Summer Camps

Mystic Seaport Museum offers a number of summer camps and programs that provide a unique learning adventure! Our wide selection of Summer Day Camps offers campers ages 4 to 16 a kid’s-eye-view of maritime history as they explore the Museum. Community Sailing day camps let kids ages 6 to 15 build and refine their sailing skills with our sailing instructors out on the Mystic River. Our residential, Joseph Conrad Overnight Camp invites campers 8 to 15 to spend a week with us, learning to sail by day, doing fun maritime themed activities in the evenings, and sleeping aboard a historic ship by night. And teens 15 and up can sail along the coast as part of the crew of the schooner Brilliant. Select the camp that best suits your children and give them a summer to remember at Mystic Seaport Museum!

Register for all camps here!

Summer Day Camp (Ages 4-16)

With many different day camps to choose from, campers ages 4 to 16 get a kids'-eye-view of maritime history as they explore Mystic Seaport Museum, take part in hands-on activities, play unique games and create fantastic craft projects. They'll discover the secret lives of sailors, learn what life was like at port, meet the citizens of Greenmanville, investigate the superstitions of the sea, and more. All of our programs are licensed by the State of Connecticut and are staffed by experienced museum educators.

Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp (Ages 8-15)

Since 1949 the training ship, Joseph Conrad, has hosted overnight summer campers at Mystic Seaport Museum. This truly unique, historic summer sailing camp teaches not just sailing skills, but teamwork and camaraderie as well. Campers sail in traditional 9' Dyer Dhow sailboats by day, do hands-on activities in the evenings, and sleep aboard a historic ship by night. Our camp is licensed by the state of Connecticut and our staff includes experienced camp counselors, US Sailing certified sailing instructors, Red Cross certified Lifeguards, and USCG licensed captains, many of whom are past Conrad Camp participants.

Community Sailing (Ages 6-15)

No matter your skill level, you will find sailing at Mystic Seaport Museum an unequaled experience. The Sailing Center offers a full lineup of camps and classes for both kids and adults designed to build and refine sailing skills, all while nurturing the love of the water and our connection to the sea. Our Sailing instructors are experienced sailors and educators; their love of the water and years of sailing experience provide participants not only with the required technical knowledge, but with practical know-how through hands-on instruction. Competitive racing series are also available!

Schooner Brilliant Summer Sailing Program (Ages 15+)

Give your teenager a Brilliant experience aboard this beautiful 61-foot classic schooner! They will become part of the crew in this full-participation sailing experience, while cruising local waters and visiting scenic ports of call. As the oldest sail education program in the country, Brilliant has taught teamwork, leadership, stewardship, and traditional seamanship for more than 60 years. Participants learn under the guidance of a professional crew and U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain.

Cancellation Policy

Participants will receive a 75% refund if they cancel before 30 days prior to the camp.  No refunds will be given if cancellation is made within 30 days prior to the camp.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial assistance is available for the Museum’s summer camps and sailing programs. Learn more >>

COVID-19 Policies

  • We no longer require proof of a negative covid test at drop off for day campers.
  • CONRAD CAMP and BRILLIANT will still require proof of a negative covid rapid test at drop off.
  • COVID vaccinations will be strongly recommended but not required.
  • Masks are optional.