Rhode Island enjoys its nickname the Ocean State, especially in summer when vacationers from around New England and further afield make their way to Rhode Island’s sparkling shores to enjoy sailing, swimming, fishing and boating. Of course Rhode Islanders themselves enjoy their magnificent coast line too. The many camps that dot the state, of course, are not all located on the ocean but some, including these three, make use of these facilities just the same to the delight of the campers.
Camp Hoffman – Located in West Kingston, Rhode Island Camp Hoffman is one of several Girls Scout camps offered to girls across the state for summertime recreation. Camp Hoffman is located on Larkin Pond and is a wonderful combination of pine woods, open grassland, shoreline and hiking trails.
The camp is, of course limited to girls only and because it is an overnight camp, Camp Hoffman restricts its participants to girls who are entering grades 2-12. Those attending can select from programs that just give a taste of the overnight experience and last for three days or they can opt for more extended stays and programs that last one week or eleven days.
Whatever the time frame, the camping and recreational opportunities are considerable. Campers stay in either enclosed lodges, platform tents or select more primitive tent camping. The nearness of Larkin Pond opens up opportunities for swimming lessons and canoing sorties. The fields are perfect for outdoor sports and games. There are bike trails nearby and some campers will determine to take the scenic route from West Kingston to Wakefield , RI.
Camp Hoffman is located near much of what is most scenic in Rhode Island. Nearby farms provide opportunities for fruit picking excursions. And then there are the beaches. Camp Hoffman is not far from some of Rhode Islands excellent South County Beaches.
For more information about the summer schedule and applicable rates and for some super pictures of Camp Hoffman and its activities see the Rhode Island Girls Scout website at www.gsri.org. Camp Hoffman is accredited by the American Camping Association.
Edgewood Sailing School Don’t let the name fool you. This is no place to learn reading and math and sail a little bit. . Edgewood Sailing School is a summer time operation that is far from a traditional multi sport summer camp. Edgewood Sailing School has its focus squarely set on teaching young people how to sail a boat, in some cases even their own boat.
Edgewood is located in Cranston, RI and makes use of its neighbor, Narragansett Bay, to provide a sort of “practice area” for young sailors in training. The Edgewood Sailing School isn’t just about sailing, it’s primarily about safe sailing. To this end it makes certain that all its young participants have demonstrated adequate swimming skills to be involved in deep water boating. They also insist that all attendees wear up to date and well repaired life jackets.
Students are divided for instructional purposes by age, size, ability and experience and supervision is continuous.
Beginners programs run for the entire day and students stay involved in sailing and bay based activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More specialized half day formats are provided for those who are skilled enough to begin to learn racing skills and more intricate sailing moves.
Some campers really enjoy cooking over an open fire or staking out a tent. But for those who prefer the wind in their face and a tiller in their hand, then Edgewood Sailing School may be the summer “camp” to investigate more fully. And you can do just that at www.edgewoodyc.org. The Edgewood Sailing School is operated under the auspices of the Edgewood Yacht Club.
Camp Fuller Wakefield, RI is home to Camp Fuller , a facility sponsored by the Greater Providence YMCA .
Camp Fuller was established to provide young people with non-competitive activities in a safe and friendly setting. Camp Fuller is also dedicated to improving the self image and self confidence of all campers.
To this end Camp Fuller encourages campers to arrange their own schedule of activities to meet their personal needs and interests. And they have lots to choose from. Camp Fuller is prepared to offer ordinary overnight activities like archery, basketball, canoing, sailing , and swimming, but there is more. Camp Fuller also offers specialty camps for those who want to use the ocean water to learn scuba diving or pursue other “Aqua Adventures” . For older campers there is also access to Point Judith Sailing specialty camp or mountain biking trails.
Camp Fuller is an overnight, co-ed camp for young people who are aged 7-16. Camper programs are offered for one or two week programs . The shoreline location of Camp Fuller gives it a unique feel and provides unique aquatic opportunities for all campers.
There is so much to choose from at Camp Fuller, you’ll need some time to figure it all out. For those who want more information about Camp Fuller go their site at www.campfuller.org.
The ocean surroundings of Rhode Island are delightful. For each of these summer camps, their proximity to the sea gives them just that little extra something that will make their camp experience really memorable.