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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Please join the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory at the waterfront for our annual Summer celebration Community Row, 8/14/17 – 8/16/17 from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Frankford Boat Launch, 5600 Tacony Street.  Celebrate the Boat Factory apprentices’ accomplishments at this closing event for the 6-week summer WorkReady experience.

During those 6 weeks, the RiverGuides have completed work-exchanges with regional maritime agencies and continued their conservation work in partnership with Delaware River City Corporation. The Boat Builders have built a brand-new boat for the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory’s Community Yacht Club. This boat, Artemis, will be launched at a ceremony on August 14th at 6 PM.  The high school sailing apprentices have learned the basics of sailing and are leading two-week sailing camps for middle school youth from the region.


Let the RiverGuides take you out on a boat ride, see the Boat Builders launch their brand-new boat, and let the Sailors teach you sailing basics!  Enjoy all these activities, grab a bite to eat, and more all by the Delaware River.

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory (PWBF) was founded in 1996 to serve high-school youth who had increased disengagement from education.  The program served as a locus for public-school teachers to build boats over 18 weeks.  Then in 2010 it transitioned to an out-of-school-time model and has been serving the Frankford community since 2009.  This transition has allowed for an increase of students served annually, as well as becoming intentionally strength-based.  The work at PWBF is centered around being trauma- informed providing a longitudinal approach that enables participants to develop trusting connections with staff to explore, take risks, and recover form failure – experiences that lead to a sense of personal agency.

Please join our apprentices for a day that recognizes their achievements at the boat factory.  Enjoy the Delaware River while learning from our students.  See a new boat get launched, enjoy boat rides, and learn mini sailing demonstrations.