STEM Camps

This five (5) day STEM Camp is geared for students ages 8-13.  Proof of age may be required the first day of class. These camps encompass ten (10) modules from the US Sailing REACH program and our quick start method in learning how to sail on a Hobie® Wave catamaran. Each student will have the opportunity to learn STEM through sailing by participating in on shore activities, and on the water sailing a boat under the supervision of our certified instructors. An instructor will sail with students as needed to assist students with their skills to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

These camps are broken into two sessions, Week One and Week Two.  Students must complete Week One before registering in Week Two as skills learned in Week One will be built upon in Week Two. Students who successfully complete Week One shall be eligible to rent our boats during regularly scheduled rental times.

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NOTE: If you are in need of early drop off for your child, please contact us.  Early drop off can be made available on a case  by case basis.


$350 per child

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Skills Taught:
Stem Camp Week One
  • Understanding GBSP safety rules and emergency procedures
  • Proper fitting and adjustment of a Personal Floatation Device (PDF)
  • Measuring Wind
    • Identify Wind Clues & Beaufort Wind Scale
    • Making a Wind Anemometer
    • Measuring Wind in Multiple Locations
  • Buoyancy
    • Sink or Float
    • Hull Shape & Boat Design
  • Sail Shape, Area and Perimeter
    • Measuring Surface Area
    • Pythagorean's Theorem
    • Reading Telltales
    • Downhaul & Batten Adjustment
    • Mainsheet Tension
    • Airflow Over a Sail
  • Simple Machines
    • Identifying Simple Machines
    • Identifying Load and Effort
    • 1:1 vs 4:1 Purchase
  • Parts of a Sailboat
    • Parts of the Hull
    • Parts of the Rig
    • Parts of the Sail
  • Basic VHF Radio Operation
    • Marine Radio Channels and usage
    • Distance of Transmission
    • How to talk on a radio
    • How to use in an emergency
  • Water Quality Testing
    • Collecting samples in various locations
    • Temperature, Salinity, Specific Gravity, pH
    • Testing in Different Locations and Depths
  • Marine Debris
    • How do things become marine debris?
    • Reduction/Eimination of marine debris
    • Decomposition time for different items
    • Tides & Currents
  • Safety Skills
    • Basic safety considerations
    • Weather/Wave Considerations
    • Man overboard drill
    • Avoiding Capsizing
    • Righting a capsized boat
Stem Camp Week Two
  • Understanding GBSP safety rules and emergency procedures
  • Proper fitting and adjustment of a Personal Floatation Device (PDF)
  • Land and Sea Breezes
    • Air Temperature over Water vs. Land
    • Using NOAA Buoy Data
    • Surface Wind Mapping
  • Rigging a Boat
    • Raising a Mast, Attaching Rudder & Tiller
    • Adjusting Shroud Tension
    • Simple Wind Indicators
  • Upwind Sailing
    • How Geometry may Affect Sailing
    • Over-Rotating Through Tacks
  • Sailing in Heavy Wind
    • Advantages & Risks of Sailing in Heavy Wind
    • Observing Wind on the Water
    • Steering in Wind Gusts
    • Steering in Wind Shifts
  • Wind Power
    • How Do We Use the Wind?
    • Finding the "Groove When Sailing
    • Wind Turbine and Air Foils
  • Introduction to Sailboat Racing
    • Starting Signals
    • Plan of Action from Shore to Start
    • Starting Strategies
    • Right of Way at Mark Roundings
    • Fast & Efficient Mark Roundings
    • When to Tack/When to Duck
  • Underwater Exploration
    • Underwater Scientists
    • Multibeam Mapping by NOAA
    • Building an ROV
    • Debris Hunt
  • Navigation
    • Rules of the Road
    • Understanding Navigation Buoys
    • Steering Toward a Poing on Shore
    • Skills of a Good Sailor


What to bring:
  • Old tennis shoes or closed-toe water shoes are required to be worn at all times to protect your feet.
  • A completed & signed waiver
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change in to
  • Water bottle full of water/ beverage
  • Bag Lunch
  • We provide life jackets however, students may bring their own if they wish. (All privately owned life jackets are subject to inspection and approval of Green Bay Sail & Paddle Staff)

South Bay Marina
101 Bay Beach Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54301

The marina is at the west end of Bay Beach Rd, past the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. To find SOUTH BAY, take HWY I-43 to exit #187 (Webster Ave), go north to Irwin St. and take a left on Irwin, which then turns into Bay Beach Rd. We are the last entrance on the right. Look for the SOUTH BAY Marina sign.

When you enter the marina follow the signs that say Green Bay Sail & Paddle.

Classes may be canceled and/or rescheduled at the discretion of Green Bay Sail & Paddle Inc. (“GBSP”) due to weather conditions and/or general concern of the participants and/or any and all Green Bay Sail & Paddle Inc. staff and volunteers.  Classes that do not meet the minimum number of registrants may be rescheduled.  GBSP will attempt to notify all registrants by email and/or telephone of cancellations 24 to 48 hours prior to commencement.  

For the safety of everyone, we ask that if you have or had a fever in the past 48 hours that you do not come to class. We will do our best to reschedule you to a later class. Every participant must wear a mask or buff while on shore, and social distancing recommendations must be followed.  You may be asked to leave if you do not abide by these safety guidelines.  Refunds will not be given to any participant for failure to comply with any and all safety guidelines.