EXTRAS (Lessons & Trips)

2023 Lessons and Trips:

This summer, BDC’s Lessons and Trips are available for children and adults from the greater Cape Cod Community. Campers must be enrolled in BDC 2023 in order to register for lessons.

Register for BDC’s EXTRAS Lessons through your CampMinder Account HERE!

We are thrilled to offer the following semi-private lessons and trips for Summer 2023:

Semi-Private Swim Lessons | Adult Water AerobicsBDC Sailing School | Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) |  Tennis Lessons | Horseback Riding Lessons | Golf Lessons | BDC After Dark


Swim Lessons

Monday and Tuesday

BDC offers Semi-Private Swim Lessons in our pool to campers enrolled in BDC programming. Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructors coach your child for ½ hour of dedicated swim instruction after the camp day, from 1:00-1:30. These lessons are offered in addition to regularly scheduled, mandatory morning swim lessons for all BDC campers. Semi-Private Swim Lessons are taught rain or shine. If the pool is closed, indoor lessons focus on strength training and safety.

  • Red Cross Swim Instruction

    Grades: 1-10

  • Times: 1:00-1:30pm, Mon. and Tues.
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:3
  • Cost: $100 per week

*All campers must be enrolled in BDC programming in order to participate in Semi-Private Swim Lessons. YCP  campers are ineligible for Semi-Private Swim Lessons.


Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm

A low-impact and high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone, and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees, and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music and are effective and easy to follow. Class takes place in our outdoor pool facilities, primarily in the 2’ and 3’ sections, though you may choose to participate in deeper water. This class is for adults and is appropriate for all fitness levels. All you need to bring is a towel, and all you need to wear is your swimsuit!

  • Ages: Adults (18+)
  • Times: 12pm – 1pm (8 week session: June 27th-August 17th)
  • Class Size: 25
  • Costs: $20 per class




Monday/Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday & Friday Fun Races
Sailing School
BDC campers who are entering 3rd – 10th grade, may enroll for our Sailing School. We offer individualized sailing instruction 2 and/or 4 days per week, for 3 hours each afternoon on our waterfront at Cliff Pond in Nickerson State Park. The pond is fully enclosed providing the ideal conditions for controlled and safe sailing instruction, at all levels of experience.

Coached by US Sailing Certified Instructors with decades of combined Yacht Club & collegiate competitive sailing experience, campers sail our fleet of Sunfish, 420’s and Day Sailors. Once participants complete a session (2 or 4 days) of Sailing School, they are invited to sail in BDC’s Friday Fun Races, applying the skills and excitement learned earlier in the week.

BDC’s six level Sailing School curriculum is taught in lock-step with the US Sailing Learn To Sail Small Boat Curriculum, the gold-standard in sailing education. We also take a fully-customized approach to this comprehensive curriculum, tailoring instruction to each participant’s individual skill set and goals. In our Sailing School, Level-1 Beginner sailors are taught in our largest boats, the Day Sailors, with an adult instructor in-boat. Our Level-2 Intermediate sailors are paired with an instructor, or another sailing school participant, in an appropriate boat for the wind and weather conditions. Level-3 Advanced sailors focus on solo sailing in Sunfish or 420’s depending on wind/weather and their own specific personal goals. When instructors are not in-boat, they are coaching at close distance in motorized launches.

Sailing School may be added to an existing BDC camp schedule as an EXTRA. Participants meet at the BDC Office at 12:50 and are bussed on our licensed and insured bus by a professional bus driver to and from our campus with other BDC campers and staff. Sailing School is offered rain or shine and the curriculum is adjusted accordingly.

  • US SailingAges: 8-16 (3rd-10th grade)
  • Times: 1-4pm (includes travel time)
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:4
  • Costs: Mon/Wed OR Tues./Thur: $150 or Full Week: $300 (Friday Races Optional)

Races are optional and are included in tuition for participants enrolled in Sailing School that week.

Participants are encourage to purchase the US Sailing Learn Sailing Right manual from the BDC Camp Store or ONLINE HERE.



SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding) is a relatively new water sport whereby the paddler stands up on a board similar to a surf board or a windsurf board. The paddler and the board are propelled across the top of the water by the use of a long, single-bladed paddle. This activity facilitates excellent balance and core strength training. BDC offers SUP in small group instruction, and our own certified lifeguard accompanies each lesson. Participants always wear a life jacket throughout the activity. Sun shirts and ample sunscreen are encouraged. BDC offers SUP lessons on the ponds in Nickerson State Park which neighbor our campus as well as other local fresh water venues.

  • Ages: 8-16
  • Times: 1-3:15pm (includes travel time) Mondays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:6
  • Cost: $50/session






Tennis Lessons take place at reserved tennis courts in Brewster. Lessons are taught by BDC tennis instructors with experience playing and coaching tennis. Lessons are introductory, and geared toward beginner level players. Each camper MUST provide his/her own tennis shoes. Personal racquets are encouraged. Fresh tennis balls are supplied by BDC. Rain or shine – we play and learn to appreciate the game!

  • Ages: 8-16
  • Times: 1-2:30 pm (includes travel time) Tuesdays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:10
  • Cost: $50/session






Private, English-style riding lessons are offered at CB Equestrain in Harwich under the licensed and insured owner, Claire Bangert, and her instructors, who teach at all levels. Riders must come with heeled shoes and long pants or sacrifice their lesson without refund. A rental helmet is included in the cost of the lesson. A CB Equestrian Release Form MUST be completed and returned to BDC prior to the lesson. On rainy days, an indoor lesson in the barn and ring focuses on horse care and maintenance. CB Equestrian welcomes riders of all levels, and takes pride in their focus on beginner and novice level instruction!

  • Ages: 7-16
  • Times: 1:15-3:15pm (includes travel time) Wednesdays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:2
  • Cost: $115 per lesson (includes helmet rental)






Golf LessonsThursday

Golf Lessons, taught by a PGA Golf Pro, are offered in partnership with The Captains Golf Course in Brewster. Appropriate size golf clubs are provided by the instructor. However, if your child has his/her own clubs, please drop them off in the BDC Office on the day of the lesson. Due to limited storage space and safety, clubs must go home each night after remaining in the camp office prior to the lesson. Supportive shoes/sneakers or golf shoes are to be worn during the lesson.

  • Ages: 7-16
  • Times: 1-2pm (includes travel time) Thursdays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:6
  • Cost: $50/session





BDC After Dark

BDC After Dark is a unique opportunity for Admirals Hill campers to experience camp during evening hours. Participants and the BDC Counselor Chaperones enjoy a sunset swim in our pool and then make their way to the BDC campfire for a dinner of pizza, watermelon, popcorn and cook s’mores for dessert. When darkness falls, campers play glow-in-the-dark ultimate Frisbee followed by watching an age- appropriate movie outside on the Main Deck pavilion. In addition to the BDC Camper Chaperones, participants are overseen at all times by a BDC Red Cross Certified Lifeguard when in the pool and by a camp administrator on campus throughout the evening.

  • BDC After Dark ProgramAges: Admirals Hill (5th – 8th grade)
  • Times: Select Fridays throughout the summer: 5-10pm
  • BDC Staff/Camper Ratio:1:6
  • Cost: $95/evening (includes BDC glow-in-the-dark water bottle)