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Design. Build. Sail.

June 20 – August 12

summer camp for Ages 8-13

Your child will explore the Nauticus campus as they dive into STEM to STERN based activities onboard our Harbor 20 sailboats, the Schooner Virginia, the Battleship Wisconsin and inside our discovery center, Nauticus!

Throughout the week, campers will sail on the Elizabeth River, build underwater robots, explore our new summer traveling exhibition, Drones, and much more.


Let them teach you what it takes for a 58,000-ton steel ship to float or how over 6,500 square feet of sails are controlled by a tall ship’s crew! The ultimate ending will involve your child constructing their own makeshift boat to compete with their teammates in a regatta–encompassing all that they’ve learned during the week.

Week 1: 6/20 – 6/24 Thanks for coming!
Week 2: 6/27 – 7/01 Thanks for coming!
Week 3: 7/11 – 7/15 Thanks for coming!
Week 4: 7/18 – 7/22 Thanks for coming!
Week 5: 7/25 – 7/29 Thanks for coming!
Week 6: 8/01 – 8/05 Thanks for coming!
Week 7: 8/08 – 8/12 Thanks for coming!

Not a member yet? Check out the benefits of Nauticus membership including camp registration discounts.

Nauticus Member Discount: In order to receive your Nauticus Member discount, members must click “Sign In” in the upper right corner prior to placing tickets in your shopping cart. If you have not yet registered, click the “Register” link in the upper right corner and register with the SAME email address that you provided when becoming a member. Once registered and signed in, the member discount will be applied to the camp registration and reflected in the total amount at checkout.

Explore the camp

Campers will be immersed in the world of sailing during their experience at one of Nauticus Summer Camps. Whether it’s steering a Harbor 20 sailboat in the Elizabeth River or tying knots on the Schooner Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay, campers will take away the science behind sailing and more.  Along with the sailing techniques, campers will learn life skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork.

Campers will explore the battleship, discovery center and Schooner Virginia. In addition, campers will experience our new summer traveling exhibition Drones.

Four words: Duct tape boat regatta!

Throughout the week, Design.Build.Sail. campers will collect marine debris from the Elizabeth River and use recycled materials to construct their own makeshift boat to be raced in the Nauticus entrance pond at the end of the week. Parents are welcome to cheer on their camper!

Throughout the week, campers will learn how Nauticus practices environmental conservation on its campus. As they venture around the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay, campers will understand how marine debris affects the ecosystem and come up with pollution prevention ideas.

frequently Asked questions

Please drop your child off in front of Nauticus between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. daily and pick them up at the same place between 5:00 – 5:15 p.m. A Nauticus instructor will meet campers in the front loop of Nauticus for drop off and pickup. Please remain in your vehicle.

We will ask for confirmation each day at pick up before signing out your child.

Children in groups of three or four will be taught by a trained instructor on each Harbor 20 sailboat.

While we try to give our campers a diverse experience and encourage new friendships, we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Sailing in the rain is a sail you’ll remember, especially if the wind is up. However, safety is our priority, and we will not sail if lightning and thunder or any other threatening weather conditions are a factor, nor will we sail in winds above 20 knots. If poor weather occurs, land-based activities will be held until the weather clears up.

No, food is not provided. Please ensure your child brings a water bottle, bag lunch, and two snacks daily. Campers should label coolers and water bottles.