By Ali Maas Nestled between three highways and an ocean of urban sprawl lays Jamaica Pond. My entire life I have driven past Jamaica Pond and for years, I sat in my car, saw a flash of white sails, and wished to be on the water. All I knew of the pond was tiny moments speckling my life. This year many young Bostonians just entering Swim Sail Science, Summer Learning Project, and Summer Youth Program, and I discovered the vastness of
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By Emily Hart I’ve been working with the Instructors in Training (IITs) on service learning projects of their own design throughout this summer. As future sailing instructors, the IITs need to know more than just environmental facts; it’s also essential for them to practice their skills in facilitation, organization and leadership. We decided at the beginning of the summer that a multi-week project, rooted in environmental education, would encourage the development of these important skills. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to
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By Morgan O'brien For the past two summers, I have taught in the Swim Sail Science and Summer Learning Project programs at Courageous. These programs, as said before in an earlier blog post, are taken from difficult and challenging areas of the city. It is fascinating to watch these nine to eleven year-olds learn how to sail. For many of them, this is their first time on a sailboat; and for a few others, a first time on any boat at
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By Emily Hart On Thursday, our Summer Learning Project students learned about fossil fuels and went coal mining to explore the effects of mining on our environment. We simulated coal mining by mining chocolate chip cookies (the “land”) for chocolate chips (the “coal”) with only toothpicks (“very high tech mining equipment”). It was great to see so many heads down in concentration! After carefully counting the total number of chocolate chips in two different kinds of cookies, I caved to the
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By Alessia Hughes, Instructor in Training The definition of a good sailor and a bad sailor are quite clear to practically anyone. A good sailor can sail fast even if the wind is not strong. A bad sailor gets stuck trying to maneuver in heavy winds. A good sailor is strong, bold, and able to succeed in any situation thrown at them. A bad sailor is the opposite.             Or so it is told to us as we grow up learning
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