Building Boats with Kids - Read about some of our past workshops
Camp GAN Israel Westport, CT
Kids Aboard Boat Building at the Banana River
Windsurfing Resort, Cocoa Beach, FL
For two weeks 24
kids, aged 6 - 13 years old, built, painted, launched and sailed three
10-foot wooden sailboats while learning math, science, language arts,
history, geography, art, music, windsurfing and more.
we can get kids on the water it's a good thing, said Beth Winkler, an
Olympic windsurfer who owns and operates Banana River Windsurfing Resort
with her husband Greg, who is also an
Olympic class windsurfer. "Sailing is sailing. Windsurfing, sailing, it
doesn't matter. Start them out any way you can." Winkler participated in the
workshop by teaching the kids about the wind and how a sail uses the wind to
power the boats that the kids built. During the workshop the kids were
treated to a windsurfing lesson with veteran windsurfer and
traveling instructor Roger Jackson, who used Starboard boards and Sailworks
sails to demonstrate the basics to the kids. Jackson also conducts
clinics throughout the year at the resort and around the country.
During the workshop the kids learned & practiced math skills, kept daily
journals about their experiences, and got to learn the importance of
teamwork, among other things. "Can we do two more weeks?" some kids and
parents asked at the end of the workshop. Many thanks to Greg and
Beth Winkler for hosting the workshop at their wonderful resort!
North Fork Elementary students
launch their boats at annual Waterway Cleanup
The students at North Fork Elementary in Ft.
Lauderdale, FL had a great time learning math, science, and language arts while
building two sailboats for six weeks. Now that the caulk and paint have dried,
the kids tested out their brand new vessels in the water at the Annual
Waterway Cleanup organized by the Marine Industries Association of South
to read the article published in the
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper
Also, click to read the article published in the
The kids built two 10-foot wooden sailboats at Miamarina at
Bayside Marketplace during the 5 day Strictly Sail Miami boat show.
|Once again the kids attending the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
had a blast at the Kids Aboard booth.
This year the kids built two sailboats and launched them on Monday, Feb. 16,
2004. The media came out with news crews and even a chopper to cover the
launching for local TV! Many thanks to all the kids who participated,
our sponsors and supporters who made the whole workshop a success for the
kids, the parents, the vendors & the show organizers! To see photos of the boat
building, click on our
Online Photo Gallery.
Kids Aboard Workshops, Inc.
501 (c) 3 Organization
786-525-3545 / 1-877-228-1569 (toll free)