Weekly Kid’s Paddle Camp

The BHO Kid’s Paddle Camp is a 5 day camp packed full of awesomeness! Campers will learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and tandem paddling and have a blast doing it. 

It's official; SUMMER IS ON!!!

We're pleased to announce the state of CT has deemed summer youth programs as "essential" and CAMP's are a GO!!

FACT: Your Kid's need to GET OUTSIDE and PLAY!

FACT: This summer is coming and better days are ahead!

FACT: Our Summer Paddle Adventure Camp is the perfect escape for these times!

Needless to say this spring has been a challenging time for all us, as we all work responsibly to get Corona behind us and our lives closer to normal. We're sure that every family is ready to get outside, get active, and enjoy some much needed fresh air, sunshine, and the warmth of summer! Get your kids' outside, on-the water, and active with a perfect, socially responsible activity that we ALL COULD USE right NOW!

We've been busy working on our Paddle program's protocol, which ensures all of our campers will have a great time, with safety and the appropriate measures in place to be compliant within the state guidelines. The hot, summer sun is the perfect remedy for these crazy days, and our small format group sizes are perfect for this summer's outdoor programming. Our new protocols keep all of our equipment clean and sanitized daily, and your kid's will have a week they won't forget.

FACT: We all need to look forward to GREAT TIMES this SUMMER...Get your Kids outside and active at BHO's Paddle Adventure Camp!!

State of CT's youth summer programming link and guidelines

An Amazing Summer Experience!

We are Black Hall Outfitters, located in beautiful Old Lyme, CT. We are located directly on the Great Island National Wildlife Sanctuary, CT’s TOP paddling destination! Our Camp program introduces kids to kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding with a focus on fun, learning, and safety, getting them OFF their devices, and ON the water! Treat your child to a week they will never forget, exploring the natural wonders, meeting new friends, and learning from our trained staff on our calm, protected waters.

Every Day is an Adventure!

The BHO Kid’s Paddle Camp is a 5 day camp packed full of awesomeness! Campers will learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and tandem paddling and have a blast doing it. Each day is focused on teaching a new skill and new water activity. Instructors will teach balance, control, steering and paddle etiquette, marine education, and water safety. Campers will participate in paddle races, beach challenges, swimming, marine science education, and much more. The daily agenda will be subject to daily weather, wind and tide conditions. At the end of the camp, kids will be an equipped paddler with the skills and confidence needed to continue paddling all summer long.

Each day participants and their instructors will paddle off to different destinations around the Great Island Wildlife sanctuary learning about the conservation and ecology of this pristine natural wonder, all while having fun paddling, learning new skills, and water safety. Campers will learn basic/intermediate skills and master SUP, kayaking, and tandem paddling techniques with partners. They will explore our vast estuary system, discover the natural wonders of the pristine waterways, and explore our private islands and beaches. Our instructors are trained Paddling Life-Guards that will teach campers all they need to know on our calm, protected waters FREE from busy boat traffic, and hazardous open water environments like many other camps in the area. They will be out on the water, being active, and fit, making new friends, and disconnecting from their device and experiencing active, real-life adventures.

Camp Information

Please bring a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, change of clothing, and lunch in a backpack. Water shoes (Aqua Socks/Teva) are recommended. Life jackets, PFD will be provided, as well as safety whistles and on duty water staff. Water refills are available throughout the week for campers that bring their own water bottles. Pricing can be pro-rated if you are NOT able to participate in the full week – Call for pricing.

Morning Session

  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Ages: 8 – 11 years
  • Cost: $250
  • Capacity: 24

Afternoon Session

  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Ages: 12 – 14 years
  • Cost: $250
  • Capacity: 24

Camp Dates

  • Week 1: 6/22 – 6/26
  • Week 2: 6/29 – 7/3
  • Week 3: 7/6 – 7/10
  • Week 4: 7/13 – 7/17
  • Week 5: 7/20 – 7/24
  • Week 6: 7/27 – 7/31
  • Week 7: 8/3 – 8/7
  • Week 8: 8/10 – 8/14
  • Week 9: 8/17 – 8/21


Camp Coordinator

Shay is currently a student at Wofford College in South Carolina, majoring in Biology and on track for Pre-medicine. She is also a member of their division 1 women's lacrosse team. over the course of her past few summers, she has worked as a lacrosse coach and camp counselor through her former lacrosse programs, where she taught the game, as well as providing a fun, safe, and disciplined learning environment for kids ages 8-16. In addition to lacrosse and field hockey camps, she has spent the past three summers working as an assistant fitness trainer working with middle school and high school-aged kids. Shay has enjoyed working with children over the recent years and is excited to join the BHO Adventure Paddle Camp program this summer. Shay has grown up loving the water and has enjoyed kayaking and Paddleboarding from a young age. She is excited to get outside and on the water this summer to create a safe, socially responsible, fun, and learning environment with all of the participants. Her years of camp counseling, youth team building, and program development / execution will create an amazing week for all of our paddlers!