7th Annual Boatbuilding Festival at Monument Square Today; Benefits Compass Project

Counselors-in-Training From Camp Susan Curtis at the Boatbuilding Festival

By Carol McCracken (Post # 519)

The annual fundraiser for the Compass Project took place today at Monument Square in downtown Portland. Called the Boatbuilding Festival, eight groups of builders and their expert instructor built bevin skiffs – skiffs that will be launched at East End Beach Tuesday, June 13 around 2 pm.

One of the groups building a skiff today were counselors-in-training for Camp Susan Curtis, E. Stoneham, ME. The Camp, founded in 1974, provides a tuition-free experiential experience for economically disadvantaged Maine children. It helps children develop self-esteem, a sense of belonging and achievement. The CITs were given today through Tuesday off to participate in the fundraiser. For more information, please visit www.susancurtisfoundation.org.

The Compass Project is a non-profit that helps youth struggling with academic and social challenges. It helps to develop their problem solving skills, as well as teach them to work as a team and to learn new skills.

For sale is a Nutshell Pram for $3,000 or the best offer. The boat was designed by the legendary boat builder Joel White. It’s made of wood and is outfitted for use as a sail boat as well. There is another boat for sale as well.

Patricia Ryan, executive director and founder of the Compass Project, said: “We couldn’t do this without all of our volunteers. They are experienced volunteers who really know what they are doing. They come back year after year.” Other staff members include Shane Hall and Jodi Carpenter.

For more information on the program or the boats for sale, please contact Pat Ryan at pryan@maine.rr.com. The Compass Project is located at 170 Anderson Street. Ryan is a resident of the Hill.

Please also see post # 481, dated May 28, herein for more information on the program.