As the temperatures begin to heat up and the school year inches to a close, it’s time to start planning your child’s summer activities.
More than 1,000 children have spent their days on the water learning the basics of sailing thanks to week-long camps offered by Bow to Stern Boating Center, located on the protected waters of Smith Creek in Oriental. The park-like setting with more than 200 feet of waterfront has served as the perfect backdrop for youth who not only learn how to navigate the water but also skills needed in life.
In its ninth year of operation, Bow to Stern will offer camps from June to August for children ages 7 to 16. Its two main programs include a Youth Sailing Camp and a Racing Clinic, which offer kid-friendly yet intensive sailing experiences by combining classroom activities with those on the water.
With beginner, intermediate and advanced camps, young sailors are able to progress through different levels at their own pace. In addition to the sailing curriculum, Bow to Stern strives to teach life skills and reinforce the natural leadership of students, according to owner Jim Edwards.
Whether on or off the water, young sailors are encouraged to display respect, humility, stewardship, and cooperation of the greater good.
“It is our hope and highest aspiration to help build the strong foundations within an individual that support long-lasting, healthy relationships with others, the earth and themselves,” Edwards said.
For intermediate and advanced level students, racing rules and tactics are taught so that students may go on to participate in local and regional regattas.
Bow to Stern’s sailors have gone on to sail with Pamlico County High School, N.C. State University, Harvard University, Columbia University, and Christopher Newport University, among other prestigious programs.
The advanced sailors can participate in the new Race Clinic Program, which enhances leadership and sailing skills through many different activities designed for young adults. The advanced sailors will be able to participate in a racing clinic the last week of the summer, August 8 through 12, culminating with the Hoop Pole Regatta. This program will be led by Max Plarr, varsity sailing coach at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. Coach Plarr took his women’s team to the Collegiate Semi-Nationals in California.
Registration is underway now for the week-long camps. For more information, visit www.bowtosternboating.com or call 252-474-6000.