While this year we would have ideally hosted our sailing camps in person on the water in Annapolis, St. Mary's, and Washington DC, we had to postpone our camps due to the ongoing health crisis.
We were fortunate enough to convert our curriculum into virtual camp sessions which we dubbed, 'Brendan Out of-the-the Box' and thanks to the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, we were able to host four of these sessions this past July to any student ages 11-18 free of charge.
Needless to say - we had a blast! We met online with returning campers and new students, who received materials in the mail to build their own boats, practice course navigation, study sail positions, and much more.
Below are video recaps of each session for any students or parents interested - feel free to reach out with any feedback or requests to attend future sessions. We hope to continue in making a difference through our mission!
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #1 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #2 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #3 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #4 - Recap
The Brendan Sailing Program presents 'Brendan-Out-of-the-Box', a free, four-lesson Zoom series in July – Session materials included.
June 30, 2020 – Washington, D.C. – The Brendan Sailing Program for Youth with Learning Differences (Brendan Sailing) has moved online! Starting Friday, July 10, Brendan Sailing will be hosting 'Brendan-Out-of-the-Box'; a free, four-week interactive Zoom series focused on sailing skills. Hosted by Brendan Sailing staff, the digital interactive series is tailored for hands-on learning and aims to provide participants a fun and unique social environment focused on sailing. "At Brendan, we rely on hands-on learning using manipulatives to teach sailing concepts. How do we do that virtually? By sending a box of materials directly to the camper and making the teaching tools or manipulatives with them." Said Charlie Arms, Executive Director. Sessions and dates include:
Session 1: Friday, July 10, 2020 "Build-a-Boat" – Participants will be provided a small wooden boat to assemble while learning about its parts and functions!
Session 2: Friday, July 17, 2020 "What Floats?" – Participants will be provided a small bucket for water and clay to form a 'boat' to test buoyancy and learn why some boats float…and others don't! Instructor Evan will be joining live from a 40' sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.
Session 3: Friday, July 24, 2020 "Where the Wind Blows" – Participants will build their own "wind pizza" to learn the points of sail. Campers will then use their boats from Session 1 to practice setting the sails to the wind.
Session 4: Friday, July 31, 2020"Aids to Navigation" – Participants will construct mini navigational aids and use them to mark a hazardous channel on a navigational chart to provide safe passage of their "boat."
All four sessions are free to join, and all materials needed will be provided and mailed prior to each registered lesson. Session applications are now available online and can be found on Brendan Sailing's website: www.brendansailing.org. Prior registration is required. Ages 11-18 are welcome to participate.
See the original Annapolis Patch Article Here
Sign Up Now for Brendan Out-of-the Box Sessions Here
While Brendan Sailing camp programs are postponed this summer, we are pleased to offer free online sessions thanks to grant funding from the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation!
Sign up today for BRENDAN OUT-OF-THE BOX Sessions to take place in July. All Sessions will be hosted via Zoom on Fridays from 1:00-1:45pm (EDT) featuring interactive, hands-on projects. Registered campers will receive materials and instructions in the mail ahead of sessions. Ages 11-18 welcome!
Session 1: "Build-a-Boat"
Friday, July 10, 2020
Session 2: "What Floats?"
Friday, July 17, 2020
Session 3: "Where the Wind Blows"
Friday, July 24, 2020
Session 4: "Aids to Navigation"
Friday, July 31, 2020
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The Brendan Sailing Program cancels 2020 Summer sailing program due to COVID-19 concerns – All camps postponed until summer 2021