By Marc Apter
Brendan Sailing Camp Concentrates On Youth with Learning Differences
Annapolis – July 2nd – 13th
St. Mary’s County – July 18th – 27th
Brendan Sailing is the first summer camp to follow the National On-Water Standards from US Sailing certified instructors, providing up-to-date and professional sailing instruction tailored to youth with learning differences. Over 600 students have attended these camps and on the final day of both sessions, parents are invited to take a sail with their camper to show off the skills they have acquired.
An Annapolis area parent, Frank Fallon, said “Brenden is a program where my son fit in right away, gained a sense of accomplishment in learning to sail, made new friends and looks forward to every summer. As a parent of a child with learning differences, this is not something that is easily found.”
Parents start noticing immediate differences in their child’s behavior after a summer session. Lisa Whelan, a parent from the St. Mary’s overnight camp said, “My son gained a sense of confidence that extended to his day-to-day life. Before Brendan he was shy, but the boy we picked up from camp was more engaging, happy, and relaxed. I attribute this not just to learning how to sail, but also to the instructors he worked with and the new friends he made.”
Annapolis sessions are from July 2nd to July 13th. St. Mary’s sessions have both daytime and overnight sessions from July 18th to July 27th. Visit the camp’s website at www.brendansailing.com or call 202-638-2788 for more information on the program, session dates, times, and tuition costs. Registration is still open. Tuition assistance for the $650 camp is available through Brendan’s scholarship program. No child is ever turned down for an inability to pay.
Marc Apter is a writer who lives in Annapolis with a love of all things sailing. He sails his boat on the Chesapeake and has chartered sailboats in the Caribbean, Maine, Turkey and Greece. He is an experienced communicator with award-winning public relations and marketing experience. He heads a PR and Marketing firm, Image Power Inc. whose clients include; Gary Jobson- sailing filmmaker, Castleton (VA) Music Festival and the National Philharmonic at Strathmore in Bethesda.
He is a past president of the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has won a number of regional and national awards for his work. Apter is a member of the board of directors of the Brendan Sailing Camps and DC Sail. He can be reached at email@example.com.