What makes sailing school meaningful?

Children today have more opportunities and activities than one could possibly imagine. The question is this: what will distinguish a meaningful youth program in the 21st century? It's a youth program with a true purpose to make a difference in the lives of children. That describes the Crystal Lake Sailing School.

How do we make a difference?

Six ways:

  1. Proven track record - The Crystal Lake Yacht Club has been providing youth sailing since 1947. We are not a fad. We are a rock-solid institution in our community, and practically a landmark. Our graduates have gone on to countless championships on the water and in life. Our sailors are good people. Our people are winners.
  2. We provide a unique experience - Sailing is a unique lifetime skill; it installs social values such as teamwork and self-confidence; and offers an uncommon interaction with nature. Our students get to experience this rare blend during their lessons.
  3. We give children exceptional opportunities to do great things - There is no limit to the places children can go, and the challenges they can tackle. Olympic sailing is a reality for ANY child: boy or girl.
  4. Talented Staffing - Starting at the top, the CLSS continually strives to provide the finest instructional talent pool around. We're professionals, not camp counselors. We give children great people to look up to in sailing and in life.
  5. Outstanding resources - From top to bottom, our program can deliver the best possible resources, from a world-class facility to a high-caliber sailing environment. We also have Crystal Lake as our classroom.
  6. Desire - We have a desire to shape the future and to do more than offer a sport.

We do all of this as a non-profit organization. That means it's never our goal to earn more than we invest into our mission for children. That's why we need your help.

Current Priorities Include

  • Boat / Facility Upgrades: Includes premium training boats, improved launch and storage facilities, classroom maintenance, and safety equipment upgrades and replacement.
  • Educational Improvement: Includes instructor training by U.S. Sailing, National Sailing Programs Symposium, assorted clinics and training material.
  • Scholarships for Children: Grants-in-aid, community programs, working with less fortunate children, sailing workshops.
  • Growing the Annual Fund: Unrestricted support provides long-term stability for the future of the Crystal Lake Sailing School organization.

How Does This Involve You?

Your support is vital to the organization. Every dollar counts and every donor helps directly impact each of these important initiatives.

Your gift can take several forms and, in addition to benefiting the Crystal Lake Sailing School, may provide powerful tax or estate planning benefits to you.

E-mail us if you're interested in finding out more about how you can help, or send your donation to the Crystal Lake Sailing School, P.O. Box 262, Frankfort, MI 49635.