DBMS is especially proud of two of its outreach programs ACCESSAIL and Maritime Adventures. These programs provide meaningful experiences that improve the confidence and self-esteem of physically and cognitively challenged and under-privileged children.
ACCESSAIL is an educational and recreational sailing program for physically and cognitively challenged children and adults. Students have the opportunity to bond with the natural environment and gain a sense of freedom while having fun. ACCESSAIL also offers the challenges of competition and the chance to be liberated from the confines of a disability. In 2006, US Sailing presented ACCESSAIL with its “Outstanding Program for Disabled Sailors” award.
In 2000, DBMS entered into a partnership with Crossroads for Kids to provide a tuition-free, six-week program for 60 inner city youth attending Camp Wing. The program, now called Maritime Adventures, has grown and become extremely successful. Over 80 youth participated in the program last year. About 80% of students are referred to Crossroads for Kids by the Department of Social Services and/or homeless shelters. In order to participate in the program, campers must set and meet behavioral standards and achieve goals established by Camp Wing. Each student participates in five to seven 2.5 hour sessions of Maritime Adventures activities. DBMS does not charge the students or Camp Wing for the program and must raise the funds needed to cover operating and capital costs. Currently, the program receives ongoing support from the Boston Marine Society and Bingham McCutcheon LLP, as well as the DBMS Annual Fund and proceeds from Opening of the Bay events.