Special Notice Regarding Covid-19:

Community Boat Building's regular school programs have been interrupted by the need for social distancing and school closures. While this is uncharted territory for all of us, CBB staff remains committed to best possible experience for our students.  Our shop is closed, but we are still working on boats (at separate destinations), doing what we can remotely for students, and planning for the summer and fall. Your ongoing support for CBB means a great deal to us as we eagerly anticipate seeing you all in person again soon.


Tell Me and I Forget

Show Me and I Remember

Involve Me and I Understand

Our Founding Principles

Founded in 2007, Community Boat Building’s (CBB) mission is to bring real world experience and academic skills together to stimulate excitement for learning among low-income students in Boston Public Schools through boat building and coastal experiences.  


CBB introduces approximately 160 5th graders each year to the accessibility and wonders of Boston Harbor, its islands, rivers, and history, while developing spatial thinking skills and reinforcing core academic subjects–math, geometry, science, social studies, and literacy. For most of our students, CBB is the first contact with the waterfront and the first time on or in the water, in spite of living in close proximity to Boston Harbor. By taking students out of their classroom and offering them opportunities to engage in hands-on learning on Boston’s waterfront, their world becomes bigger and their learning comes alive.

Our program is made possible through the generous support of donors like you. To learn more about making a tax deductible donation click here. 

Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 

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21 Liberty Drive | Boston, MA 02210