EXTRAS (Lessons & Trips)

BDC’s EXTRAS Program is available for children ages 5 to 16 years old at camp and from the greater Cape Cod Community. BDC offers EXTRAS for additional fees; Campers may add these EXTRAS onto an existing BDC schedule or may enroll in EXTRAS as standalone events. An EXTRAS Brochure can be downloaded here. The following is a list of BDC EXTRAS:

BDC Sailing School | Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) | Semi Private Swim Lessons | Tennis Lessons |
Horseback Riding Lessons | Golf Lessons | Water Wizz Trips | BDC Surf School | BDC After Dark

 

Sailing SchoolBDC SAILING SCHOOL

Monday/Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday & Friday Fun Races

BDC campers, as well as children from the larger community who are entering 2nd – 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.

US SailingSailing School may be added to an existing BDC camp schedule as an EXTRA. Teens too old for regular camp are welcome to join this program! Participants meet at the BDC Office at 12:50 and are bussed on our licensed and insured bus with 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.

  • Ages: 7-16 (2nd -10th grade)
  • Times: 1-4pm (includes travel time)
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:6 apx.
  • Costs: Mon./Wed. or Tues./Thur.: $125 or 4-days: $250


Races are optional and are included in tuition for participants enrolled in Sailing School that week. $35 race fee for sailing on Friday of a non-Sailing School enrolled week.

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

 

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP) LESSONS

Monday

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: 7-16
  • Times: 1-3pm on Mondays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:6 apx.
  • Cost: $45/wk.

 

 

Swim LessonsSEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Monday and/or Tuesday

BDC offers Semi-Private Swim Lessons in our pool. Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructors coach your child for ½ hour of dedicated swim instruction. Parents must remain on campus if the child is not enrolled in camp the day of a Semi-Private Swim Lesson. 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

  • Ages: 5*-16
  • Times: 1:00-1:30pm, Mon. and/or Tues.
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:3 apx.
  • Cost: $45/per lesson or $90/wk.

*All campers must be on the Hills in order to participate in Semi-Private Swim Lessons. YCP campers are ineligible for Semi-Private Swim Lessons.

 

TENNIS LESSONS

Tuesday

Tennis Lessons take place at reserved tennis courts in Brewster. Lessons are taught by BDC tennis instructors with years of experience playing and coaching tennis. Instruction is offered at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each camper MUST provide his/her own racket and tennis shoes. Fresh tennis balls are supplied by BDC. Rain or shine – we play and learn to appreciate the game!

  • Ages: 7-16
  • Times:1-2pm, (includes travel time) Tuesdays
  • Instructor/CamperRatio:1:9 apx. 
  • Cost: $45/wk.

 

 

Horseback Riding LessonsHORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

Wednesday

Private, English-style riding lessons are offered at True North Farm in Harwich under the licensed and insured instruction of Kay Slater, owner/operator, and her staff 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 True North Farm Release Form is mailed to you upon enrollment and 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. All levels of experience and first-time riders welcome!

  • Ages: 7-16
  • Times: 2-3pm, Wednesdays
  • Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:2 apx.
  • Cost: $99/wk. (includes helmet rental)

 

GOLF LESSONS

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: 1:9 apx.
  • Cost: $45/wk.

 

WATER WIZZ TRIPS

Thursdays

Water Wizz Camp TripsWater Wizz is located in Wareham, MA, and is Southern New England’s only water theme park. BDC campers are in excellent care with our 1:6 BDC counselor to camper ratio for absolute child safety. BDC campers remain secure under the supervision of our Red Cross Certified Life Guards as well as the Water Wizz staff. For more information about specific water rides and safety visit the Water Wizz website at www.waterwizz.com.

A BDC Water Wizz Trip may be added one of two ways:

1) If your child is already registered for camp on the day of the trip, you may add the Water Wizz to your child’s schedule at a reduced rate.

2) If your child is not registered to be at camp the day of a desired Water Wizz Trip simply enroll for the trip as an Extra Day.

Please remember to send your child with a bag lunch as usual. During inclement weather, if the destination is open, the BDC trip will go! Only in the event of destination closure, will BDC refund trip fees. BDC is unable to reschedule or trade trips for any reason.

  • Ages: 7-16 AND Height: 48″ (see BDC Office for details)
  • Weeks: 3, 5, & 7
  • Times: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • BDC Staff/Camper Ratio:1:6 apx.
  • Cost: $85 with enrolled camp day or $175

CAMPERS MUST BRING A BAG LUNCH ON THIS TRIP. Spending money or money to purchase food at the venue is prohibited by BDC.

 

BDC Surf School

BDC is pleased to partner with the Cape Cod Surf Camp on Nauset Beach in Orleans to offer a half-day BDC Surf School. Participants receive the equipment (including a wet suit and surf board) and instruction necessary for a comprehensive, introductory surfing experience. Our campers are accompanied by a BDC Red Cross Certified Lifeguard who closely supervises the group in and out of the water. Due to our camp regulations, all participants wear a lifejacket throughout these lessons.

  • Ages: 9-13 (4 – 8th grade)
  • Weeks: Date TBD once camp opens in June (tide & weather dependent).
  • Times: TBD (see above)
  • BDC Staff/Camper Ratio:1:6 apx.
  • Cost: $155.00

 

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 Program

  • Ages: 10-13 (5nd – 8th grade)
  • Times: Select Fridays throughout the summer: 5-10:30pm
  • BDC Staff/Camper Ratio:1:6 apx.
  • Cost: $75/evening