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ACB Summer Programs Aim To Get More Annapolitans Out On The Water

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ntroducing kids and adults to boating, providing access to the water, building a sense of community, and encouraging environmental awareness: that’s what it’s all about at Annapolis Community Boating (ACB). And this summer ACB is expanding their offerings to give even more adults and children the opportunity to explore beyond the water’s edge. “This year is a big leap in our growth. People who’ve seen our programs in action have been asking how they can get involved, so we’re reaching out to engage more residents,” says Lorie Stout president of the organization’s board of directors. “This season we’ll greatly expand our open boating program by offering daily weeknight opportunities for sailing or paddling during the summer. In addition, we’ve added more introductory and beginning sailing courses, and our Spirit of America summer camp, which costs only $50 per week per camper, will now be offered at Downs Park in Pasadena as well as at the

Ellen Moyer Nature Park in Annapolis and Mayo Beach Park on the South River.” Through summer camps, weekend boat rental, sailing lessons, organized paddling expeditions, and other programs, ACB is able to offer folks living in or around Annapolis the opportunity to try all kinds of boating without a substantial financial investment. ACB offers individual, family, senior, and corporate levels of membership. “But you don’t have to be a member to join us,” emphasizes Stout. “Members may use our boats for $5 a session, but we welcome nonmembers for a $15 rate. We also recently began offering corporate memberships, which allow all employees of the

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business the opportunity to go out with us at the reduced fare; we have several levels for corporate membership rates.” Working together with the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, ACB offers summer boating camps that teach kids of all ages to paddle canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards, safely operate a small motorboat, and potentially earn a Maryland boater’s license. Campers also learn to sail and practice capsize and man overboard drills, and knot tying. ACB will even bring their camp instructors and fleet of boats to local waterfront communities for boating camps. To learn more, visit annapoliscommunityboating.org

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