Maritime Waterfront Adventure Boat Camp

Registration Opens January 31, 2018


About the Camp

Make memories and build your skills at the Waterfront!

Students entering 5th through 9th grades will access all the wonders of the water in the SUNY Maritime Waterfront Adventure Boat Camp.

  • Sail aboard dinghies and keelboats with an instructor and your friends as crew

  • Learn to safely operate a powerboat with hands-on training

  • Earn your New York State boating safety certificate

  • Try SCUBA diving

  • Discover marine science

  • Paddle in kayaks and balance on stand-up paddleboards

  • Splash in the pool

  • Go fishing, and find crabs and other marine organisms on the shore with nets

  • Enjoy games and activities that foster self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills

The two-week Maritime Adventure Boat Camp is offered three times over the summer.

Students entering 10th grade or above may participate in a counselor-in-training (CIT) program.

Our Staff

Maritime Adventure Boat Camp is led by industry professionals with more than 75 years of combined experience managing waterfront programming. Camp directors, instructors, lifeguards, counselors and CITs are trained and certified to deliver safe, fun and enriching activities for youth.

Our Facility

Camp activities take place inside and outdoors across the SUNY Maritime campus, on the East River and in the boat basin.

McMurray Hall

The camp's main meeting spot, the building houses marine and environmental science programming, the safe boating course and additional on-shore activities. 

Boat basin

Campers will kayak, go stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, fishing and powerboating in the basin.

East river

Boating adventures under the bridges and into the Long Island Sound start in the East River.

Mess deck

Campers eat well in the Mess Deck, the main campus dining hall.

Riesenberg gym

The pool and all SCUBA activities happen in the gym.

Our Campers

Our campers return year after year for fun and adventure, and to learn new skills.

As campers make new friends, have fun with old ones and try new things, our focus is on safety and education, mixed with good times.

Beginning in 2018, campers will be divided into groups by grade; fifth and sixth graders together and seventh through ninth together.

Campers will be able to request placement with a friend in the same grade group during registration. All campers and grade groups will interact at times during the day, including during team building, color war, pool activities, excursions and other events.

Our Day

Each day is dynamic, packed with learning and adventure. 

Core programming includes:

  • Lessons about the marine environment and science

  • Skill development in sailing, power boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing

No boating or sailing experience required! 

All activities are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. All swimming is supervised by lifeguards, but we do not offer swimming lessons. To learn to swim, click here.

Fun-Filled Adventures

See camp photos on our Facebook page.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Maritime Adventure Boat Camp is for everyone.

We now offer a financial assistance and scholarship program. Families must apply for aid, and awards range from 20 percent to 80 percent of the registration fee.

For more information about the Dr. Marie DeAngelis Maritime Adventure Camp Scholarship, email the Waterfront or call us at (718) 409-2447. 

Applications are due March 1.

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Former campers entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade are invited to be counselors in training. CITs work with counselors, under the guidance of camp directors, to introduce campers to the fun and adventure of life on the water. They also acquire professional work experience and leadership skills. 

For more information, review the Counselor in Training Handbook and Application.

Sessions, Times and Rates

Maritime Adventure Boat Camp is a full-day, two-week program. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Lunch, afternoon snack and all equipment is provided.




Due March 1


Due April 15


June 25 to

July 6




July 9 to

July 20




July 23 to

August 3




Registration is limited, based on first-come, first-served. You must register online and pay a deposit for each session and each child to reserve a space. Balances must be paid in full by April 15 or your space is forfeit. If the session you want is full, email the Waterfront to be added to a waiting list.

To register

  1. Register online and pay the 50 percent deposit. If you are requesting financial assistance, email us your completed financial assistance application by March 1. The subject line of your email should be "Financial Assistance Requested - (Your Last Name)"

  2. Email your completed registration packet to waterfront and pay the remaining balance online by April 15.

For More Information

Email the Waterfront at or call (718) 409-2447.


What Parents are Saying

"My daughter has been in a different camp for six years and this was by far the best! Activities, people in charge and campers were all great!"

"My son has attended a lot of different summer camps over the years and has never been this excited about camp before. Thanks for all that you do with these kids every day."

"My son absolutely loved the waterfront camp last year and can't wait to join you again. I've never seen him so happy, bouncing in the door after camp, telling all the stories of what he's been up to with the other campers and counselors."

"Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful camp experience my son had these past 2 weeks. He said it was the best camp he has ever been to and he can't wait until next year. I also have two younger boys aged 9 and 6 and they can't wait to go to your camp as well. Have a great summer and see you next year."

"This camp is amazing. The staff is so knowledgeable/professional/friendly. I will highly recommend this camp to others. The program, the way it is run, and the activities are to be commended. I will definitely have my nephew attend next year. I am so happy and grateful for everyone's work and dedication to the children. Thank you all."