KK2: Explorers Paddling Youth Summer Camp Ages 11‑13

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Youth ages 11 - 13 will enjoy this week long day camp spent kayaking and paddleboarding with our amazing instructors on Liberty Bay in Poulsbo.  This is a week campers will remember and build on for the rest of their lives.

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    Explorers receive an introduction to the necessary skills needed to become a safe kayaker and standup paddleboarder: efficient paddle strokes, water safety, capsize recovery, teamwork, navigation, Leave No Trace ethics, marine ecology, personal flotation device fitting, nomenclature and much more.  We'll visit local seals, sea cucumbers and other wildlife...or they may visit us!

    Experienced Seafarer-age paddlers (ages 7-10) may contact our program director to discuss becoming an Explorer early by emailing shop@olympicoutdoorcenter.com.

    This camp runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday in Poulsbo.

    Not able to make it this time, but still want to have some fun out on the water? Click here for our Summer Calendar!

    Our Other Youth Camps

    What's Included:

    • Kayak, paddle & all safety equipment
    • Paddleboard, paddle & all safety equipment

    COVID Protocols:

    • Masks are not required when outside
    • Masks may be worn at anytime, your personal choice
    • We encourage everyone to be vaccinated


    • Monday: Introduction, team building games, water safety, equipment introduction and fitting, short paddle for lunch...and tons of fun games!
    • Tuesday: Capsize recovery introduction and practice, lunch.
    • Wednesday: Chart and compass introduction, paddle to Lion's Park for lunch.
    • Thursday: Standup paddleboard day! Learning and games on our SUPs. Lunch on the docks.
    • Friday: Party at Lion's Park or Keyport ~ Share treats, memories...and tons of fun games!

    Pick up & Drop off:

    Poulsbo Waterfront Park Pavilion: 18809 Anderson Pkwy, Poulsbo, WA 98370

    Children may be dropped off up to 15 minutes before class begins. If you are more than 15 minutes late arriving your child may or may not be able to attend that days session.

    Children must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the session. We may charge up to $10 per 15 minutes beyond this window.

    What to Bring:

    • Hardy lunch and snacks with little sugar and lots of protein
    • Full Water Bottle
    • Sun hat & stocking cap
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun glasses with strap
    • Short or long pants depending on weather
    • Short or long sleeve t-shirt depending on the weather
    • Warm jacket, Not Cotton (fleece is best)
    • Rain gear or light jacket
    • Tennis shoes, sandals or hard sole water shoe, No flip-flops (shoes will get wet and dirty)
    • Change of clothes (the ones they are wearing will get wet)
    • Towel
    • Protective Phone Case for Cellular Phones if child plans to bring phone on the water. We are NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged phones or electronics.

    * Please put your name on all of your belongings and bring them in a backpack.

    What makes OOC the Best choice?

    • Our staff are professionally Trained by experienced  Instructors
    • Our Instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified.
    • We keep a low Instructor to student ratio for lots of individual instruction and supervision.
    • Participants will use paddling gear fit for them.  Specialized youth paddles, life-jackets, kayaks and SUP's.
    • Olympic Outdoor Center has been running youth camps for over 20 years.
    • Many camp participants have returned to become staff.
    All parents must fill out a release of liability and medical history form. Children may not attend camp without these forms.