Cub Scout Programs “Boats & Knots”:
- TIGER Adventure: Floats & Boats
LEARN to identify different boats on the Bay
- WOLF Adventure: Call of the Wild
LEARN to tie an Overhand & Square Knot
- BEAR Adventure: Bear Necessities
LEARN to tie two Half Hitches
- ARROW OF LIGHT:
“Outdoor Adventure” LEARN to tie a Bowline
“Scouting Adventures” LEARN to tie a Square Knot, Two Half Hitches, and Taut Line Hitch (Rolling Hitch)
2-hour Sailing cruise departs from Annapolis, Maryland and sails into the Chesapeake Bay.
Goal: To educate the scouts about “Boats & Knots” using an interactive approach while cruising the Chesapeake Bay aboard a 74-foot, classic wooden schooner, Woodwind. – see curriculum below
Availability: For group or private events the program is available anytime. Group Sails can be booked in advance for a flat fee for up to 16 guests on a public cruise. Private events can be booked up to 40 guests for a flat fee. Private events will allow for kids to steer the boat.
How We Teach:
On all of our interactive programs, we will have the scouts break into smaller groups to work directly with our crew members.
Our crew will educate them using a questions/answer format. This enables our crew to disperse fun facts while finding out the level of interest and knowledge in a fun and interactive way. The scouts will cycle through three different learning stations including (for private events only) the captain’s station.
For Private Events, the captain will ask a question about the information they just learned. When a scout raises their hand and gives a correct answer, they will take a turn helming (steering) the boat for a couple of minutes.
It is our intent to offer every scout a turn at the “helm”. If time permits, maybe the adults can take a turn at the helm, as well.
“Cadette Girl Scout Troop 5891 and 5859 of Ashburn, VA, had a fabulous time sailing aboard the Woodwind II! Not only did the girls learn the basics of sailing, our troop leader was able to check off an item off her bucket list!”
“Thanks so much for a wonderful time on our recent Woodwind adventure! Our Girl Scout troop learned so much about sailing and the Moms had a ball. Your crew is amazing!”
Girl Scout Troop 1017
- Permission to Board: We will have the scouts 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 our crew 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.
- Learn about “Boats & Knots”: based on the appropriate Cub Scout Program – Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Arrow of Light (see above)
- SAILING ON THE BAY
- How does a sailboat move without an engine pushing it?
- Why does the boat lean from one side to another?
- What are the names of the sails?
- Nautical terms of a boat.
- NATURE OF THE BAY
- Learn about the Chesapeake Bay, how it was formed, where the water comes from, and other fun facts including why it looks so muddy.
- Learn about what lives in the Bay, from animals to birds and more.
- “HELM THE BOAT” (Private Events Only)
- How does the boat steer?
- How do you give commands as captain?
- Every scout will get a chance to “helm” the boat.
What 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.
Plan Your Trip
Summer, Late May – August & October, Seven Days a Week
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mid-April – Mid-May & September, Seven Days a Week
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturdays, scout groups can only book earliest cruise time unless you book a Private Charter
Weekday Daytime: $1,250.00 Group Sail Flat Rate for up to 16 guests
Weekend trips: $1,325.00 Group Sail Flat Rate for up to 16 guests
- Rates include soda, tax and gratuity. Click here for more information on Group Sails
- Each scout will receive a Schooner Woodwind Participation Patch
- Private Charter pricing available upon request (some activities aboard are available only on Private Charters)
We sail rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges unless the captain cancels the cruise due to unsafe conditions.
According to Boy Scout and Girl Scout Safety Procedures, all scouts, adults and other children aboard a “scout” cruise are to be outfitted in life jackets. We have purchased Type III life jackets which are more comfortable for non-emergency use. We do carry the “Emergency-Use” life jackets aboard.