Beakers, Brushes, & Boats: A STEAM Day Camp

Three Bay City nonprofits are coming together to offer a new day camp experience designed to get participants excited about…water. BaySail, the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association and Studio 23/The Art Center have joined forces to offer “Beakers, Brushes & Boats: A STEAM Day Camp” to young people ages 8—10. The first ever camp will take place in Downtown Bay City, July 16—19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is available to the first 18 who register.

Campers will divide their time between the indoor classroom at Studio 23 and the outdoor classroom of Wenonah Park and the Saginaw River in Downtown Bay City. Each day will feature lessons in STEAM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, art and math facilitated by BaySail Director of Education Emily Nummer and Studio 23 Education Coordinator Autumn Reyes. “The camp experience will be very interactive,” explained Nummer. “Campers will participate in lessons about the Saginaw Bay watershed, the water cycle and simple machines, for example, as well as learning about maritime-related topics like nautical terms, knot tying and more.”

Each participant will spend at least 1.5 hours per day on the water as part of the crew of a Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association “daysailer.” They’ll sail with 2 other campers and an adult skipper and learn the basic points of sail, steering and incorporating knots. The last day of the camp, graduation day, will include a 3.5-hour Science Under Sail experience aboard Appledore IV, the Bay City-based tall ship operated by BaySail.

Registration fee is $199 per camper and includes all supplies and activities as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily. Participation is limited to 18 youth ages 8—10. Registration forms are available at www.baysailbaycity.org.

BaySail owns and operates the schooners Appledore IV and Appledore V from its home port of Bay City. It holds a State of Michigan camp license and has provided environmental education, sail training, and community programs aboard its vessels for 20 years. The Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association provides community sailing lessons for people of all ages and strives to promote sailing as a life-long sport. Studio 23/The Art Center is dedicated to making the arts accessible and relevant to all. It operates a gallery at 901 North Water Street in Downtown Bay City.

To register for the Beakers, Brushes and Boats STEAM Camp, or for more information about BaySail, check out our website or contact Emily Nummer at (989) 895-5193 or via email at program@baysailbaycity.org. For more information about sailing lessons through the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association, call (989) 922-7245 or visit www.sbcsa.org. For more information about Studio 23/The Art Center, call (989)894-2323 or visit www.studio23baycity.org.