Our program focuses on the History of the Hudson river and Valley, as well as pirate history and lore. Our you sailors have an hour long History class from Father Chris from St Mary of the snow in Saugerties ( he has a masters in Naval history from Columbia) every Wednesday at the Saugerties lighthouse. Each week they also pick out an authentic pirate flag and learn about Said Pirate that week. On weeks where we run 2 boats we culminate the week with a naval battle using biodegradable water balloons.
The most important thing we teach kids is how to think, and use their brains and bodies to transport themselves and their fellow crew mates to their lunch destination each day. Our program is very special in that it makes the subjects that children often find boring in school, relevant to helping them Sail.
Parents can book one week at a time and they do NOT have to be consecutive.
Here is a breakdown of the average week:
Tivoli Sailing Camp Overview
Pickup from Saugerties/ 8:30 & Tivoli/ 9:00
Morning lesson on the river – 45 minutes with Captain Julia
Lessons cover the following
Parts of the boat
Points of sail
Effects of wind and tide (daily conditions) on destination
… & much much more!
Sail to destination of the day and/or sailing races (when there are two boats)
Destinations include Saugerties, Germantown, Rhinecliff, Catskill & Kingston and are determined based upon daily conditions.
Lunch combined with an afternoon history lesson
Swimming and games
Sail or race back to drop-off location(s)
Monday: Students choose a pirate flag which is flown from the rigging all week. History lessons are based upon various Pirates and sailing.
Tuesday: Students create their own flags. They will later vote on the one from which to create tee shirts.
Wednesday: Saugerties lighthouse for lunch including an hour long Naval history lesson with Father Chris who has a Masters degree in Naval history from Columbia University.
Thursday: Free Choice - students choose their after lunch activity.
Friday: Students vote on the flags and create tee shirts from stencils. Walk up into town for ice cream after lunch. Awards from the Captain(s). Naval battle with biodegradable water balloons.