Kids Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Our Philosophy about Kids Camp

At Moss Bay we believe in the concept of “inside-out” learning. By this we mean that young campers in our program will discover for themselves how much they love to kayak, paddle board and sail. Through our supportive yet low key approach to skill development on the water, kids seek out those activities for which they want to develop more skill. By not over pushing the kids to perform, we find that they become more interested in water sports. Similarly, by having limited structure for the program we do not produce the kind of “stricture” that eliminates fun. Regardless, the kids will have safe fun, in a low pressure setting. Campers initial experiences at Moss Bay will be centered on fun, play, and safety, not competition, rigor and sweat. Our goals is to make sure the kids build skills, friendships and self confidence. We trust that you will support the “inside-out” approach to learning at Moss Bay. Our staff fully understands the concept, because they grew up in our program, and will reflect it in the way they train the children to row and kayak. Thank you in advance for supporting this approach to skill development. Even if your children don’t go on and become world class rowers or paddlers, they will develop a life-long skill that they can enjoy in waterways throughout the world.

What’s the main idea behind Kids Camp?

To give kids (6-12) a fun and safe experience on the water in self-propelled boats. As Tom Sawyer said about boating, “to have a good time and try to be nice to each other.”

Is it a drawback that our child has no prior experience or big muscles for paddling?

No. Kids are put in pods divided up by age, size and temperament, and the activities are tailored for each pod. All campers will kayak, sail and paddle board daily.

This sounds strenuous. Will our child become exhausted?

No. Our staff is well trained at adjusting the activity level as the situation dictates. Plenty of water breaks and sunscreen breaks throughout the day.

Does Kids Camp really prepare kids for future rowing, sailing, or kayaking experiences?

Yes, because the kids are having fun they learn skills and principles very quickly.

My child is not a strong swimmer. Does this matter?

No. Kids and counselors wear comfortable, tailored life jackets at all times on the water. We have 16 staff in camp each day with the 66 kids so never is a camper far from our staff.

Is Lake Union a good place for this kind of week long program?

Indeed. It has a 7 mph speed limit, lots of parks, many interesting sights, and Harbor Patrol support.

Do we have to sign up now? We are waiting on other summer program selection dates and family friends to coordinate with.

You can sign up now and switch weeks later with no penalty… just don’t wait to long. A lot of our camps start to fill by early March.

How should the kids dress and prepare for the program?

Participants tend to dress in layers for the weather of that day, but no special gear is needed. Sunscreen, snacks, sandals, a towel, bottle water and a change of dry clothes work great.

Can children come before or after the scheduled program hours?

Yes. We offer before care from 8am to 9am and after care from 3pm to as late as 615pm. Cost is $8/hr paid daily in cash.

How can we know that Moss Bay will take good care of our child?

Since 1986, we have kept an absolutely unblemished safety record.

What happens if it rains / lightening?

A little bit of rain will not scare us off the water or from having fun. We have two small covered areas as well as umbrellas to keep the kids out of the rain if it picks up for a short period of time. We understand that our camp is also a ‘daycare’ for some parents who need to be at work all day. We will keep the kids safe, mostly dry and make sure they are entertained all day regardless of a bit of rain. If there is lightning in the area we will obviously get the kids off the water asap. We will not go sailing at all on days where the forecast calls for lightening at any point during our camp hours. If lightning does hit in the area we will take cover at the docks /marina and hopefully just wait it out. We will keep in close contact with the Seattle Harbor Patrol and if they think it’s safe we will go back out once the lightning is at least 10 miles away and has not been seen from in at least 30 min (similar to pga golf or football games).

What happens after our child is registered for the camp?

You will receive a follow up packet a few days after we receive your registration. It will consist of a welcome to Moss Bay letter full of helpful reminders, a health survey and a receipt with our tax id # for your records.

Are refunds given?

Any cancellation before June 1st will be refunded 82% within one week of your cancellation email/call. Any cancellation after the 1st of June will be a 82% reusable credit. Moss Bay will hold onto 18% of the funds to cover our credit card processing fees, refund fees, merchant service fees and taxes (basically all the money we don’t actually get). Campers needing to cancel for medical reasons after June 1st (and who have a doctor’s note) or because of a family emergency (such as a death in family) will also be refunded in full (Minus the banking fees). All cancellations must be called or emailed in by a parent of the registered camper(s).