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Serving Annapolis Youth

Named after the Grateful Dead song ‘Box of Rain’, the program was founded to honor the memory of Lee Griffin, a dedicated sailor and Annapolis community member. Box of Rain’s mission is to connect under-resourced youth to the Chesapeake Bay and their maritime heritage through fun, educational, and immersive experiences in nature. This year-round program has served and continues to serve hundreds of youth, ages 8-14, at the Museum’s Park Campus and on field trips throughout Anne Arundel County. These programs are designed to improve youth’s self-esteem and develop essential life skills that lead to personal growth and positive contributions in the broader community. It serves our youth through three core programs: the Build-a-Boat Program, Navigating Tides, and the Summer Maritime Program.

Read more about the programs being offered at AMM below.

Navigating TIDES

The Navigating TIDES, is a partnership program with local non-profit, Charting Careers, that supports students’ social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, encourages creativity and problem solving, reduces risky behaviors, promotes physical health and environmental stewardship, and provides a safe and supportive environment for youth. Students participate two days per week during the school year. 

Build-A-Boat Program

The Build-a-Boat program, established in 2009, concentrates on the practical application of academics, craftsmanship, and team building in the planning and construction of a boat from a kit. Participants in the Build-A-Boat program utilize STEAM skills to construct a boat from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. Participants are also taught life skills such as teamwork, following directions, appropriate work-area behavior, and they experience the satisfaction of a job well done. The boat building program runs for 12-weeks throughout the winter and provides participants with free breakfast and lunch.

Please fill out the Registration Form to join the Build-A-Boat program.

The Summer Maritime Program

The Summer Maritime Program will continue Box of Rain’s long-standing tradition of introducing children living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing to various maritime experiences, including sailing, kayaking, fishing and environmental lessons. The museum has served as a partner for this program in the past.

Please complete and send back the TWO forms below to register your child for this year’s 2024 Summer Program.

1.) 2024 Registration Form
2.) 2024 Medical Form

If you are interested in serving with the Box of Rain Program, Please fill out our: 2024 Volunteer Form Coming Soon!