Urban Kayaks Summer Camp is a learn-to-paddle kayak and paddle board program for kids ages 9 through 15 designed to help children get comfortable on the water. Since 2011, Urban Kayaks has offered guided tours, rentals, and lessons on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Beginning June 2019, we are excited to announce our first year of children's summer camp based out of our Monroe Harbor location in downtown Chicago. Our goal is to be the best watersports program in Chicago by providing high-quality educational and recreational programs with a specific emphasis on kayaking and paddleboards. Children will learn about kayaking and paddle boarding from the ground up, and no prior experience is necessary. Whether it is honing rescue and safety procedures while kayaking on the water, or practicing balance and paddling techniques on a stand up paddle board, Urban Kayaks encourages each child to pursue his or her passions.

Age Groups

  • Explorers (Ages 9-11) 
  • M-F 9am-3:30 pm • Early Drop-off / Late Pick up Options Available
  • Explorers will have the opportunity to learn about kayaking and paddle boarding in the safe, calm waters of Monroe Harbor, all while enjoying new activities and camp favorites! On water group activities will give campers the chance to challenge themselves and make lasting friendships. Activities include: Kayak and paddle boarding lessons every day, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, outdoor education, and more! Groups are kept small to ensure individualized attention. All campers must know how to swim.

  • Adventurers (Ages 12-15)
  • M-F 9am-3:30 pm • Early Drop-off / Late Pick up Options Available
  • Adventurers will have the opportunity to learn about leadership and teamwork while embarking on longer kayak and paddle board trips. Campers will learn safety and rescue techniques and hone their paddling skills. Activities include: Kayak and paddle board lessons every day, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, outdoor education, and more! Groups are kept small to ensure individualized attention. All campers must know how to swim.

Pricing

Session 1

  • A: June 10-14 = $750
  • B: June 17-21 = $750
  • C: June 24-28 = $750
  • D: July 1-5 = $750

Session 2

  • A: July 8-12 = $750
  • B: July 15-19 = $750
  • C: July 22-26 = $750

Details

  • Camp Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3:30 pm.
  • Launch Site: Camp will be held at our Monroe Harbor location
  • How to Dress: Wear a swimsuit and bring a change of clothes and towel. Athletic waterproof sandals and a hat are also a good idea.
  • Lunch: Campers need to bring their own non-perishable lunches, drinks, and snacks.
  • Swimming: Certified instructors will assure that each camper enters the water at an appropriate pace and skill level, however all campers must be able to swim on their own.
  • Health & Safety: Upon registration, you will be asked to complete a medical form for your child. Please be certain it contains all the information needed to properly care for your child. Feel free to contact the Urban Kayaks Office prior to registration to discuss any health concerns.

Daily Schedule M-F

  • 8am: Early Drop Off
  • 9am: Drop Off
  • 9:30am: Equiptment Set Up
  • 10am: Paddle and Demonstration
  • 10:30am: Snack
  • 10:45am: Skills & Techniques
  • 11:45am: Lunch
  • 12:45pm: Rest & Games
  • 1:30pm: Paddle Board Demonstration
  • 2:45pm: Snack
  • 3pm: Clean Up
  • 3:30pm: Pick Up
  • 4:30pm: Late Pick Up

Registration

  • Registration before March 1: Once the registration form below is completed, a staff member will be in contact to request a non-refundable deposit of 25 percent per child with each registration. The balance is due May 1, 2019. Tuition is refundable until May 1, 2019 (less the 25 percent per child deposit). After MAY 1, 2019, all monies are non-refundable.
  • Registration before March 1: Full payment is due with each registration. Tuition is refundable until May 1, 2019 (less the 25 percent per child deposit). After MAY 1, 2019, all monies are non-refundable.
  • Registration after May 1: Full payment is due with each registration. All monies are non-refundable.

Contact Us

  • Urban Kayaks / 435 E. Riverwalk South / Chicago, Il 60601
  • 312.965.0035 / office@urbankayaks.com

Aaron Gershenzon

Co-Director of Summer at Urban Kayaks
aaron@urbankayaks.com

Owner of Urban Kayaks, Aaron is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor and spends most of his time paddling the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. For the last 12 years, Aaron has spent his summers paddling the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. During the winter months, Aaron and brother Asher can be found on the slopes of Colorado teaching children's ski school and coaching in children's basketball leagues. When Aaron is not kayaking he is playing fetch with his Chocolate Lab Joni.


Asher Gershenzon

Co-Director of Summer at Urban Kayaks
asher@urbankayaks.com

Owner at Urban Kayaks, Asher is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor and is one of the most experienced and qualified instructors and guides on the Chicago River. Asher has spent many winters and summers coaching children's skiing and athletics. In his off time, you can find Asher caring for Oliver, his prized Cavapoo.