Paddle, Sail, Power!
Beaufort 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.
2018 Registration is Closed
Registration is closed as all of our classes below are full! Thank you for the amazing response.
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and make arrangements to attend a different orientation that occurs BEFORE the student’s camp week.
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 email@example.com to let us know of your inquiry. Scholarship applications need to be reviewed and approved prior to registration.
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!
- 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
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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.