“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
Intro to Sailing for Girl Scouts
Sailing cruise departs from Annapolis, Maryland and sails into the Chesapeake Bay.
Goal: To educate a mixed age group using an interactive approach about sailing in a relaxed environment. We will group the girls into teams of similar ages. Depending on the interest level and knowledge of the girls aboard, we will continue to explore topics that spark their interest.
Availability: Monday through Friday during the day and on weekend 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.
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”.
- 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).
Basics of Sailing:
- 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?
- What safety precautions do we have to think about?
- What are other types of sailboats called?
- Where does the water in the Chesapeake Bay come from?
- What other terms mean aboard a sailing vessel?
- Where did those names come from? Why is the bathroom called a head on board a boat?
- What lives in the water we are sailing in?
- Steering the Schooner: Each girl will have a short chance to “helm” the boat.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
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, 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).
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.