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: New Haven Land Trust, (203) 562-6655,
Camp Location: Sound School, 60 S Water Street, New Haven
Camp Dates: TBD - Late June to mid-August, 2020 Camp Hours: M-F, 9am - 3pm, Aftercare until 5pm
Registration for Summer Camp 2020 will open in February!
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 topicssuch 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 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
ADVENTURE SAILING TWO-WEEK PROGRAM
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.
LEADERS IN TRAINING TWO-WEEK PROGRAM
The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is a Two-Week 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 also spend time on land and on the water exploring the Long Island Sound and learning to sail. Campers 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.
JUNIOR COUNSELORS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.