Urban BoatWorks

In partnership with the Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum, Urban BoatWorks teaches middle and high school youth how to build wooden paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks. Since the program’s first year in 2009, 18 boats have been handcrafted and launched on the water.

BoatWorks' goals go beyond teaching the craft of wooden boat-building. Through working with BoatWorks instructors—nearly all of whom are volunteers—students also learn the skills they need to become productive, responsible adults and leaders among peers. During each build year, they take swimming lessons so that they are prepared to paddle their boats on the water during UrbanPromise’s summer paddling season.

Students of Urban BoatWorks participate in at least 10 on-the-water trips each year. In addition to paddling their hand-made vessels, youth explore local waterways and become both advocates and stewards for their local environment.

Each year, 50 middle and high school students from several Camden schools learn how to build wooden boats and take them out on the water.

40 youth made crafts since 2009, sail boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards have been hand-crafted by Camden youth.