At Sea Star Base Galveston, as a non-profit foundation, their mission is to provide a high-adventure marine and maritime destination that offers aquatic education programs to instill lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence in body, mind and spirit.
Because they cater to all outdoors enthusiasts, including school groups and higher educational facilities, other non-profit and environmental organizations, individuals, veterans, those with disabilities and corporate groups, and the scouting community, they offer a variety of programs.
Firstly, the organization's marine and maritime educational program is BaySmart. Using their 100-foot floating classroom, the BaySmart Express, they deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)- based curriculum to connect what students are learning in the classroom with the real life marine and maritime world.
Their second program is the Galveston Community Youth Sailing Center. This is a U.S. Sailing-sanctioned Community Sailing Center, and offers memberships for individuals and families. The emphasis of the Youth Sailing Center is teaching sailing to younger and disabled individuals.
The third leg of Sea Star's mission is a partnership with the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. They have developed a unique high adventure Scouting program. This includes a five-night Nautical Adventure and a three-night Privateer Adventure. These programs are open to Scouts from all over the country, and let them experience a number of sailing and aquatic excursions.
One way Sea Star supports these initiatives is by making the facility available for rentals when they do not have programs. Their facility overlooks Offatts Bayou, and features a 3,600-square-foot banquet hall, breakout rooms, cafeteria, chapel and lodging, making Sea Star a prime option for hosting meetings, conferences, banquets and similar events.
Sea Star believes that water is a pathway to independence, and they want all participants to leave feeling that way as well. Sea Star's Scout participants come away with a sense of accomplishment by learning how to sail and kayak. Their BaySmart participants are introduced to the marine and maritime world, which in turn will educate them about endless possibilities of a career on the water. Finally, their community sailing participants, especially the disabled sailors, gain a newfound independence by mastering their own vessel on the water.
No matter what type of event or program you’re interested in, the people of Sea Star Base look forward to helping you, and sharing more about the exciting events and activities they offer.