Youth Programs: 2022 Summer Schedule

Our Summer Youth Camps run from June to August. We offer two kinds of camps: Sailing and Woodworking. Scholarships are available!

The Center for Wooden Boats supports youth as they develop the skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to enjoy sailing, work together, and have fun on the water. Programs target age-appropriate skill sets and are designed to build on each other so youth can come back summer after summer to play, learn and grow.

Our guiding principles for our Youth programs are:

ENGAGEMENT
Students engage through choice, planning, and reflection

INTERACTION
Students have opportunities to develop leadership and collaboration skills

SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT
Students are valued and supported
Confidence building through collaboration and encouragement

SAFE ENVIRONMENT
US Sailing trained instructors
First Aid and CPR Certified instructors
Staff trained in positive youth development practices and techniques

Questions? Contact youth@cwb.org

Click on the image to watch a short video on our youth programming, produced by a Teens in Public Service (TIP) intern at CWB.

 

2022 Summer Sailing Camps

Our Sailing Classes are broken up by age, vessel type, and skill level. Sailing classes are taught from June to August 2022, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Want to volunteer? We offer opportunities for youth to become volunteer instructors. More on this here.

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!

Pay What You Can Scholarships through our generous supporters. Application here or email pwyc@cwb.org to learn more.

Discounts available for CWB Members. Learn more about all the benefits of CWB membership here.

2022 El Toro Classes

El Toros are small dinghies, with a centerboard, a main sail and a jib. They are a great fit for youth, fun and sporty to sail, and loved by adults as well. Designed in the 1940’s for use in San Francisco Bay, El Toro’s have taught generations of new sailors the joy of being on the water.

Youth El Toros rigged at the dock ready to sail
Young student sailing an El Toro

El Toro Beginning Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 8 - 11 Capacity: 24 Students

Tuition: $575 Members; $625 Non Members

El Toro Beginning Sailing is an introduction to sailing where new sailors build a foundation of skills. Students will develop tacking, jibing, sail trim, weight balance and capsize recovery skills while learning terminology and theory.  Youth sail in teams of two in our 8 foot El Toros and enhance their communication, observation, patience, and teamwork while practicing new skills.

No experience necessary. We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 Dates El Toro Beginning Sailing :

June 20 - 24

June 27 - July 1

July 11 - 15

July 25 - 29

August 8 - 12

August 15 - 19

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!


El Toro Intermediate Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members; $625 Non Members

Youth EL Toro Intermediate Sailing students will add knowledge and skills to their foundation including getting out of irons, overboard recovery, and Rules of the Road.  This is the next step for those who know the basics of sailing and are ready for something new.  Youth sail solo in El Toros refining observation and problem-solving skills while continuing to build confidence and independence.

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 Dates El Toro Intermediate Sailing:

July 5 - 8

July 18 - 22

August 1 - 5

August 22 - 26

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!


Did you know? We host an anual El Toro Regatta at the end of the summer, where both youth and adults race on a course on South Lake Union, abiding by the rules of sailboat races. See a recap of our 2021 regatta here!

A student sails an El Toro
Student sailing an El Toro past MOHAI
A class of students sailing El Toros around a mark
Student sails an El Toro

2022 RS FEVA Classes

In partnership with Siebel Sailors & US Sailing

The Center for Wooden Boats and and our partner US Sailing have worked to provide a sailing experience formed by the latest positive youth development and youth sports models. Starting with a standardized foundation of skills in the fast, fun RS Feva (two-person dinghy), coaches focus on the whole sailor and youth learn skills needed to play for life by exploring sailing in their communities and beyond. All Siebel Sailors Programs teach dinghy skills in the RS Feva, an innovative, performance two-person dinghy. Due to its modern planning design and asymmetrical spinnaker, it is designed to promote more of the skills that sailors need to continue sailing in other boats and other disciplines. You can learn more about the national Siebel Sailors Program here.

