Capt. Scupper's Crew Life

Captain Scupper’s Crew Life Introduces Pre-teens to Great Lakes Shipping Careers

On Saturday, June 8, the National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes back the program Captain Scupper’s Crew Life, presented by The Andersons. This unique event invites children aged 8-12 to join our junior Schoonmaker crew for an engaging and educational tour exploring the various jobs onboard a lake freighter.

“Captain Scupper’s Crew Life is a wonderful opportunity for children to dive into the world of Great Lakes shipping and discover the fascinating careers that keep this vital industry moving,” said Ellen Kennedy, Director of Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “We are thrilled to bring back this enriching experience this year.”

Event Highlights:

  • Experience a Day in the Life: Discover the daily routines and responsibilities of crew        members on a lake freighter.
  • Career Exploration: Learn about the various careers and the essential work that supports the Great Lakes shipping industry, both historically and today.
  • Education and Fun: Enjoy an educational yet entertaining activity designed for school-aged visitors and their parents/guardians.

Additional Details:

  • Registration: Required and FREE for members (children who are part of a family or grandparent membership) or included with the price of museum-ship combo admission. Day-of signup is only available if space permits.
  • Schedule: Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 
    • The program is also offered on Saturday, August 10 at the same times.
  • Group Size: Each group is limited to 15-20 participants.
  • Supervision: This is not a drop-off program; children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

This program is available for free to individuals who qualify for Museums For All— an access program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes where those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission using their SNAP EBT card. 

Learn more about the program and register at