Sea Adventure Camp Overview

2021 REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1, 2021

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON OF JAMESTOWN SEA ADVENTURE CAMP OPENED MARCH 1, 2021.

COVID-19 and Camp – please refer to our COVID-19 page for updates.

Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp Objectives:
– Provide a fun, safe, and positive learning environment that is respectful of both fellow campers and the environment
– Teach children to sail and feel comfortable on the water
– Familiarize children with the environment around them and instill a sense of connectedness to it

Philosophy behind Jamestown Sea Adventure Camps:
Water dominates our landscape and is a valuable resource. Being comfortable on, in, and around the water, as well as, preserving our marine environment is critical to current and future generations. CISF seeks to introduce more children to sailing and the marine environment by providing a unique learning opportunity in a safe and spectacular environment, Fort Getty.

Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp Description:
Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation holds eight week-long camps for local and visiting children called Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp. Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is a Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation program focused on educating children aged 4-16 about the principles of sailing and the importance of preserving the marine environment. Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is held at Fort Getty State Park in Jamestown, RI.

Each week-long camp focuses on introducing campers to foundational concepts surrounding marine education and sailing. Days are mixed to blend sailing experience and exploration of the marine environment. The schedule and curriculum for each week varies due to weather conditions and the interests of each individual group, though children will always be learning through fun, hands-on activities. Arts and crafts projects are also interspersed into camp each day. Additionally, there will be a speaker or off-site adventure to the URI GSO Aquarium most weeks, weather permitting. Speakers will present topics that focus on marine education, sailing, or environmental preservation. Lunchtime speakers will last 20-45 minutes and are typically hands-on programs.

Sea Adventure Camp Groups:

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Explorers
Marine Adventurers
Ages 8-10
O'Pen Skiff Adventures
Ages 11-16
Leadership Program Ages 12-16
Explorers

Explorers will not be held in 2021 due to the COVID-19. To accommodate more children, we have modified the age of the Marine Adventure group. For the summer of 2021, children age 5 who have completed Kindergarten are welcome to participate in the Marine Adventure group.
Explorers is our youngest group, ages 4-6. This is a land-based group, meaning they do not sail. It is a half-day, land-based, marine ecology class. Children will explore the Fort Getty marine environments - the rocky shore, the sandy beach, and the salt marsh. Children will discover and learn about marine animals and their habitats through hands-on activities. The goal of the class is for kids to have a positive experience at the water's edge, while learning more about the marine environment.

 

Children must be able to communicate verbally and be fully toilet trained. Camp will run from 9 am -12 pm. All campers should bring a snack. No food will be provided, but a water refill station will be on-site so please bring a reusable water bottle. 

*NOTE: There is NO swim check for this age group. This is a land-based class. They may get their feet wet in the water, so you are welcome to bring a life jacket for your child/children. However, they will not be going swimming.

Marine Adventurers

Marine Adventurers is for children ages 5** - 8. (Children age 5 must  have completed Kindergarten to participate. No exceptions will be made.) Children will participate in hands-on investigations of the beach, salt marsh, tide pools, and bay at Fort Getty. Through fun games and outdoor activities, kids will learn about the Bay's ecology and the marine ecosystem. They will go crabbing, add creatures to touch tanks, and generally immerse themselves in the marine environment around them. 

Children will also go sailing on CISF's Hobie Waves in groups of 4 or 5 with an instructor. Life jackets will be provided, but those who have a life jacket are encouraged to bring theirs. Children will have a safe, fun experience sailing around Dutch Harbor & the Bay. (An informal swim check may be done before the kids go sailing. The swim check consists of the kids swimming a short distance away from and back to shore with their life jackets on. This is done so that instructors get a feel for every child's swimming ability and comfort in the water.)

Ages 8-10

In this age group, Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp focuses on introducing marine science and environmental education coupled with learning to sail (adventure sailing). Days are mixed to combine both sailing and marine/environmental learning. Each weeks schedule may be slightly different due to weather conditions, though children will always be learning through fun, hands-on activities. Arts and crafts are still interspersed throughout the day, and Thursday is tie-dye day. No prior sailing experience is necessary; those with experience will enjoy sailing Hobie Wave catamarans and sailing with their friends. 

There are two half-day weeks of camp (9 AM-12:30 PM) for this age group, and 6 full day weeks (9 AM - 4 PM) available.

