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Volunteers and Crew Celebrate Progress at Spaulding

Last Friday saw the completion of Spaulding Marine Center’s 2021 summer camp season. And with the upcoming launch of the nonprofit’s Boatworks 101 apprenticeship program, the team thought it was a good opportunity to get volunteers and crew together to celebrate the success of the camp, progress on the Pelican fleet, and their upcoming marine technician program.

“It’s been a fun couple of months,” said Jay Grant, Spaulding’s education director. “The kids were able to learn about sailing in the Pelicans, build their own model boats, and in between just have some fun. Our camp counselors Danny McKay and Justin Mayer were fantastic, and the kids had a really good time, judging by the feedback and cards we’ve received from their parents.”

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Justin (front) and Danny spent the past six weeks teaching campers the ropes aboard this small fleet of Pelicans.
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And while the young ones were sailing and building model boats, a team of enthusiastic volunteers were working alongside the Spaulding crew to build six new Pelicans, which will make up the organization’s fleet of community-sailing boats.

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Spaulding’s volunteer crew is on its way to completing the ‘Pelican Project.’
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“The volunteers, and our crew, everyone’s been great,” Jay told us. “So we wanted to thank them.

“We’d like to get everyone together on a regular basis,” he added. “They’re a big help!”

Meanwhile, on the adult education side, Boatworks 101 is only a few weeks away from its inaugural program.

“We’ve had a lot of good response from the industry,” the education director said. “A lot of businesses and companies have jumped on board and will be supporting us with learning materials and training equipment, as well as their experience and expertise.”

“We’re pretty excited about it,” he added.

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