Youth Programs & Camps
The Center for Wooden Boats supports youth as they develop the skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to enjoy life and contribute to the community. 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.
Students engage through choice, planning, and reflection
Students have opportunities to develop leadership and collaboration skills
• Students are valued and supported
• Confidence building through collaboration and encouragement
• US Sailing trained instructors
• First Aid and CPR Certified instructors
• Staff trained in positive youth development practices and techniques
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TOY BOAT BUILDING & FIELD TRIPS
Young kids learn how to use hand tools and discover the joys of being out on the water. Field trips align with state standards in history, social studies, math, science, and fitness.
BOATBUILDING & SAILING
Youth Sailing and Boatbuilding programs are designed to engender skills in leadership, observation and decision-making while exploring maritime heritage and skills in a dynamic hands-on environment.
DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE LEARNING
Youth development and service learning programs focus on leadership, teamwork and communication skills while having fun and gaining technical skill in sailing, rowing or paddling.
Learn to sail in our El Toro prams. Our oldest and most popular summer camp! Ages 8-14.
Learn and practice intermediate sailing skills in our El Toros, including overboard drills and sailing solo.
Explore physics, engineering, technology through sailing and more, in partnership with Frog Prints e!
Explore the science behind boat design and sail Lake Union, in partnership with The Pacific Science Center.
Explore life on boats and at sea, in partnership with MOHAI and historic ships.
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Toy Boat Building for groups over 30 students.
Build toy boats and listen to stories.
Our most popular Field Trip! Paddle an Umiaq and build toy boats. Ages 5-16
Build and decorate a traditional Salish drop spindle and paddle an Umiaq to explore Lake Union's shoreline. Grades 4-8
CWB is excited to be able to offer After Care from 4pm-5:30pm during summer camps.
Late-pick ups without pre-registration will be charged $7/15 minutes.
After registering for camp, follow this link to sign up for After Care:
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 $15 admin fee.
• Cancellation/change within 45-7 days prior to start date = a $15 admin fee and tuition credit for the remaining amount towards a course within the same calendar year. There is no refund.
• Cancellation/change within 7 days of start date = 50% tuition credit of course fee available towards a course within the same calendar year.
• No refund or credit available after the class has started
In case of emergency or insufficient number of registrations, CWB reserves the right to cancel a course and refund the participants in full.
Because of this policy, we strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. CWB will not be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets.
SUMMER CAMP FAQs
DO YOU HAVE EXTENDED CARE?
Yes! We currently offer extended care in the afternoon. You can register no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. $60/week $15/ day, $7/15 minutes you’re late to pick up.
CAN MY CAMPER SIGN THEMSELVES IN/OUT?
Yes. If you have given us 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, if you can find a spot.
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.
CAN MY 7 YEAR OLD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CAMP?
Unfortunately, our camps are a little advanced for a 7 year old. 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 cloths for woodworking you are more than welcome to pack more.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A YOUTH CAMP?
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