Hands On Deck is a nonprofit organization empowering youth and families to succeed together through experiential learning focused on the science and art of building wooden boats and the preservation of traditional skills.

 We are PEOPLE focused and PROCESS driven.


Our Work

We have provided over 200 hundred wooden boat building and traditional skill classes with the Boy Scouts, Green Bay Public School System, Brown County Public Library, UWGB, Brown County PALS, and Victory Academy in Northern Wisconsin. The last two groups focus directly on assisting at-risk youth. Working with HOD enables these groups to greatly enhance their missions.  We accomplish our mission through one to one mentoring in a wonderful environment that places an emphasis on "unplugging" and using your mind with your hands to make beautiful things.


Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin



Mentoring is one of our main vehicles of teaching traditional skills.  We help equip adults with hand skills that they can use to empower the youth and families that walk through our doors.  By using mostly traditional hand tools, mentors and students "unplug" in their woodworking, boatbuilding, and handicrafts.  Its a more peaceful opportunistic atmosphere to learn, grow, and build with our community.


Get Involved

Learning to engage your head, hands, and heart is a traditional way of teaching and learning. We are looking for youth and adults who are ready to step out of their comfort zone to learn new skills and processes that will bring a new level of satisfaction to any project. If you'd like to learn more click here, and send us a note.