The Schooner Summer Camp brings kids to the coastline to explore, learn, grow, get their feet wet in the water, and above all else - have fun! The camp offers one and two-week sessions. Two-week sessions can be taken back to back or in two separate weeks over the summer. Our summer camp curriculum is designed to appeal to youth ages 4-12 years old, with leadership and youth development opportunities for teens. The Schooner Summer Camp offers 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. Camp registration opens late Winter 2018. Join our mailing list for the latest updates!
Sea Sprites Shore Program - Ages 4-5
Our youngest campers will spend their day exploring the Long Island Sound for fiddler crabs, sea snails, and discovering the different habitats of egrets, mussels, and oysters! Sea Sprite campers will 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 4 by June 25th and previously attended a daycare program, camp, or pre-school.
Coast Quest Shore Program - Ages 6-8
Search for Long Island Sound marine life as we explore the Long Wharf Nature Preserve! Campers in the Sound Explorers shore program 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!
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 of the day on the water learning the fundamentals of sailing! Campers will 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. Campers will 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.
Leaders in Training Program - Ages 13-14
The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is an opportunity for young people to continue to stay involved in camp as they get older and to help them build the skills they need to become a Junior Counselor while also participating in camp activities. Campers in the LIT program will participate in positive youth development and team building activities throughout the day while exploring the Long Island Sound both on land and on the water. The LIT program is unique because each program will vary based on participants interests. Campers will have the opportunity to sail, kayak, shadow a Junior Counselor, and act as a helper to Environmental Educators and Sailing Instructors.
Junior Counselors Volunteer Opportunity - Ages 15+
The Junior Counselor program is an opportunity for teens ages 15 and up to gain volunteer hours, act as a positive role model, and gain experience to put on their resume. Junior Counselors act as helpers for our adult staff and serve as a positive role model to our younger campers. The Schooner camp asks that all Junior Counselors attend a two-day training prior to the start of camp to learn basic youth development, camp expectations, and what their role will be over the summer. Junior Counselors may volunteer for as many weeks as they would like and must commit to at least one full week over the summer. To apply for the Junior Counselor program parents will need to register them through our camp registration system, and the teenager will need to fill out an application form on the same online platform.
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