O'Pen Skiff Adventures

New in 2021, O’Pen Skiff Adventures - This program is for to children that have had previous experience in the O’Pen Skiffs or are 10 or older with sailing experience. This will be a small class where the focus is only on sailing, as opposed to sailing and marine education. Children will have the opportunity to improve their sailing skills and comfort on the water in a more challenging boat than our signature boat, the Hobie Wave. We have 4 O’Pen Skiffs available and class will be led by an experienced sailing instructor. Topics that will be covered in this class are the basics of sailing which include points of sail, tacking, gybing, capsizing and recovery, rigging, launching off the beach and coming back in safely, as well as sail trim and weight balance in  the boat. More advanced sailing information will be added as we see fit for each individual and class. If you are unsure whether your child would love and/or thrive in this class please reach out to us as we are excited to challenge children but need to make sure that kids are comfortable and excited to participate. fiona_christie@my.uri.edu

Some age exceptions may be made to allow participation. Children must have significant & successful O’Pen Skiff sailing experience. Contact Meg Myles to discuss: (CISFSailing@gmail.com)

*Children will capsize in the O'Pen Skiff, so participants must be ok with that, as well as be good swimmers.

Ages 11-16

 In this age group, Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp focuses on introducing marine science and environmental education coupled with sailing. No prior sailing experience is needed, and those with experience may be able to sail without an instructor on board. (Sailing 'solo' is at the discretion of the sailing instructors.) Days are mixed to combine both sailing and marine/environmental learning. Each weeks schedule will be slightly different due to weather conditions and the interests of the group, though children will always be learning through fun, hands-on activities. These weeks are full day, 9 am - 4 pm.

Leadership Program Ages 12-16

The Leadership program runs in conjunction with Sea Adventure camp. Children will participate in both, with approximately 40% of the week's time in Leadership and 60% in Sea Adventure Camp. It is a melding of the two for 6-8 children/week in the 12-16 age group.


More information about the Leadership Program:

Sailing is an ideal platform for gaining confidence and leadership in its own right. CISF wants to take the next step by directly providing leadership skills through discussion, leadership training, games, and goal achievement in sailing, marine science, and environmentalism.

Campers will continue to participate in Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp within their age group (11-16). However, those in the Leadership Course will also be pulled aside for Leadership training throughout each day. Approximately 40% of their camp week will be spent participating in leadership training, and 60% spent participating in Sea Adventure Camp with the rest of the campers. Additionally, Leadership students will have a longer day, ending at 4:30 each day. The camp day will be 9 am – 4:30 pm. (If needed, the end time may be pushed back 15 minutes or so, thus ending at 4:45 pm.)

At the conclusion of each Leadership Course, students will receive a certificate of completion. It is also our intention to have a badge system in the fields of sailing, marine science, and environmentalism. Leadership students will work towards a badge during the week. It will not be possible for leadership students to complete all badges during a single week. We are hopeful that a student can complete a badge during the week, but it is not a guarantee. Thus, we anticipate the Leadership Course to be valuable for multiple weeks of attendance. The progress of each student will be tracked so that anyone repeating will be appropriately challenged. Four weeks of the Leadership Course will be offered in 2019.

To quote Vince Lombardi, “leaders are made, not born”. The skills that will be taught are life leadership skills. Our goal is not to create the next group of Sea Adventure Camp Instructors, but to empower students with skills that will enable them to make better decisions, and to lead by understanding what it means to be a leader and how to lead using the leadership style that best suits him or her.

6-8 students will be a part of each Leadership Course. Haley Barber will lead this program and be supported by Jackson Hawkins (an Eagle Scout). Madi & Emma Henry will also be an integral part of the program, as will the entire Sea Adventure Camp Staff.

 

Leadership Program for children ages 12-16. The Leadership program runs in conjunction with Sea Adventure camp. Children will participate in both, with approximately 40% of the week’s time in Leadership and 60% in Sea Adventure Camp. The program is open for 8-10 children per week and children must be at least 12 years old at the start of their Leadership Program. Read more about the Leadership Program by clicking that category above.

Two quick notes relevant to all age groups:
1.) Thursdays are Tie-Dye Day for ALL groups. You can buy a Sea Adventure Camp t-shirt for $15 during the registration process or during your camp week, or you can bring a t-shirt to tie dye.

