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6th Grade Ships Trip

April 10 - April 11

FOP 6th Graders Ships Trip


Age of Sail

The year is 1906, and the students, or “lads,” are immersed in an eighteen hour journey through the past. As “green” hands on their overnight stint aboard a historic vessel, they must learn to step lively and gain the necessary skills to set sail on the evening tide.

Under the watchful eyes of the ship’s officers, crews receive their orders and are expected to carry them out independently. The lads must listen carefully and utilize their resources to solve problems such as throwing a heaving line, rigging a bosun’s chair or cooking for the entire crew on a wood burning stove.

The program encourages students to develop self-confidence and self-reliance, which in turn fosters a sense of responsibility for themselves, their shipmates, and their community.

Parent Info

While the students are playing the role of working sailor, the adults are playing the role of silent observer. Perhaps the most unique aspect of our program is that we ask the parent chaperones and the teacher not to talk to the students for the entire 18 hour experience. Each student crew will have one adult (Tall Sailor) with them at all times. This Tall sailor is only permitted to speak when there is a safety concern. The rest of the time they are standing back and watching, just watching. It can be an extremely difficult job but it is the most essential part of the program for fostering personal growth in the students. Parents and students alike are often amazed at how much the crew is able to accomplish without any help from adults!

Tall Sailors (Parents) Training

TBA from 10am Р3pm at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.

The purpose of the workshop is to assist teachers and parents in preparing for their Age of Sail voyage, by allowing the adults to participate in aspects of the program only acted out by the “lads” during the actual program. This provides a good picture of what the program will look and feel like when the group comes to the pier. The workshop will clearly delineate the roles of the teachers and parents in the program, in order to assure that the students get the greatest possible benefit from their experience.

This workshop is held rain or shine. Comfortable clothes, including foul weather gear if the weather demands, is the order of the day. Layers are best, as weather tends to fluctuate near the water. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory, preferably those with rubber soles, as you will be on your feet most of the day.

Please bring a sack lunch or plan to get a quick meal in the area as the break for lunch will be short and all participants will be expected to complete the full day. Cost is $10/person (cash only).

 Quick Tips

If you have any questions about the trip contact Todd Brownell or Levi Hanzel-Sello (information below).


April 10
April 11
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Todd Brownell


Hyde Street Pier
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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