|important dates: september 15 - fall semester begins | september 27 - rocking manhattan | december 12 - end of semester celebration|
fall 2014 newsletter
After Rocking the Boat Boatbuilding Apprentices completed a 29-foot whaleboat for Mystic Seaport Museum last summer, it was clear that major boatbuilding projects undertaken with wonderful partners were incomparable learning opportunities for our students. We were eager for our next big commission and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, has just brought it to us!
bronx river camp
Rocking the Boat was thrilled to welcome nearly 200 middle and high school kids to Hunts Point Riverside Park this summer for a pilot two-week Bronx River Camp program. Each group of approximately 20 campers participated in a range of environmental science, recreational, or maritime focused activities including: rowing (sometimes while blindfolded!), exploring the river by water and land, reading maps and tide tables, observing wildlife, fishing with nets and rods, testing water samples, playing environmental education and teambuilding games, and writing in daily journals. One camper's journal excerpt wonderfully captures the impact of the program: "The days at Rocking the Boat were amazing. I mostly loved the games we played. The learning part was interesting, too. We learned about eels, where they lived, their life cycles, and so on. I also learned about the CSO and that every time it rains 1/10 of an inch, the cleaning system shuts down and all the water that wasn't clean goes to the river and pollutes it. Since coming to camp I have changed by not wasting water in my house. The way I would protect the Bronx River is to tell people to stop wasting water and to stop polluting."
rocking the whaleboats
They rose before dawn and returned at twilight. Their blisters got blisters. They were stuck behind cruise ships the size of small towns. But on September 27 the 152 participants of Rocking Manhattan 2014 boarded 29-foot traditional wooden whaleboats and made it all 30 miles around the island—many for the first time and others for the fourth, fifth, and even the sixth years in a row—to the cheers of their friends and family members. And thanks to some 2,000 individual donors, they raised over $285,000—$100,000 more than last year and 15% of Rocking the Boat's budget for the year. Amazing! Extra special thanks go out to Mystic Seaport Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Beetle Boatshop, and Lowell's Boatshop for generously lending their boats and trailers for the occasion.
To the team captains, crews, and individual rowers who made
Rocking Manhattan 2014 a huge success!
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