Beginning & Intermediate Sailing
(no previous sailing experience necessary)
Skimmers: Ages 9-10
Ospreys: Ages 11-12
Campers in both Skimmers & Osprey spend half their day exploring the diverse habitats of the Long Island Sound from land and the other half is spent on the water learning the fundamentals of basic sailing! Campers learn how to sail a small sailboat, learning basic boat rigging, handling and safety. They will also learn knots, nomenclature, and how to work and communicate with a crew. Develop courage, focus and tenacity adventuring on the protected waters of the New Haven Harbor, while engaged in a science-based curriculum, crafts, and coastal exploration. Campers will also engineer and build their own mini recycled material boats or fiddler crab traps, and engage in other fun S.T.E.A.M.( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) challenges!
Sea Stewards: Ages 13-14
Sea Stewards is a leaders in training (LIT) & sailing camp is for young teens. The focus is on building interpersonal, leadership, and sailing skills, while interacting with younger campers on and off the water. Campers participate in half a day of sailing activities, and half day land activities, mentoring younger campers on how to be environmental stewards assisting Environmental Educators and Sailing Instructors.
Leaders will have the opportunity to develop a conservation campaign, and to teach younger campers how to be responsible earth stewards. Campers will also learn ways that conservation scientists collect data about ecosystems, and participate in community science projects around the nature preserve.
(previous sailing experience necessary)
Sea Scouts: Ages 10-12
Campers in this adventure sailing program must have some previous experience sailing. This two-week program will give campers a more in-depth experience with sailing, skippering and maneuvering sailboats. Campers spend half their day exploring the diverse habitats either on land or by kayak on Long Island Sound and will sail during the other half! Campers learn detailed boat safety and handling maneuvers, advanced knots and nomenclature and how to work and communicate with a crew. Learn some basic survival skills on both land and water along the way!
This program is inspired by the BSA Sea Scout Program framework to introduce campers to a more in-depth and applied experience navigating the waters of Long Island Sound that will carry their experience beyond Schooner.
*previous experience is defined by: two 2-week programs or another equivalent to a month’s worth of sailing
*Slight modification: We will be using canoes not kayaks.