Prior to the summer, the theme is also being carried into the public schools with a unit on Coast Guard History being developed through the Newspapers in Education program coordinated by The Day in partnership with New London Public Schools. Camp Rotary will focus their summer program on the Coast Guard and further develop a curriculum that can be used by schools everywhere long after Coast Guard Summer has ended.

The Day, in partnership with the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. are proud to present “Service Above Self: A Pictorial History of The U.S. Coast Guard” – a photo journey through the U.S. Coast Guard’ 225-year history. To learn more about this hardcover commemorative photo book, click here. The curriculum being developed by New London Public Schools is structured from the framework of this photo book.

The Missions of the United States Coast Guard were the inspiration (focus) for both the photo book and the curriculum guide being developed. They are listed below with topics and historical events that help students understand the long history and service of the U.S. Coast Guard:


Topics for students

  • Ports, Waterways & Coastal Security    
  • Port security
  • Steamboats
  • Safety on board vessels
  • Law Enforcement
  • Pirates
  • Slave traders (Amistad)
  • Whalers (Charles W. Morgan)
  • Customs
  • Lighthouse & Aids to Navigation
  • Lighthouses
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Buoys, bells, whistles, lights, radio beacons
  • Search & Rescue
  • Assisting vessels in distress
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Motorboats, Planes & Helicopters
  • Living Marine Resources
  • Threatened animals
  • Endangered species
  • Ocean habitats
  • Marine Safety
  • Boating safety & regulation
  • Life preservers
  • Distress signals
  • Defense Readiness
  • War of 1812
  • U.S. Civil War
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Migrant Interdiction
  • Refugees in U.S. waters
  • Humanitarian services
  • Intercepting undocumented migrants at sea
  • Marine Environmental Protection
  • Address Oil & chemical spills at sea
  • Exxon Valdez
  • Ice Operations
  • Ice breaking
  • Icebergs
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanology
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency protocol
  • 9/11
  • Training & Personnel
  • Coast Guard Academy & training centers
  • Aviation
  • Reserves
  • Future (R&D)
  • Climate Change
  • Space
  • USCG Museum

Click here to download the Coast Guard Summer Curriculum Guide

STAY TUNED!  Resources for teachers and families will continue to be added to this website all summer long!

Additional history and educational materials for Coast Guard Summer and the photo book can be found on if you wish to dig in a little deeper with your kids.

Newspapers in Education ( is a cooperative effort of publishers and thousands of schools in the United States where newspapers are used as a tool of instruction.

Find out more about the New London Public Schools and all of our Magnet Schools open to any Connecticut students in grades K-12 at The Magnet School pathways are through 4 different themes: Visual & Performing Arts, STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math), Dual Language/International, and [in development] Leadership & Public Service.