Our mission is to give local youth the opportunity to do science, learn history, and work on the schooner Northwind while sailing on the Delaware River. Our purpose is to inspire imaginations and expand career horizons.
What We Do
GCS operates on a volunteer model and funds its operating budget from ticket sales from public cruises and private charters. In the summer of 2019, GCS piloted its Youth Outreach Program. To identify prospective youth as participants, GCS reached out to area nonprofits, community groups, scout troops, summer camps, and after-school organizations. The first Youth Outreach Sail was on July 25, 2019. By the end of the sailing season, more than 200 boys and girls from Camden and Gloucester City had been sailing on the Northwind Schooner. The program was entirely free to all participants (the youth and nonprofits), with GCS's Captain, Crew and Experiential Trainers volunteering a total of more than 300 hours to host ten Youth sails.