Camps & Adventures
Kids’ and Adults’ Sailing Adventures
Be part of the crew! Sailing camps on New Jersey’s official Tall Ship are education and enjoyable.
Send your kids, yourself or the whole family, our overnight transits are experiences you will never forget!
2017 Camp & Adventure Schedule
Something for everyone!
- 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.
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.
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 "Sailor for a Day" Dates & Ports of Call
Wednesday, June 28th: Liberty State Park, Jersey City - SIGNUP and PAY online
Wednesday, July 12th: Liberty State Park, Jersey City - SIGNUP and PAY online
Wednesday, August 9th: Utsch’s Marina, Cape May - SIGNUP and PAY online
Wednesday, August 16th: Utsch’s Marina, Cape May - SIGNUP and PAY online
Wednesday, August 23rd: Utsch’s Marina, Cape May - SIGNUP and PAY online
For more information, call the Bayshore Center at Bivalve 856-785-2060 or email Info@BayshoreCenter.org
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.
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.
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. Scholarship funds may be available. Click here to learn about our Maritime Camp Scholarship Fund Program.
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.
What to bring: 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 "Maritime Camp" Dates & Ports of Call
July 17th – July 21st: Transit Camp (Liberty State Park, Jersey City to Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island)
For reservations with an initial deposit and balance to be paid at a later date, or for more information, call the Bayshore Center at Bivalve 856-785-2060 or email Info@BayshoreCenter.org
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 Education@BayshoreCenter.org or 856-785-2060 ext. 107 to discuss possibilities.
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 Education@BayshoreCenter.org or 856-785-2060 ext. 107 to book a ‘Tall Ship Sailor’ program for your Scout or other youth organization.
Adults & Familes
Are you looking for a getaway from the ordinary daily grind? Try a sailor’s life! This all inclusive sailing adventure may be just what you are looking for. Reserve a bunk on the boat and step into another world. As a guest on board, you can “do as you please”. You can sit back and relax while the crew does the work, or you can participate in raising sails, steering, and standing watch.
The wind and tide determine where we go and where/if we anchor. These voyages can be one, two, or three nights depending on where the next port is located. Included in the price: three meals a day, a bunk for you and your stuff, breathtaking photographs, and unbelievable memories! Transportation before and after the cruise is not provided; however, our ports are accessible via public transportation. A packing list will be sent prior to boarding in order for our guests to feel comfortable and at home while on board.
See our schedule for dates and ports.
Adults (13-59) $125 per day
Seniors (60+) $100 per day
Children (7-12) $75 per day
Children under the age of 7 are not permitted on the sailing adventures, but are welcome on the public sails.
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources. They accomplish this goal in part by donating the proceeds of the race to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an organization working to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to support children’s education programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The race begins in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends 127 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay in Portsmouth, Virginia.
A.J. Meerwald participates every October, and opens its “hatches” to guests. There is a limit to the number of guests and will be on a first come first served basis. There are three legs of the race which can be purchased individually or as a package. The cost for the entire trip (all three legs) $800.
Leg 1-Bivalve, NJ to Baltimore, MD
Winner of the First Annual “Epic Philadelphia to Baltimore Race”, the A.J. Meerwald will set sail early on Tuesday morning of Race Week and head to Baltimore. Feel the excitement of a race before a race. Once we are safely docked in Baltimore, you will get the chance to spend the day in town, admire the other schooners, and participate in the Parade of Sail through Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Disembark on Wednesday night. Included in the price: on board lodging for two nights, meals, Parade of Sail, Sailors’ Evening Party and a race T-shirt. Return transportation from Baltimore to Bivalve is not provided.
Leg 2-Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA
Join the crew of New Jersey’s Tall Ship for the largest overnight schooner race in the U.S.! Board the boat in Baltimore on Wednesday and participate in the Parade of Sail through Inner Harbor and Fells Point, and join the other crews at the dockside Sailors’ Evening. On Thursday morning, get underway for the 127 nautical mile race down the Chesapeake Bay. The boat may finish Friday night, but the race officially concludes Saturday with an Oyster & Pig Roast and awards ceremony. Disembark on Saturday night. Included in the price: on board lodging for three nights, meals, all events and race T-shirt. Return transportation from Portsmouth to Baltimore is not provided.
Leg 3-Portsmouth, VA to Bivalve, NJ
Help the crew return the A.J. Meerwald back to her home port. Board the boat on Saturday and participate in the Oyster and Pig Roast that afternoon. Depart Portsmouth on Sunday morning and arrive in Bivalve, NJ on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Included in the price: on board lodging for two nights, meals, Oyster and Pig Roast, and race T-shirt. Return transportation from Bivalve to Portsmouth is not provided.