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Youth Camps

Come for a day (Sailor For A Day Camp) or a week (Maritime Camp).  Come alone to one of our open enrollment camps and make new friends; or, book a private camp for your youth group (Youth Organization Sails).  Join the ship’s crew for a very unique camp experience aboard this authentically restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner.  The combination of tall ship sail training aboard a historically significant vessel and environmental education makes this a one-of-a-kind experience.

We leave many modern comforts behind (particularly electronics) and step back in time to experience life “back in the day”.  Accommodations are basic but more than adequate to meet our needs at sea.

As we haul on the manila lines to the beat of a shanty, the heavy canvas sails slowly rise.  As the sails catch the wind, we are underway.  Campers helm the ship, plot the course and learn basic sail theory.  We explore the surrounding environment, trawl for local marine life and assess the health of the water.  There is no better place to learn about how we impact our watershed.

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Heave away, haul away, ship rolls along…


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Sailor For A Day Camp

For youth aged 10 – 16

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Plotting the course.


Develop your skills as a sailor.

Set and strike the sails.

Helm (steer) the ship.

Plot the course.

Tie knots.

Utilize the simple machines onboard.




Learn about the surrounding environment.

Connect to the local watershed.

Trawl for plankton and other local marine life.

Assess the quality of the water.

Dissect an oyster.

Identify ways to become a better steward of the environment.

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Investigating the catch of the day.

Capacity:  25 total participants on Sailor For A Day Camps.

Cost:  $70 per camper.

Sail Times:  8:45 am boarding for a 9:00 am departure – 4:00 pm disembark.  Most Wednesdays during the summer months from various ports of call.  The list of 2017 dates and port locations follows (see below).

What To Bring:  Completed registration paperwork, lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat with chin strap, a warm layer as it is always cooler on the water than it is onshore, and a rain jacket / poncho as we sail rain or shine.  You are also welcome to bring a camera and / or binoculars.

Upon booking, a detailed list of what to bring; registration paperwork to be completed and brought with the camper on the day of camp; and, other important details about the experience will be sent via email to the camper.

2017 Sail Dates / Ports of Call:

June 28th: Liberty State Park, Jersey City

July 12th: Liberty State Park, Jersey City

August 16th: Utsch’s Marina, Cape May

August 23rd: Utsch’s Marina, Cape May

Maritime Camp

For youth aged 11 – 17 

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Taking the helm.



This 5-day, 4-night shipboard experience immerses campers into the life of a traditional sailor.  It consists of all of the same components of the Sailor For A Day Camp and more.  More sail time and time on the helm.  Seeing the diversity of marine life along the way.  Comparing the quality of the water from one location to the next.  Anchor watch and/or sailing through the night.  Longer navigation routes.  More plotting practice.  Understanding the theory behind the sailing.



Campers quickly become an integral part of the crew and are involved in every aspect of the sailing and living onboard.  That includes daily chores and meal preparation.  Three vegetarian meals and an afternoon snack are provided each day.  Conservation of all shipboard resources is imperative.  Accumulation of waste is obvious.  Daily activities include measuring the amount of resources consumed and waste generated.  Living a simple life without many modern-day conveniences is experienced.

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Galley duty. Yum, pizza for dinner!

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Many hands make light work.



The demands of the ship require effective teamwork.  Everyone plays an important role in the efficient operation of the ship.  The crew of 20 (12 campers and 8 professional crew) quickly bond and become a formidable shipboard community.  It is not all work and no play.  Journaling and quiet reflection time are provided to allow participants to take in the moment.  Shanties are sung.  Skits performed.  Games played.  Friendships formed.


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Capacity:  12 total participants on Maritime Camps.

Cost:  $750 per camper.  $150 deposit required at time of booking.  Balance due 2 weeks prior to start of camp.  Fee includes all meals, accommodations, and 2 tickets for the afternoon public sail on Day 5 of the camp.

Sail Times:  8:45 am boarding for a 9:00 am departure on Day 1 of the camp.  Day 5 of the camp ends with an afternoon public sail where campers demonstrate their newly acquired sailing skills and knowledge about the local environment.

Upon booking, a detailed list of what to bring; registration paperwork to be completed and returned in advance of the camp; and, other important details about the experience will be sent via email to the camper.

2017 Sail Dates / Ports of Call:

July 17th – July 21st: Transit Camp (Liberty State Park, Jersey City to Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island)

For reservations with initial deposit and balance to be paid at a later date, call 856-785-2060.

Scholarship funds may be available.  Click here to learn about our Maritime Camp Scholarship Fund Program.


Youth Organization Sails

We can tailor the 3-hour Education Sail, the full-day Sailor For A Day Camp and the week-long Maritime Camp experience to support the learning goals of youth organizations such as the Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H, Youth Sailing Clubs, etc.  If you are interested in bringing a youth group aboard for one of these experiences and would like to tailor the program, please contact the Shipboard Program Coordinator at or 856-785-2060 ext. 107 to discuss possibilities.

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Established groups develop even closer bonds.


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On her way to earning a Tall Ship Sailor patch.


Tall Ship Sailor Patch

By popular demand, we have tailored our 3-hour Education Sail to provide more focus on sailing and the opportunity for youth to earn a Tall Ship Sailor patch which they can proudly wear to symbolize their seamanship skills.  Participants learn about safety at sea, stand lookout, plot our course, steer the ship and learn to teach basic knots.  In addition, participants learn about the history of the ship and the oystering industry for which she was built; and, experience our signature Watershed station.  Contact the Shipboard Program Coordinator at or 856-785-2060 ext. 107 to book a ‘Tall Ship Sailor’ program for your Scout or other youth organization.

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