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Girl Scout Juniors, Cadets, and Seniors

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Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors Programs

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

Goal: To educate the girls about sailing, knot tying, and the nature of the Bay using an interactive approach. They will take a turn steering the schooner (private events only) and learn how the boat sails and what lives in the waters of the Chesapeake.

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.

2-Hour Cruise Includes: gratuity, taxes, soft drink or bottled water & 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 cycle through the different learning topics
  • For Private Events only, when they get to the Captain, the captain will quiz them on their newfound 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

Curriculum:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Nature of the Bay: The girls will learn about the Bay, how it was formed, animals that call the Bay their home, in-depth info about the birds of the Bay, and other fun facts including why the Bay looks so muddy.
  • For Private Events Only, girls can steer the schooner: Each girl will have a short chance to “helm” the boat.

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

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 & 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, Girl Scouts can only book earliest cruise time unless you book a private charter.

Sailing Rates

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 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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