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COVID-19 UPDATE: Schooner Camp Canceled with Possible Alternative Programming Coming Soon.

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We at Gather New Haven are heartbroken at having to cancel our regular camp this year due to the ongoing risk of contracting COVID-19 and the associated safety restrictions imposed on camps that make it impossible to gear up and safely operate. Anyone who is currently registered for camp will get full refunds (minus admin fees) issued to you as soon as possible.

With the need to cancel the regular Schooner Camp, Gather New Haven is working quickly to put in place creative, alternative programming that will be fun and meet family’s needs this summer.   

You can help by letting us know what you would like to see for your children ( or yourself if you are the camper or junior counselor) by completing this survey using this link.

We look forward to having you back to our regular camp program in 2021, and to engaging you in our summer 2020 alternative programs in the meantime.  


Nikki Saccoccia, Schooner Camp Director


Schooner Camp brings kids to the coastline to explore, learn, grow, get their feet wet and above all else – have fun! Camp is for youth ages 6-14 with leadership and youth development opportunities for teens. Shore exploration and and Learn to Sail programs engage campers in science-based learning and environmental education through hands-on activities, adventures, crafts, and games!

Off-season Camp Contact: Gather New Haven, (203) 562-6655,

Camp Location: Sound School, 60 S Water Street, New Haven

Camp Dates: June 29 – August 21, 2020      Camp Hours: M-F, 9am – 3pm, Aftercare until 5pm

This video was created by New Haven Land Trust prior to the merger, but contains great information about our Schooner Camp program.



Ages 6 – 8

Search for Long Island Sound marine life as we explore the Long Wharf Nature Preserve! Coast Quest campers spend their day exploring the Long Island Sound coastline, searching for prehistoric horseshoe crabs and discovering oysters and mussels in their natural habitats! Campers play games, sing songs, and get their feet wet while learning about the local ecosystem. Campers focus on topics such as habitats, ecosystems, conservation, watersheds, water pollution, and stewardship of the coastline while having a blast exploring and making new friendships!


Ages 9 – 12

Campers spend half their day exploring the diverse habitats of the Long Island Sound from land and the other half on the water learning the fundamentals of basic sailing! Campers learn how to sail a small sailboat, learn basic boat handling maneuvers, knots, boat safety and how to work and communicate with a team. They develop courage, focus and tenacity adventuring on the protected waters of the New Haven Harbor while engaging in a science-based curriculum, crafts, and exploring the coastal habitats. We recommend campers register for two weeks of camp to gain sailing experience


Ages 10 – 12

Campers in the Two-Week Adventure Sailing Program must have some previous experience sailing or have sailed at Schooner Camp before. This two-week program is geared to give campers a more in depth experience with sailing, skippering and maneuvering sailboats. Campers spend half their day exploring the diverse habitats of the Long Island Sound from land and the other half on the water learning the fundamentals of sailing! Campers learn how to sail and skipper a small sailboat, learn detailed boat handling maneuvers, knots, boat safely and how to work and communicate with a team.


Ages 13-14

The Leadership & Sailing program is a two week opportunity for teens to continue at camp as they get older with a focus on building personal skills, sailing skills, and showing leadership with camp youth. Campers focus on team building and leadership skills while exploring the Long Island Sound both on land and on the water. Campers participate in half a day of sailing activities, and half day land and large group activities, and mentor younger campers through time spent assisting Environmental Educators and Sailing Instructors.


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