Schooner Day Camp

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Sailing, swimming & exploring aboard an 1812 privateer!

Your child will spend a fun and educational week aboard the 70-foot schooner Fame, a replica of the famous privateer from the War of 1812. He or she will learn how to sail a traditional wooden schooner and experience what life was like for the fishermen, pirates, traders, and privateers who built our North Shore. We'll explore and chart a deserted island, swim in secluded coves, and sail all over beautiful Salem Sound.

Campers will all learn to raise, lower, and reef sails, trim sails to the wind, take the tiller on all points of sail, read charts and plot courses, tie essential knots, and identify all parts of the vessel. Older campers will learn to handle dock lines and perform essential checks and maintenance.  No previous sailing experience is required. 

Schooner Day Camp 2014

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Campers should always wear sunscreen and bring a windbreaker and hat regardless of the forecast. Campers should bring a light snack and a bag lunch along with a hydrating drink such as water or juice.

We are based at Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem. Access to the vessel is through the main entrance to the marina, next to the Victoria Station restaurant.

Campers will be divided into two groups or "watches" by age and ability and issued a color-coded t-shirt. If you want your camper to be placed in the same group as another camper or campers, please let us know at the time of registration.