2.) On Fridays, all groups EXCEPT the Explorers, sail to get a Del’s Lemonade at Mackerel Cove. The Explorers group is a land-based group, thus they cannot sail to get  Del’s. While it would be great to include them in this activity, it gives them something to look forward to when they advance to the next age group. Please send your child (not in the Explorer (age 4-6) group) with $5 on the last day of camp.


General Information

CISF has five Hobie Waves that campers will have the opportunity to sail during their time at Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp. Hobie Waves are 13′ catamarans that are fun, stable, and great boats for children learning to sail or those looking for more experience.Those with prior sailing experience love sailing with their friends and sailing these catamarans! Children learn to sail and explore Narragansett Bay in small groups aboard each boat with a US Sailing Level One Certified Instructor. This is an introductory boating class so no prior experience is necessary or expected. 

Campers are never allowed on the water without an instructor on the water, whether that be in a powerboat or another Hobie Wave sailboat. Camper safety is of the utmost importance at Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp as well as with all CISF programs!

Children will be taught the basics of sailing in a controlled and safe environment. Instructors will teach the following: wind direction, parts of the boat, rigging, knots, points of sail, tacking, gybing, and basic boat care.

Children will take turns doing each job on the boat so that they will each experience and learn the skills of steering the boat as well as trimming the sails. This provides confidence-building and leadership opportunities in addition to the development of sailing skills.

Marine education lessons are hands-on. Campers will investigate life in Narragansett Bay through in-depth explorations. Children will investigate the three main marine environments – a sandy beach, a rocky shore and a salt marsh – all present at Fort Getty State Park in Jamestown. Campers will discover what types of crabs, fish, invertebrates, birds and other species live along our coastline. A typical day will include marine and/or environmental science lessons followed by first-hand explorations of various marine habitats. There will also be fun games and activities involving the lessons of the day. If your child is a budding oceanographer or just likes to spend time outdoors on the Bay, this is the camp for them!

Camps run from June 22 through August 14, 2020. Children can sign up for one or multiple weeks of camp. Fort Getty has every type of marine environment so there is much to explore and learn!

Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp Registration opens February 15, 2020 for all Jamestown residents, relatives of residents, or anyone who rents on Jamestown for any period of time. Registration takes place on this website; proceed to the ‘Registration’ page for more information on registering your camper.

Jamestown resident children, relatives of Jamestown residents, and those who summer in Jamestown for any period of time have registration priority over non-Jamestown residents until April 15. Anyone not in the above categories may register after April 15th.


 

Camp Information

Camp Location– Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is held at Fort Getty State Park in Jamestown, RI under a tent located near the boat ramp. As you drive along Fort Getty Road, you will see a large decorated office trailer marking the site for Sea Adventure Camp. The tent is placed over half of an existing foundation, just down the east side of the hill from the public bathroom facilities. The tent has sides that can drop down in case of inclement weather. (Camp does NOT meet under the new Pavilion). A cooler for lunches will be provided, as well as a small lockbox for medications and other small items. 

What to Bring – Days are spent outdoors with hikes, games, sailing, and swimming. It is recommended that kids wear shorts, short-sleeved shirts, sneakers or close-toed shoes (bare feet not allowed), and a hat for sun protection. Sun protective clothing is also a great idea. Closed-toed shoes are a MUST as campers spend a lot of time on their feet during the day and can encounter any number of potential hazards. (Croc’s are not stable enough for hikes nor sailing, and are not accepted as closed-toed shoes.) 

Children should bring the following to Sea Adventure Camp: a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a change of clothes, raincoat (as needed), swimsuit, towel, water shoes or old sneakers for aquatic studies, an old t-shirt for tie-dying and/or messy projects, a sweatshirt or jacket, a snack, lunch, and a water bottle. A water refill station will be provided but no cups are provided as we try to remain as environmentally conscious as possible.

Sunscreen should be applied before campers arrive for the day. Instructors will remind kids to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the course of the camp day. 

Campers should bring their own life jacket to camp if they have one. If you do not have a lifejacket to send with your camper, CISF will provide a lifejacket for their use during their week at camp. Life jackets are to be worn at all times when on a boat, on the water, on the pier, and on the docks.

What NOT to Bring – Please leave pocket knives and weapons of any kind at home, as well as radios, electronic games, toys, pets, and valuables. Please do not bring valuables to camp. CISF, nor Sea Adventure Camp Instructors, will not be held responsible for the loss of valuable items intentionally or unintentionally brought to camp.

