Youth Programs & Camps

The Center for Wooden Boats supports youth as they develop the skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to enjoy life and contribute to the community. Programs target age-appropriate skill sets and are designed to build on each other so youth can come back summer after summer to play, learn and grow.

ENGAGEMENT
Students engage through choice, planning, and reflection

INTERACTION
Students have opportunities to develop leadership and collaboration skills

SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT
Students are valued and supported
Confidence building through collaboration and encouragement

SAFE ENVIRONMENT
US Sailing trained instructors
First Aid and CPR Certified instructors
Staff trained in positive youth development practices and techniques

Questions? Contact youth@cwb.org

Pay What You Can Scholarships

Youth Development Programs


Our Programs

TOY BOAT BUILDING & FIELD TRIPS

Grades K-12

Young kids learn how to use hand tools and discover the joys of being out on the water. Field trips align with state standards in history, social studies, math, science, and fitness.

BOATBUILDING & SAILING

Ages 8-16

Youth Sailing and Boatbuilding programs are designed to engender skills in leadership, observation and decision-making while exploring maritime heritage and skills in a dynamic hands-on environment.

DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE LEARNING

Ages 14-19

Youth development and service learning programs focus on leadership, teamwork and communication skills while having fun and gaining technical skill in sailing, rowing or paddling.


Youth Woodworking

QUICK & DARING

Design, build, and paddle or sail a boat, working in teams.

CANOE BUILDING

Build a two-person plywood canoe and take it home at the end of class.

SCHOOL-YEAR WOODWORKING

Beginning and Intermediate school-year sailing programs.

WOODWORKING FOR KIDS

Learn to use hand tools and build your own tool box to take home.

DESIGN & BUILD

Explore creating objects from the imagination, while learning how to use hand tools effectively.


YOUTH SAILING

SCHOOL-YEAR SAILING

Beginning and Intermediate school-year sailing programs.

BEGINNING SAILING

Learn to sail in our El Toro prams. Our oldest and most popular summer camp! Ages 8-14.

INTERMEDIATE SAILING

Learn and practice intermediate sailing skills in our El Toros, including overboard drills and sailing solo.

ADVANCED SAILING

Practice advanced sailing skills in gaff-, sprit-, and sloop-rigged boats.

 

PARTNER PROGRAMS

STEM SAILING FOR GIRLS

Explore physics, engineering, technology through sailing and more, in partnership with Frog Prints e!

THE SCIENCE OF SAILING

Explore the science behind boat design and sail Lake Union, in partnership with The Pacific Science Center.

SEAFARING ADVENTURE CAMP

Explore life on boats and at sea, in partnership with MOHAI and historic ships.

 

FIELD TRIPS

Already know which field trip you want to book? Fill out our form:

JUMBO FIELD TRIP

Toy Boat Building for groups over 30 students.

 

TOOLS & TALES

Build toy boats and listen to stories.
Ages 3-8.

UMIAQ ADVENTURE

Our most popular Field Trip! Paddle an Umiaq and build toy boats. Ages 5-16

 

SIGNIFICANCE OF SALMON

Students investigate the important role of salmon in the Pacific Northwest in this joint program offered by The Center for Wooden Boats and MOHAI.
Grades 4-8.

NATIVE SEATTLE

Build and decorate a traditional Salish drop spindle and paddle an Umiaq to explore Lake Union's shoreline. Grades 4-8

MODEL BOAT DESIGN

Design, build, and sail a model boat.
Grades 4-8

WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT?

Build a model boat, test it in our model dry dock, then paddle an Umiaq to see a real working drydock on Lake Union. Grades 2-3


SUMMER CAMP
AFTER CARE

CWB is excited to be able to offer After Care from 4pm-5:30pm during summer camps.

$20/day
$80/week

Late-pick ups without pre-registration will be charged $7/15 minutes.

After registering for camp, follow this link to sign up for After Care:


CANCELLATION POLICY

For all course registrations, including youth classes, the following cancellation policy applies. For private sailing lessons and boatbuilding classes, the cancellation policy outlined at the time of booking and in the confirmation email is enforced.

• Cancellation/change outside of 45 days = full refund less $15 admin fee.
• Cancellation/change within 45-7 days prior to start date = a $15 admin fee and tuition credit for the remaining amount towards a course within the same calendar year. There is no refund.
• Cancellation/change within 7 days of start date = 50% tuition credit of course fee available towards a course within the same calendar year.
• No refund or credit available after the class has started

In case of emergency or insufficient number of registrations, CWB reserves the right to cancel a course and refund the participants in full.

Because of this policy, we strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. CWB will not be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets.


SUMMER CAMP FAQs

  • DO YOU HAVE EXTENDED CARE? 

    • Yes! We currently offer extended care in the afternoon. You can register no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. $60/week $15/ day, $7/15 minutes you’re late to pick up. 

  • CAN MY CAMPER SIGN THEMSELVES IN/OUT?

    • Yes. If you have given us permission for your camper to sign out on their own we do allow them to bike, walk, or take the metro. 

  • WHERE DO I PARK?

    • We do not have free parking at this time. However, there is a lot on Valley St next to the streetcar stop, if you can find a spot. 

  • DOES MY CAMPER NEED TO BRING A LIFE JACKET?

    • If you have a life jacket and would like them to wear their own that is completely fine. We do have life jackets on site and have plenty for all of the campers. 

  • WILL MY CAMPER CAPSIZE?

    • Yes. We do a capsize drill on the first day to make sure they know what to do on their own if they ever do capsize while sailing. There is always a chance they will capsize. 

  • CAN MY 7 YEAR OLD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CAMP?

    • Unfortunately, our camps are a little advanced for a 7 year old. They need to possess enough hand- eye coordination for sailing and woodworking. 

  • SHOULD MY CAMPER BRING EXTRA CLOTHES?

    • Yes for sailing, no for woodworking. We spend most of the day on the water with sailing and they will most likely get wet during that time. If you would like to bring an extra pair of cloths for woodworking you are more than welcome to pack more.

  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A YOUTH CAMP?

    • View more information here.