Camp Nauticus

Our camps are packed full of fun!

Imagine a day of hands-on science activities! Your child will learn that science is involved with everything around them while performing way cool experiments and creating awesome make-and-takes. Camps are offered throughout the year. Select a camp from the links below for dates and topics.

Sail-Nauticus-LogoSummer Camp

Sail Nauticus Summer Camps

Explore Nauticus and enjoy a fun week of Summer Sailing Camp! For details on this year’s Summer Camps, please check out our Sail Nauticus Camp Page: Click Here! For questions or registration, please call the Sail Nauticus Office at 757-823-4242.

Sail Quest (12-15) & Sail Quest Junior (8-11)

M-F 8:30 am-1:30 pm
June 19-23
June 26-30
No Camp week of July 4
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31 – August 4
August 7-11

Our award-winning flagship summer camp, Sail Quest, will be back in 2017 for another exciting year! Sail Quest is a hands-on sailing and maritime science camp. Students will learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat, including boat rigging, water safety, confidence and teamwork. Students will participate in various land-based activities focusing on river ecology, maritime science and STEM, while using the many resources of the Nauticus campus to complement their sailing knowledge. Sail Quest is a beginner sailing camp, so no experience is required! We will have two age-based camps this year, Sail Quest Jr. (8-11) and Sail Quest (12-15). Both camps will teach from the same curriculum.

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Sail Voyagers (10-15)

M – F 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
July 10 – 14
July 17 –  21
July 24 – 28
July 31 –  August 4
August 7 – 11

Sail Voyagers is an advanced sailing camp, for students who have prior sailing experience, or who have attended a Sail Quest camp with us in the past. Campers will learn more advanced sailing techniques, including being able to cruise safely in local waters and planning their own voyage. They will refine their skills learned in Sail Quest, while also learning reefing, docking, anchoring and man overboard drills. While on land, campers will learn chart reading, plotting, coastal navigation skills and the concepts of currents and how they function. They will also learn the important role of tides and weather and how to predict them in order to help plan their own sailing voyage.

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Group Outings

If Summer Camps aren’t your thing, Sail Nauticus also offers group sailing opportunities, structured to fit your goals and desires. Participants can enjoy a leisurely sail, friendly competition, games and other on the water activities. All ages, group sizes and time frames are welcome.

Mission Statement

NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy.