Joseph Conrad Overnight Summer Sailing Camp

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

Campers sleep aboard an historic full-rigged ship, the Joseph Conrad, learn to sail during the day, and participate in fun activities at night, including a boat ride on the Mystic River, 19th-century “zip-lining” (breeches buoy life-saving re-enactment), a Planetarium show, climbing the rigging, and more. Lifelong friendships are made through the spirit of teamwork that underlies the Conrad experience.  Our staff includes a state licensed director, experienced counselors and experienced sailing instructors, many of whom are past Conrad participants.

Built in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1882, the Joseph Conrad is a square-rigger once used to train young Danish cadets for the merchant service. Today, permanently moored on our waterfront, the vessel is fitted out with bunks for 50 campers, flush toilets, showers, heat, and electricity.

Conrad campers learning to sail on the Mystic River alongside the tall ship Joseph Conrad.Each day starts early with morning deck chores. After breakfast, campers tackle the wind and current of the Mystic River, then break for lunch before setting off for an active afternoon with an activity or more sailing. Evenings are filled with activities, as well as plenty of time to spend with new friends, stargazing in our planetarium, climbing the rigging of the Conrad, or enjoying a lively sea music sing-a-long.

2017 Program Dates

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

Registration: member $735 / non-member $790

Beginner (ages 10-13)

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 10-13)

Beginner/Intermediate (ages 12-15)

Intermediate (ages 13-15)