Cell PhonesCampers may bring their cellphones to camp but they should remain in a safe place and on silent for the day. Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is an outdoor education camp. Please use this time as it is meant: to have children engage with one another and in nature, not with their cellphones on and in use. CISF and Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged cell phones. Campers’ phones are absolutely prohibited on the water; all Instructors will have cellphones on their person in the event of an emergency.

Garbage – Please try to be as environmentally aware and friendly with food containers as you can when packing lunch and/or snacks for your camper. Suggestions for reusable containers: washable cloth bags, Lunch Bots stainless steel containers, reusable plastic containers, napkins, bandanas, thermos, and reusable water bottles.

Marine Debris – During each week of camp, children will learn about, study, collect, and catalog marine debris. Children will discuss what marine debris is, where it comes from, how it travels, the consequences of marine debris, and how to help solve the problems inflicted by marine debris. Appropriate gloves will be given out prior to collecting any marine debris. Additionally, instructors will brief all children on what is safe and what is not safe to pick up. Over the past several summers, campers have collected thousands of pieces of trash along our coastlines and disposed of it properly. All of the collected items are cataloged and input into a national database called Marine Debris Tracker.

Swim Check – All children in a camp for children ages 8-16 will have a swim check. This happens during the first day of class. The swim check consists of kids going in the water without their life jackets, swimming to a designated place in the water, treading water for 1 minute, and putting on a life jacket while in the water and swimming back. Instructors will be at the water’s edge watching and waiting to assist if needed. Swim checks are mandatory at every sailing program throughout the country. This is a national safety standard and an insurance requirement. Children must pass the swim check to go sailing. Instructors reserve the right to re-check a student should they struggle during the first attempt. If a camper struggles during the initial swim check, the re-test can be done with a life jacket on. We want children to pass the swim check and will do what we can to ensure they pass and are safe on the water.

Children in the Explorers camp will not have a swim check. (Camp for this age group is entirely land-based).

Children in the Marine Adventurers camp will not have a formal swim check. If there is an opportunity to hold an informal swim check with life jackets on, instructors will do that to see the children’s comfort level in and around the water, as well as the swimming ability.

Swimming – Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is not a swim camp. It is a sailing and marine education camp. However, the camp day takes place in, on, and around the water all day. When kids are allowed to swim, they must do so with their life jackets on. Instructors keep a close eye on kids when they are swimming, but we do not employ a lifeguard, nor are our instructors lifeguard certified.

Instructors & Educators – The staff comprises very competent, responsible, and talented educators and sailing instructors. Sailing Instructors are US Sailing Level 1 certified.

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Lunch – Campers need to bring their own snacks and/or lunches each day. There is no place to buy lunch or snacks and no food will be provided by Sea Adventure Camp. A cooler will be provided to keep lunches in. An email will be sent out at least the weekend before each camp begins to notify all campers of foods that may not be brought due to allergies of other campers, i.e. peanuts or tree nuts. We do not have an environment that allows us to easily separate children with allergenic foods, as happens in schools. Thus, some weeks we ask campers not to bring allergenic foods (i.e. tree nuts and the like) in any form to camp for the safety of other children. We thank you in advance for understanding.

What to Expect – We try to ensure an equal amount of time for marine education and sailing each week. However, many of the activities are weather-dependent and thus, the ratio of activities may not be equal at the end of the week if there is inclement weather. (Heavy rain and thunderstorms preclude sailing.) Instructors always strive to sail as much as possible and will make every effort to get campers out on the water during their time at Sea Adventure Camp as circumstances allow.

Marine Adventurers, the 6 – 8 year-old age group, is split into two equal groups. One group will go sailing and the other will go crabbing, exploring, and learn about the marine environment around them. The two groups will switch activities after at the program’s halfway point. Campers in the Marine Adventurer group should bring a snack each day to enjoy and refuel during their break between activities.

Explorers, the 4 – 6 year-old age group, are entirely land-based. Activities for this age group include topical arts and crafts projects, active games, and hands-on explorations or different marine environments at Fort Getty State Park. Campers in the Explorer group should bring a snack each day to enjoy and refuel during their break between activities.

