From: Gillson Beach or Skokie Lagoons
Price:$ 225
Duration: 9am - 12pm

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9am - 12pm
Skill Rating:
Gillson Beach or Skokie Lagoons
$ 225
Minimum Age 9
Included: All sea kayak equipment, instruction and supervision.
Not Included: Transportation or personal clothing, equipment, and lunch. Cancellation policy applies.

Want something new and exciting for your youngsters this summer? Half-Day Water Week is the adventure you’re looking for. Participants learn the basics of kayaking, water safety and have blast playing around in beautiful Lake Michigan. NWP staff provides a safe environment and fun, new challenges everyday. Ages 9 to 13 welcome.


We will meet our campers at the Gillson Park (directions included) kayak launch at 9:00 a.m. each morning. Please be sure to arrive on time so that we can get started on our full morning of exciting activities! Once everyone has arrived we’ll start the morning with group games that will energize us for the morning! We’ll spend some time on land as we learn about the essential gear and safety guidelines of kayaking. Once everyone is comfortable with the equipment and safety guidelines, we’ll get on the water! In the morning we’ll apply what we’ve learned on land in the water! We’ll play games that will incorporate their paddle strokes, map reading skills, and other essentials of kayaking. To make sure that each camper is getting the most out of his/her Half-Day Kayak camp experience, our skilled staff will provide the best learning environment
Our campers will be prepared to be picked up at 12:00 p.m. each afternoon at Gillson Park. You will be notified if the time or place of pick-up/drop-off is changed.

Monday Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch
9:00am Meet Time Confirm paper work/Answer any Parent Questions Provide Schedule for week
9:30 Introduction/Games/Daily Morning Activity
10:00 Kayak Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling
12:00 Pick-up

Tuesday Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity
9:30 Kayak Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling

Wednesday Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity
9:30 Put-in North Branch Chicago River
12:00 PICK- UP at Gillson Park

9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity
9:30 Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling/Orientation to Lagoons
12:00 PICK-UP Skokie Lagoons

Friday Meet at Gillson Park Kayak Launch
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity
9:30 Kayak Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling
12:00 PICK-UP at Gillson Park

** Itinerary subject to change.

Clothing & Equipment:

Daypack containing:

  • 1 Liter Water Bottle (full)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Change of Dry Clothes
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Sunglasses with retaining strap (optional)

When planning for your kayaking program you will need to wear clothes which can get wet, a towel, hat and/or sunglasses, raingear and shoes that can get wet. Flip-flop sandals are not as useful as they will come off in open water. Sport sandals (Tevas, Chakos etc) or an old pair of tennis shoes works well. All participants must wear shoes for the entirety of the program.

In cool weather, a nylon jacket, pants, and synthetic long underwear can all be helpful. Cotton is to be avoided since once wet, it stays very wet and makes you feel colder. Synthetic materials (polypropylene, fleece, etc. will keep you warm even when they are wet. Come prepared for warm, cold and/or wet weather; we will be paddling rain or shine! If you wear glasses, be sure to have something with you to tie them on, such as Croakies. Because there is always the possibility that a kayak could tip over we want you to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. Some people also like to bring a change of dry clothes for the ride home if it looks like the weather will be wet. In addition please bring any food goodies that you may want to munch on as well as water or juice.

If you have any questions please call our office ahead of time at (847) 256-4409. We look forward to paddling with you!!!
Trips go rain or shine!

How do I get there?
We kayak out of Gillson Park in Wilmette and the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka. We will send you a map and detailed directions upon registration.

How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the predetermined launch site.

What money should I take?

What's the weather like?
Plan for Chicago summer air temperatures and water temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees.

What do I need to bring?
We will send you a detailed gear list upon registration.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
The guides will be carrying cell phones and marine radios.

How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We split up the day so that everyone gets a chance to learn kayaking skills and go for a few long paddles, but we also save plenty of time for playing around in the water.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use rotomolded singe and double plastic sea kayaks.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
Our guides are outdoor professionals who are certified in Wilderness First Aid. Our lead guides are BCU or ACA certified kayak instructors.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior experience or conditioning is necessary for this camp.