Schooner Day Camp

Sailing, swimming & exploring aboard an 1812 privateer!

Your child will spend a fun and educational week aboard the 70-foot schooner Fame, a replica of the famous privateer from the War of 1812. He or she will learn how to sail a traditional wooden schooner and experience what life was like for the fishermen, pirates, traders, and privateers who built our North Shore. We’ll explore a deserted island, swim in secluded coves, and sail all over beautiful Salem Sound.

Campers will all learn to raise, lower, and reef sails, trim sails to the wind, take the tiller on all points of sail, read charts and plot courses, tie essential knots, and identify all parts of the vessel. Older campers will learn to handle dock lines and perform essential checks and maintenance. No previous sailing experience is required.

2019 Camp Sessions Camp Day Ages Cost
July 15-19, 2019 Mon-Fri, 8:45am to 3:45pm, rain or shine 8-14 $450
August 12-16, 2019 Mon-Fri, 8:45am to 3:45pm, rain or shine 8-14 $450

Campers should always wear sunscreen and bring a windbreaker and hat regardless of the forecast. They should bring a light snack and a bag lunch along with two hydrating drinks such as water or juice.

We are based at Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem. Access to the vessel is through the main entrance to the marina, next to the new Finz (formerly Victoria Station) restaurant.

Campers will be divided into two groups or “watches” by age and ability and issued a color-coded t-shirt. If you want your camper to be placed in the same group as another camper or campers, please let us know at the time of registration.


A camp brochure, available via mail or e-mail, can be mailed on request. The brochure includes a registration form which must be returned along with a $150 non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the camp. Once the deposit is received, we will mail out a full registration packet. This must be completed and returned, along with any balance due, before the beginning of camp.

For more information about the camp, feel free to call (978) 729-7600.

About Fame

Fame is a replica of a privateer from the War of 1812. Launched in 2003, Fame cruises on Salem Sound, where pirates & privateers have been making history for 400 years. Fame sails from Memorial Day through Halloween from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, and offers sailing up to 5 times daily.

Phone 978-729-7600
Map Marker

Pickering Wharf Marina / 86 Wharf Street / Salem, MA 01970