SCAMP CAMP: Build your own with John Welsford

by · June 7, 2012

WHO: Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

WHERE: The Northwest Maritime Center, at Port Townsend, Washington

WHEN: August 6th-August 17th

(photo by Marty Loken)

We wanted to let you know about a rare opportunity to build your own SCAMP with her designer, John Welsford (and two other expert instructors), in a hands-on program at the new Northwest Maritime Center on the Port Townsend Waterfront. In addition, small-boat adventurer and skills instructor, Howard Rice will be onhand to teach practical seamanship and handling—and he’ll be taking students for demonstration sails on the SCAMP prototype.

The course objective is to have SCAMPs fully planked with most of the interior complete, and ready to transport home for final stages. Those who wish to attend but who because of distance or other considerations may not be able to build their SCAMPs at the course are very welcome—they will be rotated among the builders and will get hands on experience in all phases. For anyone just wishing to learn modern plywood boatbuilding, this is an ideal course regardless of what boat you build the time comes.

Participants in this course will become members of a very exclusive club, one that we hope will be very supportive of each and all members, and we looking forward to a on-water reunion the following summer! Space is limited, so make your reservation today. Call the Boat School @ 360-385-4948.


Course details

Start date: 08/06/2012
Course dates: August 6th-August 17th
Course days: Monday thru Friday, with open shop time on Sat. and Sun.
Course times: 7:30am-5:00pm
Term: Summer
Length: 10 days
Class limit:
Tuition: $995
Tools/Materials: See below
Materials cost:
Skill level: Beginner-Advanced
Location: Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Instructor(s): John Welsford


No prior boat building experience necessary.
Students should be familiar with their tools.
Students will not use standing power tools, such as table or band saws.

Education goal

Students will build their own building jig and Scamp hull during this course. Scamp takes about 160-180 hours to complete to “ready for paint,” so students will have a hull substantially complete that they can finish at home after the two-week session.


August 6th – August 17th, 2012 (80 hours) Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend WA

Course outline

  • Materials: We’ll offer three options to students. Please note that the cost of epoxy and epoxy mixing materials is not included in these prices.First option: students can buy a complete Scamp kit for $1850 plus $300 for epoxy. Second option: students can elect to participate in building a Scamp but need not build a boat for themselves, thus saving the cost of a kit or the plywood.

Additional resources

More Info:
Document:   Build a Scamp Tool List

Special instructions

Safety first – please wear closed shoes – no flip flops or sandals. Students to provide their own hand and small power tools. We can have the tools available upon the student’s arrival. Payment for these tools is due upon registration.

For further information contact

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

For additional SCAMP discussion visit the SCA Forum.


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Discussion4 Comments

  1. Simeoniii says:

    This is an incredible opportunity. Don’t let this one pass you by if you can help it. With New Zealand being so far away, John can’t do this often!


  2. Katie says:

    Greetings from Port Hadlock, WA

    We just signed up the tenth class participant, yeah!

    People are coming from all over the Western States, Canada & even Germany to spend two weeks with John Welsford & Howard Rice building SCAMPS at the NW Maritime Center under the expert guidance of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

    The School is celebrating our 31st Anniversary on August 4th – everyone is invited to spend the day enjoying waterfront activities.Lots of boats,fun & food. John & Howard will be here with SCAMP #1 in the water for try outs. Join us.

  3. Gail says:

    Just saw this. I am in Atlanta – any chance that this course might be taught next summer on the east coast?

  4. John Roomes says:

    Will there be another mast ‘camp’ coming up or is that part of the Scamp-camp?

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