Boating in Boston
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Youth Boating Day Camps are a great way to spend summer days having fun and making new friends. All of our camps strive to teach safe boating in a fun learning environment by
instructing and reinforcing boating safety and skills. Our camper to camp staff ratio is 8 to 1, promoting personal interactions between campers and counselors. Each camper is assigned to a specific counselor during each session. Counselors are expected to supervise children specifically grouped with them and to keep a general awareness of the activities of other counselors’ groups.
Boating Is Fun:
These week-long sessions are filled with lots of time on the water learning paddling strokes, sailing terms and independence on the water. Choose sailing or kayaking (full days can include either or both!) and watch your little skipper transform into a commander of the seas.
Teens love boating, too! Geared toward ages 13-15, Boating for Teens Camp is a great time on the water. Teen Camp is offered at three-week increments, giving campers plenty of opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills and to learn more advanced boating techniques. Problem-solving and critical thinking are abilities that teens will naturally pick up in this fun, authentic learning environment.
Teen activities are based off skills assessed by nationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross, US Sailing, US Powerboating, and the American Canoe Association (ACA). In addition to paddling and sailing lessons, teen campers will have an opportunity to earn their Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificates. They’ll learn basic water rescues, like those used by lifeguards and safe boating instructors. Furthermore, they will engage in team building activities and learn to work with camper, counselors, and other teens in a cooperative environment.
Boating For Teens Camp is a great program for teens who are interested in working with
children, the outdoor recreation industry, and customer service, and much more! Teen Camp also increases the chances that teens may be hired to work at Boating in Boston in the future. We love to see the young people who grew up in our camp return year after year. Some even return in their college years to intern in marketing, finance, human resources, and operations!
-Understanding of boating and paddling skills
-Learn through hands on experience
-Build on the water confidence
-Build self confidence and leadership by working with others
About Boating in Boston:
The story actually starts in 2002, in our small New England hometown of Hopkinton,
Massachusetts. That’s where a charismatic man named Barry began the boating vision by
opening Outdoor Recreation of Hopkinton, a kayak rental concession in Hopkinton State Park.
The word started getting around and the business grew and grew, bringing forth a community
of water lovers. And soon Barry was introducing sailing and summer camps and boating season
passes to the park.
In 2005, the Department of Conservation and Recreation approached Outdoor Recreation to
get something going at Spot Pond in Stoneham, Mass. Soon enough, Outdoor Recreation’s boat
rentals became a thriving business that continues today.
In 2009, Barry sold his business to a group of friends, all who met within the boating community
and shared a tremendous passion for the water. Together, they kept Outdoor Recreation’s
vision alive and continued opening boathouses around their New England homes. They changed
the company name to Boston Outdoor Recreation, Inc., also known as Boating in Boston
and Boating in DC .
After four years of continued success, the group set sail in search of new waters. In 2013,
friends in Washington, D.C., reached out and we jumped at the opportunity to operate the Key
Bridge Boathouse for the National Park Service , keeping the spirit of John “Jack” Baxter alive by
continuing his vision of public boat access on the Potomac River.
In 2016, Guest Services, Inc. acquired Boston Outdoor Recreation, Inc. to bring its successful
team to more waterfronts across the East Coast.
Currently, Boating in Boston and Boating in DC operate boathouses in the greater Boston and
Washington, D.C., areas. It has been an incredible experience thus far, and it’s a great feeling
for all of us to watch our team grow and be passionate about what we do.
There are half day, full day and summer long options. Boating in Boston is held at Hopkinton State Park which is located at 286 Cedar St, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
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