BCSC Outreach Programs
BCSC is a community sailing facility and tries to offer sailing programs to all segments of the Baltimore County population. Currently, we offer two programs and are looking to expand to a third.
All of these programs are in need of sailing-knowledgeable volunteers. Please contact the director to donate your services.
Special Olympics Sailing
Through Special Olympics Maryland, sailors are paired with volunteers to go sailing once a week in BCSC's two person JY15s and Club 420's. Teams learn to race and take their skills on the road to compete regionally. A BCSC team was even selected to represent the US in the Special Olympics games in Athens in 2011! More information can be found here.
Contact Dan Flanigan for more information.
Tender Bridge is an organization serving children through partnerships with existing community programs. The Tender Bridge provides at-risk children with the knowledge of sailing, and gives them the financial, logistical and emotional support to attend.
"I was really impressed with two of the kids in particular. One of the (Baltimore) county kids didn't make it to the island when all the rest of his group did, but he wasn't discouraged at all, only more determined to make it the next week, and he was the first to get there. He has a real chance in life if he doesn't hang out with the wrong guys (which he has been dong). The other kid who impressed me was a kid from the city who has some mental limitations. He capsized 8 times on a windy day early in the season and never got discouraged or frustrated. He was also the one most proud of himself for 'making it to the island'. That trip really meant a lot to him."
BCSC is expanding its outreach programs to include a sailing class for native Spanish speakers, including recently-immigrated Latino children. BCSC is partnering with the Esperanza Center in Fells Point to achieve this mission. The goals of this project are to:
- Teach sailing to children who would not have the chance otherwise.
- Expose recently-immigrated children to the Chesapeake Bay waterfront and sailing community in a way that is equivalent to the opportunities offered to a youth whose native language is English.
- Offer a forum for cross cultural exchanges between existing BCSC sailors and members of the Latino community.
This project is being spearheaded by BCSC sailor Sophia Yazigi, BCSC director Eileen, as well as Eric and Helany of the Esperanza Center. The pilot version of the program in 2015 will bring eight sailors to BCSC once a week for sailing classes. A sailing instructor fluent in both Spanish and English will be engaged at all times and the class will be taught in both languages.
To enable this program to occur, a total of $2850 needs to be raised. This will cover bus transportation for the sailors each week, a high-caliber BCSC sailing class, and a snack each week because the sailors will be returning home past their typical dinner hour.
Please consider donating funds to enable this opportunity for these very deserving youths. We are also actively looking for a lower-cost transportation option, donated snacks, and volunteer instructors. If you are able to offer any of these, please contact Eileen. Director@bcsailing.org