Sailing Season is Here. Join Us for a Sail!

Girl Scouts at the helm of the Woodwind
Girl Scouts at the helm of the Woodwind

Girl Scout Juniors, Cadets, and Seniors

Sailing cruise departs from Annapolis, Maryland, and sails into the Chesapeake Bay.

Goal: To educate the girls about sailing, knot tying, and the nature of the Bay using an interactive approach. They will take a turn steering the schooner (private events only) and learn how the boat sails and what lives in the waters of the Chesapeake.

Availability: All Girl Scout programs will be private events for up to 40 passengers.  If you do not have a large troop, this would be a great opportunity to work with other troops within your council to keep costs down per troop. 

2-Hour Cruise Includes: private vessel and service fees, interactive program, tax, soft drinks, and bottled water plus a Schooner Woodwind Participation Patch for each scout

How We Teach: During your two-hour cruise aboard the Schooner Woodwind, we take a very interactive approach to educating the girls about sailing. The crew educates by asking questions. This enables our crew to find out their level of interest and knowledge in a fun and interactive way while sharing fun facts.

  • Girls will be split into smaller groups (around 8 each)
  • Each smaller group will work directly with a crew member
  • Girls will cycle through the different learning topics

When they get to the captain’s station, the captain will quiz them on their newfound knowledge.

  • When a girl raises her hand and a correct answer is given, she will take a turn helming (steering) the boat.
  • It is our intent to offer every girl a turn at the “helm”.

Great info to give to the girls before their arrival: Parts of the Boat, Terms Used by Sailors

What to Wear: Since we sail rain or shine, bring gear, so you are prepared for the conditions that are predicted ON the water — layered clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Curriculum for Juniors, Cadets, and Seniors

Girl Scouts Sailing in Annapolis on a Schooner

Permission to Board: We will have the girls ask permission before they come aboard. We will tell them where to stow their belongings and what to expect aboard.

Staying Afloat: We have one of our crew demonstrate to the whole boat how to correctly put on a life jacket and adjust it for their size.

All Hands On Deck:

  • During our safety speech, before we leave the dock, we discuss personal safety, what to do if someone falls overboard, if there is a fire aboard, and how to work the boat systems safely.

From Bow to Stern:

  • From Bow to Stern: Nautical Terms will be discussed. They will learn the parts of the boat, sail names, correct terminology, and be able to identify different types of boats on the water.

Nature of the Bay:

  • The girls will learn about the Bay, how it was formed, animals that call the Bay their home, in-depth info about the birds of the Bay, and other fun facts including why the Bay looks so muddy.

Steering the Schooner:

  • Each girl will have a short chance to “helm” the boat.

Great info to give to the girls before their arrival: Parts of the Boat, Terms Used by Sailors

What to Wear: Since we sail rain or shine, bring gear so you are prepared for the conditions that are predicted ON the water – layered clothing and soft-soled shoes.

Plan Your Trip

Sailing Schedule

Summer: Late May – August & October, Seven Days a Week
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Spring & Fall: Mid-April – Mid-May & September, Seven Days a Week
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Sailing Rates for Private Cruises

Weekday Daytime:
2-25 passengers $2066.88
26-40 passengers $2429.02

Weekend trips:
All passengers (up to 40) $2892.01

We sail rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges unless the captain cancels the cruise due to unsafe conditions. “Rain Protection” can be added for an additional fee. This would allow you to cancel and reschedule within our guidelines.

According to the Girl Scout USA safety procedures, all girl scouts, adults, and other children aboard a cruise must be outfitted in life jackets. We have additional Type III life jackets that are more comfortable for non-emergency use.

Contact a Schooner Woodwind Sales Agent

Learn more about group sailing and sailing aboard the Schooner Woodwind & Woodwind II

Call 410-263-1981, or fill out an inquiry form by clicking on the button below.

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410-263-7837