On Friday, August 5th, VFW Post 406 and Coast Guard Station Castle Hill had the honor to provide a closing dinner for teenagers that participated in the 2022 Newport Gold Star Sailing Camp. These teenagers spent all week together in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay building friendships and learning how to sail.

Gold Star Sailors arriving at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill.

Following the completion of their day’s activities, approximately 25 teenagers, counselors, and camp leaders arrived at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill for dinner with active duty Coast Guard members and VFW 406 members. Tours of the station house, docks, and vessels were provided to all following dinner.

A huge thank you to Sardella’s Restaurant on Memorial Blvd, Newport RI for providing a pasta dinner for the evening!

Gold Star Sailing is a non-profit organization envisioned, founded, and operated by combat Veterans, sailors, and local leaders that wanted to provide a unique experience for Gold Star teenagers focusing on building character development, leadership, and healing through a hands-on sailing adventure. Rather than focusing on the grief from losing a parent, the camp specifically guides campers to have fun and build friendships. Since 2012, they have hosted week-long sailing camps in Rhode Island and Florida.

For more information about the Gold Star Sailing program, please visit their website at https://goldstarsailing.org/

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