Schooner Summer Camp teaches kids to leave life’s harbors and explore

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For the second straight year, the New Haven Land Trust is running the Schooner Summer Camp in New Haven’s harbor. 

80 kids are on the water for eight weeks, ranging in ages from 4 to 14-years-old. 

Campers spend their time learning and exploring from Sound School and the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. The older kids spend half the day sailing on Long Island Sound

“The ability for them to build more character get more confident and work as a team. It’s really magical to see the kids doing that,” said Justin Elicker, Executive Director of New Haven Land Trust. 

For many of these kids, it’s a whole new experience. Some have never been on a boat before. 

The lessons, however, go far beyond learning the proper way to sail. 

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“I think if you put them out on a sailboat and they make a couple mistakes and they panic a little bit, then they try again the next day….It gives ’em more confidence in their ability,” said Enoc Escobar from West Haven

After all, they say calm waters don’t make good sailors. 

“It was fun because we were sailing a lot, but it was also scary because we thought we were going to tip over,” said Nicholas D’Amato. 

Overcoming fear, working together and getting first-hand experience on how to navigate when life gives you some rough waters. 

Find out more about camps with the New Haven Land Trust here.

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