The two-mast sailboat S. S. Sir Robert Baden Powell is a 42m long ship for 14 passengers, named after Sir Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the international boy scout movement. He was the initiator of outdoor education, and had the idea of gathering teenagers from the streets and encouraging them to become independent and responsible. His association gathered together teenagers from all walks of life.
Peter Maffay Foundation may use Sir Robert Baden Powell sailboat occasionally, to navigate with groups of children, generally in the Mallorca area. The onboard procedures and clearly defined passenger and crew rights and obligations guarantee the safety of all guests, regardless their age. They are allocated specific roles and, by playing, gain more self-confidence. These “sailing” experiences may also help with the problems they face on shore.
For a week, large groups of 14 persons, children and pedagogists, learn how to cooperate, to live together and, most importantly, how to trust one another on the floating two-mast shelter. They experience nature from a completely new perspective, and life in a group in a limited space fosters mutual tolerance and a sense of belonging. Karsten Börner, the captain of the sailboat, is not only a visionary sailor, but also a skilled pedagogist.