Outdoors

Youth campers can learn to sail and kayak, hike through the forest at Sails and Trails Camp

The second annual Sails and Trails Camp will give children ages 10-15 a chance to go fishing and hiking, and learn how to sail and kayak.

Point Defiance Marina and the Tacoma Youth Marine Center are partnering to offer the camp three times in July.

Mornings will be spent on the beach and in the forest of Point Defiance Park. The beach activities include a session on fishing regulations, fish identification and how to fish off a pier at Point Defiance Marina. Then staff-led hikes will take campers into the park along trails that meander through its old-growth forest, according to a Metro Parks Tacoma news release.

The afternoons will be spent at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center sailing and kayaking.

The instructors are graduates of the Sea Scout Program and current volunteers. They will teach campers how to rig their sail boats and kayaks, parts of the vessels, safety rules, navigation, knot tying, and sailing and kayaking techniques.

In addition, campers will take a field trip to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the Foss Waterway Seaport Center. They will also tour the Curtis and Odyssey, docked at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center, vessels used for the Sea Scout Program.

The camps will be 8 a.m.-5 pm. Monday-Friday July 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24.

The cost is $250 a student.

To register, go to metroparkstacoma.org/marina-camps.

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