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Call For Entries: Boating-Safety Youth-Program Award

Do you know of an individual or group that is helping kids learn how to stay safe on the water? 

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is calling for entries for its Boating Safety Youth Program Award that recognizes individuals or organizations that have developed and implemented innovative youth boating-education programs that focus on recreational boating safety. 

Co-sponsored by the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.), the award includes a $2,500 cash prize.  The deadline to apply is Dec.31.

 For a youth boating program to qualify, it must include boating-safety practices and be targeted to youth under 18 years of age.  Previous awards have gone to school districts, summer camps, scouting groups, and U.S. Power Squadrons.

The award's $2,500 prize is designed to be used for the implementation or enhancement of a youth-oriented boating-safety program. This can include equipment, audio-visual aids, printing, teaching aids, program promotion and advertising, or rental of a meeting space.

The winner will also be invited to attend the annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit in March of 2007 in San Antonio, Texas, during which they will present a conference session on their award-winning program. 

Travel expenses including transportation, lodging and meals for one representative are included.

For more information and an application, go to and click on "award program."

The NSBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education.  It is comprised of over 333 national, regional and local boating and water-safety agencies, organizations and corporations. 

BoatU.S. is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters, providing its 665,000 members with a wide array of safety and consumer services.