Youth Program - First Day Info

Covid-19 Impact on Programming

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Madison has canceled all non-credit programs and activities for the summer of 2020. This, regrettably, includes the Hoofer Youth Sailing Program. We at the Sailing Club were very much looking forward to welcoming your children to our lakefront this summer, and are of course saddened by this news. However, we know that this decision was made with the health of our community in mind. For those of you who have already registered a participant and paid the enrollment fee, you will be refunded in full. There is no further action needed on your part to receive a refund. We know how much the Youth Program means to you and your children, and are deeply saddened that we cannot offer this outlet to outdoor recreation this summer. Club leadership is taking this time to evaluate our program very carefully and look for potential options to host limited instruction online. We look forward to offering an even hirer degree of excellence onsite when our program resumes. We wish you and your loved ones all the best and hope that we will be able to welcome you back to our program in 2021. Any questions should be directed to Mills Botham at

What to Wear


Wearing clothes appropriate for water sports will make the Hoofer Youth Program experience more enjoyable. Campers should dress for outdoor safety and comfort and should expect to get wet every day.

Ideal clothing would be: a swimsuit and/or rash guard, old tennis shoes or close-toed sandals with a heel strap and sunglasses with a strap and/or a hat. The Youth Program will provide all safety equipment including life jackets.

Other Things to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry clothes, dry shoes and a towel for after class
  • If attending a Day Camp or two sessions in a day, youth should pack a lunch or bring lunch money to buy a sandwich at the Memorial Union. Refrigerators are available.
  • Please do not bring valuables to class — Hoofers is not responsible for theft.

Drop-off & Pick-up


Students can be dropped off at the Park Street circle located between the Memorial Union and Helen C. White College Library.

Drop-offs are not allowed earlier than 10 minutes before class time and pick-ups are not to be after 10 minutes of class completion. Our instructors are busy using the time before class to prep for the day and will not check students in before this 10 minute period. We ask for a 10 minute period after class to finish cleaning, de-rigging boats and answering any last-minute questions.

If your child will not be attending any given day, please inform us of this one day prior so we can make any necessary adjustments to our lesson plans.

Where do we check-in?

  • We will have staff members waiting in the Park Street Circle. Alternatively, if you arrive via the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path, come to the Yellow Canopy that is right on the lake, just West of the Memorial Union (see map above).