Metro Parks Tacoma

Summer Camps at Point Defiance Marina

Sails and Trails 2018 Camps

Sails and Trails Camp

Morning beach activities include familiarization with fishing regulations, fish identification, and techniques off the pier. Staff-led hikes will take campers into Point Defiance Park where they will explore the trails that meander through its old growth forest. 

Afternoons at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center are spent sailing and kayaking.

In addition, campers will take a field trip to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and the Foss Waterway Seaport Center. They will also tour the Curtis and Odyssey ships docked at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center which are used for the Sea Scout Program.

The instructors are graduates of the Sea Scout Program and current volunteers. They teach the campers how to rig their sail boats and kayaks, parts of the vessels, safety rules, water safety, navigation, knot tying, and tacking, gybing and kayaking techniques.

July 9-13 Session  •  Ages 11-15  •  $260  •  Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
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July 16-20 Session  •  Ages 11-15  •  $260  •  Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
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July 23-27 Session  •  Ages 11-15  •  $260  •  Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
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July 30-August 3 Session  •  Ages 11-15  •  $260  •  Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
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New addition in 2018 - A FREE 3 Hour Cruise on July 21 aboard the Curtis
Thanks to the generosity of Tacoma Waterfront Association and the Stanley Seldon Maritime Fund, Sails and Trails participants will be able to enjoy a FREE Commencement Bay/Port of Tacoma Tour.

  • 9 AM-12:15 PM Cruise
  • 1-4:15 PM Cruise
  • Depart and return to Point Defiance Marina.
  • Adult guests of these youth are able to join them on this cruise for $25 per person.
  • Each cruise is limited to 20 total - 10 youth and 10 adults
  • Cruises may be combined if needed to reach adequate participants
  • Registration deadline July 13, 2018

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Tacoma Yacht Club Junior Sailing Camps

Transportation is available from Titlow Park to Wollochet Bay, Gig Harbor. 


Ages 7-8 • Jelly Fish
Ages 7-8 learn a mix of land based and sail boat activities where students learn how wind and sails work together to make a sail boat move through the water. Several different knots are needed to rig a sail boat, so students will practice basic knot tying. Sailing uses different vocabulary, so the words that are used for parts of the boat and directional activities on the water are practiced. An Opti class boat will be used.

June 18-22 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91233  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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June 25-29 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91234  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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July 23-27 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91235  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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July 30-August 3 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91236  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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August 20-24 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91237  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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August 27-31 Session (5 Days): Jelly Fish  •  #91238  •  Ages 7-8  •  $190  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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Ages 9-11 • Novice Opti

June 18-29 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91242  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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June 18-29 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91225  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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July 9-20 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91240  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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July 23-August 3 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  • #91243  •   Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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July 23-August 3 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91226  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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August 6-17 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91241  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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August 20-31 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91228  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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August 20-31 Session (10 Days): Novice Opti  •  #91227  •  Ages 9-11  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm
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Ages 12-18 • Novice Teen
The teen novice sailing class is designed just for teens regardless of ability or experience. Participants sail with 420's to improve their skills if they have taken lessons in prior years. This program is to help students achieve independent competence and with basic sailing skills. They will learn to tack, gybe, steer, and work with others on a sail boat. The second week of camp is scavenger hunts, distance sailing, man overboard drills, and sailing around buoys. Knots and vocabulary are learned throughout the camp.

June 18-29 Session (10 Days): Novice Teen  •  #91229  •  Ages 12-18  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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July 9-20 Session (10 Days): Novice Teen  •  #91230  • Ages 12-18  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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July 23-August 3 Session (10 Days): Novice Teen  •  #91231  •  Ages 12-18  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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August 6-17 Session (10 Days): Novice Teen  •  #91232  •  Ages 12-18  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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August 20-31 Session (10 Days): Novice Teen  •  #91239  •  Ages 12-18  •  $325  •  Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
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