Trekkers and Apprenticeshop partner for Apprentice Treks 2011

Posted May 04, 2011, at 11:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine —  During April vacation, eight eighth-grade students from the local community decided to get on board with a less traditional spring break and spent the week building two traditional wooden boats as part of the Apprentice Treks program of 2011.

Now in its second year, Apprentice Treks is a collaborative program between Trekkers and The Apprenticeshop in Rockland. The program takes middle school students from RSU 13 into The Apprenticeshop, where they work with mentors and instructors to construct traditional boats. This year, students built two lumberyard skiffs in one week.

Students and mentors worked together each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. planning, building and refining the project. Each student was part of the building process from beginning to end, working in teams of four to complete the tight build schedule. The experience culminated in a celebratory boat launching in Rockland Harbor on April 22.

Program Manager Emily Carver said of the week-long build, “I was unendingly impressed with the focus, drive and excitement of these students from start to finish. They showed up every day ready to learn, and the results are incredible. We had fun, we learned and we connected to a truly special part of our community. For those reasons, I think it was an amazing success.”

For more information about Apprentice Treks, Carver can be reached at 594-5095 or e-mail emilyc@trekkersonline.com.

For more information about The Apprenticeshop, call  Executive Director Eric Stockinger at 594-1800, or visit http://www.atlanticchallenge.com/.

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