People often hollow out trees to make lightweight canoes or build transitional homes for cuckoos recently released from their clocks. Sing a sturdy trunk’s praises with this Groupon.
$249 for a One-Week Kids’ Summer Boating Camp ($399 Value)
Choose from three locations:
- UMass in Boston
- State Park in Hopkinton
- Spot Pond in Stoneham<p>
Boys and girls spend one week honing basic skills in kayaking, sailing, or a combination of the two, and participate in lively land and water games to determine who was raised in a swimming pool. The camps’ staff members lead them in pirate-themed island-defense games, Hawaiian-style luaus, and canoe races. All camp directors and senior staff members attend American Camp Association classes, and the entire staff is certified in CPR and first aid. Many instructors are also certified by the American Canoe Association or US Sailing. Click here for a list of camp dates.<p>
Boating in Boston
Boating in Boston drops oars in six locations—including local lakes, ponds, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor—sending visitors on watery adventures with a fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, paddleboards, and festive and essential lifejackets. Whether navigating the peaceful waters of Hopkinton State Park's Hopkinton Reservoir—the place that, in 2002, started it all—or campus-adjacent eddies of UMass Boston's Fox Point Landing, visitors can hit the water untrained or sharpen skills with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest landlubbers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.