Youth Program

Subcategories from this category: Green

One of the most rewarding experiences for me as an environmental educator this summer was working with the Instructors in Training (IITs).  At Courageous, the IITs are high school students who have attended the summer youth program for many years or are interested in becoming a sailing instructor.

The environmental aspect of the IIT program has two main components: learning more about environmental science and learning how to teach environmental science.  Each week, on Tuesday afternoons, I facilitated a mini-lecture on the week’s topic (mammals, crustaceans, sharks, etc), then the IITs participated in hands-on activities or experiments to further understand the subject.  These lessons were appropriate for high school level learners, using proper vocabulary and themes.  However, the hands-on activities were always fun and allowed the IITs the chance to immerse themselves in the learning in a fully enjoyable way.

On Thursday afternoons, the IITs and I worked on how to teach environmental topics to their future sailing students. These lessons often involved half of the group of IITs pretending to be beginning sailing students and the other half of the IITs facilitating an environmental activity for them.  Sometimes the lessons focused more on how to talk to students about nature and the outdoors while sailing.

I had a great time working with the IITs this summer.  Their energy and willingness to learn were a true inspiration.  I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to lead future instructors in becoming more environmentally aware and  more eager to teach environmental education to their students.

in Green

This summer, Courageous had the opportunity to provide reuseable water bottles to all of our young sailors.  Fitting perfectly with our Waste Free Wednesdays and commitment to heightened environmental awareness for our sailing center as a whole, the water bottles provided us the chance to significantly minimize waste. 

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in Green

Sadly, summer is coming to an end.  Before everyone goes their separate ways, we would like to take a moment to recognize the Courageous Sailing Youth Program Staff, the people who make Courageous the incredible community that it is, day after day, summer after summer, for over a thousand young sailors each year.

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The kids had a blast saving the harbor with Rebecca and collecting trash from the pier. The kids wore plastic gloves to protect them from germs and what not. I was surprised how passionate and excited the kids were to save the harbor from having plastic and unwanted materials thrown into the water. Rebecca was great at organizing games with them and educating them on marine and environmental topics. "Step 1 Step fun" were the heroes of the day!

Semirah

A few weeks ago we accompanied the new england aquarium interns on an adventure to lovells island where they spent their time tide pooling, swimming, and enjoying the local views. Sailing broomstick and phoenix, an erikson 29 and a seafarer, was a challenging experience for the two of us because we generally spend our time on smaller boats. The size of these vessels  was intimidating at first but the guidance of two veteran cruising instructors, leo and ethan, we got the hang of it and picked up valuable new skils. By the time we returned to pier 4, the feeling of being overwhelmed had subsided, and was replaced by a feeling of newfound confidence.
 
-allison and lucy
 
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