Join the New England Aquarium’s Harbor Discoveries Summer Camp for Schooner Adventures, the most incredible experience a middle school or high school student can find—all for the best price available. This two-week camp culminates in a week at sea aboard a schooner, learning how to sail and conduct scientific research while gaining skills and confidence the students will carry forever.







Slots Available for Schooner Camp 2016

After a week of preparation, our crew of young explorers will

board a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay. Campers will study the rich biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank. In addition, they will take part in all the activities that keep the ship afloat, from setting the sails to steering at the helm and even some daily chores. This program is run in cooperation with the World Ocean School.

  • Two weeks: July 25 – 29 and August 1 – 5, 2016
  • First week: Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
  • Second week: Campers will depart Monday for a 4-night schooner voyage, returning on Friday.
  • Price: $1,400 for members, $1,500 for non-members
  • Reservations: Call 617-973-5206 to register today!

An Adventure You Shouldn't Miss

"I was fortunate enough to attend the New England Aquarium Summer Camp over the past few years. Each session was exciting, enjoyable, educational, and just plain fun!

My last experience was aboard the Spirit of Massachusetts with the Harbor Discoveries Schooner Adventures. Spending the week on the boat was a true learning experience, one that taught me responsibility, teamwork and independence. I had an awesome time with the crew, counselors and other campers! I learned so much, and took away with me so many things that I couldn't experience anywhere else. The Schooner Adventure is a week that shouldn't be missed!"

—Tori, age 14

Praise from Parents

"In an age of cell phones, texting, Facebook and video gaming, the Schooner program was a refreshing chance for our daughter to get back to basics. It was face to face with real life adventure, instead of the onscreen variety. Self-reliance, confidence building, and the opportunity to take real responsibility. On top of it all, a really great time that she hasn't stopped talking about. She can't wait to return next summer."
—Barry and Nancy

"My son came back from his time out at sea on the Schooner Adventure with many a story to tell—from the mundane aspects of learning how to be a disciplined sailor (which included doing his chores!) to a profound recounting of serving his early morning watch and seeing the sunrise light up a pod of whales! He helped out new friends who were more seasick than he was, learned from the crew, and gained some independence on his first overnight camp experience. As at all of his previous Harbor Discovery camp sessions, my son learned more about marine life and responsible stewardship of the ocean and had a lot of fun, too."