Specialty

All A-Board Daily Travel Camp

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Here we have a specialty camp where the kids pile into a van or bus each day and take trips to different locations.

Every day deals with a different “board”. Options include:

  • Surfing
  • Snowboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Skateboarding
  • Skimboarding
  • Bodyboarding
  • Mountainboarding
  • Kiteboarding
  • Paddleboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • and Sandboarding

Create a thrilling and memorable specialty, or travel camp, by giving participants an opportunity to try these extreme activities.

This travel day camp is ideal for older youth (12-16), though some younger kids may really enjoy it as well.

The sample outline below is based on the itinerary of the specialty day camp I used to run called Totally Board. In the sample outline everyday is spent in the water, so it’s perfect for Summer.

SAMPLE PROGRAM OUTLINE

Day 1
Take the group to a boardwalk and have the kids skate on longboards. Have the group start the day off with some instruction and then skate from one pier to the next, stopping for lunch, an ice cream cone, and/or some shopping. Spend the rest of the day playing at the beach.

Day 2
Back to the beach. Take the skimboards, bodyboards and surfboards. Hire a surf instructor for the day.

Day 3
Yesterday was spent riding waves. Find some calm water and try out some paddleboarding and/or windsurfing.

Day 4
It’s pool day. Since it’s Totally Board camp make sure everyone jumps off the diving board at least once.

Day 5
For most kids, today will be the coup de grace. Take the group to a nearby lake where they will meet up with instructors that have wakeboarding boats and gear. Have fun.

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Take lots of pictures, especially during the wakeboarding day. Enlarge and print your favorites to give to the parents, or make them available for download on your favorite image sharing site.
  • Encourage each child to try everything. Some of them may be nervous. That’s why it’s good to have instructors.
  • Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and ensure the kids lather it on constantly. Ever face off with a parent whose child has a serious sunburn? Not fun.
  • Other things we have done were visiting a surf museum and getting a tour of a surfboard manufacturer. Maybe you can attend a surf or skate competition.

MATERIALS REQUIRED

You’ll be renting all your gear. Just make sure you firm up the rental and instruction plans months in advance.


 

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