“I thank the instructors because not only do they teach us how to sail… they teach us how to be kind hearted and the instructors have big hearts…and every time you walk on the pier they treat you like gold…Courageous made me feel a lot better about myself.”
“The main reason I would come back to Courageous is because all these people, meeting new friends, make you feel like you can talk to them, and they’re just so generous and nice and most of all, is what all the instructors and teachers – they make you feel like family.”
“This summer working at Courageous I was given the opportunity to determine my own personal strengths and weaknesses and set goals for myself which I was able to achieve thanks to all the love and support that is offered by everyone at Courageous. Being an IIT has helped me become a more mature person and now I am able to use skills I have learned at Courageous, like creative problem solving and working with others, in my everyday life.”
“My child seems more mature and responsible— I think from having to care for younger children. He was very concerned about arriving on time and not missing days. He’s also opened his own bank account and learned the importance of saving and spending wisely.”
|Age||8 to 12-years-old|
|Swim Requirement||None. Weak and non-swimmers welcome. Swimming classes are provided by the Charlestown YMCA and the Curtis Hall Community Center (Jamaica Plain).|
|Experience Requiment||No experience necessary. New sailors welcome.|
|Limits||One 3-week session per child per summer. Closed enrollment. Must be referred by a partnering school.|
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM*, Monday - Friday
*drop off begins at 8:00 AM at the Harvard-Kent School; 3:30 pick-up also from the Harvard-Kent; extended day option available [more info on extended day]
||Mon 07/07/14 - Thu 07/24/14; Tue 07/29/14 - Fri 08/15/14 (tentative)|
|Locations||Charlestown and Jamaica Pond (transportation is available for both locations)|
This three-weeks long program is a great way to introduce your child to Boston's waterways. The program is designed to build students' confidence around water, knowledge of water and boating safety, and appreciation of the natural environment.
As part of our Summer Sailing School, we operate two other summer programs: the Summer Learning Project (SLP) and SwimSailScience (SSS). Both programs specifically target Boston Public School students identified as being at risk for summer learning loss. The students in these programs receive transportation, two meals each day, and lessons in swimming, sailing, and science, all at no cost to their families. No prior sailing or swimming experience is necessary for students to attend. Unlike our "Step" programs, students must be referred by their schools in order to register. Past Boston Public School partners for the Summer Learning Project have included the Harvard-Kent, Warren-Prescott, Adams, Haley, and Young Achievers.
Note: Registration for the 2014 Summer Learning Project is closed. Registration for the 2014 Swim Sail Science program will be conducted at select Boston Publics Schools. Please return to this website in February 2014 for more information on which schools we will be working with.
From the Executive Director
When I joined Courageous in the summer of 2007 as the youth program racing coach, my biggest challenge was our youngest racer, Emily. Full of promise but short on attention span, she seemed to specialize in undoing the best-laid lesson plans. Whether off collecting jellyfish during chalktalks, or jumping out of her boat during a race to go for an unannounced swim, she had a knack for doing things her own way. There was no arguing with the amount of fun she was having, but it was not exactly the kind of race training I had in mind.
That summer, and every summer since, Courageous provided Emily with opportunities to grow and develop her skills–and she did. In 2011 she graduated from our Instructor-in-Training program, and just completed her second year as a full-fledged instructor. This season, when one of our younger students was struggling with some difficult issues in her life, she turned to Emily. It wasn't an easy situation, but Emily responded with sensitivity and maturity that made all the difference.
For me, seeing Emily grow through the Courageous program–becoming not just a great sailor but a role model, mentor, and teacher who is able to give back and make a difference in the lives of our youngest Courageous kids–is what it's all about. This fall, Emily just started her freshman year at URI, where she has–no surprise–joined the sailing team.
This summer was full of countless similar moments. There is a long, long list of Courageous kids– Maia, Matt, Adam, Colleen, Liz, Jack, Sara, Kayla, Alexis, Griffin, Morgan, Luke, Ian, Will, Mikaya, Kelsey, Amy, Anthony, Claire, Audrey, Leo, Kieran and so many more–who, in what feels like the blink of an eye, have become incredible leaders and role models.
This season we have so much to celebrate. We were again a major partner for the award-winning Boston Summer Learning Project. We received our biggest grant ever from the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, enabling us to dramatically improve our outreach to underserved communities and launch an exciting new program that combines swimming, sailing, and marine science classes for 60 rising fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from the nearby Harvard-Kent school in Charlestown.
As I head into my seventh year at Courageous and my second year as director, I am moved beyond words by the accomplishments of the Courageous community over the past 26 years. One person at a time, one act of generosity at a time, we have built one of the country's leading organizations dedicated to using sailing as a platform for growth, learning, and empowerment. I hope you will join me in continuing to support the Courageous mission.
Dave DiLorenzo, Executive Director