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Spirit of America Camp/STEM Program - Spring Break 2019
Event Starts:
Monday April 15, 2019
@ 8:00am

Event Ends:
Friday April 19, 2019
@ 12:30pm


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Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

30 Yacht Club Drive
Beaufort, SC 29907

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Spirit of America - Beaufort, SC

Spring Break Week - April 15-19, 2019


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.

Students may participate in on-the-water instruction of the following types of watercraft: 

  • Kayaks
  • Stand-up-Paddleboards
  • Zodiac (with 9.9 hp)
  • Canoes
  • 15’ Hunter Sail Boats
  • Large Vessel Watercraft

Details about the program and student requirements - https://www.beaufortsailing.com/spirit-of-america/

This is an amazing program that gets rave reviews and sells out! Please make sure that you register quickly if you can attend, but please also be courteous and confirm your calendar to be sure that you can committ before registering. 

Students must commit to the following important mandatory dates:

  1. Student & Parent Orientation Meeting held Monday, April 15 @ 8am.
  2. SC DNR Boating License Course Session (Classroom) will be held the Monday-Wednesday of the selected session.
  3. Water Smart Pool Class - Monday afternoon of the selected session.
  4. Student Performance Objective Training (Classroom) and On-Water Training – Monday thru Friday of selected session. This is where the students will operate all types of watercraft in actual river, creek & marsh conditions.
  5. Graduation – After successful completion of the entire course, the students get to celebrate by recieving their own life jacket and by taking their parents or guardians out on the watercraft! 

The session will include the SC DNR Boating License Course. At the conclusion of the classroom lessons, each student will take a test that must be passed with a score of 70% or greater in order to receive their Boating License.

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.

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 class 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.
  • Keep in mind that it may be chilly during our Spring Break Camp. Extra gear like wet suits, spray tops, dry clothes, and towels may be needed. Students will get wet!

Commitment to Program & Code of Conduct

There are limited spaces available and students will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Please sign up only if student is available to commit to the program, including attending the mandatory orientation meeting with a parent/guardian on Monday morning.
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.


Please contact beaufort@spiritofamerica95.org.

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

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