For ages 7* and through 11(ish).
* Kids turning 8 during the calendar year can join us in the shop unaccompanied. Kids turning 7 in the calendar year can join us in the shop if accompanied by an adult during the entire program.
A typical day in the shop for beginners has kids cycling through various hands-on boatbuilding stations, where a knowledgeable IB instructor will guide them through the day’s activities. Students will use traditional hand tools while learning skills like shaping planks, steam bending fames, riveting and oar making!
Starting with reading the plans, to shaping the planks, all the way to painting the hull, the kids in our program participate in the entire boatbuilding process, from start to finish!
Mixed Mornings: We have a new program structure for participants in our Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Boat Building programs. Each kid will still come two days a week. One of those days will in their specific age/skill level group (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced – the levels are described below), but the other day will be mix of all ages!
There are a few reasons for this change. First, it will allow for parents to have more choice in the schedule, making it easier to coordinate with other activities on the island (like LCYC). Most importantly, these multi-level mixed mornings allow kids to teach kids. We want to promote peer teaching, where students really learn to master skills and share knowledge by working together and guiding each other.
No woodworking experience is needed to join our any of our programs. Check out the program descriptions below and register for the class that is the best fit
- Boat Building Basics
- Introduction to Hand Tools
- Workshop Fundamentals
- Safe Shop Practices
- Team learning