• Details about our Youth SUP Camps

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  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding Basic Skills Camp

    2022 Camp Information

    We’re so excited for you to join our 5-Day Basic SUP Skills Camp - this is a camp for youth of all genders to develop new skills, make new friends, and generally have a great time out on the water! This course will be led by certified Paddle Canada SUP Instructors, and will follow a skill progression sequence from Paddle Canada’s Basic Skills Manual. We have camps in different age groups. Group 1: Ages 8-12/13yrs. + Group 2: 12-15yrs.

    General Information



    • SCHEDULE: Camp runs from Monday to Friday.
      9am-12pm each day.


    • WEATHER: Should the weather forecast look unsafe to paddle in, we will send an email the night before to make you aware of our plans. If we have to cancel a day of camp due to unsafe weather, you will be refunded for that day or you can choose to allow that funding to go towards supporting Girls on Boards and everything we do as a non profit (it all helps!!). Please note that we will still plan to run camp light rain.

    • WHERE: Lumsden Pond Provincial Park. 2530 Corkum Burns Rd, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R2. Please note that there is little to no cell reception at/near the park itself, so plan accordingly.

    • WAIVER: Please make sure your Waiver is filled out prior to showing up on the first day.



      - Water
      - Snacks (if desired)
      - Sunscreen
      - Bathing suit and/or clothes that you want to/are comfortable getting wet in
      - Towel
      - A change of clothes for afterwards
      - ENERGY!!




    Your Leaders


    Jade is in her second year as a certified SUP instructor on the Girls on Boards team. She is currently heading into her 4th year in a Mathematics & Computer Science degree at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Wolfville is her hometown and the place she loves to come play in nature. With many years of recreational paddling, swimming and adventures in the wilderness under her belt she is excited to finally bring her love of paddle boarding to this summer’s guided tours and youth camps!



    Leah is starting her first year as a certified SUP instructor on the Girls on Boards team. She is studying Kinesiology at Acadia University, where she plays on the women’s varsity soccer team. Although she grew up in Truro, Leah is now living full time in Wolfville. Soccer is a big part of her life, but she loves paddle boarding, swimming, and hiking in her spare time. She looks forward to the upcoming guided tours and youth camps, and can’t wait to be a part of the Girls on Boards team this summer!



    Skills Progression

    Over the course of the week, we will be teaching a progression of SUP skills based on Paddle Canada’s Basic Skills manual. Although subject to change, a general overview of what skills we will cover each day of camp is as follows:


    • Basic safety (equipment, weather, clothing, environment)

    • How to prep + carry a board

    • Proper paddling form

    • How to: safely fall off + get back on board (unassisted)

    • Intro to: Forward stroke, Sweep stroke


    • Safety review

    • Review: Forward stroke, Sweep stroke

    • Intro to: Prone paddling, assisted rescue techniques


    • Safety review

    • Review: Forward, Sweep, Prone techniques

    • Intro to: Edging, Bracing techniques (you are going to get wet!), Draw stroke


    • Review of all safety + technique teachings

    • Intro to: Stances (square, offset, surf), Pivot turns



    • Group paddling adventure - learning how to plan a day trip!

    • Navigating and weather checking.

    • Final Day Games and Skills Parade.


    We incorporate games and challenges into our programming so that campers get to use their skills in different situations! Be prepared to spend almost the entire duration of each day either ON or IN the water! Free time may be given for swimming and free play at the end of the camp day if the time allows.