Mon, Aug 03 | Carpenters Training Center

Summer Boat Building Class at Carpenter's Union Apprentice Training Center (1)

Classes start August 3rd - 15th - (Mon. - Fri.) for two weeks and Lunches are provided. Teens to build these 11' wood rowboats over the course of 40 hours and then on Sat. Aug. 16th will launch and row the boats they built on the Chicago River.
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Summer Boat Building Class at Carpenter's Union Apprentice Training Center (1)

Time & Location

Aug 03, 2020, 10:00 AM – Aug 15, 2020, 12:00 PM
Carpenters Training Center, 2121 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

About The Event

Summer Boat Building Program at Carpenters Training Center -- Registration opens January 8th for up to 16 participants ages 11 - 15 years old.  Join us for this 2-week Summer Day-Camp to build a full-size, fully-functional boat and row it on the Chicago River.  

For more details visit us at the Chicago Boat, RV, and Sail Show at McCormick Place January 8 - 12, 2020.

This 2-week Summer Boat Building Program will be held:

August 3 to 15 (2-weeks) from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm M,T,W,Th, & F -- (Lunch provided) 

At the Carpenter's Training Center, 2121 S. Union Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Plus Boat Launch Day on Saturday, August 15 from 9:30am - Noon at the Canal Street Marina, 2059 S. Canal Street, Chicago, Illinois  


Program Cost: $500/participant

The Registration Fee of $50 will be applied to the program cost. The balance is due on or before the first day of the program: 

CHECKS should be made out to Chicago Maritime Arts Center and mailed to 1808 W. Byron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60613. Please note the participant’s name, age, program dates and location. 


ONLINE via Paypal to email address

Alternatively, once the $50 Registration Fee is paid participants may request a scholarship prior to the start of the program for the balance of the program cost. To qualify the participant must submit a short essay requesting financial assistance and explaining why they would like to take the program. Essays can be sent to or mailed to the address above. Please note the participant’s name, age, program dates and location.

The program will be held in the northwest bay of the Carpenters Training Center - parking lot entrance is on Cermak Road just east of Union Avenue.  Chicago Maritime Arts Center will provide the materials, tools, and instruction for teens to build and assemble one or more Bevin's Skiffs (11' row boat).   With a little guidance kids can take a pile of lumber, screws, glue, and paint and turn it into a seaworthy rowboat.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty (as we will be working with permanent glues and paint) and sturdy shoes (no open toes).  Participants learn teamwork, safety, basic tool use, construction, measuring, and assembly in addition to some basic boating skills, boat safety, and maritime ecology.  The program will conclude with the Boat Launch Day on Saturday morning for participants to launch, row, and show off the boats they built on the Chicago River.  Life jackets and safety boats are provided.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend the Boat Launch Day to see the results, cheer the kids on, and join in the fun.  

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