2021 Summer Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?  Camp participants should live in the South Kitsap, Peninsula, or Tacoma school districts and be between the ages of 11-13 at the time of camp.     

What equipment does my child need to bring to camp?  All boats and paddles are provided. Campers will be required to provide their own PFD (personal floatation device) and mask. All Summer Camp paddlers are required to wear a personal floatation device (life jacket) while on the water.

What else should my child bring?  Send your camper each day with a water bottle, large snack or lunch, sunscreen, towel, water shoes that strap to the feet and can get wet and muddy, tennis shoes for land warm-ups, and a change of clothes. We have no secure storage so please leave valuables at home. 

What should my child wear?  Please have your child wear clothes they can get wet in. Most kids opt for (non-cotton) t-shirts/shorts worn over swimsuits. They may be wet at the end of practice, so having a change of clothes handy is helpful. Wearing extra layers if the weather warrants is advised as well.

Is paddling experience required?  Not at all. Every paddler on the Gig Harbor team started out in Summer Camp as a beginner. The campers will be using boats appropriate for their skill level that will allow them to have fun and learn a lot about the sport.

What supervision is provided?  There is both a coach and assistant coach for each camp session to provide instruction and supervision. In addition, we have experienced paddlers helping as mentors for the campers.

What opportunities are there to paddle after the week-long camp ends?  At the end of the camp session, campers that find they enjoy the sport of sprint canoe and kayak and want move to the Summer Development team will get the opportunity to do so after discussion with the coaches. 

What happens if camp is cancelled due to weather, etc.?  Coaches will cancel practice if there are heavy winds or lightning. In such cases every effort will be made to allow an extra make-up practice for the paddlers.

Who do I contact if I have questions?  There will be multiple opportunities during the camp session to talk to the coaches, including our Head Summer Camp Coach, Alyson Morse. You can also contact our Summer Camp parent coordinator, Lindsay Laird, regarding camp logistics and general team information.

What is your refund policy? If you need to cancel your registration, please contact our Summer Camp Parent Coordinator, Lindsay Laird, via e-mail [email protected].

Please note our refund policy for Summer Camp:

· Full refund of camp fees will be issued minus a 3% credit card processing fee in the event that camp must be canceled or if GHCKRT is unable to hold the camp. 

· If the camper cancels, a full refund minus 3% credit card processing fee will be issued IF GHCKRT is able to fill that camper's open space.  If that camper's space is not filled on or before the first day of the camp session, NO REFUND will be issued.

(Note:  If there are multiple cancellations, we base the open spot filling on chronological order of the cancellations.)