The experience offers hands-on training in sailing, meaning even landlubbers are welcome. Participants learn the fundamentals of sailboat handling, navigation, marine safety and techniques used by seasoned sailors. They cook meals on the boat, sleep on the vessel, and learn to live and work as a cohesive team.
“Just seeing how a sailboat really works …, ” says Michael Delphia, a 14-year-old from Troop 889 of Livonia, Mich. “It’s just amazing to see how it all functions together with the troop working together. It’s crazy.”
You and your sailing crew point the boat’s bow toward your choice of Great Lakes ports. Stop for some famous Mackinac Island fudge. Hike the trails of Beaver Island. Visit some picturesque lighthouses. Itinerary possibilities abound. Plan your unit’s visit at michiganscouting.org
*For vessels more than 20 feet in length, life jackets need not be worn when the qualified supervisor aboard the vessel determines that it is prudent to abide by less-restrictive state and federal regulations concerning the use and storage of life jackets.