Spirit of America Program


Boating Safety
Middle School Students

Run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake
Sponsored by the Spirit of America Foundation and grants funded in part by the United States Coast Guard


The Spirit of America Program offers girls and boys coming out of sixth, seventh and eighth grades the opportunity to develop self-confidence, set goals, build social skills, practice self-control, and demonstrate responsible behavior – all while having a great time learning to operate small boats, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats!  Tuition is free, but a non-refundable $40.00 application fee is required.

There will be three summer sessions offered with a maximum of 25 students per session.  If chosen, students are expected to make a commitment and attend all five days.  Transportation is NOT provided and students MUST be dropped off and picked up on time.

 Schedule for our Summer 2014 (all classes are one week long):

Week 1 – June 23 – 27
Week 2 – July 7 -11
Week 3 – July 14 – 18

Schedule for Summer 2015 will be posted soon.  Check back for dates.

Open to students who will have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in 2014.

Pictures from our Safe Boating Classes are here.

2014 one page flyer.

2014 information sheet.

The application deadline for the 2015 will be announced in January.  Registration is limited.  Openings will be filled on a first-to-register, first-served basis, after review of the application.  Checks for the $40 application fee should be made to Sailing Center Chesapeake.  The application fee will be refunded ONLY if your child is placed on a wait-list and no spots open up.


Summer 2014 enrollment is closed.

Step 1: Complete the Online Registration Form.

Step 2: Pay Membership and/or Term Fee(s).

Already registered and want to Pay Online? Click Here.

Step 3: Complete Registration Packet and mail to:

Sailing Center Chesapeake at P.O. Box 72 Tall Timbers, MD 20690

Make sure that you complete BOTH the online form (Step 1) and the hard-copy paperwork (Step 3)!!


Course Coodinators:

Brenda ClarkGuy Barbato

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