Cape Explorer Adventure Camp

An adventure on the water with exploring, boating, and fun.

Kids explore the hidden bayside beaches bordered by beautiful live oak canopies, where they can play in the shallow water and learn about the sea creatures. Cape Hatteras is surrounded by fabulous habitat for exploration bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound. Make friends and go exploring.

  • Exploring
  • Swimming
  • Paddling
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Fun

Ages: 6-17 years old (coed)

Where: Hatteras Sailing Center (old Fish House in Buxton)

Cost: $359 per camper

Space Limited: 8 Campers per week

Led By US Sailing Certified Coaches

Our Camp Instructors are US SAILING Certified with safety and first aid training. Each of our coaches sailed for their college sailing teams and have experience as junior leaders in local community sailing programs.

An Emphasis On Safety And Fun

Trained in first aid and safe boating, our coaches focus on teaching the campers how to boat, swim, and sail safely and confidently. Personal Flotation Devices are required.

What to wear? What to bring?

WET & DRY CLOTHES: Please wear boardshorts and a quick-dry rash guard shirt or a swimsuit with shorts and a tee shirt over the swimsuit. We will do on-land and in the water activities each day so you want to be comfortable swimming and drying off and playing in and out of the water.

WATER SHOES ARE REQUIRED. Please wear water shoes, sailing boots, or surf booties each day to protect your feet from oyster shell cuts.

Please bring the following each day of camp:

  • lunch
  • refillable water bottle
  • sunscreen / hat
  • sunglasses
  • life jacket

**NOTE: if you do not have a life jacket we can provide one.

Cape explorer camp is a well rounded and fun exploration of some of the wonderful sites, nature, sports, and history that we all love about Cape Hatteras. From the Shipwreck Museum (as a good alternate indoor activity in bad weather days) to the Clam Shoals just a few mile out in the middle of Pamlico Sound. We can get to the North Side of Ocracoke to explore the rather untouched beaches along Hatteras Inlet. Catch and release some Blue Crabs, Ghost Crabs, and Sea Clams!

Bad weather, no problem! On rainy or too windy days the coaches have alternate educational fun planned.

Example Schedule

9:00 am: Parent drop-off

9:15 am: Arrival and greetings followed by a safety briefing and overview of today’s activities. Coaches review learning from the prior day’s adventure

10:00 am: Board the Stiletto Catamaran and the Coaches boats and take to the bay. Explore the clam shoals, search for crabs, dig for clams.

12:00 pm: Start heading back to the sailing center for a chalk talk review of the day’s fun and learning while the kids eat their bag lunches.

1:00 pm: parent pick-up

Where to drop off? What time?

TEXT MESSAGE NOTIFICATION: Each evening before camp, our instructors will access the weather and send out a notification from our official Hatteras Sailing Team Text number (252-999-9659) with the drop off location. Depending on the wind and waves, we will select one of these camp activities – some of which require drop off in a location other than the Hatteras Sailing Center.

DROP OFF AT 9: Regardless of where the drop off point is, drop off is at 9am. Please do not drop off early. Our coaches will be at the drop off location from 9 to around 9:15am before they begin the activity.

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(Space is limited to 8 campers per week. First come first serve)

Hatteras Island Locals Weeks

Same camp, half the price.

Inspiring independence, seamanship, and respect for nature.

Two weeks per year, we reserve all 8 spots for local Hatteras island residents. This is a great introduction to the fun we have all year long in the Hatteras Community Sailing program. Come and join the fun with friends you know from baseball and school.

Ages: 6-12 years old (coed)

Where: Hatteras Sailing Center (old Fish House in Buxton)

Cost: $150 per child (residents only)

Cape Explorer Adventures

Each day, based on the weather, our coaches will choose from one of the following activities. The only case where camp would be cancelled is if we have prolonged lightening. Cape Explorer camp is an outdoor camp, and we can find fun active adventures on most any type of day. We add to these activities from time to time.

  • Cape Explorer Adventures: SailStiletto to the Clam Shoals
    When: Moderate Winds Where: Hatteras Sailing Center on Pamlico Sound Sail Stiletto 27 Catamaran to the Clam Shoals Paddle boards Kayaks Sailing Cape Explorers board the Stiletto-27 for a sail to the clam shoals. Once you get out there, paddle, swim, kayak, and search for clams, sting rays, learn about the wildlife, explore, and play.
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Swim, Paddle, and Sail
    When: Moderate to light wind Where: Hatteras Sailing Center on Pamlico Sound Paddle, Swim, and Sail Paddle boards Kayaks Wake boards Optimists Club 420 Cape Explorers get ready to have some fun on the water, learn about some sailing basics, do some introduction sailing. We will rig up a couple boats and some can do […]
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Oceanside Beach Cat Sailing
    When: On light wind sideshore days in Frisco Where: Ramp 49 in Frisco Oceanside Beach Cat Sailing Hobie Cats and other beach cats are actually designed to sail right off the beach, and to be a good beachcat sailor it helps to learn the waves and to be a good surfer. For camps with the […]
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Hiking And History in Hatteras at the Shipwreck Museum
    When: On Windy Days Where: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Hiking And History in Hatteras Why is the diamond shoals area called the Graveyard Of The Atlantic? Let’s find out when we visit the shipwreck museum on Hatteras Village and hike down the 4×4 trails towards the inlet. We can cool off in the ocean, […]
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Hiking, History, and Adventure
    When: On Windy Days Where: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Let’s go hiking, learn some history, and have an adventure. Did you know that the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as moved — the whole thing? Pretty cool history. There are also some fun hiking trails nearby and nice access to the beach. On days that are too windy […]
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Introduction to junior sailing
    When: Light Wind Days Where: Hatteras Sailing Center on Pamlico Sound Introduction to Junior Sailing Optimist sailboats Club 420 Depending on the age and size of the camper, we will pre-rig Opti or Club 420 and pair up experienced sailors with new sailors. Coaches will give introductory chalk talks, and we will work on tipping […]
  • Cape Explorer Adventures: Protected Sound Access North of Buxton
    When: High Winds Where: Soundside beach access north of Buxton Village Parents Drop Off At the Soundside Beach Access Paddle boards Kayaks Optis with no sails Cape Explorers play in the sound, paddle around, play, learn about high wind, what white caps mean, how to judge wind speed and direction, and how to find protected […]