Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp

Sign up your child for a unique overnight sailing camp on the beautiful Mystic River!

From 1934 to 1936, the full-rigged ship Joseph Conrad sailed around the world with a crew of youth. While the vessel does not sail today, campers still experience what life aboard was like for those young mariners by sleeping on the historic vessel and learning to be a part of everyday shipboard work, such as climbing the rigging, recording weather, and water data in the logbook.

Each day campers learn to sail traditional Dyer Dhow dinghies, and during afternoon apprenticeships campers can choose to focus on marine science, astronomy, marlinspike seamanship, and other traditional maritime skills such as art and music under the guidance of Museum experts. Campers also participate in fun activities at night, including a recreated life-saving method for shipwrecks called Breeches Buoy, a Planetarium show, and an interactive chantey show. Campers have the opportunity to explore the Mystic River, celebrate “crossing the equator,” and much more!

Campers return home with a new level of sailing proficiency, knowledge about our local maritime heritage, and lasting friendships. Campers who attend more than one session can choose a new apprenticeship skill to master and continue to progress through our five levels of dinghy sailing, from beginner to racing skipper! Conrad Camp is a state-licensed program with an experienced staff of US Sailing-certified instructors. Permanently moored on our waterfront with flush toilets, showers, heat/AC, and electricity, the Joseph Conrad is outfitted with comfortable living quarters for up to 50 campers and staff.

2019 Program Dates

All six-day programs begin Sunday at 4 p.m. and end Friday at 1 p.m.

Registration begins January 2019.

Beginners (ages 10-13): July 7-12, July 21-26, August 4-9

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 10-13): June 16-21

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 12-15): June 23-28, July 14-19, August 11-16

Intermediate (ages 13-15): June 30-July 5, July 28-August 2

Members: $850 • Non-members: $900