Junior Girl Scouts

Sailing and the “Power of Team”

We educate girl scouts about the "Wonders of Water" and sailing using an interactive approach while cruising the Chesapeake Bay.

Junior Girl Scouts: The Power of Team

Sailing cruise departs from Annapolis, Maryland and sails into the Chesapeake Bay.

Goal: To educate the girls about sailing using an interactive approach and techniques from our highly successful corporate team building programs. The girls will work towards their “Power of Team” Junior Award from “It’s Your World, Change It” by learning “hands on” how a boat sails and how we must work as a team to propel the boat forward into the Chesapeake Bay. They will learn how important communication is in the “team” process and to listen intently for directions. Once they learn what to do when they hear the commands, they will practice working as a team to get the schooner back to Annapolis.

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Sunday, June 5th  11:00am-1:00pm

Since the boat needs to be used specifically for this team building program, only girl scouts and chaperones will be aboard. This is why this JUNIOR program, unlike “Sailing and Navigation” can only be accomplished during our pre-set special event dates.

If you have a troop that can fill the boat, 48 passengers (with proper amount of adults), you can book the whole boat. See brochure for more details

2-Hour Cruise Includes: soft drink or bottled water, snack & Schooner Woodwind Participation Patch

How We Teach:

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During your two-hour cruise aboard the Schooner Woodwind, we take a very interactive approach to educating the girls about sailing. The crew educates by asking questions. This enables our crew to find out the level of interest and knowledge in a fun and interactive way while dispersing fun facts to the scouts.

  • Girls will be split into smaller groups (around 8 each)
  • Each smaller group will work directly with the crew member
  • Girls will help raising all the sails
  • Girls will cycle through the different learning topics
  • When they get to the Captain, the captain will quiz them on their new found knowledge.
  • When a girl raises her hand and a correct answer is given, she will take a turn helming (steering) the boat.
  • It is our intent to offer every girl a turn at the “helm”.


  • Permission to Board: We will have the girls ask permission before they come aboard. We will tell them where to stow their belongings and what to expect aboard.
  • Staying Afloat: We have one of the girls demonstrate to the whole boat how to correctly put on a life jacket and adjust it for their size.
  • All Hands On Deck: During our safety speech, before we leave the dock, we discuss personal safety, what to do if someone falls overboard, if there is a fire aboard, and how to work the boat systems safely.
  • Hoist the Sails: The girls will have the chance to raise the sails (all four sails, weather permitting).
  • From Bow to Stern: Nautical Terms will be discussed in an overview for 15 minutes to the whole boat, please read up on the Parts of the Boat and Terms Used by Sailors. This will help them learn more quickly when aboard. Tacking & Gybing and some knot tying may be covered in this section.
  • Talk like a Sailor: Sailors have developed a style for communicating in a concise manor that leaves very little room for error. This helps the team work effectively. There is a preparatory command, a question of readiness, and then the execution command. The girls we be using these commands in the first 15 minutes and throughout the cruise (maybe on the ride home, too).
  • Thar She Blows: A proper lookout is necessary for any boat. We will show the girls how to keep a good lookout and how to communicate with the captain with hand signals. We will have the girls keep a lookout for buoys, crab pots, and other vessels.
  • Sailing the Boat: The girls will cycle through different sailing stations during the cruise.
    • Lookout and Jib Sail – the jib is our most forward sail which they will learn how to work.
    • Staysail – the staysail is the sail in the middle of the boat which they will learn how to work.
    • Fisherman Sail – this is our topsail that requires the most amount of work. (On windy days, we may not be able to set this sail.)
    • Steering the Schooner – Each girl will have a short chance to “helm” the boat. They might head for a navigational landmark or a compass course and give clear, concise commands to the entire team.

 There is so much to see as we sail past the United States Naval Academy into the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, we point out the interesting sights to everyone aboard.

Great info to give to the girls before their arrival: Parts of the Boat, Terms Used by Sailors

(Optional) Schooner Woodwind Geocaching Adventure Trail: We made up a Geocaching Adventure Trail through some sights of Annapolis. Learn More Here

Schooner Woodwind Geocache Trail in historic Annapolis for girl scoutsWhat to Wear: Since we sail rain or shine, bring gear so you are prepared for the conditions that are predicted ON the water – layered clothing and soft soled shoes.

Sailing Schedule:

Sunday, June 8th  11:00am-1:00pm

Sailing Rates:

Weekday Daytime: $50 Adults, $47 Students (12 years old +), $35 Children (under 12)
Weekend trips: $53 Adults, $51 Students (12 years old +), $35 Children (under 12)

– Rates include soda, snack, tax and gratuity.
– Child & Student Tickets include Schooner Woodwind Participation Patch

We sail rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges unless the captain cancels the cruise due to unsafe conditions.

According to the Girl Scout USA Safety Checkpoints, they want all girl scouts, adults, and other children aboard a “girl scout” cruise to be outfitted in life jackets. We have purchased Type III life jackets which are more comfortable for non-emergency use

Call 410-263-1981 to arrange a cruise for your Scout Group.


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