Individual students sailing Feva's during a Siebel Sailors class
Students listen to the Siebel Sailors instructor during class

RS Feva Beginning Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members; $625 Non Members

An introduction to sailing our sporty RS Feva dinghy.  This double-handed sailboat, allows students to experience a faster, more responsive sailboat.  Students will learn the basics of sailing, knot tying, and safety on the water. 

Full Tuition Scholarships are Available.

2022 Dates RS Feva Beginning Sailing:

June 20 - 24

June 27 - July 1

July 11 - 15

July 25 - 29

August 1 - 5

August 8 - 12

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!


RS Feva Intermediate Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members; $625 Non Members

This class will help tune students’ skills with double handed sailing in our RS Feva sailboats.  Students will focus on improving upwind sailing, using a spinnaker and boat balance.

Full Tuition Scholarships are Available.

2022 Dates RS Feva Intermediate Sailing

July 18 - 22

August 15 - 19

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!

A student hikes out of a heeled over Feva
Students in Feva's are towed out to the lake for class
Student sailing a feva during class
Group of students sailing Fevas

Lake Union SWift Sailing Classes

Welcome to the inaugural season of The Lake Union Swift! This vessel is a 10-foot sailing dinghy designed by John Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft specifically as a new class of vessel for CWB. Over the last couple years we have partnered with local school groups to build the boats in the Bill Garden Boatshop as a way to introduce teens to the maritime construction trades. This project has been made possible through the generous support of The Friends of Bill Garden, The Wockner Foundation, and Chesapeake Light Craft.

You can learn more about the vessel or even build your own here.

2 people sail a Lake Union Swift
Lake Union swift under sail

Science of Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 8 Students

Tuition: $575 Members $625 Non Members

Dive into math and physics behind sailing!  Investigate the cause and effect of the wind in your sails and your hand at the helm.  Students will explore what makes a sailboat sail.  During this class, students will learn to sail in the morning and perform science experiments in the afternoon.  This US Sailing REACH curriculum, focuses on bring classroom learning to the day to day.

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 Dates for Science of Sailing:

June 20 - 24

July 11-15

July 18 - 22

August 1 - 5

August 15 - 19

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!


Advanced Sailing 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 12 - 15 Capacity: 8 Students

Tuition: $575 Members $625 Non Members

Advance from El Toro sailing and learn how to rig and sail Marconi-rigged Lake Union Swift sailboats.  During this class you will learn the importance of sail trim with two sails, sailing up and down wind and boat handling.  At the end of class you will be able to test for a Livery card, allowing you to rent Livery boats. 

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 Dates for Advanced Sailing:

June 27 - July 1

July 5 - 8

July 25 - 29

August 8- 12

August 22 - 26

Is the camp your interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist!


Students practice drills
Lake Union swift under sail
Lake Union swift under sail
Lake Union Swift under construction

 

2022 Summer Woodworking Camps

Our woodworking classes are taught from June to August 2022

Want to volunteer? We offer opportunities for youth to become volunteer instructors. More on this here.

Pay What You Can Scholarships are made available through our generous supporters. Application here or email pwyc@cwb.org to learn more.

Discounts available for CWB Members. Learn more about all the benefits of CWB membership here.

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist


WOODWORKING camps

Student paints a wooden birdhouse
Class of students assemble their wooden birdhouses

2022 Dates for Woodworking for Kids

July 5 - 8

August 1 - 5

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist

Woodworking for Kids 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Please Note: This is a half day class.

Age: 8 - 11 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $350 Members $400 Non Members

This basic woodworking class is designed for younger students.  In this class, the students will learn how to properly handle hand tools and when to use them.  They will be able to put together small projects such as bird house, box, toolbox.  This is a great way for younger students to start a new hobby and gain new skills. 


Woodworking 101 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members $625 Non Members

This beginner woodworking class, designed for teens, will teach students the basic woodworking skills and proper tool safety and use.  Student will work on simple projects, step stool or box, following a specific design.  During the class, students will learn the basics of reading a pattern, measuring out the pattern and putting it all together.  By the end of the week they will have an awesome complete project to bring home. 

