Box of Rain

In 2019, the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park began operating two Box of Rain programs at our Park Campus. The two organizations have a long history of collaboration to bring much-needed maritime programs to the students of Annapolis. Box of Rain has been a successful non-profit in the Annapolis area since 2003 and mentors hundreds of Annapolis youth each year. The program has been free to participants, and will continue to be free within the new AMM structure.

The organization was founded to honor the memory of Lee Griffin, a dedicated sailor and Annapolis community member, and its mission has been to offer year-round programming designed to inspire and encourage Annapolis-area youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances. Its mentoring focus helps Box of Rain kids build self-esteem, develop life skills and earn a sense of accomplishment that leads to positive contributions to the community.

Read more about the two programs being offered at AMM below.

Box of Rain & the Annapolis Maritime Museum receive The Four Rivers Heritage Area’s 2018 Public/Private Partnership of the Year Award

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The Build-a-Boat program, established in 2009, concentrates on the practical application of academics, such as math and science, in the planning and construction of a boat from a kit. The program teaches invaluable life skills such as following directions, teamwork, learning and practicing appropriate workplace behaviors, and savoring the satisfaction of a job well done. Participants have to use tools safely and be mindful of leaving their work site clean and tidy. This program emphasizes maritime history, the Annapolis boat-building tradition, and the important role that tradesmen played in the development of their community. These boat-building experiences provide a solid foundation for vocational skills development, as participants try out woodworking, construction, and painting in a safe environment with dedicated mentors.

For more information on the Build-a-Boat program, see the flyer: Build-A -Boat Flyer 2020.

To register for the Build-a-Boat program: BAB Registration Form 2020.

Note: The Build-A-Boat program is currently FULL. All new registrants will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a change in capacity occurs. Thank you!

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

Please fill out and send back the TWO different forms below for your child’s participation in this year’s 2020 Summer Program.

1.) 2020 Registration Form:  BOR Summer Registration Form

2.) 2020 Medical Form: 2020 Medical Form


If you are interesting in serving with the Box of Rain Program, Please fill out our : 2020 Summer Volunteer Form.


Have you supported Box of Rain in the past? Continue that support with a donation to the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park.

Simply visit our donation page and when filling out the form, put “Box of Rain” in the notes section.