The North Brooklyn Community Boathouse is a nonprofit, volunteer-run community organization. Our mission is to promote equity in access to the local waterways and reconnect our community with them, encouraging human-powered boating on and the environmental restoration of the waterways around Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and the rest of North Brooklyn. NBCB strongly depends on member support through annual dues and volunteer participation.

Membership Benefits
The benefits of becoming a North Brooklyn Community Boathouse member are many, including:

  • More chances to paddle with trained NBCB trip leaders! (See our calendar and sign up for our newsletter)
  • Learning paddling, navigation, and safety skills to assist trip leaders and help get more people involved and on the water
  • The opportunity to complete our Official Paddler process, becoming a dedicated volunteer who is also allowed to use club vessels and equipment outside of organized paddles
  • Access to our cabin at ACA Camp Lake Sebago on a beautiful lake in Harriman State Park. (NOTE: You must also join the ACA to use Camp Lake Sebago)
  • Attending the annual NBCB meeting
  • Involvement and investment in NBCB’s work to advocate and facilitate water access, human-powered boating, and environmental restoration of the waterways of North Brooklyn

Membership Dues
Membership dues are $50.  If you are a student or experiencing financial hardship, a $25 rate is available. If that price is a burden, contact us, and we will work something out. We will never allow price to keep someone from reaching the waters.

We keep our dues low in the hopes to include as many people as we can as NBCB members. Donations above the dues level helps lift all boats, and we thank you. Dues are assessed on an annual basis based on the date each member joins, and the paddling season, depending on the weather (historically this has been from mid-May to late October). It is important that members abide by NBCB safety protocols and the code of conduct. Membership structures, requirements, and processes are reviewed annually with input from our members to ensure they fit the growing organization.

We do not offer family memberships. Children are allowed on any NBCB member trip only if accompanied by a guardian and only with the previous explicit consent of the trip leader. Whether a child can come on any member trip is completely at the discretion of the trip leader.

Our public paddles are child friendly and a great way to bring kids out on the water.

How to Join
Use the online payment form below.

All online payments are processed through WildApricot’s Affinipay system (WildApricot is the company that hosts our calendar and membership databases). You’ll need to provide a credit card to complete online payment.

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NBCB is a community organization and welcomes all members of that community as boat club members. If you want to join but for any reason have difficulty with membership dues, please e-mail us.

You can also pay for membership offline by check or cash. First, complete the online membership form if possible. If you would rather fill out by hand and mail or bring to the boatyard, you can download the (form-fillable) PDF by clicking here.

Make check out to North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, and mail to North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, 131 Calyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11222. Include “for membership” in the memo area.

Cash payments are also accepted at the boatyard during club events: 51 Ash St., Brooklyn, NY.

Please e-mail North Brooklyn Community Boathouse with any questions.

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