Mariners Adventure Camp
August 10 @ 9:00 am - August 14 @ 4:30 pm
Give your child the experience of a lifetime aboard the schooner Mary E, learning the traditional skills that were required to build and sail this historic ship. Campers ages 11-14 will join the ship’s crew in this five-day, immersive program.
Each morning campers will explore and develop the traditional skills of the shipwright on the grounds of the museum’s historic Percy & Small Shipyard. Campers will make treenails, try blacksmithing, and steam-bend wood, along with other traditional skills. Afternoons will be spent dockside and underway aboard Mary E, where campers will learn to handle dock lines, raise and trim sails, read charts and plot courses, tie essential knots, and take the wheel.
Under the guidance of our professional crew and Coast Guard-licensed Captain, campers will put those lessons to work on daily sails down the Kennebec River. The final day will be spent under sail bound for Seguin Island.* Campers will leave this unique experience with a greater understanding of teamwork, leadership, stewardship, and traditional skills.
For students ages 11-14 years old. Camp runs from 9 am to 4:30 pm, August 10 through 14. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available (8 am to 5:30 pm) for an additional $25. Campers must bring a lunch. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Campers should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities each day.
No previous sailing experience is required.
*Sailing time and trip to Seguin Island is weather dependent.
Mary E is owned and operated by Maine Maritime Museum and inspected by the US Coast Guard. Though traditional in operation and construction, Mary E carries modern navigation and safety equipment.
This program is made possible thanks to support from the Twombly Family