Youth Adventures: Ages 5-12

Sultana’s Youth Adventures are designed for children looking for their first in-depth experiences on the Chesapeake Bay.    Programs are offered in both day-camp formats as well as short-term overnight trips that are perfect for students spending their first nights away from home.   These foundational programs are ideal for introducing children to the outdoors and beginning the life-long process of appreciating and protecting the natural environment.

Bay Discovery Camp

Bay Discovery Camp is filled with exciting, hands-on experiences that introduce younger children to the many plants and animals that live in the Chesapeake region.  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 uniquely tied to the week’s theme. Participants spend time in woodlands, meadows, shore-side marshes, and even paddle out onto the Chester River to examine the natural world through a scientific lens.

Logistics & Details

  • Program Week:  Monday-Friday
  • All program days begin and end at Sultana’s Holt Center in Chestertown
  • Daily drop-off time:  9:00 am
  • Daily pick-up time:  3:00 pm
  • Children must bring bag lunches and some basic gear
  • Ages 5-7
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition $275

2020 Dates

  • Aquatic Theme-June 22-26
  • Aquatic Theme-June 29-July 3
  • Terrestrial Theme-July 13-17
  • Terrestrial Theme-July 20-24

Bay Discovery Camp 2.0 NEW PROGRAM

Bay Discovery Camp 2.0 is designed for children that are ready to take the next step in exploring the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to investigating multiple ecosystems such as meadows, wetlands, and forests, Bay Discovery Camp 2.0 features two morning canoe trips on the mighty Chester River. During these paddles, participants learn basic boating skills while navigating up Radcliffe Creek and exploring the Chestertown waterfront.

Logistics & Details

  • Program Week:  Monday-Thursday
  • All program days begin and end at Sultana’s Holt Center in Chestertown
  • Daily drop-off time:  9:00 am
  • Daily pick-up time:  4:00 pm
  • Children must bring bag lunches and some basic gear
  • Ages 6-8
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition $275

2020 Dates

  • August 3-6
  • August 10-13

Canoe Camp

Canoe Camp is our introductory program for young paddlers looking to make their first voyages out onto the Chesapeake.  Each day begins at the Sultana Education Foundation’s Holt Education Center in Chestertown where participants meet to play games and examine maps of the Bay before setting out to spend the day at one of several local waterways.  Once on the water, students learn basic paddling skills, explore creeks and marshes, pull seine nets to sample marine life, and swim.

Logistics & Details

  • Program Week:  Monday-Thursday
  • All program days begin and end at the Sultana Education Holt Center in Chestertown
  • Daily drop-off time:  9:00 am
  • Daily pick-up time:  4:00 pm
  • Children must bring bag lunches and some basic gear
  • Ages 8-11
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition $275 (except as noted)

2020 Dates

  • June 22-25
  • June 29-July 2
  • July 13-16
  • July 27-30
  • August 3-6

Kayak Camp

Kayak Camp is the perfect program for children looking to explore the Chesapeake while learning basic kayaking skills.  Similar to our Canoe Camps (but designed for slightly older children), Kayak Camp begins each day at Sultana’s Holt Education Center where participants meet before setting out to explore a local waterway.   On the water, students learn how to handle their own kayak while exploring protected creeks and marshes.  There is also time to sample aquatic life with seine nets, beachcomb, and swim.

Logistics & Details

  • Program Week: Monday-Friday
  • All program days begin and end at The Sultana Education Holt Center in Chestertown
  • Daily drop-off time:  9:00 am
  • Daily pick-up time:  4:00 pm
  • Children must bring bag lunches and some basic gear
  • Ages 9-12
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition:  $325

2020 Dates

  • July 6-10
  • July 20-24
  • August 10-14

Three-Day Kayak Trip NEW PROGRAM

Designed for the child that is looking to transition from day-camps to overnight experiences, this three-day and two-night trip is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience kayaking, fishing, and camping. Participants spend their days paddling the tributaries of the Chesapeake and their evenings camping, playing games, and spending time around the campfire in a lovely wooded setting. SEF’s experienced staff provide individualized instruction on safety procedures, paddling skills, and boat handling while plenty of support for first-time campers. No previous experience is required.

Logistics & Details

  • All trips start & end at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills
  • Trips begin on Tuesday at 11:00am
  • Trips end on Thursday at 3:00pm
  • Ages 9-12
  • Tuition: $375*

2020 Dates

  • June 23-25
  • July 21-23

SULTANA Three-Day Trip

Three-day trips on the schooner SULTANA are a great opportunity for children to see the Chesapeake while sailing and living on a traditional schooner.  SULTANA’s three-day trips are intended for ages 9 – 11.  By day, participants learn the basics of tall ship sailing while navigating the protected waters of the Chester River.  At night, children camp ashore in tents at a private farm on Langford Creek.   Evenings are spent hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, playing games, and just having fun. 

Logistics & Details

  • All trips start & end in Chestertown
  • Trips begin on Tuesday at 11:00am
  • Trips end on Thursday at 3:00pm
  • Ages 9-11
  • Tuition: $375*

2020 Dates

  • June 23-25
  • June 30-July 2

 

*Eligible for 20% Partner School Discount