Summer Camps Huge Success!

PSCC leads the initiative for a more walkable, bikeable, boatable river.

Summer Camps Huge Success!

The Petaluma Small Craft Center held eight camps in 2012: three small craft camps, three sailing camps and two K-1 kayak racing camps. Through this programming, we were able to serve 50 people, and serve them well. Our goals are always not just to put “butts in boats” but to give people, particularly children, the technical training to allow them to progress to the next step. In our Small Craft Summer Camp, for instance, campers spent all five mornings in rowing shells, and by the final camp’s final day, children were rowing to a landmark known as “the tree”, which is a distance that novice adult rowers use as their turnaround point. We were so impressed with the focus and ability of these campers, and hope to see some join the North Bay Rowing Club’s Juniors team, for high school-age kids.

Our sailing camps took kids out in the turning basin to play with the wind, and our final camper was able to sail quite far down the river, thanks to a combination of good instruction, good listening, and innate talent.
Our K-1 kayak racing camp is still in its infancy, but we had superb students, including one parent, and enough interest to sustain a next-steps camp for two of our participants.
Next year, look for PSCC in the Butter and Egg Days Parade, where we will hand out flyers for next summer’s camps.

Who benefits from river access?

Wanderers, voters, birders, swimmers (sometimes unintentionally!) Cyclists, community leaders, water contemplators, kids! Picnickers, collegiate competitors, friends, mud-lovers, tide observers. Rowers, ecologists & biologists, canoeists, businesspeople. Hikers, fishermen and women, homeowners, kayakers, environmental advocates, fitness enthusiasts. Naturalists, coaches, photographers… and what about you?