Schooner Camp






We look forward to seeing you in 2019! Please note: exact programming, dates, and pricing will be updated by February 2019.

Schooner Summer Camp brings kids to the coastline to explore, learn, grow, get their feet wet and above all else - have fun! Camp is designed to appeal to youth ages 6-14 with leadership and youth development opportunities for teens. We offer both a land-based Shore Program and a sea-based Sailing Program in which campers engage in science-based learning through adventure, exploration, crafts, songs and games. Campers spend their time learning and exploring from Sound School, the Long Wharf Nature Preserve and out on New Haven Harbor.

Financial Aid: A generous financial aid program is available, download the application by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page, or register online and complete the application in conjuction with the registration.

For questions, please contact Camp Director, Cori Merchant at (203) 562-6655 or via email.


Sea Sprites Shore Program - Ages 4-5

Our youngest campers spend their day exploring the Long Island Sound for fiddler crabs, sea snails and more, discovering the different habitats of egrets, mussels, and oysters!  Sea Sprite campers experience a combination of hands-on activities, games, crafts and exploration time as well as some cool down time inside and in the shade. Sea Sprite camp is all about exposing our youngest campers to the wonders of the Long Island Sound while creating new friends and having fun! Campers must have turned four by the first day of camp and previously attended a daycare program, camp, or pre-school. See pricing and dates.


Coast Quest Shore 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! See pricing and dates. 



Sound Explorers Sailing Program - Ages 9-12

Campers in the Sailing Program 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 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 sign up for two weeks of sailing camp to gain more sailing experience. See pricing and dates. 


Leaders in Training Program - Ages 13-14

The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is an awesome opportunity for teens to stay involved in camp as they get older and build the skills they need to become a Junior Counselor while also participating in camp activities. LITs participate in positive youth development and team building activities for half of the day and spend time on the water exploring the Long Island Sound. Campers may have the opportunity to shadow a Junior Counselor, act as a helper to Environmental Educators and Sailing Instructors, engage with younger campers, and build job skills. See pricing and dates. 



Junior Counselors Volunteer Opportunity - Ages 15+

The Junior Counselor program is an opportunity for teens, 15 and up to gain volunteer hours, act as a positive role model and gain experience to working with youth. Assist adult staff with a small group of campers, running games, assisting with crafts, teaching sailing, exploring nature and much more. We ask Junior Counselors to attend a two-day training prior to camp to learn basic youth development skills, camp expectations and meet summer staff. Junior Counselors may volunteer for multiple weeks, but must commit to at least one full week. To apply for this program, parents need to register through the summer camp registration system. We will reach out in June regarding training dates and with a short questionnaire.



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Financial Aid is available for families that qualify. The financial aid application can be completed online in conjunction with online camp registration or can be completed prior to registration via the Financial Aid Form linked below.


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