Kayaking

Kayaking Camp

Join the Voyageur instructors on a journey to become a competent paddler through learning the fundamentals of kayaking and understanding of river safety.  Our days will be spent on the Potomac River, where students will learn the basics of the equipment, stroke concepts, self and assisted rescue, and how to navigate rapids.  
TBD

Eligibility:
Boys and Girls, 10 - 15 years old, Grades 6 - 10 

Facilities:
Campers should report to Zone B (Herman Entry Plaza) on Pilgrim Road, at least 5 to 10 minutes before the 9:00 am departure time.  Campers will be transported to the Old Angler's Inn launch point on the Potomac River, 10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD.  Parents may also drop off and pick up their children at the launch point's parking lot (please inform Summer Programs office or camp directors).
What to Bring to Camp
  • Swimsuit
  • Long sleeve sun shirt (UnderArmour type works well)
  • Water shoes (no flip flops)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Lunch
Director
The St. Albans Kayaking Camp will be run by the school's Voyageur Program Director, John Velosky.  Coach Velosky is in his 13th year at St. Albans and has a background tailor-made to teach students how to appreciate the many aspects of whitewater paddling.  He holds a BS from Dartmouth College and an MS from Slippery Rock University, while also having graduated from Greenfield College's Outdoor Leadership Program.  He has been instructing paddlers in canoes, kayaks, and rafts for the past 15 years and is a certified Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor through the ACA and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification from Wilderness Medical Associates.
Asst. Director
Margaret Tucker has been an instructor for the STA/NCS Voyageur program, teaching and coaching climbing and paddling to students of all ages for the past two years. Margaret found her love of the outdoors in high school on a backpacking trip in Alaska and then spent five summers at Camp Wavus in Maine leading wilderness trips and being an assistant director of the wilderness tripping program. Margaret has her Wilderness First Responder Certification through Wilderness Medical Associates. She graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology.
Located in Washington, D.C., St. Albans Summer Programs – a combined summer camp and summer school for area and out-of-town boys and girls in grades Pre-K through 12 – provides half- and full-day academic and art classes and athletic camps for football, golf, rowing, swimming, and tennis at state-of-the-art athletic facilities.