Looking for a fun summer experience on the water? The nonprofit Gundalow Company offers week-long or single day camps this summer for your seaworthy kids ages 5-15. Each program has an educational theme and offers a hands-on sailing experience. A great way to learn about the cultural and natural history of the region while sailing aboard the only gundalow in the world!

Gundalow Company
60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH
603.433.9505; education@gundalow.org

2018 Gundalow Company Summer Camps

For more information on a particular camp, or to register, click on the Camp Title.

River Rats Camp

Horseshoe Crabs (Ages 5-6)
Sessions: July 17-21 and July 24-28; 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $190 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Our youngest campers join us for a week of exploring, discovering and adventuring along and on the waters near Creek Farm in Portsmouth, NH. Each week, our Horseshoe Crab Campers gain confidence near the water by playing games, doing projects, singing songs and most importantly taking part in nature-play along our shorelines. Through these activities, these campers become naturalist and river explorers.

Seals (Ages 6-8)
Half Day Sessions: July 23-27 (9:00am-12:00pm) and August 13-17 (12:00pm-3:00pm)
Full Day Session: July 16-20; 9:00am-3:00pm (10% sibling, friend or member discount)
Cost: $325

Our Seals are ready for fun and adventure on the water and on shore. Each week Seals will explore the shoreline of Creek Farm, row in our wherries, play games, do projects and head out on the Gundalow for a sailing adventure. Seals are full of fun and truly love the chance to simply ‘mess about in boats.’

Sturgeons (Ages 8-10)
Sessions: July 23-27 and August 6-10; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $325 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Our Sturgeon day camp gets campers out on the water both on the Gundalow as well as our small boats. We’ll visit islands, learn to row, become naturalists at the tidepool, create our own maritime art, raise the sail and swab the decks on the Gundalow and so much more.

Lobster (Ages 10-13)
Session: July 9-13; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $325 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Our Lobsters are ready to delve into the maritime world through a variety of experiences both on and off the water. Lobsters will take more responsibility on the Gundalow including navigation, learning about points of sail, as well as take a deeper look at the marine world through plankton tows, otter trawls and tidepooling.

Gundalow Discovery Camps

All Hands on Deck (Ages 9-12)
June 22-29; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $300 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

The Gundalow Company is partnering with the Strawbery Banke Museum for an exciting maritime adventure camp. Campers spend time at Strawbery Banke Museum immersed in the maritime heritage of the region and then experience life at sea first hand aboard the Gundalow. Campers learn the skills of a sailor including how to swab the deck, steer the boat, cure scurvy, cook a ship’s meal, tie knots and so much more.

Sailing School and Gundalow Adventure (Ages 10-14)
Two week course: August 6-17; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $700 ($50 discount for signing up with a sibling, friend)

Gundalow Company is proud to announce a summer sailing program with Kittery Point Yatch Club in Newcastle, NH. KPYC sailing school has been teaching sailing and boat handling skills for over 28 years in the back waters of New Castle. The first class will start August 6 Monday thru Friday and end August 16. Intended for sailors ages ten and older, this program combines small boat sailing skills with learning to sail and navigate a large sailing vessel. In the afternoons, sailors learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing and seamanship skills. The goal of this program is to explore sailing on a variety of boat types and to build skills and confidence on the water.

Marine Science Adventure Camp (Ages 8-12)
July 30-August 3; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $325 ($50 discount for signing up with a sibling, friend)

The Piscataqua Region is part of a complicated estuarine ecosytem. During the week we will capitalize on camper’s interest and build off their natural curiosity to explore the marine science of the rivers, bay and ocean. We will explore the critters that live here and through a series of STEM activities gather data that will help students better understand the waters.

Anchors Aweigh (Ages 6-8)
June 25-29; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $300 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

It’s time to set sail on a maritime journey back in time with Strawbery Banke and Gundalow Company. Join the crew of the Gundalow PISCATAQUA and learn to raise the sails, tie knots and swap the decks. Then head over to Strawbery Banke to test your skills through games, making your own bracelets, and even building your own compass.

Sailors and Shiprights: Fundamentals of Sailing and Boatbuilding (Ages 11-15)
July 30-August 3; 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $390 (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Discover the fundamentals of boatbuilding and design at The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke and then head out on the water to learn the basics of sailing with the Gundalow Company. During your time at the boatshop, campers will join the professional boatbuilders for an exciting week of building their own wooden model sailboats from scratch. Each camper will begin with a set of plans and raw materials; then learn how to use basic woodworking skills to experience the magic of transforming a drawing into a 3 dimensional model sailing boat. We’ll sail our boats on the final day and every camper will take home their model for future sailing excursions. Each day campers spend part of their time in the boatshop and part of their time sailing and rowing on the Piscataqua River. Campers will join our crew aboard the Gundalow and learn to navigate and sail this traditional vessel. In addition, campers will have the chance to venture our in our wooden wherries and learn to row and explore the hidden spots on our rivers.

Camp Apprentice (Ages 15-17)
Cost: $150

Join our camp crew for the summer and develop the skills you need to become a successful camp counselor. Our Camp Apprentice program trains high school students how to run, manage, plan, and implement a summer camp program. Camp Apprentices work with the program manager and camp counselors and attend training sessions throughout the summer. Our Camp Apprentices must commit to attending trainings and a minimum of 3 full weeks of summer day camp (8:30-3:30) over the summer. There is a $150 fee for the apprentice program that includes a shirt and all trainings.

Gundalow Apprentice (Ages 15-17)
Cost: $150

Become part of the crew aboard the Gundalow. Gundalow apprentices work closely with the Program Manager, Captain and Crew to develop of range of skills from boat maintenance, vessel operations, and navigation to educating and sharing our mission with the public and camp programs. Our professional crew act as mentors and guides to facilitate each apprentice towards meeting their goals. Gundalow apprentices must commit to several trainings throughout the summer and at least 40 hours of apprentice time on the boat, as a monitor, at events, or as a greeter. There is a $150 fee for each apprentice that includes a t-shirt and all training and materials.

Single Day Camps

Crew for a Day (Ages 8-13)
July 2 and August 21; 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $40 per day (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Join the Gundalow crew for a day! Come aboard and become a real member of the crew. Learn to raise the sail, navigate, tie knots, stand bow watch, respond to emergency situations just like our own crew. During the 4 hour programs, campers will get to experience modern sail training at its best.

Scientist for a Day (Ages 9-13)
July 18; 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $40 per day (10% sibling, friend or member discount)

Join the Gundalow Scientific crew for a day! Come aboard and become a real member of the crew. We will spend the day exploring the river ecosystem through plankton tows, inter tidal exploration, studies of marine invasive species and more. During the 4 hour programs, campers will ask questions and gather information to get a picture of the health of the river.



Other Camp Details

Before & After Care
Before and after care are available for each camp with a few exceptions. Before care is from 8:00-9:00am and after care for full day programs only is from 3-5pm. The cost for before and after care is $8/hour and must be scheduled at least 1 week prior to the start of camp.

Scholarships are available for campers in need. Campers should fill out a scholarship application and submit it prior to registration. In addition, campers must fill out and mail in all camp forms at least 1 week prior to the start of camp.

Friend & Sibling Discount
Receive a 10% discount when you register with a friend or sibling or become a Gundalow Company Member.



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