Our Youth Programs

Woodworking for Families


Monday, February 18th – Wednesday, February 20th. Looking for something fun to do with your kids during school vacation? Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4PM for our Woodworking for Families workshop! Experienced instructors will teach you and your children how to build a birdhouse using traditional hand tools. The kids will learn basic woodworking skills, and get lots of hands on practice. We’ll have enough instructors to handle a range of age groups; children must be accompanied by an adult. (Charge is per child, adult supervisors are free.) Give us a call if you have questions or concerns.

Coastal Navigation, Seamanship, and Safety Afloat - For Kids!


WHEN: Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 1-4PM

This workshop will cover the basics of safely navigating a vessel along the coast and will emphasize general, good seamanship. We’ll design our own map of the area and plot a course we can then row. There will be plenty of hands-on practice — and fun!

Topics to be addressed will include:

Planning and executing a route for safe passage

Chart reading


Current set and drift

Nautical rules of the road

Introduction to the use of basic plotting tools


Captain George Grimes

Master, Unlimited, Upon Oceans

Master, Towing Vessels, Unlimited, Upon Oceans

Master, Sail Auxiliary Vessels up to 100 tons

Castaways 2019 – An Adventure for Kids!


What does it take to survive on an island in the middle of the mighty Merrimack? Join us on this Castaways adventure to find out! We’ll row from Lowell’s Boat Shop downriver to High Rock, where we’ll make landfall and practice our survival skills such as shelter building, tracking, and wild edibles identification. Teamwork and the ability to think out of the box required!

Castaways - Session One


July 23 – 24

Castaways - Session Two


August 20 – 21

Marsh Madness!


Join us on an Expedition to Joppa Flats! We’ll learn about navigation and mapping the coastline as we go, using tools our maritime ancestors would have used. Once we reach Joppa we’ll explore the estuary ecosystem, finding and identifying the plants and animals that call the marsh home.

August 6 - 7

Build Your Own Pond Yacht! / Rowing on the Mighty Merrimack!


July 29 – August 2

Build Your Own Pond Yacht will take place in the mornings during the week, and the Rowing on the Mighty Merrimack will take place in the afternoon. Participants can sign up for one or both of these programs!

Build Your Own Pond Yacht


July 29 – August 3


Spend a week at Lowell’s Boat Shop learning traditional boat building skills by building your own model sailboat! We’ll work in the shop’s classroom to design and shape hulls, round masts and booms, paint, and rig the boats in time for a mini regatta on the Merrimack River. No skills nor prior experience required. This is a great opportunity to familiarize your child with woodworking and tool use.

Rowing on the Mighty Merrimack


July 29 – August 2


We’ll spend the week exploring the Merrimack River using the Boat Shop’s fleet of traditional Banks dories and our ten-oared surf dory Provident. After lessons in water safety and rowing instruction, we’ll cast off to explore the river and its surrounds. Past trips have included jaunts down the Pow wow River, and to Maudslay State Park, Indian River and High Rock.