Owners, Don & Heidi Watkins, were in professional yachting aboard 50-120 foot sailing and motor yachts, private and charter, in 40+ countries around the world prior to relocating to North Carolina ten years ago....
All that being said…the focus is on YOU and FUN!
We have no TV or video games in our home. We want our kids to know where eggs come from (and eat fresh ones too), witness cows birth calves, plant seeds and watch them explode with life, kiss and hug llamas, dig in the dirt every single day, and sculpt imaginary kingdoms from pine straw, pebbles, and twigs. This year, my children will learn to sail…we are fortunate to be down the road from the lake.
We strive to provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere, with plenty of water, mud, open space, and a few creatures…and kids’ minds and bodies do the rest. Our goal is to help kids live the childhood they are meant to – and not rush it. Without the distractions of the modern life, kid’s innate sense of wonder and imagination takes over, and they savor simple treasures, learn new things, and enjoy carefree timelessness.
Campers are outdoors 98% of the time rain or shine. They love it (as they are dressed for it!) We also believe in small groups - children and their parents are NOT numbers to us - so our programs are structured with a minimum of 5:1 camper to counselor ratio, often even better. This allows for loads of personal attention and a true quality connection.
Whether your child is pre-school age (SunStarFarm.com) or school age (JordanLakeBoatingCamp.com) and (NCTinkeringSchool.com), our programs are designed to delight and educate, and provide the highest standard of quality care, safety, and encouragement for your child to grow.
At the end of a fun day, our simple wish is that families go home closer to nature and closer to their children. Our yachting travels make for good sea stories, but pale in comparison to the wild adventure of parenthood and business ownership – we love what we do! We are very honored to have a place in your child's life to help them grow and thrive...
One last thing - for summer 2019 we are formalizing our Counselor-In-Leadership Training and Junior Counselor program to set a path forward for campers who are "gung ho" boating/fishing/paddling. I wish to encourage campers to think and dream of the future, and get boating and leadership skills that will prepare them for the workforce. I've been fortunate to have campers who've been with us for the last 7 years and wish to grow. Plus, I've had the honor to have young counselors work with me for 4+ years then go on to great things on and off the water. Boating, ships and the sea are the perfect canvas to build character, decision-making, and life skills.
Fair winds and following seas,
Don & Heidi Watkins