Youth Program

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Like I mentioned early in the week, Shark Supporters Week is about helping students and staff learn about sharks and begin to appreciate them as key players in the marine ecosystem. Find some great lessons to educate about sharks at the links below:

PBS      Discovery 

Remember to introduce science facts about sharks into the lessons so we can all view sharks as the beautiful, skilled predators that they are and not just ruthless man-eaters.  Sharks are always an interesting marine biology topic that excites kids and adults, so make sure to help others learn more than just what the media advertises about these special sea creatures.

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Every Wednesday this summer is Waste Free Wednesday at Courageous Sailing center.  This means that on Wednesday’s students and instructors compete together as a sailing level against the other sailing levels to see who can create the least amount of trash at lunchtime. 

  • One point is given for every reuseable item that students and instructors use or any items they bring and plan to reuse, such as Tupperware, plastic bags, silverware utensils, etc. 
  • One point is also given for anyone who saves any food they do not want to eat at lunch so that they can eat it at another time. 
  • Points are awarded for any recycled items as well. 
  • One point is taken away from each sailing level for each piece of trash that they have or any trash that is left behind after they are finished lunch.  *Taking away points is an important part of Waste FreeWednesday because it allows sailing groups of different sizes to compete against each other and doesn’t just favor larger groups. 
  • Whichever sailing level has the most points at the end of the day wins a waste-free prize: watermelon!

Encouraging students and staff to begin thinking about how much trash they create at just one meal is an important aspect of any environmental program.  Waste Free Wednesdays can be implemented anywhere and are a fun way to learn about reducing trash.  Find out more details about how to start your own waste free program here.

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Discovery Channel calls it shark week but here at Courageous we call it Shark Supporters Week!

Sharks are a very important topic to include in any marine biology or environmental science program.  They are misunderstood creatures that are rapidly disappearing from our waters due to negative perceptions of sharks by humans. A majority of the over 500 species of sharks are currently listed as endangered or threatened because of human interactions.  People view sharks as man hunters because of movies, news reports, and other media, but in reality, humans are the actual hunters.  For every 1 human killed each year by sharks, people kill about 70 million sharks- that is over 11,000 sharks killed every hour!  Check out this amazing graph demonstrating this fact

The intention of Shark Supporters Week is to endear people to sharks and inform people about these amazing, critically endangered sea creatures.  I hope others will also start to spread the word about the importance of sharks instead of highlighting rare shark attacks. 

Stay tuned for some fun, educational shark activities!

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The purpose of Step 4 is to improve upon your sailing skills.

Out team of sailors in step 4 has greatly enjoyed these past 8 days in racing and cruising. We have decided to discuss out experiences racing and cruising with a collective effort.

To begin with, racing has been an important part of the experience of the group. Practicing has improved all of our racing skills which has been awesome. We have also learned new things like using spinnakers and it has been really unique. Finally, sail tram has been a critical element involved in racing and we have all appreciated new skills learned with this.

Another key aspect of this past week and a half has been cruising. First of all, skills learned in cruising have been anchoring, setting up tents and cooking. On an emotional and social dimension; cooperation, teamwork, competition and the demanding supportive environment of Courageous have helped us Step 4 members excel in our strive to achieve optimal sailing technique.

- Clare, Anneli, Ben, Nico, Val, Mike, Emily, & Hazel

 

This week, to celebrate our Fish Fanatics theme, we learned about fishing practices in order to highlight the importance that fish and fishing plays in the Boston Harbor ecosystem and local economy.  I altered an activity about declining shark populations to teach about how the fishing practices of hook and line, gillnets, long lines, and trawls. 

The lesson above demonstrates, in an active and fun way, how four of the most common fishing practices work.  Click here to learn more about fishing practices and about the fish on your plate.

Our fishing game this week has everyone ready for SHARK SUPPORTERS week next week!

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