WOLFEBORO —Opening in late June, New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) is offering numerous programs and opportunities for youth this summer.
In Youth Boat Building, July 29 – August 9, girls and boys (ages 12 and up) will be
taught how to safely use hand tools and a limited number of power tools. Participants may choose from the following kinds of boats: Two-person canoe,
One-person kayak, or Bevin’s skiff.
“We also offer scholarships for youth who may need financial assistance, so we don’t want finances to be any barrier at all,” said Martha Cummings, NHBM executive director.
In Community Sailing Program (CSP), NHBM and Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation teach basic sailing to kids (ages 9 and up) as well as adults. Most classes take place on Albee Beach on Lake Wentworth and at Lake Winnipesaukee (adults 16 and up).
“We prepare the boats, get them ready, and work with the town to hire instructors,” said Cummings. “For those who want to race, we also offer classes in sailboat racing.”
During the week of July 9-12, youth (ages 11 and up) can building their own radio-controlled model yachts in Model Yacht Building Workshop.
“At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a radio-controlled boat you will be proud to sail,” said Cummings.
For younger kids (grades K through 6), Lake Discovery Summer Camp features games, science experiments, rides on Molly the Trolley and The Millie B, an instructional tutorial with the Marine Patrol’s boat, and more. The camp is held in collaboration with Libby Museum in Wolfeboro. The camp takes place during the weeks of July 22-26 and July 29 - Aug 2.
“We will also have Story Time with the Wolfeboro Public Library at NHBM, and it is perfect for toddlers,” added Cummings.
Story Time will take place on July 19 and August 16, beginning on both dates at 10:30 am and running for about one hour. Admission is free for children plus one adult.
According to Cummings, all programs offered at NHBM reflect their mission to provide experiential, hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages.
“We want people to not just learn about our boating heritage and the Lakes Region, but experience it,” she said. “We are excited for the season to open.”
Founded in 1992 by vintage boating enthusiasts, NHBM is committed to inspire people of all ages with an understanding of, and appreciation for, the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s fresh waterways.
Register now as space is limited and filling fast for NHBM programs. To learn more, or register, visit NHBM.org.