Entering Grades 6 - 9
Build Your Own Canoe - Members Only
June 24 – June 28
9:00 - 3:00 p.m.
July 8-12 (Boating Safety Course)
Build a real boat you can take home! We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us at our own regatta and celebrate with awards.
Students enrolled in this course will have a spot reserved in the Spirit of America Boating Safety Program for middle school students run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. At the end of this week-long program, participants will receive the State of Maryland boating safety certificate. For more information and to download enrollment forms, visit http://www.sailingcenterchesapeake.org/SailingCenter/SpiritOfAmerica/index.html
Open to members only. FEE: $250 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call for information.
Environmental Institute - Deadline extended to 5/30/2013
July 29 – August 2
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Environmental Institute is designed for young people who have a strong curiosity about the natural environment and want to learn more through hands-on experience. The Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), and Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust are combining forces to offer this exceptional opportunity. Participants will talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will review the trends, and then do water sampling and analysis to see how their results match up. They will map the shoreline from the William B. Tennison and visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point and a living shoreline. The institute will conclude with team presentations for friends, parents, and colleagues about their findings.
FEE: $60. The Environmental Institute is based on a competitive application process limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.For information and a copy of the application click here
Location: Calvert Marine Museum/ Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.
Jr. Docent Boot Camp - By invitation only
June 24 – June 28
This new initiative involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. To be considered for the Jr. Docent Program, please click here.
FEE: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.
Jr. Paleontologists - FULL - Call for waiting list
July 8 – July 12
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Become a junior paleontologist and hunt the beaches for fossil shark teeth, whale bones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Travel to the Baltimore Aquarium to see modern versions of the ancient fossils you find.
FEE: $135/ CMMS members $120.00. Location: Cove Point Lighthouse/Calvert Marine Museum.