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Experience the arts of Seamanship. Hoist & trim the sails, navigate & maintain watch. *Take the helm and plot a course for adventure. Voyage historic waters. *Build confidence and trust. *Experience a unique perspective on our planet.
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*Experience the arts of Seamanship. Hoist & trim the sails, navigate & maintain watches.
*Take the helm and plot a course for adventure. Enjoy life aboard while voyaging historic waters.
*Build confidence and trust in yourself, your crew mates, and the Sea.
*Learn valuable lessons working as a crew, while experiencing a unique perspective on our planet.
Having specialized in week long adventure voyages since 1997, the foundation of our program was developed serving the Florida Sea Base, a National BSA High Adventure facility in Islamorada FL. Your Capt. & craft are able to provision the Sea Faring Adventure of a lifetime. Having operated successfully under contract for the Boy Scouts “Coral Reef Sailing” program, we have an experienced understanding of the mechanics involved in creating a memorable and educating experience at Sea.
We currently offer customizable High Adventure Sailing voyages in the coastal waters of NJ/DE/NY/CT/RI/MA.
While the root of our academia is maritime based ,we can tailor any trip to suit the needs of your program. Spring 2013 we will be adding boatbuilding programs with limited availability. Please contact to inquire.
To date 250+ Crews of approximately 1700 Boy, Girl, Venture, and Explorer Scouts...Jr ROTC Cadets, University students, outreach programs and their adult leaders from around the country; have grown aboard!
*Past Crew evaluations & comment history provided upon inquiry.
*All crew members are TWIC holders (Homeland Security background clearance ID)
*Your Captain is a USCG Licensed 100Ton Master, trained in Youth Protection policies, and a Father himself.
Summer Sea Camp
Registration is now open for the Academy's sensational Summer SeaFari Camp!! Go global at camp this year and learn how easy it is to be green.
It’s not easy being green…but we’re gonna try! From global climate change to endangered animals around the globe, it’s never too soon to get kids involved in helping our planet! Join us as we learn about ways to save the oceans and the critters that call them home.
Your child's week will be filled with field trips, hands on activities, behind the scenes and exhibit tours at Adventure Aquarium, crafts, games, a 4D Theatre Show and up-close animal encounters.
Camp runs Monday - Friday from 9am - 3:30pm. Extended care until 5:30pm is available for an additional fee.
Campers must bring their own lunch, but an afternoon snack will be provided. Discounts available for Adventure Aquarium Passport Holders, siblings and multiple weeks. Box lunches are also available for purchase.
For more information, please email us below.
A.J. Meerwald's Maritime Camp
Exciting and educational camping adventures onboard the historic oyster schooner AJ MEERWALD. Campers become part of the AJ MEERWALD’S crew, sailing and living aboard an historic tall ship.
There are two camps offered by Bayshore Center at Bivalve:
Maritime Camps; Five days, Four nights, for Ages 13 to 17
Maritime campers become part of the AJ MEERWALD’S crew, sailing and living aboard an historic tall ship. Campers learn to raise and furl sails, coil lines, navigate and steer the ship. With deckwashes, sea chanteys, knots and standing watch, campers will truly become a tall ship sailor! The program also incorporates our award winning education program connecting and teaching campers about the environment and how we all affect it. Campers help to perform trawls, catching various sea animals in our trawl net, monitoring water quality, analyzing plankton of the local water environment, and learning about local watersheds.
The first 2012 camp is from July 8 beginning in Liberty State Park, NJ and docks in New London, CT on July 12 where the 2013 SailFest will be held for the weekend. On the final day of the camp, the Crew invites the parents to join us at 1:30 for a sail to see what their children have learned that week while on board. So bring the family for a fun weekend of Tall Ships, activities, and fireworks.
The second maritime camp will start in Liberty State Park, NJ and finish in Beach Haven, NJ from July 22-July 26. On the last day, each camp offers a campers and parents sail at 1:30 so that the young sailors can show their parents what they accomplished and learned all week.
Cost $750 includes meals and all accommodations
Sailor For A Day Camp: for Ages 10 to 16, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Campers aboard our Sailor For A Day program learn how to become a member of the crew. The morning begins with an introduction to the ship. Campers then help raise sail so we can get on our way! They also participate in our award winning educational program, learning all about our environment and how we affect it. They help to monitor water quality, help trawl for fish and other sea animals, learn about our local watershed, and so much more! In the afternoon, campers learn the skills of the maritime trade including navigation, important knots, how to stand bow watch, and even learn how to steer the boat!
Cost: $70 – Bring lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.
The AJ MEEWALD travels throughout the state of New Jersey so look for us at a port near you! 2013 dates are as follows:
Atlantic City (Gardner's Basin), NJ
Wednesday August 7
Cape May, NJ (Utsch's Marina)
Wednesdays August 14, 21, and 28
Marine Science Day Camp at the Jersey Shore
Marine Science Day Camp at the Jersey Shores allows children K-8, to expereince what it is like to be a marine scientist out in the field. All programs taught and led by a Marine Scientist. Active learning while having fun!
Our Marine Science Day Camp Program at the Jersey Shore is a "hands on, feet wet" marine and environmental based learning experience designed for children k-8. Campers will actively engage in numerous scientific activities that explore the life found in and around coastal New Jersey.
Camp Activities include: marine ecology education, water sampling and quality testing, plant and animal identification, study of tides along with seining, sieving, fishing, crabbing and kayaking.
With the Bay and Ocean as our backdrop, campers leave with a new wealth of knowledge and a host of fun filled memories.
New this summer is specialized program for High School Campers.
Voted "Best Camp in Ocean County" and "Top Pick at the Jersey Shore". Over ten locations at the Jersey Shore.
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