Life Skills Through Boatbuilding

Summer Camp Preparations Underway
As the school year draws to a close, TWBW is preparing for a full schedule of weekly camps throughout the summer, starting June 25th.  Staff and volunteers are busy inventorying and ordering boat materials (wood, glue, hardware, paint, etc.), maintaining/repairing tools and equipment, and performing general workshop upkeep tasks. 


Open House a Success
TWBW’s held its 3rd Annual Open House on May 6th with an estimated 225 guests attending this year’s event. After a morning of heavy rain, the skies cleared in time for all of our outdoor activities to take place. Guests toured the workshop, saw demonstrations of wooden boatbuilding tools and techniques met our students and viewed some of the beautiful boats they built this past year. Our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful volunteers who made this event a success and to everyone who came out to help celebrate the accomplishments of our young boat builders.

Most summer camp participants come to us through partnerships with other youth organizations.  However we still have open spots for individuals who wish to attend. Camps are one week long, half day (mornings 9 am to noon), for youth ages 12 – 18.  For more information or to sign up your child, please contact us.


Student Spotlight

​ James and his mom live in a NRHA-managed public housing community. Throughout his life James has been unable to participate in any of the sports and

many of the recreational activities

most kids enjoy due to serious medical

issues.  He must be accompanied by a

nurse or his mother whenever he leaves

the house.  We signed him up for our

Winter/Spring 2017 program. When he

first started, James seemed timid and shy. He was somewhat hesitant to join in the activities and to work with the tools, even after being taught how to safely use them.  He became fatigued easily and often had to sit and rest. As the project progressed, James came out of his shell and became an active participant, working well with the other students and displaying a lot of teamwork. His communication skills improved and his self-confidence increased with every workshop session he attended.  By the end of the program he was no longer hesitant to use any of the tools.  His physical stamina also increased.  His mother often told us how much James loved coming to the workshop and how pleased she was to see the wonderful, positive impact it was having on her son.  We had the pleasure of working with James in our fall 2017 program.

After-School Program Concludes
TWBW recently completed its winter/spring boatbuilding semester.  A total of 38 students participated in the program. The teens re-built two Bevin’s Skiff rowboats into beautiful sailboats. They constructed masts, booms, tillers, rudders, dagger boards, and other components. During the program work was also begun on a newly designed, 14-foot Tidewater Skiff sailboat.  Work will continue on this craft during our summer camps and fall semester. Check out the photos of our young boat builders in action.



TWBW's is always looking for adult volunteers to help us. If you would like information on how to get involved, send us a message by clicking here:                            or call us  at (757) 353-9418.


TWBW's programs are open to Hampton Roads youth  ages 12 -18.  If you  would like more information on our programs and how to participate, send us a message by clicking here:                                 or call us at (757) 353-9418.

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Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses wooden boatbuilding and other nautical-related activities to help at-risk youth develop the life skills that lead to a successful future.