Girl Scout Juniors, Sailing and Navigation

Girl Scouts learning to use the winch on the schooner
Girl Scouts learning to use the winch on the schooner
Girl Scouts Raising Sails and learning about teamwork and sailing and navigation

Juniors- Sailing and Navigation

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

Goal: To educate the girls about sailing and navigation using an interactive approach. They will take a turn steering the schooner and learn “hands on” how a boat sails and how we navigate the waters of the Chesapeake. Learning the basics of navigation will also help them understand how a GPS works for their journey on our own Geocaching Trail through Annapolis, so they can earn their GEOCACHER badge.

Availability:  Sunday through Friday during the day and on Saturday mornings.  If you can fill the entire boat with 48 people, the program is available any time.

  • Minimum of 18 passengers (mix of scouts & adults)
  • All other tickets, up to 48 passengers, will be sold to the general public.

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

How We Teach:

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”.Printer Friendly Version


  •  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). Some girls MAY learn how to tack some of the sails and handle them during the cruise.
  • From Bow to Stern: From Bow to Stern: Nautical Terms will be discussed. They will learn the parts of the boat, sail names, correct terminology and be able to identify different types of boats on the water.
  • Navigational Basics: The girls will learn how to spot navigational markers and buoys and what they mean, a short discussion about what a ‘line of position’ is and how to read a compass. A chart MAY be brought out depending on weather and time constraints.
  • 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.

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 FREE Geocaching Adventure Trail through some sights of Annapolis. Learn More

Schooner Woodwind Geocache Trail in historic Annapolis for girl scouts

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

Sailing Schedule

Summer, Late May – August, 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 & October, Tuesday – Sunday
September, Seven Days a Week
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Saturdays, Girl Scouts can only book earliest cruise time unless you have a group of 48 passengers (entire boat).

Sailing Rates

Weekday Daytime: $52 Adults, $49 Students (12 years old +), $37 Children (under 12)
Weekend trips: $55 Adults, $53 Students (12 years old +), $37 Children (under 12)

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

Contact a Schooner Woodwind Sales Agent

Learn more about group sailing and sailing aboard the Schooner Woodwind & Woodwind II

Call 410-263-1981, or fill out an inquiry form by clicking on the button below.

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