Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp

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

From 1934-1936, the 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 and recording weather and water data in the logbook.

Each day we’ll 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. We’ll also go on river adventures, celebrate “crossing the equator,” and much more! You’ll 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 U.S. Sailing-certified instructors. Permanently moored on our waterfront, the Conrad is outfitted with comfortable living quarters for up to 50 campers and staff. Please see the camp handbook for more details.

Conrad campers learning to sail on the Mystic River alongside the tall ship Joseph Conrad.

2018 Program Dates

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

Registration begins January 16, 2018.

Beginners (ages 10-13): July 8-13, July 22-27, Aug. 5-10

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 10-13): June 17-22

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 12-15): June 24-29, July 15-20, Aug. 12-17

Intermediate (ages 13-15): July 1-6, July 29-Aug. 3

To register call 860.572.5322, ext. 1 or email
Members: $835 Non-members $890