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July with Spirit of America

So many programs are on the water this month.

 Ohio:

Lake County

Lorain County

Ashtabula County


Tennessee:

Paris Landing State Park

Harrison Bay State Park

Tims Ford State Park

Panther Creek State Park

Big Ridge State Park 


YMCA Joe C. Davos Nashville TN


Shake A Leg Miami Summer Camp


St. Marys Maryland


Beaufort, South Carolina



Stand and be Recognized!

  • To our Staff and Volunteer InstructorTHANK YOU!Spirit of America could not function at the high level we have come to recognize and expect without the community support in every location. Join us for some profoundly unique experiences on the water with tomorrows leaders. 

 

News from Youth Boating May 1, 2018

We are proud to announce that the Spirit of America curriculum has been verified to include ALL of the Natonal On Water Skills-based Education standards in all three disciplines of Sail, Human Power and Power,  We are one of the few, if not the only organization to provide all knowledge based standards of education, equipment awareness and drowning prevention, and on water skills based education standards. 

For more information about the standards for on water education curriculum visit:

www.onwaterstandards.org   

Blog June 2018: Teaching the Way Our Children Learn

Spirit of America was conceptualized 24 years ago in an effort to bring hands on education to our American youth.  Long before STEM education was heard of, the Spirit of America Foundation knew that we could help young people grow to know the importance of education by showing them how to have fun while learning. 


Our students learn by doing. 

Our students teach us how to teach. 


We will continue our mission: 

'Teaching the Way 

Our Children Learn"

Blog July 2018: Saving Our Environments

Having young people on the water in so many different eco systems across America and off the mainland in Hawaii provides a very unique educational opportunity. From manatees and dolphins in Miami, sharks in Beaufort, SC, jelly fish populations in Maryland, fresh water concerns for fishing on inland lakes in Virgina and Tennessee, and algae blooms in the Great Lakes, our children and their instructors have the opportunity to bring to light issues related to protecting and saving our greatest natural resources. 

Blog August 2018: Compasses and Companionways

The Spirit of America proudly announces our Compasses and Companionways program. 


Operating at any time of year, included in the traditional or as a stand-alone program, in locations hosting the Spirit of America curriculum, students facing physical and or learning challenges may participate in our standardized nontraditional hands-on curriculum which permits all students to grow, becoming emotionally and physically confident, competent and independent. Students will receive a ‘Certificate of Successful Completion’ after each component has been completed and a certificate of graduation at the end of full program completion.

 ‘No Child Left at the Dock’©

Press Releases by Date

Compasses & Companionways

Spirit of America Foundation

Announces Newly Named Official Program Curriculum 

Compasses and Companionways

Preparing Everyone for Life’s Voyage

 

Mentor Ohio September 24, 2018

The Spirit of America Foundation announces their Compasses and Companionwaysprogram, formerly known as “Golden Eagle’.  The Compasses and Companionways program will continue to provide a curriculum benefitting persons with learning and or physical challenges in a manner unique to any other program in the United States. The program curriculum was initiated under the name ‘Golden Eagle’ two decades ago, and has evolved to include the traditional standardized curriculum inclusive of all disciplines for all students who can safely participate. The program curriculum and its components are modified by professionals to safely fit the needs of our young students.  

Operating at any time of year, included in the traditional or as a stand-alone program, in locations hosting the Spirit of America programs, students facing physical and or learning challenges may participate in our standardized nontraditional hands-on curriculum which permits all students to grow, becoming emotionally and physically confident, competent and independent. Students will receive a ‘Certificate of Successful Completion’ after each component has been completed and a certificate of graduation at the end of full program completion. ‘No Child Left at the Dock’© 

‘We shall teach the way our children learn’

The Spirit of America National Youth Boating Hall of Fame Announces First Inductees

    The Spirit of America National Youth Boating Hall of Fame has inducted four individuals into the Hall of Fame. 

    The 2017 inductees are:

Dustin Majewski Ohio Class of 1995


Rosie Garam Packett Ohio Class of 2001


Nathaniel Cullinan Ohio Class of 20


Allison Ulrich Ohio Class of 2012

Spirit of America Aligns with the National On Water Skills Based Standards

The Spirit of America Foundation announces that, in addition to meeting all of the 'Knowledge-based' standards in their curriculum that we also do aligns with and is all inclusive of all of the National On Water Skills Based Standards of Education recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) .

     

The SOA Curriculum is all inclusive of all standards in Sail, Human Powered, and Power curriculum, and exceeds the National Instructional        Approach Standard. 


National Take Our Youth Boating Week Winners

The 2018 National Take Our Youth Boating Week winning entries have been announced and awarded.

In first place for a video submission is:

In First Place for a photo submission is:

In second place for a photo submission is:

In Third Place for a photo submission is"

Fall News

Hurricanes are a big part of our locations on the east coast as well as in the Pacific. 


Our North Carolina and South Carolina location were especially hard hit this past fall.  While there was no damage to the physical locations where we host our programs our staff did face significant damage at their homes and tot heir families homes.  

Working Through Winter

We are on the water in some locations all year through.  In other locations we work on projects and offer programs to keep boating and water safety curriculum a big part of our communities during their time off the water. 


In Miami at our host location, Shake A Leg Miami, we provide the on water skills based curriculum in partnership with our SeaWorthy program and the Spirit of America Compasses and Companionways program  for children between the ages of 6 and 21.