Old Quarry Ocean Adventures collaborates with Island Heritage Trust and instructors Capt. Finn Welch and Carino Higgins to offer 3-day and 4-day learning adventures for children 10-16 years old and a 3 day youth sailing camp. The wilderness/kayak camp will focus on learning wilderness techniques as well as developing leadership, communication and team building skills.
Wilderness/outdoor skills, kayaking skills, navigation skills, introduction to sailing, making new friends & working as a team, and FUN are all part of what children will get out of the Wilderness Voyageurs experience.
For 2017, we introduce Youth Sailing Camp, a DAY CAMP spanning 3 days with 18 hours of on the water instruction. Basic Keelboat is intended for people to learn to sail or to build on or fill-in fundamental sailing skills and knowledge. Following the course, a student should have the skills and knowledge to independently sail a small keelboat.
Wilderness/Kayak Camp covers team building games, fire building, connection with nature, chart and compass skills, outdoor cooking, trip planning, paddling and kayak rescue skills, kayaking the Stonington Archipelago, camping at Old Quarry campground, camping on an island, story telling under the night sky, exploring by kayak, and introduction to sailing including boat familiarization, sailing theory, and boat handling (steering, tacking, and jibing). The 4 hour Introduction To Sailing course consists of on-the-water instruction intended for kids with little to no sailing experience, and provides an opportunity to confirm an initial interest in sailing and make the decision to commit to the more comprehensive learn-to-sail Youth Sailing Camp.
Youth Sailing Camp, a DAY CAMP spanning 3 days, is intended for students to learn to sail and following the course students should have the skills and knowledge to independently sail a small keelboat. Topics covered include preparation to sail and securing boat after sailing, boat controls and terminology, sailing theory, departing and returning from docks and moorings, boat handling (steering, tacking, jibing, sail trim), basic navigation and rules, basic knots, special situations (heave-to, reefing, anchoring, man overboard, running aground, distress signaling, and heavy weather).
Campers will have an outdoor adventure exploring local islands and learning essential wilderness kayaking skills such as rescue techniques, paddle strokes, matchless fire starting, navigation, camp cooking, camping at Old Quarry, and other outdoor skills.
Campers will work on more advanced skills including self and assisted rescues, navigation, outdoor leadership, and wilderness skills. We will also go island camping in the Stonington Archipelago and learn to paddle board. The last day of camp will include our new 4 hour on-the-water Introduction To Sailing course.
Sailing Camp is a 3-day learn-to-sail DAY CAMP with 18 hours of on-the-water instruction. Students bring their own lunch (or order from our Take Out/Kitchen) and the group will anchor for lunch during the day. Following the Sailing Camp, students should have the skills and knowledge to independently sail a small keelboat. Youth Sailing Camp description and info.
Capt. Finn Welch, an avid sailor, is a Maine Maritime Academy graduate and charter boat captain at Old Quarry Ocean Adventures. Capt. Finn ships out on freighters traveling around the world when not at Old Quarry.
Carino Higgins has extensive experience as a backpack instructor and trip leader for youth groups and adults, and has taught youth groups the basics of kayaking. Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, Carino has also led other youth groups including bicycling, hiking, camping, winter camping, snowshoeing, canoeing, and orienteering.
Overnight camp: Send a lunch and snacks with your child on day one/drop-off day, or you can order a box lunch from Old Quarry (367-8977) the day before the camp session. All other food is provided.
Day camp (Sailing Camp): Send a lunch and snacks with your child daily, or you can order a box lunch from Old Quarry (367-8977) the day before.
View and print the What To Bring To Youth Sailing Camp and What To Bring To Overnight Camp list of food, footgear, sleeping/toiletries, clothes and other items. Equipment is available for sale and rent in the Old Quarry campstore. Please leave electronics at home (cheap cameras are ok).
Print, fill out, and sign the forms appropriate to the camp your child will attend below. Mail the completed forms to Old Quarry (or drop them off) along with a non-refundable deposit (see appropriate camp registration forms below for deposit amount). The remaining camp price will be due prior to or on the first day of camp when you drop off your child.
Wilderness/Kayak Camp price includes kayak rentals, a campsite, a certified Maine Guide, supplies, and food. Send a lunch and snack with your child for day one (or order a box lunch from Old Quarry the day before).
The age range has some flexibility at the Director's discretion. Maximum of 12 children per session.
Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, Inc.
130 Settlement Road
Stonington, ME 04681
"Thank you to Kristie Marks, Registered Maine Guide/outdoor educator; Bill Baker, owner of Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, and Island Heritage Trust for their wisdom and initiative in creating the kayak adventure camp (AKA Wilderness Voyageurs Camp) for students entering fifth-through-ninth grade this summer. It was a very powerful, fun experience for my 13 1/2 year old grandson, per his telling. That age group is crucial in the development of social skills, ecological awareness, self-confidence and leadership potential. Kristie's professional skills and sensitivity to the young people were a joy to witness. She, Jake (assistant), Old Quarry and Island Heritage Trust made it happen. Let's hope it's only the beginning of such opportunities for local and seasonal young people."
Written in the Island Ad-Vantages, August 15th, 2013
4 Little Girls and Overnight Kayak Camp
"I registered my 2 granddaughters and 2 grand nieces for the first ever Kayak Camp from 7/31 to 8/2 at Old Quarry. They are 8/9/10 and 11. The first day was spent learning skills and then Thursday it was of to Hell's Half Acre to spend the night, returning Friday at 4pm. They spent all of Friday kayaking etc in the pouring rain. I could have been greeted by 4 more delighted girls on Friday, although somewhat soaking wet and very tired. Their instructors could not have been better. Every camper was riveted to Kristy's every word. They thought she was the best. I asked them to rate the experience on a scale of 1-10. All four of these city kids said it needed to be 100. I was thrilled and thought for the price per child it was truly a great experience. I can't recommend this place more highly. The girls did!"
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