Middle School Kayak Camp

Discovery Southeast is offering a kayaking day camp for middle schoolers (students entering 6th-8th grades)! We have two camps, June 10-14 and June 17-21.

Registration is currently open ONLY for those who signed up on our interest list and received an emailed link to this page. 

Please review the details, participant agreement, and cancellation policy (all in the “Description” tab below), then add your desired week to your cart and checkout. Some highlights:

  • No more than 1 week per child, please.
  • Regular tuition is $320, but if that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price. *This year we’ll ask anyone paying $150 or less to apply for the city-wide scholarship funds.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete our Participant Agreement, noted below in the “Description” tab.
  • If a week is full (”out of stock”) sign up for our waitlist.

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Sea Kayaking Day Camp: For students who will be entering 6th through 8th grades, this week-long day camp will spend each day on the water learning the basics of kayaking in Southeast Alaska. Other activities might include fun outdoor skills such as shelter building, stand-up-paddle boarding, and cooking over an open fire. Kayaking will primarily launch from the Eagle Valley Center with a different destination and goal each day. We’ll explore the channels by boat and the beaches and islands by foot.

No kayaking experience necessary, just an eagerness to be challenged, learn new skills and make new friends. Participants should come prepared with warm layers, rain gear, boots, a sun hat or a warm hat, snacks, water, and lunch each day. Kayaks, dry bags for day packs, and any other necessary gear will be provided by our outfitter ABAK.

Regular tuition for Kayak Camp is $320.  This is thanks to financial support from Discovery Southeast members, the Forest Service, and many others.  In addition, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If regular tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child. We’ll ask anyone paying less than $150 per week to apply for the new city-wide summer scholarships form here.  If the city-wide scholarship is awarded, we’ll expect some of it to be used for Outdoor Explorers camp.  If a family does not qualify for a city-wide scholarship, we’ll ask that families pay at least $100 per week for camp, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the CBJ scholarship form within a week of registering.


Camp begins at the Caouette Cabin at Twin Lakes at 9:15 am each morning. Campers will need to be picked up there at the end of the day at 4:45 pm. We’ll travel by van to and from our kayak put-in. (We can also accommodate families out the road who prefer a pick-up and drop-off there.)

If getting to or from Twin Lakes is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone or email bess@discoverysoutheast.org.

IMPORTANT: Participant Agreement, including Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers:
After registering you’ll receive a link to our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts. We recommend you take a moment now to look over a copy, so you’re comfortable with it before registering. Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at info@discoverysoutheast.org.

  • Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
  • Bring clothes for the weather… usually rain gear, boots, warm layers, and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we have clothing to loan or give.
  • We expect children to behave in a manner that does not jeopardize the group’s safety or our ability to offer meaningful programs for all participants.


  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 10 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 10 or fewer days in advance.

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