Summer Programs

Now in our 19th season, the Sultana Education Foundation’s Summer Programs provide children and young adults with extraordinary opportunities to experience the Chesapeake Bay in ways only most can imagine. Led by the Foundation’s experienced professional staff, and featuring participant /instructor ratios as low as 2:1, all Summer Programs provide supportive environments that foster an appreciation and love of the outdoors while encouraging campers to make friends, learn new skills and develop confidence in their own abilities.

An Important Announcement About SEF Summer Programs

 

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Ages 5-7 / $275 / 5-Days / Mon-Fri
Aquatic Theme: Jun 22-26 (SOLD OUT) / Jun 29-July 3 (SOLD OUT)
Terrestrial Theme: Jul 13-17 (3 SPOTS LEFT / Jul 20-24 (SOLD OUT)

Bay Discovery Camp is filled with exciting, hands-on activities that introduce young children to the natural world of the Chesapeake Bay. Using the Foundation's Holt Education Center in Chestertown as a base camp, children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that are tied to the week's theme. Children spend time in woodlands, meadows, marshes, and even swim and paddle on the Chester River.

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Ages 6-8 / $275 / 4-Days / Mon-Thurs
Aug 3-6 / Aug 10-13 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT)

Bay Discovery Camp 2.0 is for those that are ready to take the next step in exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to games, crafts, and the investigation local meadows, marshes, wetlands and forests, Bay Discovery 2.0 is double the fun with two canoe trips on the Chester River exploring Radcliffe creek and Chestertown's waterfront.

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Ages 8-11 / $275 / 9am-4pm Daily / 4 Days
Jun 22-25(SOLD OUT) / Jun 29-Jul 2(SOLD OUT)  / Jul 13-16(SOLD OUT)  / July 27-30 / Aug 3-6 (SOLD OUT)

Canoe Camp is our intro program for young paddlers seeking their first voyage onto the Chesapeake. Campers will begin their day at the Holt Center with games and a mapping of their daily trip before setting out to adventure at on of several local waterways. Once on the water, students learn basic paddling skills, explore creeks and marshes, fish with hook and line, pull seine nets and of course swim!

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Ages 9-12 / $325 Tuition* / 9am-4pm / 5 Days
Jul 6-10 / Jul 20-24 (SOLD OUT) / Aug 10-14

Kayak Camp is the perfect program for campers looking to perfect their paddling skills in kayaks. Similar to Canoe Camp (but designed for slightly older children) participants will begin at the Holt Center, and set out to explore local waterways, protected marshes and creeks. Campers will get to handle their own kayak with plenty of time to seine for aquatic critters, fish, beachcomb, swim, and swim some more!

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Ages 9-11 / $375 Tuition* / 3-days, 2-nights
Jun 23-25, Jun 30-Jul 2 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT)

Trips on the SULTANA are a great introduction to overnight programs while sailing the Chesapeake and living on a traditional schooner. By day, participants learn the basics of tall ship sailing while navigating the protected waters of the Chester River. Off the boat, campers will hike, swim, fish, canoe, and play games. In the evenings, children will camp ashore on a private farm on Langford Creek.

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Ages 9-12 / $375* / 3-days, 2-nights
Jun 23-25 / Jul 21-23 (SOLD OUT)

This trip is perfect for campers looking to make a transition from day to overnight experiences on the Chesapeake Bay! Participants will spend their days on the Bay kayaking, fishing, swimming, and exploring, and spend their evenings camping, playing games, and hanging around the campfire in wooded settings. Our experienced staff provide individualized instruction on safety, paddling skills, and support for first-time campers. Previous experience not required.

