Written by Shaun Swartz

Whether it’s your fifth voyage with ActionQuest, or the first time you’ve set foot on a boat, you’re bound to wind up learning a few life skills once we set sail on one of our sailing summer adventure camps for teens.

Close-Quarter Living

Whether it’s at home, at college, or even on another voyage with ActionQuest, you’re probably going to wind up sharing a living space again at some point. Lucky for you, you’ve already experienced the joy of waking up at 3 a.m. in a full sweat after your bunkmate closed the hatch in your cabin designed to circulate the breeze below deck. Living with a new roommate in a college dorm should be a piece-of-cake compared to living on a boat for three weeks with 14 other people.

Cooking & Cleaning

As it turns out, cooking for 15 hangry people (Hangry: Adj. – Anger resulting from hunger) after a full day of skills classes and scuba diving isn’t the easiest of tasks to accomplish. From digging under the salon cushions for the necessary ingredients to realizing that you never actually turned the oven on, “Chef Duty” certainly presents its own set of challenges.

It’s a well known AQ fact that Mexican Night requires no less than 4,000 dishes to create, but who doesn’t love sitting down at the end of the day and gorging on over-stuffed burritos while watching the sunset with your new best friends? Who cares about the refried beans that are now permanently burned to the bottom of the pan? We can figure that out after the second round of burritos.

How To Be Yourself

Life aboard can feel a bit like living under a microscope. It’s inevitable that close friendships are formed with fellow shipmates during a voyage, and over time the mix of personalities starts to form a hilarious quilt of inside-jokes and spontaneous dance parties. It’s no wonder why everyone claims that new friendships are among the best parts of the ActionQuest summer adventure camps for teens. Read through some ActionQuest reviews to see what you’re bound to experience!

So now that you’ve mastered all of these incredible skills, what will you do with them? Tell us in the comment section below, or share your experience learning life skills and life lessons during your voyage with ActionQuest!