HELP Me Get These Kids Off Video Games & Hunting for REAL Treasure.

A Jack Sparrow meets Indiana Jones type of learning environment where teens go looking for "real" buried treasures.
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Christian Wilson
Environment
Stevensville, Maryland
United States
1 Team Member

Hello, my name is Christian Wilson and every where I look, I dream about being like Indiana Jones and finding buried treasure. 

From the first time I went SCUBA diving, 20 some odd years ago, I have been fascinated with the thought of finding artifacts and buried treasure.  Whether it's some piece of jade necklace from the orient or gold coins from Spain or France, I want to discover something that's been lost at sea.


Now I live on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and I've lived here for about 10 years and in that time I've read about and heard about so much stuff that's been lost in this area, that it makes me dizzy.  I've read that the infamous Black Beard the pirate made it this far north and came ashore to have a look around.


I'm asking for funding that will allow me to take 5 local teens and go searching for artifacts and buried treasure on shorelines and underwater up and down the east coast.  My plan is to search at least a dozen shorelines in the geographical area and as much of the adjacent underwater areas as we can.


I've given the IndieWilson campaign a 60 day deadline, any longer than that and I'm afraid the water will get to cold for searching or diving in and around the Chesapeake Bay area.  If I get funded any sooner though, IndieWilson will begin!


If everything goes well, this is something I'm going to do again and again with possibly bigger groups and different locations.  IndieWilson will travel!  I hope to use my past experience as a Social Studies teacher and a SCUBA diver to engross kids in things they usually just read about in the classroom or watch on television, adventure, discovery and excitement.  From finding artifacts and buried treasure to asking, "Where did this come from"?  Kids will learn about the history of the local area and see how the ocean works in hiding the treasures that have been lost there.


I'm a stay-at-home parent for my three kids, so my income is extremely limited.  Although my sister-in-law has a boat that I can borrow and a buddy who's a certified PADI Dive Master that will volunteer his time, there's still equipment that I'd need to purchase to accomplish this campaign like;

   Metal Detectors, I'm hoping to be able to afford the models that work underwater as well as
   on land.
   Digging equipment,  for when we find something.
   Diving wetsuits and diving masks for the underwater searching.
   Surface supplied air compressor for underwater searching, so they won't have to 
   learn to SCUBA.
   Boat fuel, we'll need a boat to get to some of the planned search locations.
   Maps and charts of the search areas.

If I don't reach my funding goal at the end of 60 days, then I'm still taking the kids to search for buried treasure and learn about the environment, but our locations will be on beaches closer to home.

And now some perks for my donors:
For your donation of $5 you will receive a photo of your name written in the sand at a search site.
For your donation of $15 you will receive several pieces of sea glass from a search site and a photo of your name written in the sand at that search site, (before the tide washes it away).
For your donation of $25 you will receive a photo with any message you want in the sand and 1oz. of the sand where it was written, along with sea glass from the shore of the search site.
For your donation of $50 you will receive a 30 minute video of a beach with your name or message on it and sea glass from that shore as the waves lap at the shore to relax to.
For your donation of $75 you will receive your own private beach (sand, sea shells, sea glass and drift wood) built from one of the search sites along with a 30 minute video of the beach it was built from.

For your donation of $2500.00 or more of the funding, we will donate the first artifact found to a museum of your choosing, if you don't care then we will still donate it, in your name, to the appropriate local museum.

Thanks for learning about my IndieWilson campaign and if you want to keep up with us, on where we go and what we find, then check back.
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  • $5USD
    Name written in the sand

    You'll receive a photo of your name written in the sand at a search site.

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  • $15USD
    Sea Glass Collection

    Along with the photo of your name written in the sand, you'll also receive several pieces of sea glass found on the search site.

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  • $25USD
    Message to the World

    Along with your name on the beach photo and sea glass, you'll get a photo of any message you want written in the sand at a search site.

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  • $50USD
    Shoreline Relaxation Video

    Along with your name written in the sand and several pieces of sea glass from a search site, you'll receive a 30 minute video of the beach and shore line where we search. The sound of waves washing ashore will do wonders for your mood.

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  • $75USD
    Your Own Private Beach

    Your own private beach (sand, sea shells, sea glass and drift wood) built from one of the search sites along with a 30 minute video of the beach it was built from.

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