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 Dates for Woodworking 101

July 11 - 15

August 8 - 12

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist


Design & Build 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members $625 Non Members

This woodworking class gives students the opportunity to explore creating objects from their own imagination, while learning how tools hand tools effectively.  Students will learn how to move from an idea, to a drawing, to building something out of wood.  Students will be given opportunities to give constructive encouragement to each other while working independently in pairs. 

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

2022 dates for Design & Build

June 20 - 24

July 18 - 22

August 15 - 19

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist

Class of students paint their wooden birdhouses
Two students assemble wooden birdhouses
Two students chat while holding a wooden birdhouse
A student assembles a wooden birdhouse

2022 Boatbuilding camps

Quick & Daring 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Age: 10 - 15 Capacity: 12 Students

Tuition: $575 Members $625 Non Members

In 2022, we are excited to host another Quick & Daring! Quick and Daring is a long-standing tradition where participants design their own boat, build it in a day and race it the second day. It is an annual summer highlight!

Participants are able to apply a mix of their woodworking, sailing and teamwork skills by creating a seaworthy vessel as a group, and racing it against other group participants. Quick & Daring is hosted in the shallower waters of our floating campus, as not every project makes it across the finish line afloat–this is all part of the fun!

Design, build and try out a boat of your own imagination.  Students will work in teams to design and build a boat that will carry your team across the waters of Lake Union on Launch Day.  In addition to basic woodworking skills, students will learn the principles of boat design, teamwork, and creativity, and basic principles of boat construction.

2022 Dates:

 June 27 - July 1

July 25 - 29

August 22 - 26

Is the camp you’re interested in sold out? Join the Waitlist.

We welcome students from all financial backgrounds. Reach out to us at pwyc@cwb.org to learn about our scholarship opportunities or apply here.

Students row a boat they designed for the Quick and Daring competition
Groups of students compete against each other in Quick and Daring
Students paddle against each other in boats they designed
Students paddling in quick and daring

CANCELLATION POLICY

For all course registrations, including youth classes, the following cancellation policy applies. For private sailing lessons and boatbuilding classes, the cancellation policy outlined at the time of booking and in the confirmation email is enforced.

• Cancellation/change outside of 45 days = full refund less $50 admin fee.
• Cancellation/change within 45-15 days prior to start date = a $50 admin fee and 50% tuition credit for the remaining amount towards a course within the same calendar year. There is no cash refund.
• No refund or credit available within 14 days or less to start of program.

In the event of single day cancelations due to Covid, Wildfire Smoke, or Severe Weather no partial refunds will be issued. For weather related issues classes will be held on land.

CWB reserves the right to cancel a course and refund the participants in full.


FAQs

  • DO YOU HAVE EXTENDED CARE? 

    • No, we do not offer extended care. 

  • CAN MY CAMPER SIGN THEMSELVES IN/OUT?

    • Yes. If you have given us express permission for your camper to sign out on their own we do allow them to bike, walk, or take the metro. 

  • WHERE DO I PARK?

    • We do not have free parking at this time. However, there is a lot on Valley St next to the streetcar stop offering parking.

  • DOES MY CAMPER NEED TO BRING A LIFE JACKET?

    • If you have a life jacket and would like them to wear their own that is completely fine. We do have life jackets on site and have plenty for all of the campers. 

  • WILL MY CAMPER CAPSIZE?

    • Yes. We do a capsize drill on the first day to make sure they know what to do on their own if they ever do capsize while sailing. There is always a chance they will capsize, but we make sure our campers are safe and supported during their time on the water.

  • CAN MY 7 YEAR OLD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CAMP?

    • Unfortunately, our camps are suited for kids 8 and up. They need to possess enough hand- eye coordination for sailing and woodworking. 

  • SHOULD MY CAMPER BRING EXTRA CLOTHES?

    • Yes for sailing, no for woodworking. We spend most of the day on the water with sailing and they will most likely get wet during that time. If you would like to bring an extra pair of clothes for woodworking you are more than welcome to pack more!