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500 Sails, Indigenous Affairs Office to hold canoe camp for high school students

500 Sails and the Indigenous and Affairs Office are hosting a canoe camp for high school students from June 24 to July 26.

500 Sails co-founder and board president Emma Perez said they can accommodate up to 20 students who are interested to learn how to build traditional canoes and sail them.

There are still slots available.

For four days a week, Perez said, the students will work in the boatyard every afternoon, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will build traditional canoes using modern materials like fiberglass, 500 Sails co-founder Peter Perez will be in charge of the boat building class.

The participants will also take an introduction to sailing class either in the water or a classroom.

For the sailing class, Emma Perez said “we will have a combination of teachers from the Train the Trainers program that was funded by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council.”

In a phone interview, she said it is the first time for 500 Sails to partner with the Indigenous and Affairs Office.

She said they decided to hold a canoe camp for high school students because the Public School System will not have summer programs this year due to funding issues.

It is not the first time for 500 Sails to work with high school students, she added.

For the past two semesters, 500 Sails has conducted a boat building program for high school students. “They worked primarily on the boatyard and they really enjoyed it,” Emma Perez said.

She said they also offered the same program to adults, but it was difficult for most of them to stay on board because they have jobs and families.

For more information about the canoe camp, contact Vicente T. Sala II at 664-2664 or email