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Girl Scout Sailing on the Chesapeake

Sep 8, 2013 - Sep 8, 2013

Age Groups: S,A (click for more information)

Time:  3:00pm-5:00pm    

Schooner Woodwind
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront
80 Compromise Street
Annapolis, MD 214

Description: During your two hour cruise aboard the Schooner Woodwind, we take a very interactive approach to educate the girls about sailing. As with all of our girl scout programs, we have the girls break into smaller groups to work directly with our crew members after the scouts all help to raise the sails. (Around eight girls per crew member.) The crew educates by asking questions. This enables our crew to find out the level of interest and knowledge in a fun and interactive way while dispersing fun facts to the scouts. The girls will cycle through different learning topics, and then about half way through the trip, the girls are led back to the captain who quizzes them on their new found knowledge. The captain will ask a question about the information they just learned, and 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".

Please come with the following information and knowledge:

  1. Please have the girls prepped on sailing terminology so they are familiar with some of the terms before stepping aboard. If they learn these terms, we can show them how we use these terms aboard. See Terms Used by Sailors.
  2. Teach your girls ahead of time the most important thing to know about sailing - where the wind is coming from. Have them practice looking for wind direction a couple of weeks before sailing. This will help them understand how a sailboat moves through the water with just wind. (Have them look at smoke stacks of steam, which way flags are blowing, which way the waves are going, etc. Hint: Licking your finger doesn't work so well and it's gross.)
  3. Lifejacket Safety
  4. Come prepared with sunscreen (non-greasy) already applied.
  5. What to do in an emergency, hypothermia, sunstroke, near drowning
  6. Bring the following items with you:
    • Have the girls find the latitude and longitude of where they come aboard the boat. Have them use 80 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
    • Prepare a weather briefing, marine forecast for the Chesapeake Bay (From Sandy Point To North Beach) using
    • High and Low Tide information for the specific date you are sailing.

Standard Curriculum

  • Show you know how to be safe on the water.
    • One of your girls will demonstrate how to put a life jacket on in front of the passengers during the captain's safety speech. This is where we explain what to do if someone falls overboard and if there is a fire aboard the boat.
    • One of your girls will assist in helping the crew get a final headcount before we leave the dock, and give that count to the on-shore office.
  • Prepare to get underway.
    • The captain will talk briefly about where to sit and what to expect aboard.
    • One of your girls, or a small group of girls, should present a weather briefing. This shall be read aloud to the captain and passengers to show how the weather may affect the captain's decision on how many sails to put up and the route to take.
    • One of the girls or a very small group of girls will accompany a crew member to make a log entry of how many people are aboard, weather conditions, and check any systems before raising sails.
    • Girls that have not helped in other areas will help raise the sails with the supervision of the crew.
    • We will show them why it is so important for them to know where the wind is coming from and how a sailboat moves under wind power alone.
  • Learn the communication signals and language used by sailors.
    • The crew will go over sailing terminology and why we use it aboard.
    • We will also teach them hand signals a lookout uses when on the bow of a boat. We will have them practice being a "look-out".
  • Technology aboard a Sailing Vessel.
    • One of your girls, or a small group of girls should prepare a briefing including a tide table of when high and low tide is for the day. We will be explaining why this information is necessary.
    • We will quickly show them how to find out where they are by using latitude and longitude. We will be using their coordinates from where we are dockside and then figure out how far we have gone.
    • Some chartwork may be taught, depending on the time frame and their knowledge base.

There is so much to see as we sail past the United States Naval Academy into the Chesapeake Bay. Along the way, we point out the interesting sights to everyone aboard.

Cost: $48 per adult, $46 per scout 12 & over, $32 per child under 12

To Register:  Call the Schooner Woodwind Business Office 410-263-1981 or visit

If there are not enough spaces on this date, check out our other scheduled dates:

Sunday, May 5     3:00pm-5:00pm     Brownie “Wonders of Water” Journey

Sunday, June 9     11:00am-1:00pm     Junior “Power of Team” Award

Sunday, June 30     10:00am-12:00pm     Teen “Smooth Sailing - your relationship with water

Sunday, July 14     11:00am-1:00pm     Brownie “Wonders of Water” Journey

Sunday, August 11     4:00pm-6:00pm     Junior “Power of Team” Award

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