Windward Bound Summer Camp
Teens between 14 and 18 sail the Appledore while learning seamanship and science.
Set sail on one of the world’s largest freshwater resources – the Great Lakes.
Click here for the summer program trainee application.
These FAQs will help you better understand Windward Bound.
Windward Bound Sailing Camp Overview
Sail to some of the most beautiful places on the Great Lakes. Explore remote, uninhabited islands. Learn about the unique freshwater environment of the largest body of freshwater in the world. Character building, confidence boosting, and learning are three reasons our programs attract students from around the Midwest.
Windward Bound is a live-aboard voyaging experience for teens ages 14 to 18. The teens sail aboard the 85-foot schooner Appledore IV. During the voyages, we focus on seamanship and freshwater science, which means learning the art of traditional sailing and studying the ecology of the lakes you’re sailing on.
As the ships sail between ports, participants stand a regular watch while learning every aspect of running the ship, from navigation to meal preparation. The ships anchor most nights in one of the thousands of secluded coves on the lakes. Occasionally, we visit small port towns. Voyage highlights include trips ashore in the ship’s tenders, exploration of uninhabited islands, and beach cookouts.
The Appledore IV is licensed and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and is crewed by a licensed captain, mate, and additional deckhands. Windward Bound is licensed by the State of Michigan as a youth travel camp.
I’m totally thrilled that my son has the opportunity to travel on the Great Lakes from Bay City to Chicago and celebrate the Tall Ship [festival] in Chicago this weekend. What an amazing experience for a 13-year young man!
Summer Voyage Schedule 2018
Windward Bound voyages in 2018 will follow Appledore IV on journeys throughout Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie. Climb aboard and experience the summer camp adventure of a lifetime!
Frequently Asked Questions
Sailing on the Appledore is likely to be completely different from anything you’ve done before. To give you an idea of what to expect, read through these Frequently Asked Questions.