20th Annual Leadership Weekend Celebration

20th Annual Celebration of Leadership Weekend – April 29 – May 1, 2016

Dear Group Leader,

You are invited to the 20th Annual Cape Cod Sea Camps Leadership Weekend. It will be held here on the grounds of the Cape Cod Sea Camps from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1st, 2016. The purpose of this weekend remains constant:  to give leaders some time “on-Cape” before arriving at a later date with a group and to offer new learning and teaching opportunities about Cape Cod. The weekend is planned to provide you with time with your leadership team, the Cape Cod Sea Camps staff, other like-minded educators and encourages you to feel more at home here on Cape Cod and at the Cape Cod Sea Camps.

We will begin the weekend Friday night with dinner in our charming dining hall and then gather in the Art Center. Garran Peterson, Cape Cod Sea Camps Associate Director of Group Rentals will welcome us along with Kellsie Sedlak, Group Manager.

Our main speaker on Friday night is Scott Landry, Director of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Yes, this is the man you see on television. He is the one handling the 20 foot pole that has a knife at the end of it while perched on the lip of an inflatable out on the high seas, precariously attempting to remove fishing lines from a 50 foot whale! It will be fascinating to learn what Scott can tell us about this incredible, exciting and necessary work.  Last year Scott had to forego our invitation to speak to rescue a whale and that may happen again! If that does happen, Owen Nichols, Fisheries Research Director, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is prepared to step in and update us with his research. We are in for a treat with either Scott or Owen.  www.coastalstudies.org

Barbara Dougan, Education Specialist at the Cape Cod National Seashore will be our leader Saturday morning with a program that begins in the North Pamet area in Truro at the head of the Pamet River. We will climb Bearberry Hill and have a spectacular overview of where the Atlantic Ocean has broken through the dunes. We can spot whales and seals in the Atlantic Ocean from here so don’t forget your binoculars. Bearberry Hill is a hidden secret even to Cape Codders and one of my very favorite places. Then we head to South Pamet to actually be on the Atlantic Ocean beach, Ballston Beach, where Barbara and her staff will share materials, program ideas and lessons.  www.nps.gov/caco

Now we go to First Encounter Beach in the town of Eastham on Cape Cod Bay after a short stop at the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center. Scott Tinti, Cape Cod Sea Camps Naturalist and Historian Emeritus, has taught history to middle school students for decades and will offer some insights and program ideas about where we are exactly in reference to the arrival of the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. Remember – America will be celebrating its’ 400th birthday in 2020. Time now to prepare!

We will get back to the Cape Cod Sea Camps campus around 1:30 and you will have some time to pursue your own special interests for the afternoon. A cocktail hour is scheduled at 6pm with a special dinner served to us in the Art Center at 7pm.

Saturday night is our main event! It has been 20 years that the Leadership Weekend has hosted teachers and more than 40 years since the Cape Cod Sea Camps has hosted school groups. Henri Rauschenbach, Cape Cod Sea Camps Alumni Director and founder of the Cape Cod Sea Camps Group Business will be our MC for this 20th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. One of our many very special guests for this dinner is Bob Prescott, Director, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.   www.wellfleetbay.org

Sign up now and registrations will close by April 4th Space is LIMITED for this Leadership Weekend and I want to give everyone a fair chance at coming. I will confirm to you when I receive your Registration Form and send more and final details in mid-April. I am available to you for any question or concern at any time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here for YOU! If you know of other teachers who would be interested – kindly pass this invitation along. Feel free to copy it or forward me their contact information or share our website:  www.capecodfieldtrips.com

Online registration can be found on our website at: 



As always, this weekend is free of charge and includes 5 meals, accommodations here on the grounds of the Cape Cod Sea Camps and also all program costs. If you prefer accommodations at a local “B & B” just let me know and I will send you a local directory. Keep in mind that you can be a part of any or all scheduled events. There is no need for you to attend everything or anything though most people who come participant in the whole program. The weekend is meant to be used by you in the way that best suits YOUR needs.  I will note, though, that it is VERY HELPFUL to know meal numbers so our chef, Brian Holmes, can prepare properly and efficiently. Remember, too, that things are always subject to change.

Also of note – Cape Cod Sea Camps will provide transportation to the Saturday program.

Along with Garran Peterson and Kellsie Sedlak to speak with, there is our main dining hall staff: Brian, Doug and Sandy Holmes as well as many Cape Cod Sea Camps year round staff –and not to forget the camp dogs! I hope that you can come and be a part of our very special 20th Annual Cape Cod Sea Camps Leadership Weekend!