The list of items we need to keep our camp up and running every year is virtually endless. We are grateful for everything we receive from our supporters - from big to small. What follows is a wish list of materials, equipment, and supplies that will help us keep giving our campers adventure-filled summer days. And, just for fun, we’ve added a list of Sponsor Levels and Rewards for each level of support.
We are happy to accept gifts of the items themselves, or if you prefer, send us a check or follow the link on the “Donate” button at the right of the page to make a cash contribution to our program. All gifts, contributions and donations are tax deductible and go directly to fund the items you designate. Please email us directly if you have any questions.
Dories - The dories in our small fleet range from 10 to 30 years old. Over the course of the next 5 to 10 years, we will begin rotating 4 newer vessels into service. In keeping with tradition, we are working on an order for a new dory with the oldest boat building school in United States: The Boat School, an affiliate of Husson Univesity in Eastport, Maine. Cost: $5,000 to $7,500 per dory
Oars – Each dory requires 5 sturdy oars that need to be replaced every few years. Cost: $60 – $100 per oar
Life Jackets - We can never have enough of them! We happily accept all Coast Guard approved life jackets – new or used. Cost: $40 per life jacket or simply bring us any life jackets your children have outgrown.
Lumber – Both our Nature Center and the cat walk from the dock to the island need repairs. Cost: approximately $50 per plank
13″ MAC Books – Our island camper/resident, Everest Crawford, recently built an underwater R.O.V. in a program run jointly by M.I.T. and the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. We’d love to put the unit into service, fully equpped with an underwater camera and 2 MAC books for campers to view the underwater realms of Cape Ann. Cost: $1,100 apiece or recycle your old one with us (OS 10.4 and above only, please).
Field Microscopes - Ideally, we’d love to have 12 or more of them for our Nature Center. Cost: $85 each
Nets, Field Guides, Arts & Crafts supplies, games for rainy day activities, raincoats, boots, life jackets - If you find any of these items in good condition when you are cleaning out your closets, we are always happy to accept them as gifts.
Have some fun! Become a GMS sponsor and name a dory, boatload of oars, life jackets, plank on our catwalk or other item after your family, favorite camper or in memory of someone you love. Tricia O’Neill, the lovely and talented owner of Signs Unique in Gloucester, has graciously offered her sign painting skills to GMS to commemorate your gifts to us.
Hunky Dory – Name your very own dory for gifts of $5000.00 and up
Kahuna Tuna - Name your own boatload of oars for gifts from $2,500.00 to $5,000.0
Sacred Cod - Name a Ram Island Adventure Iniatitive for gifts from $1,000.00 to $2,500.00
Holy Mackerel - Name a boatload of life jackets for gifts from $500.00 to $1,000.00
Mighty Mussel – Name a Nature Center Field Microscope for gifts from $100.00 to $500.00
Clamdigger – Name a plank on our catwalk or the Nature Center for gifts under $100.00