Spirit of America

Paddle, Sail, Power!

Spirit of America is the premier youth boating education program

**Dates for 2020 haven’t been selected yet! Stay tuned!**

Spirit of America

Spirit of America is an innovative 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, paddle, and power boating 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.
Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating/Junior Sailing of Beaufort is proud to announce that we are offering Beaufort’s Spirit of America Program again in 2019. This program had been offered in Beaufort County by the YMCA as a success in the past and was taken over by Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating in 2018.
See the Spirit of America website for more details about the program curriculum. spiritofamerica95.org.

Please follow us on facebook fb.me/beaufortsailing to hear any news, be first to hear about our next classes, and find out when registration opens for later 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!
  • 2020 Dates are still being planned. Check back!

Weekly Camp Schedule:

  • Monday – 8 am – 3pm
    • ***Parent/Guardian & Student Orientation is from 8am-9am.*** A parent or guardian needs to be present for each student to receive information about the program and make sure that all paperwork is complete.
    • Classroom & Pool Time
  • Tuesday – 8am – 3pm
    • Classroom & On-Water Time
  • Wednesday – 8am – 3pm
    • Classroom & On-Water Time
  • Thursday – 8am – 3pm
    • On-Water Time
  • Friday – 8am – 12:30pm
    • ***Family Time/Graduation will be from 11am – 12:30pm.*** Parents and guardians are invited back to cheer on their graduate and have them demonstrate all they have learned during the week.

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.

We want to give a huge thank you to the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club for hosting our programs!

All portions of the programs take place at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
30 Yacht Club Drive
Beaufort SC 29907

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 $100. 

Yes, $100 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! The students need it to stay hydrated!
  • 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.

If you are interested, please fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire and Waiver.  The form collects emergency information, a liability waiver, and your preferences for volunteering. Even if you are not currently ready to commit to specific days, 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. 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 not yet open.

Be forewarned, the registration is…long! We took all of the required forms and rolled them into one registration. 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