Spirit of America

Paddle, Sail, Power!

Spirit of America is the premier youth boating education program

Spirit of AmericaBeaufort Community Sailing and Boating/Junior Sailing of Beaufort is proud to announce that we are now the facilitator of Beaufort’s Spirit of America Program. This program has been offered in Beaufort County by the YMCA as a success for the past five years and will continue as a partnership with Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating/Junior Sailing of Beaufort, the YMCA of Beaufort County, the Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the Spirit of America Foundation.

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.

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.

We are in the business of providing a SAFE and educational introduction to our Country’s young people, their families and their communities, to all types of water based recreational activities in one of the most diverse “hands-on” Classrooms in America.

Our young people take part in a curriculum, which is directly tied to local, state, and national education (Common Core) Standards, next generation Science and Physical Education Standards, which include STEM components in a non-traditional classroom setting.  We provide education and direction to last a lifetime for all young persons.
See the Spirit of America website for more details about the program curriculum. spiritofamerica95.org.

2018 Registration is Closed

Registration is closed as all of our classes below are full! Thank you for the amazing response.

Please follow us on facebook fb.me/beaufortsailing to hear any news and be one of the first to hear about our next classes!

The Program:

  • Campers:  Children ages 11-15
  • Boating Types:  Zodiac Power boats, Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Hunter 15 Sailboats
  • Camp Activities: STEM Program with classroom time, pool time, and hands on time in the river!

Weekly Camp Schedule:

  • Monday – 9am – 3pm @ YMCA of Beaufort County
  • Tuesday – 9am – 3pm @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
  • Wednesday – 9am – 3pm @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
  • Thursday – 9am – 3pm @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
  • Friday – 9am – 12pm @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

***Parent/Student Orientation is required and will occur before the camp @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

***Graduation will be offered at the conclusion of all scheduled programs @ Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

Please note that classes may need to be canceled in case of inclement weather. We are committed to keeping our students safe and can’t have them on the water if hazardous weather presents itself.

2018 Camp Dates:

March 26-30 (Required Parent/Student Orientation: Wednesday, March 21 @ 6pm)
April 9-13 (Required Parent/Student Orientation: Wednesday, April 4 @ 6pm)
July 9-13 (Required Parent/Student Orientation: Monday, July 2 @ 6pm)
August 13-17 (Required Parent/Student Orientation:Sunday, August 12 @ 6pm)

Saturday, August 18 @ 10am

*Orientations are REQUIRED. But since we really want to make this program available to everyone, if parents/students cannot attend their assigned orientation, they may email the coordinator at beaufort@spiritofamerica95.org and make arrangements to attend a different orientation that occurs BEFORE the student’s camp week. 

Camp Fees:

We are able to offer this program at an exceptional value due to grants, sponsorships, volunteers, and donations. Thank you!!!

The fee for the Spirit of America Program is $50 + a $1 online processing fee. 

Yes, $50 for a week long class that includes the student’s boating license and a NEW life jacket at graduation!

Due to limited spaces, camp fees and processing fees are not refundable or transferable.

Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. Please fill out the scholarship request form and contact beaufort@spiritofamerica95.org to let us know of your inquiry. Scholarship applications need to be reviewed and approved prior to registration.

Expected Gear:

Each day of camps, campers are expected to have:

  • Their assigned life jacket (Each camper borrows a life jacket for the week, but they are responsible for bringing it to camp each day)
  • Closed toed shoes/Water shoes
  • Water! Water! Water!
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Hats and Sunglasses are HIGHLY recommended. It’s sunny out there on the water!
  • Water Attire is required every day of camp – Monday thru Friday. A swim suit with a rash guard/swim shirt + quick drying shorts is a good combination.

 Commitment to Program & Code of Conduct

There are limited spaces available and students will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Students may only sign up for Spirit of America one time, for one week. Please sign up only if student is available to commit to the program, including attending the mandatory orientation meeting with a parent/guardian.
Students will be expected to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct. This includes always acting respectful and safe. Students are expected to come to camp each morning prepared with the proper attire and equipment, including water shoes, life jacket, water, and sun protection, and to behave in a manner that shows their priority for the safety of themselves and others. Examples of required behavior include wearing their life jacket and water shoes at all times on/near the dock and water and following the direction of the Spirit of America staff and volunteers. Students who do not adhere to expected behaviors will be expelled from the program with no refund.


Do you want to share your love of boating with our local youth? Are you a program graduate looking for more time in the program or on the water?

Please consider volunteering for Spirit of America! Volunteers are the heart and backbone of our program. Our program couldn’t exist without the support of fabulous volunteers who are give up their time to share their passion for the water. While most volunteers are adults, certain positions can also be filled by program graduates who want to come back as junior volunteers.

If you are interested, please fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire and Waiver.  The form collects emergency information, a liability waiver, your preferences for volunteering, and your availability for classes in 2018. Even if you are not ready to commit to days in 2018, please fill out the volunteer form so we can have your information and put you on our list of interested volunteers.
Spirit of America likes for all program volunteers to hold safe boating and current CPR/First Aid certificates. If you don’t currently have those, please fill out the form and let us know. We are working on opportunities for volunteers to receive those certifications during the week of March 26-30. Some of the work may need to be done online or in the evening in order to fit everything in, and it will help us sort out the details to know how many volunteers are in need of the classes. Also, BoatUS offers a free online way to receive your safe boating certificate at https://www.boatus.org/free/.


Please contact beaufort@spiritofamerica95.org.

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Registration is closed.

Be forewarned, the registration is…long! We took all of the required forms and rolled them into one registration so we don’t need to have you fill out forms later on. Please make sure the parent and student are present and have the time to fill out the entire application. Students will need to be prepared to say why they want to be a part of the Spirit of America Program.

Want to spend more time on the water? Check out the other camps and programs offered by Junior Sailing of Beaufort