Within the shop, our young boatwrights are introduced to the basics of boatbuilding--such as stich and glue or cedar strip construction--as well as Camden’s waterfront history. Students also benefit from Urban BoatWorks partnerships with the Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum and Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum through which they are learning various methods to construct a centuries-old craft.
Urban BoatWorks expects our youth to build incredible boats, and our boats to build incredible kids. Through the relationships they develop with our adult volunteers and mentors, students begin to think beyond the circumstances of their city and follow in the footsteps of their role models. We expect their academic performance to improve through the application of math and science concepts both in the shop and on the water. Lastly, we expect students' attitudes and character to develop as they work with adults and peers and learn the dedication required to build boats and launch them on the water.