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Youth Outreach


The Charleston Sail and Power Squadron regularly works with young people to promote an interest in boating and encourage safe boating habits.

  • America’s Boating Course is provided at a reduced rate ($10) to youth aged 12-18 (This includes a pizza lunch, and use of a loaner book during the class). Other courses might be available as well to qualified candidates.
  • Apprentice memberships available for Sea Scouts.
  • We offer the Motorboating Boy Scout merit badge each year in the fall.
  • Our members volunteer in summer reading programs through the local library systems.
  • We are available for nautical-themed programs for any youth group, including safe boating badges for Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls.
  • We sponsor an annual youth poster contest with cash prizes for kids aged 6-14.

For more information, contact


Billy Lynes
at 843-312-2876 or Lynes@tds.net.

Upcoming Youth Outreach Activities

  • September 9, 2017 — Boy Scout Merit Badge: Motorboating at Camp Moultrie. Contact: Billy Lynes Lynes@tds.net 843-312-2876
  • 2017 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. PDF file This year's theme is "Welcome to the Neighborhood!" Deadline for submissions will be September 14.

Recent Youth Outreach Activities

  • April 1, 2017 — America’s Boating Course. Free. For teens only. At conference room at Roper Berkeley medical complex in Moncks Corner.
  • 2016 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. PDF file Deadline for submissions will be September 5. Guidelines are posted at Boarman Youth Poster Contest PDF file
  • 2016 Summer reading program.
  • 24 September 2016 at 0900. — Boy Scout Merit Badge: Motorboating PDF file at Camp Moultrie. Contact: Billy Lynes Lynes@tds.net 843-312-2876
  • May 7, 2016 — America’s Boating Course. Free. For teens only. At conference room at Roper Berkeley medical complex in Moncks Corner.
  • 19 September 2015 — "Big Trucks and More" Event at John's Island Regional Library. CSPS was there with one of our boats!
  • 12 September 2015 — Motorboating merit badge session PDF file at Camp Moultrie.
  • 2015 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. Deadline for submissions was September 1.
  • CSPS Youth Outreach presented the following programs as part of Charleston County Public Library’s 2015 summer reading program:
    • 09 June 1PM at St. Paul Library
    • 26 June 3:30 PM at McClellanville Library
    • 20 June 11:30 AM at Edisto Library
    • 28 July 4:00 PM at Mt. Pleasant Library
    All library programs included a read aloud, craft, and a good measure of boating safety built around the main theme, and are open to the public.
  • 18 April 2015 — America’s Boating Course at Berkeley County Library. Free. For for teens only.
  • 14 March 2015 — Finding Your Way Afoot and Afloat. PDF file At Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center
  • 13 September 2014 — Boy Scout Motorboating Merit Badge: at Camp Moultrie.
  • See the 2014 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest announcement for “The W’s of Wearing It” PDF file and the contest rules PDF file.
  • CSPS Youth Outreach presented the following programs as part of Charleston County Public Library’s 2014 summer reading program:
    • 23 June 1600 — at Folly Beach. Over the Bounding Main (Pirate themed)
    • 10 July 1030 — at Old Mount Pleasant. Weather Wise (weather safety)
    • 11 July 1530 — at McClellanville. Weather Wise
    • 18 July 1030 — at Sullivan’s Island. Sailing Into a Good Book (general sailing theme)
    • 21 July 1100 — at Edisto. Over the Bounding Main
    All library programs included a read aloud, craft, and a good measure of boating safety built around the main theme, and were open to the public.
  • 07 June 2014, 0930-1700 — ABC Course at Berkeley County Library PDF file Free for teens!
  • 05 April 2014, 0900 — Boy Scout Merit Badge: Small-Boat Sailing (at CSPS Headquarters)


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