Ages 7-16 | June 13 - July 14, 2017 | M-F 9a-4p
Bonus Week Option: July 23-28
Crow's Nest Camp is an unparalleled summer experience, instilling a love of the water, a solid understanding of sailboat, powerboat, swimming skills and safety, wind and weather. Our old-school traditions have stood the test of time, including friendly competitions on and off the water for all ages, an East Beach sleepover, beach and pool fun, a formal awards banquet. Our main goal is FUN! Campers don't have to be competitive – they just need to love playing on and in boats of all types – sail, power, SUP, kayaks, etc. You don't need to own a boat or have boating experience to join us, but you'll quickly see why our campers choose to come back every summer, and many of them become counselors!
Our instructors are certified in Red Cross, CPR and lead instructors have a Level One Coaching certification from US Sailing. They are all chosen for their teaching, personal and sailing skills. A high instructor-to-camper ratio ensures that each participant gets close supervision. Many of our instructors grew up in our camp, ensuring we carry on our longstanding traditions.
We base our instruction on a combination of Red Cross and US Sailing training and education programs. The safe operation of small sailboats, small powerboats as well other watercraft is stressed. The campers learn basic seamanship, navigation, rules of the road, weather and many other essential topics. US Sailing's curriculum includes STEM concepts such as understanding wind, small machines, the physics of sailing, water quality and more.
Facilities & Equipment
MHYC has one of the finest boating facilities on the Great Lakes. We have a fleet of more than 35 boats ranging in design from single-person Optimist dinghies to Club Flying Juniors, Laser Radials, Club 420, Hobie Waves, SUPs, Kayaks, and various powerboats. Safety is our top priority, while “Fun” is a close second. Campers are supervised on the water at all times by instructors in support boats. We have the use of various areas of the clubhouse for holding classes, crafts, and as a place to go when it rains. Recreational swimming and lessons take place in our swimming pool, one of MHYC's great assets.
The primary focus of camp is sailing, but there are many other activities as well. All participants are offered swimming lessons and water safety instruction from certified lifeguards. First Aid and Red Cross training are taught by our certified instructors. Swim team is also offered. On days when the wind won't blow we have swimming, tubing, kayaking, paddleboarding and on-land activities. The East Beach is a great place for soccer, capture the flag, and the always popular camp sleepover. Lessons in canoes and kayaks are also held each year. Rainy days are spent with movies, crafts, and in-depth sailing and racing tactics.
Racing is not the primary objective of the camp but it is an integral part of the daily program. Campers of all ages are involved in racing and those who choose can pursue an active schedule. Race Team sailors are coached competitively and compete throughout the summer in Ohio as well as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. The team races in many local and national events. Our top sailors travel to regional and national events sponsored by USODA and US Sailing, where the level of sailing is very competitive.
Note that for children UNDER the age of 13, there will be supervised child care in the Teen Room, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. All parents must check in with the instructor on duty each day so that we know who is on the Club grounds. After 4:00 p.m., parents must arrange supervision for children staying on the grounds.