Financial Aid

Since 1949, the Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp has been the overnight summer camp of choice for more than 350 campers annually. Living aboard the majestic tall ship, Joseph Conrad, your 10-15 year old will learn the rules of the sea while sailing our fleet of Dyer Dhows.
Financial Aid for Field Trips

Financial aid is available for student fees for our educational programs, including guided tours, self-guided field trips, in-school and overnight programs. The percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch will be taken off of total student fees.

Financial Aid for Summer Camps

Limited need-based financial assistance is available for summer camps at Mystic Seaport: Summer Day Camp, the Joseph Conrad Summer Sailing Camp, our teen sailing program on Brilliant (summer), and our youth and homeschool Community Sailing program (spring, summer and fall). No more than 50% of the cost of the program will be given as aid.

The deadline for applications for summer 2013 is May 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified by the end of May. After May 15, if there is any remaining scholarship funding then applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but must be received at least 15 days prior to the start of the program. The scholarships are the result of generous support from the William and Eileen Ames Fund, the Todd Wilkins Scholarship Fund, the George Gordon Breed Memorial Fund, and numerous private donors.

Scholarships are also Available

The Todd Wilkins Scholarship Fund, which is available for the teen Brilliant Program, youth Community Sailing, and Conrad Summer Camp, was created as an Endowment in 2003 in memory of Todd Wilkins, who was an exuberant and avid sailor. Todd was an instructor in the Museum’s Sail Education programs, teaching young people the thrill of sailing in the same programs in which he himself had learned to sail years earlier, and in which he took such joy. Todd had a lifelong passion for the sea. He was awarded the coveted Brooks trophy, given to a young sailor who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, and was one of the first students from Stonington High School who participated in the Aquanaut Program sponsored by the National Undersea Research Program.

To perpetuate Todd’s spirit and to honor his memory, Todd’s family and friends established the Todd Wilkins Scholarship Fund. Income from the Endowment supports scholarships to allow other young people to experience the same opportunities Todd enjoyed.