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Schooner Virginia Overnight

June 27-July 1 and July 11-15

summer camp for Ages 14-18

During this 5-day, 4-night camp, your teen will explore the southern Bay aboard our 120-foot tall ship. Sailors will be immersed in all facets of tall ship sailing from raising sails and standing watches, to ship upkeep and navigation! This experience will build leadership and teamwork as campers learn about coastal ecology and maritime history.

A Southern Chesapeake Voyage

The Schooner Virginia will sail throughout the southern Chesapeake Bay and make stops at two ports of call for students to explore cultural sites, shops, and other attractions within walking distance.

This incredible opportunity also allows for students to spend a night (or two) at anchor and experience the beauty of the night sky away from light pollution.

*Sailing experience is not necessary

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frequently Asked questions

In addition to our US Coast Guard licensed Captain, our other co-ed crew are trained sailors and educators. Schooner Virginia crew are Nauticus Foundation staff—they are all background checked and trained in safety and emergency response in accordance with US Coast Guard requirements.

Yes! For the duration of the voyage, your teen will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided as well as snacks available. They are welcome to also pack a favorite snack or two. However, no gum is allowed. Please be sure to inform us of food allergies on the participant waiver/permission slip.

While we try to give our campers a diverse experience and encourage new friendships, we will do our best to Your teen will be split into a watch for the duration of the voyage. Your teen’s watch will spend time learning how to sail the vessel, participating in engaging education stations, engaging in shipboard responsibilities—like bow watch and cleaning.  They will also be able to enjoy down time while underway.

There is no formal itinerary, the destinations and voyage schedule are based on a number of factors, including forecasted conditions. We typically make two ports of call during the 5 day/4 night voyage. We also find that students enjoy spending a night “on the hook” (at anchor).  Favorite ports of call include Cape Charles, Yorktown, and Deltaville! We encourage your teen to bring some spending money for treats in our ports of call.  

The Schooner has two heads, also known as bathrooms to land lubbers, onboard. However, laundry and daily showers are not available. Ship showers are short, under 5 minutes, and help preserve freshwater. Tell your teen to plan to take a shower every other day.

Sailing in the rain is a sail you’ll remember, especially if the wind is up. However, safety is our priority. Teen participants are not permitted on deck if there is lightning and thunder in the proximity of the schooner. During that time, we will engage in programming or down time below decks. If there is a concern for the safety of the schooner, the captain will make a weather call to stay in port an additional day and we will provide alternative programming.

Due to the nature of the ship, handicapped accessibility is limited. Please reach out to info@sailnauticus.org in advance with questions.