Compass Scavenger Hunt 2012

Last Friday the 17 students in the Compass Day Program took part in a local scavenger hunt to cap off their unit on Gloucester history.  The challenges were set up Amazing Race style throughout town.  Thanks to all the locations that helped us out, Sovereign Bank, Sawyer Free Library, Maritime Center, Cape Ann Museum, Neptune’s Harvest, Cape Pond Ice, the Gloucester Fire Department and Art Haven.


Compass Youth Program, Action Inc

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Young Artist of the Week: Becca!

This week’s artist is a little bit older than the ones I’ve shared with you the past fewweeks. Becca’s a part of Action Inc.’s Compass Youth Program that comes to do art with us at Art Haven on Friday afternoons. She painted this beautiful imitation of Claude Monet’s Carrieres-Saint-Denis on a bottle this past Friday! She’s done lots of other beautiful work with us as well and we can’t wait to see what else she creates!

Becca's Monet bottle


If you know of a young artist that should be featured here, email with a picture and a little info!


Artwork by the Compass Youth Program

Compass artwork

Click on the picture to see a slideshow of artwork by the kids in the Compass Youth Program, run by Action Inc. If you don’t know about the Compass program, it’s a great alternative day school, night school and GED program to help all students get a high school degree – They’re doing great work and the kids are some of the most creative people I know!

These pieces were done by the day school program and were part of an art show at Cruiseport Gloucester last week – really cool and interesting stuff they came up with.

My Incredible Adventure- Navigation

  • Compass
    This is a very important Navigation Tool. Its function is to determine the direction of the course. There are many types of Compasses. Some of these include handheld Compass, marine Compass, Magnetic Compass, and steering Compass.
  • Charts
    A Chart holds a set of information which is valuable and useful in Navigation. Some terms that you may encounter when using Charts are:

    • Projection
      The way a curved surface is represented on paper is called Projection. One example is a Mercator Projection. This is a cylindrical map projection where the meridians are equidistant, parallel, and vertical lines, while the parallels of latitude are horizontal, straight line the spaces of which increase from the Equator.
    • Sounding
      This is a measured depth of the water.
    • Scale
      The Chart can either be small-scale or large-scale. A small-scale Chart covers a large area in less detail and is used in planning, plotting positions, and navigating off shore. On the other hand, a large-scale Chart covers a more detailed projection of small area and is used in coastal Navigation
  • Plotting Equipment
    Navigation also requires a set of equipment for any plotting work on paper Charts. Aside from a Chart table in which you will do your Chart Work, you need Dividers to measure distances on the Charts, Plotter or parallel rulers, and pencils for making marks.
  • Logs
    A Log is a good tool which displays important data such as the distance sailed and speed. Other types of Logs show other information including average and maximum speed reached.

These are the basic tools in Sailing Navigation. There are other devices used in Sailing, depending on the type of Sailboat, weather, and the experience of the sailor when it comes to Navigation.