Waterskiing & Wakeboarding
Easily one of camp’s most popular activities. Shared with our sister camp, Camp Chinqueka, the waterskiing program is offered weekdays on beautiful Bantam Lake. Campers receive instruction in all skill levels of waterskiing, including beginning skiing, trick skiing, slalom or barefoot. We have a training bar for campers who are just beginning. In addition, we also offer campers the opportunity to try their skills at kneeboarding.
Check out our one-of-a-kind Special Waterski Session.
Campers receive swim instruction from American Red Cross certified counselors and can enjoy free swim all afternoon if they choose. The goal of the waterfront staff is to teach campers to swim better while still having fun. This philosophy is at the heart of all of our instruction programs, from beginner to Lifeguard Training. During free swim, campers enjoy playing on the aqua mat and our water trampoline (a.k.a. “blob”).
Canoeing & Rowing
Awosting’s Canoe and Rowboat fleet is nearly 2 dozen strong. Campers receive instruction in certified programs and may receive their Basic Rowing or Fundamentals of Canoeing certification if they pass their test at the end of the course. Campers also use the many boating facilities for afternoon journeys on the lake or fishing expeditions. Day and overnight canoe trips are also offered throughout the summer.
Hop in a four person shell and glide across the lake in one of our crew boats. Senior campers are invited to test or improve their skills during the afternoon. You won’t believe how quickly these boats can move!
There is nothing better than a relaxing summer afternoon sailing on Bantam Lake. Our boats include Aqua Fins, 21ft San Juan, and Catamarans. Additionally, regattas with our girls camp, Camp Chinqueka, are often scheduled throughout the summer.
Campers have the opportunity to take an afternoon trip for an adventure in white water river tubing down the Farmington River. The campers are supervised by our camp lifeguards at all times. Our staff chooses a route which will allow campers to have fun, without compromising their safety. Are you tough enough to brave the rapids…? Trips are offered weekly and a minimum swimming level is enforced for camper safety.
Bantam Lake has been known to produce some of the finest fish in Northwestern Connecticut. Campers may use the waterfront docks and boats to fish from during afternoon electives and evening activities, when offered. Additionally, the waterfront opens up occasionally on rainy days to test the theory that the fish really do bite better in the rain.
Additional Aquatic Activities
Campers may also choose to spend their elective periods in the afternoon at the waterfront on our Surf Bikes or learning to Paddleboard. It takes an unbelievable amount of balance. We’re not sure what’s more fun, using the Surf Bikes and Paddleboards, or watching others try to stay afloat. Come give it your best shot.