Youth Expeditions: Ages 11-14

The next step in our Summer Program progression, Sultana’s Youth Expeditions offer opportunities for middle school-aged students to take extended, residential trips that explore significant portions of the Chesapeake estuary.    During Five-Day SULTANA Trips, students live on board the vessel alongside her crew, while students in our Five-Day Kayak Trips camp ashore at one of several pristine wilderness locations.  Trips are suitable for first time sailors/kayakers as well as for students taking their first overnight trip away from home.

Five-Day SULTANA Trip

The moment students set foot on the schooner SULTANA they know they are beginning an adventure they will never forget.  Onboard SULTANA participants are immersed in a forgotten way of life where sailors live in close harmony with the environment and daily routines are largely determined by the wind and weather.  A total of 15 people will be onboard SULTANA during each five-day trip, including nine students and up to six professional instructors.  During these trips students work alongside the schooner’s professional crew and learn how to handle, navigate, and sail SULTANA.   Students are not only sailors, they are scientists – working to understand the multiple ecosystems that compose the Chesapeake Bay.  There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to go ashore, swim, play games, fish, and relax.

Healthy meals are prepared by the vessel’s cook and eaten family-style in a communal setting.  At night, participants sleep under the stars on deck or down below in the vessel’s main hold.  In the middle of each trip, SULTANA visits one of several ports-of-call where participants have an opportunity to explore and take advantage of modern conveniences (showers & pizza!). Students considering a Five-Day SULTANA Trip should be prepared for life in a shipboard environment where the accommodations are basic, space is limited, and teamwork is essential.  No previous sailing experience is required.

Logistics & Details

  • Trips travel between  St. Michaels / Cambridge / Chrisfield with alternating start/end ports
  • Trips begin on Monday at 11:00 am
  • Trips end on Friday at 3:00 pm
  • Ages 11-14 (must be entering 6th grade)
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition:  $750*

2020 Dates

  • July 6-10 Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels) to Cambridge
  • July 13-17 Cambridge to Crisfield
  • July 20-24 Crisfield to Cambridge
  • July 27-31 Cambridge to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels)

Five-Day Kayak Trip

Five-Day Kayak Trips provide participants with the unique opportunity to explore several different areas of the Chesapeake Bay – all in one week.   The program begins at a 1,000-acre waterfront farm on the Sassafras River where participants learn basic kayaking skills while exploring a variety of tidal fresh water creeks and marshes.   Participants paddle and explore during the day and then spend nights tent-camping at an idyllic waterfront setting.  Mid-week the trip heads south to a private wildlife preserve on the Nanticoke River, where students can paddle through salt marshes and cypress swamps on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore, explore the famous Black Water National Wildlife Refuge, and even visit the back-bays of Assateague Island.  This trip is led by three experienced staff that provide individualized instruction on safety procedures, paddling skills, and boat handling.   When not paddling, there is plenty of time to venture ashore to swim, pull seine nets, fish, marsh muck, and relax.  No previous paddling experience is required.

Logistics & Details

  • All trips begin at Turner’s Creek Public Landing on Monday at 11:00 am
  • All trips end on Friday at Chesapeake College in Wye Miulls at 3:00 pm
  • Ages 11-14
  • Limited internships for young adults ages 15-16
  • Tuition:  $525*

2020 Dates

  • June 29-July 3
  • July 13-17
  • July 27-31

* Eligible for 20% Partner School Discount