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Gig Harbor BoatShop Offers First-Ever Family Boat Building Program Scholarship

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Gig Harbor BoatShop, a maritime non-profit organization, is offering the first ever scholarship to its popular Family Boat Building Program. The scholarship is designed to promote youth empowerment and development, team building, and technical boat building and wood working skills by providing a family or team with access to the Family Boat Building Program. The scholarship is funded by The Baker Foundation and by generous support from individuals and businesses.

The BoatShop developed the Family Boat Building Program in 2011. With the help of an expert instructor (or “coach”) by their sides, a family or a team of people work together to build a 12-foot rowboat in just two days. All tools, materials, and instruction are provided. Family members engage with Gig Harbor’s historic working waterfront in a very authentic way as they join forces to construct a Salt Bay Skiff, which they get to take home after a ceremonial launch and row on Gig Harbor Bay Sunday afternoon.

Consistently in high demand, Family Boat Building program spaces are often booked months in advance. Participants frequently find themselves forever changed after their weekend in the shop. They leave deeply connected to Gig Harbor’s boat building heritage and learn skills applicable to many areas of their lives – not just woodworking skills, but also collaboration, leadership, problem solving, teamwork, and goal setting. Their experiences are memorable and impactful.

The scholarship is open to families or teams consisting of four to six people, including two-four youth age 12 or older and two adults. Teams do not need to be “families,” and
may consist of students, teachers, guardians, colleagues, etc. Applicants must be available to participate in the program on October 12-13, 2019. Applications are due September 20, 2019. Potential applicants are invited to drop by the Family Boat Building program at the BoatShop (3805 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332) on September 14 and 15, 2019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see the program in action. A sample of a finished Salt Bay Skiff is frequently on display in front of the BoatShop during dry weather. Additional program details are available at

Questions about the application or the program may be directed to the BoatShop. Click here for a copy of the application.

More information about the Family Boat Building Program and other offerings at the Gig Harbor BoatShop may be found at or by contacting the BoatShop at (253) 857- 9344.