Boatbuilders Saguenay Sea Kayak
Built by Hand, Paddled with Heart
Building a kayak with your own hands is a rewarding challenge in itself. Combine that with paddling that same vessel on a sea kayak expedition along the Maine coast and in spectacular Saguenay Fjord National Park in Quebec, and you’ve got a five-week adventure that produces deep learning, and a strong sense of accomplishment and leadership.
A Craft to Last a Lifetime
Students in the Boatbuilders Expedition spend the first half of the program on the Chewonki campus creating their own Willow sea kayak, designed by boatbuilder Bill Thomas of South Berwick, Maine. Bill teaches the students basic boat building techniques and works with them to guide the process of constructing these boats from frame to finish utilizing hand tools. Between work sessions, they acquire paddling skills at our waterfront. After just two weeks, these striking, voyage-worthy boats are ready to launch. Next, the group embarks on a multi-day trip on the waters off the town of Stonington, Maine, a lobster port on Penobscot Bay.
Explore the Grand Saguenay Fjord
We then journey by van to the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. With its dramatic cliffs and rich ecosystem, the Saguenay Fjord National Park is home to seals, many kinds of birds and fish, and many species of whale. After the expedition, the participants take their kayaks home as a keepsake of the skills they gained and memories they’ll have of their adventures.
A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.*
- $700 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions
- $400 per child – Puffin Program
- $100 per child for families applying for financial aid
For families carrying over a credit from summer 2020, we will apply your non-refundable deposit (either $700, $400 or $100) towards the deposit owed. Any remaining credit balance will be applied to your remaining tuition. The first half of which is due February 1 and the remaining balance is due May 1.