Welcome to FOSSOM

FOSSOM is a 501(c)3 charity supporting youth maritime leadership and character programs in and around the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. 


Key programs include:

  • The SSTV Der Pelikan which provides on-the-water training cruises to youth.
  • Unit specific vessel support.
  • The Crabtree Scholarship which provides financial assistance to Scouts in need, who may not otherwise be able to participate in maritime training programs.
  • Sponsorship for the SEAL Program for the Sea Scouts BSA.
  • Support to numerous youth maritime training program events.

100% of all funds go directly to program.  SSTV Der Pelikan is our office and everyone at FOSSOM is a volunteer.  So your contributions go directly to supporting youth.