Weather – Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp is held each day, weather permitting. In the event that there is extreme rain, flooding, or severe thunderstorms, camp may be canceled for the day. We will do our best to offer a make-up day(s) for participants should we be forced to cancel a day. Please check your e-mails in the event that rain and thunderstorms are expected during a camp day of camp. E-mail is our best and most efficient means of communication when it comes to important announcements. This summer, 2020, we will again attempt to implement a text communication channel as well. Any cancellations or postponements will be texted, emailed, and posted on our Facebook page.

Feel free to contact Meg Myles (CISFSailing@gmail.com) or Haley Barber on-site at Sea Adventure Camp for any reason.
Instructors can be e-mailed as well: CISFInstructors@gmail.com

The instructors and Meg Myles, Executive Director of CISF and Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp, are constantly monitoring the radar for storms. All are in constant contact via cell phone. If there is an impending risk of thunderstorms, no one will go sailing as we do NOT want anyone on the water in a thunderstorm! Occasionally, a storm can pop-up and be missed by radar. We do the best we can to avoid having kids on the water when there is thunder and lightning. In the past, there have been occasions when our sailors divert to Saunderstown Yacht Club instead of having them sail back to Fort Getty. In that case, an e-mail is sent out as early as possible, and a CISF Board member will be on-site at Fort Getty under the tent to direct parents and answer any questions.

If it is ‘just’ raining, kids may go sailing. Hobie Waves are wet boats anyway, so sailing in the rain is not risky or unsafe in any way. In the case of mild rainstorms, please remember to send your child to camp with extra layers, a raincoat, and a towel.

Also, please remember that the water can still be cool in July. Hypothermia can happen in water as warm as 70 degrees. If it is very hot at your house, please continue to pack extra layers for your camper as the cool Bay water creates a very different climate at the shore.

Making the Program Work for Your Child – If your child communicates dissatisfaction, discomfort, or anxiety about any aspects of Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp, please let the staff know immediately, or contact Meg Myles CISFSailing@gmail.com or 401-855-6643. We can only accommodate kids and solve issues that arise if we know about them.

If your child is on any medication, or has a medical or emotional sensitivity, it is in your child’s best interest to let the staff know. This will help us to avoid aggravation or trauma. We strive to provide the best possible experience for all children participating in Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp. All medical information is private and shared with staff only as they need to know. CISF does not share any personal information or data with anyone. Children with disabilities or special needs of any kind are welcome in any week of camp.  We will do our best to accommodate every child as best we can. Please contact Meg to discuss any problems or issues, or any questions that you may have.

Sea Adventure Camp’s Weather Station – In past summers, Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp had its own weather station! We are currently in need of a new one. Please contact Meg Myles if you can help us procure a new weather station.

Private Lessons – Private lessons are available with the Instructor of your choice. Rates are: $50 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum requirement. There is an additional $10 per hour charge for each student added (up to 4). Private lessons can only be scheduled at times when the CISF boats are not otherwise being used, which is select afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

Refund policy –
1) Prior to June 1st, a $25 administrative fee/person will be assessed, with the balance refunded.
2) After June 1st, a $25 administrative fee will be assessed and the balance will only be refunded if and when the spot if filled.

 


Registration 

Registration opens March 1, 2021.
Jamestown resident children, relatives of Jamestown residents, and those who summer in Jamestown for any period of time have registration priority over non-Jamestown residents until April 15. Anyone not in the above categories may register after April 15th.

• When you are ready to register, make sure that you have your insurance information (carrier and number) on hand. You will be required to enter this information.

• Please pay attention to the week and age group that you select. For the 8-10 year old age group, some weeks are from 9-12:30 and some are from 9-4. Marine Adventurers also has some camp times that are from 9-12 as well as some from 1-4 PM.

• When registering for the Leadership Program, please be sure to register for the same week of Sea Adventure Camp in addition to the Leadership Program for that week. You cannot participate in just the Leadership Program without being in that same camp week as well.

If you choose to send in a check, please mail it to:
CISF
Att: Meg Myles
7 Felucca Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835.

Contact – Meg Myles is the Executive Director of CISF. Please contact her if you have any questions: CISFSailing@gmail.com or 401-855-6643

Mailing Address –
CISF
7 Felucca Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

2021 Camp Registration

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 SEASON OF JAMESTOWN SEA ADVENTURE CAMP OPENS MARCH 1, 2021

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We strive to make Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp the best that it can be every season. Parent and camper feedback is crucial to our continued success. Please download a survey/feedback form and either mail it in or e-mail it to CISF Executive Director, Meg Myles.

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