Our Youth Programs
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.
July 7-12: Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens
This sail training voyage — a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop, Maritime Gloucester, Tall Ships Maine and Ocean Passages — offers teens the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll spend a week aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship, sail handling, and leadership. Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop will Captain the vessel for our trip; Amanda Madeira of Gloucester Maritime will serve as co-Captain (both are fully USCG licensed and have decades of experience sailing tall ships and leading onboard educational programs). Weather permitting, the itinerary includes a day on Stellwagen bank watching whales and learning about the fisheries, and an overnight passage to the coast of Maine to explore some of the more remote islands before returning to Portland, Maine on Friday.
The hands-on nature of this distinctive program encourages independence and a sense of achievement that increases levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. A week at sea offers the perfect opportunity for kids to unplug and truly engage with the world around them!
**This program is academically accredited by Falmouth (Maine) High School. Participants receive a letter of elective credit which should be valid as a transfer credit on their high school transcript.
Space is limited. Please call 978-834-0050 or email email@example.com if you have questions.
Program Dates & Rates
- Board Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 4PM in Gloucester, Massachusetts
- Disembark Friday July 12, 2019 at 11AM in Portland, Maine
- Fee of $1,100 includes 3 meals per day, fuel, crew, docking fees, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration; balance due May 1. A limited number of scholarships are available.
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
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
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.
The Great Rowing Adventure!
– a collaboration with SummerQuest at the Crane Estate
Dates: August 12 – 16
THIS SESSION INCLUDES AN OVERNIGHT CAMP OUT
The week will start at Lowell’s Boat Shop, where we’ll learn rowing techniques and water safety – and then we’re off! This session is all about the journey, and what we see and learn along the way. We’ll row a surf dory down the Merrimack, then cut into the creeks that meander along the backside of Plum Island through the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, stopping at various points of interest until we reach Steep Hill Beach. There will be an overnight camp out in the Pine Grove at the Crane Estate, a jaunt to Essex for ice cream and a tour of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and an exploration of Choate Island. (Drop off and pick up is at the Crane Estate unless you make prior arrangements; please call Dorothy at Lowell’s Boat Shop (978-834-0050) or SummerQuest (978-356-4351 x4052 ) if you have any questions or concerns.) To register, go to: https://summerquest.campmanagement.com
AGES: 13-15 (please call if your child is close to this age range and wants to participate)
SESSION DATES: August 12-16, 2019 TIME: 9AM – 4PM
FEES: MEMBER: $450 NONMEMBER: $550 DEPOSIT: $100 per session NON-REFUNDABLE
PLEASE NOTE: LBS members can register as Members and receive the Member Discount (use code: LBS Member). You will receive the Member Discount if you are a current LBS Member and/or current Trustees Member; if you wish to become an LBS Member or a Trustees Member, please give us a call!
** Fees include lessons at Lowell’s Boat Shop; boat rentals; and dinner, s’mores and breakfast for the campout. Tents are provided.