What is Spirit of America?

Real World Diversity:  Each program participant is exposed to sail, power, paddle, personal watercraft, and large vessel disciplines, rules and practice.  In addition, the students spend time in the classroom passing their state boating education course, a controlled environment of a pool and in natural settings to build up their confidence and competency.

Tailored to Middle School Students: The Spirit of America is an innovative year round opportunity and educational experience for middle school aged students, 11-15 years of age, that combines a summer-camp atmosphere with classroom discipline. The curriculum includes National Education and Physical Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and includes STEM Components.

State Boating Certificate:  Our students take part in a curriculum, which includes participating in and successfully completing their State Boating Education Course.
Water Safety Proficiency:  Students begin with the basics of water safety by participating in a Drowning Prevention (water safety competency) and Equipment Awareness course.  These life saving skills are a must have for every child.

Hands-on Water Time:  A minimum of five hours is spent in each of the disciplines; sail, paddle and power. Further, participants participate in hands on education and gain exposure to professional opportunities during the educational activities on board a USCG or local and state law enforcement agency large vessel.

For more information about Spirit of America in St. Mary’s County, MD, visit the site: http://saintmarys.spiritofamerica95.org/
Spirit of America is proud to operate through a large volunteer effort! If you or someone you know is interested in assisting us this summer, please take a moment to read through this short document with more details. Whether you are a previous years’ graduate or an adult, we would love your help this year!

To register your child for the course, please fill out the Spirit of America application form and pay the $100 tuition fee for your chosen course week. We can receive forms either through the mail or electronically.

This year, SCC will run three Spirit of America sessions:

July 8-12 (location: Tall Timbers Marina)

July 22-26 (location: St. Mary’s College waterfront)

August 5-9 (location: Tall Timbers Marina)

We are returning to our traditional format of teaching the boating safety course within the 5-day session, and will not require attendance at an earlier weekend class.

Register using the PayPal button below. Please select your desired session.

Session Date
Name of Sailor (First & Last)