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Boat Host registration is open  for Big Day at the Lake XIX

Big Day at the Lake 18 / Nichie Cole photo

May 9. Big Day at the Lake XVIIII is July 22, which means hundreds of children and youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas will come to Lake Norman for a full day of fun.

More than 75 Boat Hosts are needed to take the children—along with their mentors—out on the lake for a morning of fun, concluding with a picnic for 600-plus participants at Duke Energy Explorium.

The BBBS mentors or Bigs serve as built-in chaperones for the children, also known as Littles.

Any type of boat is welcome, but not jet skis for safety reasons.

Boat Hosts choose where to meet—a local marina, boat ramp, yacht club or a private home.

Sign up

Boat Hosts can sign up at bigdayatthelake.com. There is also a variety of volunteer positions, ranging from greeters to grillers and food servers.


The day starts at 9 am at your dock, boat ramp, marina or yacht club. Pair up with a friend or a group for even more fun. Big Day at the Lake has safe harbors organized as well as Boat Captains who can help with meeting up. Boat Hosts and the Big/Little matches can drive separately to the picnic, a fun event made possible by local food sponsors and volunteers.

The picnic is a private event for Bigs, Littles, Boat Hosts and their families.

Big Day at the Lake has three simple goals:

• Provide a full day of fun on Lake Norman for at-risk children in BBBS.

• Recruit Bigs or mentors for an effective organization with a single mission

• Raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has high ratings for its management of funds


The Presenting Sponsors are Atrium Health, Ericka and Bill Cain, Champion Tire, Freedom Boat Club and South Creek Construction.

Admiral Sponsors include ACN, Margaret and Blair Boggs, Cashion’s, Carolyn and Jim Duke, Duke Energy, Bridget and Don Rainey, Amy and Brent Sparks and The Short Family Foundation.

For a full list of sponsors, click here.


More than $130,000 has been raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas so far this year.