The Nova Scotia Program is a seven week ocean trip in which campers embark with the Nova Scotia Sea School on a journey embracing the sea and the lessons it holds. The trip begins with seven days of sea kayaking along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Campers practice navigation, leadership, and will be introduced to ocean and weather patterns while paddling through the 100 Wild Islands Archipelago.
The experience continues with surfing lessons and wilderness skills on the remote West Ironbound Island. The trip culminates with a 21-day sail on the Elizabeth Hall exploring the coastline of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Campers take part in morning dip, navigation, rowing, standing night watch, cooking meals, nightly candle talks all aboard this 28’ traditional Sable Island Pulling Boat.
Nova is a physically and mentally demanding trip. Campers live in a wilderness setting - away from running water and electricity. They need to be able to paddle through strong winds and seas and be comfortable in small spaces.
Campers are also challenged mentally to take command of their own personal journey to be the best version of themselves and to help create the best version of society. They are guided by the spirit of the sea and the principles of life on a small boat forming long-lasting connections in their small, self-contained community.