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.

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!!!

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 past year 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!

If need be, we have protocols in place which ensure 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.

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

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 Boardshorts or a Swimsuit, a Towel, Sunglasses, Water Shoes (optional), Sun-Shielding Hat, Sunscreen, Reusable Water Bottle, Lip Balm, and a Rashguard (or other sun-protective shirt). Life jackets will be provided, as well as safety whistles and on duty water staff. Water refills are available throughout the week for campers. 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: 20

Afternoon Session

  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Ages: 12 – 14 years
  • Cost: $250
  • Capacity: 20

Camp Dates

  • Week 1: 6/14 – 6/18
  • Week 2: 6/21 – 6/25
  • Week 3: 6/28 – 7/2
  • Week 4: 7/5 – 7/9
  • Week 5: 7/12 – 7/16
  • Week 6: 7/19 – 7/23
  • Week 7: 7/26 – 7/30
  • Week 8: 8/2 – 8/6
  • Week 9: 8/9 – 8/13
  • Week 10: 8/16 – 8/20

As of now, we are anticipating a normal, COVID free, summer. However, if last years COVID restrictions are still in place, we will be following the guidelines below:

Health Screening

  • • All staff and children are required to be screened for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress, and to confirm temperature is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. BHO staff or children who have a temperature greater than 100 degrees are not permitted into the program per Executive Order 7Q. A BHO staff member will take each campers temperature with a thermal temperature gun prior to being admitted to camp. When conducting screening, BHO will ensure that:

    • There is sufficient distance, or a physical barrier, between the health screener and the child or staff member

    • BHO will maintain a 6-foot distance between staff and child/children being screened

Masks/Social Distancing/Workplace Safety

  • BHO will enforce use of a mask covering for each staff member when within less than 6 feet of proximity

  • BHO will enforce appropriate social distancing strategies

  • BHO will comply with the requirements listed in the Department of Economic Development Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employees per Executive Order 7V

Hand/Respiratory Hygiene/Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection

  • BHO will require regular hand washing by staff and children with soap and water for at least 20 seconds will be done:

    • Before coming in contact with any child;

    • Before and after eating;

    • After sneezing, coughing or nose blowing;

    • After using the rest room;

    • Before handling food;

    • After using equipment;

  • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be used

  • All BHO staff will cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or corner of their elbow. Children will be encouraged, when appropriate to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or corner of elbow, and soiled tissues will be disposed immediately after use

Group Size

  • BHO Kid’s Camp group size will be limited to no more than 10 children

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

  • If a child or staff member in BHO Kid’s Camp who has been present in the program is diagnosed with COVID-19, BHO will notify families and staff of the program about the exposure, but will maintain confidentiality to the furthest extent possible


  • All BHO equipment; kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, PFD’s, life preservers, seats, etc., that comes in contact with an individual will be fully cleaned and sanitized as defined by Connecticut General Statutes 19a-420.

Informed Consent

  • BHO Kid’s Camp will inform and obtain signed consent form from all staff and the parents of all children enrolled that they have received notice of the following:

    • People who are 65 years or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions or are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home

    • Staff and children living in households with individuals who are 65 years and older OR have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay home

In order for your child to participate in the BHO Paddle Adventure Camp you must sign BOTH the COVID-19 Consent and Liability waivers below

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Shay Ventresca

Shay is currently a student at Eastern Connecticut State University focusing on a double major in Biology and Sport and Leisure Management with a concentration in Sports Science….ultimately, on track for Pre Med. Shay has been playing lacrosse for years and prior to working with BHO and its Kids Adventure Paddle-Camp, she had worked as a lacrosse coach and camp counselor for kids ages 8-16 for many summers. This summer of 2021 will be Shay’s second season working alongside Quinn Romeo heading up the Black Hall Outfitters Kids Adventure Camp. Shay grew up loving the water and has enjoyed kayaking and paddleboarding since she was very young. She is excited to be back with BHO this season and will bring all of her on water and kids camp experiences to create a safe, fun, socially responsible learning environment for all participants. Shay is also a Nationally Registered EMT through the NREMT organization.


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