All campers are welcome to attend the camp out.  Immediately following Parents Night, camp out will include an evening paddle on the lake, a spaghetti dinner, s’mores and other fun activities.  Pancakes are served by the AC Staff for breakfast.  Friday’s BBQ lunch is also included in the camp out.  They will do the sleepover here on the Aquatic Center grounds.


Family Night Thursday

father and daughter kayaking

We invite family, guests and campers to participate in Thursday Afternoon Free boating for the week that your camper is enrolled here at the Aquatic Center!  Come let your campers show you what they have learned at the Aquatic Center.