Healthy Waterfront, Healthy Youth  

Aqua 101 is a summer day camp program for middle schoolers to gain a better appreciation for the natural environment through healthy outdoor recreation and environmental science

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Aqua 101 engages students ages 10-13 in environmental science and outdoor recreational activities to raise awareness of the natural environment and to promote the health and well being of local youth in the Rockaways.

Aqua 101 is where most of the students in our programs were first introduced to RISE. As part of the program, middle schoolers learn about water safety, CPR, environmental stewardship, while taking part in swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, and kayaking in a safe and supportive environment along the Rockaway shoreline and Jamaica Bay. It is the ultimate summer camp experience, and one of the only programs of its kind in New York City.

Campers must be 10 years of age by the start of the program to be eligible. Each session, students are divided into smaller groups specific to their age/grade. Students 12+ will take part in more science research and preparation to join our the Shore Corps High School Internship Program.

Each camper can register for up a maximum of 2 sessions per summer season. If you would like to apply for more, let our staff know and they can waitlist your child for the additional weeks if there is space available. 

Program Details:
1 week sessions - Monday - Friday 10AM-4PM 

Summer session 1: Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 10th, 2020 
Summer session 2: Monday, July 13th to Friday, July 17th, 2020 
Summer session 3: Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th, 2020
Summer session 4: Monday, July 27th to Friday, July 31st, 2020 

Tuition is free* to all families in the Rockaway Peninsula. Tuition includes all instruction, supervision, lunch, kayak and surf equipment for campers. 
* $25/administrative fee /weekly session

Tuition for families outside the Rockaway area is $450/per weekly session. Financial scholarships are available to families in need. Families should submit a financial application for consideration. 

RISE is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA).