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  • Kayaking Merit Badge

    2 classes/2 hours per class     $55/participant

    Minimum 6 students; 2 chaperones  Please call for availability, 860-535-9362.

    Prerequisites:  Students must be able to pass the Boy Scouts of America Swim test. 
    Test will be given at the beginning of the class.

    Earn your kayaking badge with a badge counselor from NESS!  Learn safety while on the water in the classroom and then get on the water in one of our sit-on-top kayaks.  Some activities include:
    • Safely capsize and perform a wet exit in a kayak
    • Learn a forward stroke, backstroke, forward sweep, reverse sweep, draw stroke and stern draw
    • Paddle a buoyed course
  • Get out there and clean up our shoreline!

    Mary Horrigan
    December 18, 2015

    Do you have friends and family in town for the holidays and are looking for an outdoor activity? We have a great idea that the whole family can take part in!



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  • Looking for a vacation activity?

    Caroline Pierce
    No Comments December 26, 2016

    Do you have kids home for vacation or family in town for the holidays? If so, we have a couple of activity ideas for you!



  • Cardboard Boat Project at BDJMS

    Mary Horrigan
    September 29, 2015

    One of the best aspects of the engineering process is creating something from start to finish. How better to teach the 8th grade STEM students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJMS) this process then to have them envision, plan, and create a boat from start to finish?



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    What is NESS?

    New England Science & Sailing (NESS) is a nonprofit ocean adventure program. We engage students in experiential learning that builds confidence, teamwork, … more