Monday, August 1, 2011

15 youth, 3 instructors, 1 sailboat

Join Aquarium Teen Program Coordinator Liz Whitlinger and campers with the Harbor Discoveries Schooner Adventure Camp as they blog from the high seas. After a week of preparation, our crew of young explorers board a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay. 

Harbor Discoveries Camps at the New England Aquarium has a long standing tradition of planning camp weeks that get youth outside of the walls of the Aquarium’s Ocean Center and into the different habitat areas around Massachusetts. Schooner Adventures is one of the few two week programs where we take the Advanced Campers on a full week expedition.

After spending a week around New England learning about ship building, whaling, tide pools, water properties and orienteering; the second week we set sail on a schooner run by Ocean Classroom

The 125ft long boat will be home to myself, Alison and Jeff, the Ocean Classroom crew and 15 eager 8th and 9th graders.  They will be blogging about their trials and tribulations learning how to sail, living a boat with no real showers and being in confined spaces 24/7 for 5 days and 4 nights. Stay tuned for updates to track our progress through the team building week and through the Atlantic.

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