Spirit of America Program


Boating Safety for 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 $50.00 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.

Tentative schedule for our Summer 2015 (all classes are one week long):

Week 1   –   June 22nd – June 26th
Week 2   –   July 6th – July 10th
Week 3   –   July 13th – July17th

Open to students who will have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in 2015.

Pictures from our Safe Boating Classes are here.

2015 one page flyer.                  2015 information sheet.

The application deadline for 2015 is May 1st.  Registration is limited.  Openings will be filled on a first-to-register basis, after review of the application and $50 payment is made.  Checks for the $50 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.

Registration for Summer 2015 is now OPEN! 

Step 1: Complete the Online Registration Form.

Step 2: Pay Membership and/or Term Fee by check or online here.

Step 3: Complete Registration Packet and mail to:

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

Make sure that you complete BOTH the online form (Step 1) AND the registration packet (Step 3).  You are not registered until we receive your signed, paper copy of the registration packet and your $50 payment.

Course Coodinator:

Brenda Clark

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