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Adopt a Ship program

Adopt a Ship is a youth outreach program that connects Canadian elementary schools with Canadian Coast Guard personnel and boats, introducing students to maritime skills and careers.

Run in partnership with Canadian Geographic, Adopt a Ship teaches students about a wide range of topics, including:

About Adopt a Ship

The Canadian Coast Guard's Adopt a Ship program was first launched in 2019 to provide real-world learning experiences to elementary students in Canada. Adopt a Ship helps students gain an appreciation for Canada's oceans and learn maritime skills. Since its inception, Adopt a Ship has engaged with students from coast to coast to coast.

The program runs for five weeks and is available to all classrooms across Canada, with activities geared towards grades 5 to 7 (grades 5 to secondary 1 in Quebec).

Teachers can register for virtual hangouts with:

Throughout the program, students work through booklets with fun activities like:

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The Canadian Coast Guard values engaging with Canadian youth and teaching them about Canada’s marine industry. In addition to Adopt a Ship, we’ve also:

We’re always looking for more innovative and exciting ways to connect with youth across Canada.

More information

Teachers and schools that are interested in the program can visit Canadian Geographic Education’s Adopt a Ship webpage or email for more information.

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