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Ages 11-14 (must be entering 6th grade) / $750 Tuition* / 5-days, 4-nights

Jul 6-10 (St. Michaels to Cambridge) / Jul 13-17 (Cambridge to Crisfield) / July 20-24 (Crisfield to Cambridge) / July 27-31 (Cambridge to St. Michaels)

This unforgettable adventure is a classic! Participants are immersed in sailing, navigation, ecology and favorite summer activities like swimming, fishing and relaxing on the Chesapeake Bay. By day, campers learn and play onboard a traditional schooner, or on one of the Bay’s incredible shorelines. In the evenings, campers sleep under the stars or below deck. No previous experience required.

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Ages 11-14 (must be entering 6th grade) / $525 Tuition* / 5-days, 4-nights
Jun 29 - Jul 3 (1 SPOT LEFT) / Jul 13-17 / Jul 27-31 (All Turner’s Creek Landing to Chesapeake College)

These trips provide campers with adventures through hidden marshes and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, and an opportunity to better their paddling skills. By day, participants explore salt marshes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, or the famous Black Water National Wildlife Refuge. When not paddling campers venture ashore to swim, fish, pull seine nets, marsh muck and relax. By night, paddlers pitch tents, roast s’mores, and swap campfire stories. No previous experience required.

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Ages 14-18 (must be entering high school) / $900 Tuition* / 8-days, 7-nights
Aug 4-11 (1 SPOT LEFT) (St. Michaels to Chestertown)

This expedition for high school students will immerse participants in high-level training in shipboard operations while exploring an array of concepts in environmental science. Participants can look forward to extensive time sailing and handling the schooner, learning the basics of navigation, standing watch, collecting scientific data, exploring ashore, and having a blast with their shipmates and SULTANA’s professional crew. During the program SULTANA will visit several iconic ports with potential stops in Annapolis and Baltimore.

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Ages 14-18 (must be entering high school) / $800 Tuition* / 7-days, 6-nights
Aug 3-9 (ALL DATES SOLD OUT) (Begins and Ends at Chesapeake College)

Partnering with the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), this trip for high school students features an emphasis on coastal estuarine studies. The first four days of this program are based from a Nature Conservancy wilderness camp on the Nanticoke River and the second half of the trip is based from the VIMS Wachapreague campus. Students will paddle tributaries to the Bay, explore Atlantic barrier islands and learn about ongoing research a the VIMS campus and University of Maryland Horn Point Campus.

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Friends of Sultana,
 
Since early April, the Sultana Education Foundation has worked to determine which of our Summer Programs we can conduct in a safe and responsible manner in the coming months. We have spread a wide net in our effort to understand the risks posed by Covid-19, and to devise strategies to mitigate these risks. Our staff reviewed guidelines issued by the American Camping Association (ACA), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). We also consulted directly with health care professionals working on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis.
 
Based on a conservative reading of available guidelines, and particularly recently released guidance from the CDC, we have concluded that our Summer Programs as currently formatted are not consistent with recommended best practices. In light of this, we are canceling all of our currently scheduled programs for 2020. Parents/guardians of children registered for a Sultana Education Foundation Summer Program will receive a 100% refund of their deposit during the first week of June. Those who wish to donate all or a portion of their deposit to the Sultana Education Foundation scholarship fund can contact Liza Brocker at lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org. 
 
As the summer progresses, and assuming the situation improves, we believe the possibility exists for Sultana to offer a limited selection of paddling-based day programs for children ages 10 and up. As per CDC guidelines, these programs would be restricted to children living in Kent County. If and when such programs are feasible, previously enrolled children will have the first opportunity to register.  
 
It’s hard to overstate our disappointment with the present situation. Each summer of a child’s life is unique, and the cancellation of summer programs across the country will result in the loss of important opportunities for learning and personal development. If there has been a bright spot the past few weeks, it’s the support we’ve received from the extended Sultana community. We cannot thank you enough for your words of encouragement. 
 
Energized by this support, the Sultana staff is eager to begin turning its eyes towards planning for next summer. You can look for our schedule of 2021 Summer Programs to be released this September.
 
Sincerely,
Chris Havemeyer, Board Chair
Drew McMullen, President
Chris Cerino, Vice President