Kidship Tips

Below you will find some helpful information to prepare for a week of sailing fun for your KidShip Camper.

1. Where is KidShip Sailing Camp Located?

KidShip course location: Annapolis Sailing School’s marina facility is off Edgewood Road at 7001 Bembe Beach Road at the dead end. Call 410-267-7205 if you need directions.

2. What are the KidShip Camp Hours?

KidShip camp hours are from:

9 am to 12 pm for Half-Day L’il Sailors
9 am to 3 pm for all full-day courses

All full-day courses start at 9 am and end at 3 pm

3. Does my child need to be signed in/out of camp every day?

Yes. Every child attending KidShip must be signed in and signed out by a parent or designated adult each day. If the accompanying adult is not a parent of the child, he or she must have a note of authorization from the parent.

4. What is the earliest I can drop my child off at camp?

Registration on the first day should be no earlier than 8:30 am for all campers. After the first day, sign in should be no earlier than 8:45 am for both full-day campers and for Half-Day Li’l Sailors.

5. What should I do if I need to pick up or drop off my child(ren) outside of the scheduled camp hours?

PLEASE notify the KidShip Director if you need to drop children off early or pick them up later than scheduled hours

6. Does KidShip offer extended care for the campers?

Extended care is available for full-day campers from 3 pm to 5 pm. Extended care is not available for the half-day Li’l Sailors Program. The fee is $20/hour/child. If you know in advance that you will need extended care, please pay the Administrator at the morning drop-off. If something unexpected arises, please call 410-267-7205 as soon as you know.

7. Is extended care included for the children of adult sailing students?

For parents/guardians who are taking an adult sailing course and whose children are taking a KidShip course, extended care is offered free of charge until the adult sailing course ends.

8. What is the lifejacket policy for campers?

KidShippers wear PFDs (life jackets) at all times on or around the water. KidShip will provide PFDs, but if your child has his/her own PFD that is USCG approved, comfortable, and fits properly, please feel free to have them wear it. Just make sure it has their name on it!

9. Does my child need to know how to swim?

Children are not required to be proficient swimmers. Full-day campers will participate in a “swim test” on the first day which tests their ability to swim while wearing a PFD.

10. Do the campers sail if it rains?

KidShip sails in rainy weather (unless notified), so be prepared with windbreakers, raincoats, etc. KidShip will not sail in hazardous conditions.

11. What clothes should my child wear to camp?

Shorts, t-shirts, and bathing suits should be worn. It is recommended you pack an extra set of dry clothes just in case the weather is inclement or they just get wet by the end of the day.

12.What type of shoes does my child need?

Closed-toe, soft-soled shoes must be worn at all times on or around the water, so please send your child in shoes that can get wet. Most water shoes or sneakers are great! We love Crocs and Keen footwear! Sandals and flip-flops do not meet the requirements.

13. What other items should my child pack for a week of sailing camp?

Please bring a water bottle (preferably reusable). Water is available for refills. Bring beach towels for lunch break beach activities and for drying off after sailing. Sunblock, hats, sunglasses with straps, and lip balm are important for sailors due to the effects of sun, wind, and glare on the water.

14. Is my child expected to bring a water blaster to camp?

Campers participate in “Water Wars,” an epic water throwdown on Wednesday. Campers are encouraged to bring a personal water blaster.

15. Does KidShip offer a lunch program?

KidShip Sailing Camp does not offer a lunch program. Full-day campers are required to bring a lunch each day, excluding Wednesday. For full-day campers, we provide pizza on Wednesday and ice cream on Friday. Half-day campers do not have a lunch break, however, we do recommend packing a snack each day.

16. What forms are required to complete my child's registration at KidShip sailing camp?

Health History Form – Maryland requires a Health History Form for each KidShip student. Please note that a new form must be completed for each student each year. If your child attended KidShip last year, a new form is still required. The health history form can be found here.

Immunization Record – Please obtain a copy of your child’s current immunization record from your child’s doctor if required. (required for all students who are NOT registered in a Maryland school)

Medication Authorization Form – If your child requires medication including EpiPens they must have a medication authorization form signed by their doctor along with the medication in its packaging

17. What should I do if my child takes daily medication?

Students should take medication prior to coming to camp. By regulation, our staff is not authorized to administer medication, and campers are not permitted to carry or administer their own medication.

18. What is the pet policy on the property?

Dogs are only allowed on the property during drop-off and pick-up. All pets must be on a leash and attended to at all times. Guests must maintain control of and clean up after their pets. Pets are not allowed on the docks, in the classrooms, or on any vessels. Pets may be excluded from the property at will.

Thanks for your cooperation! The KidShip staff looks forward to sailing with you!

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