Courageous annually serves over 1,000 children, ages 8 to 18, out of three sailing venues in the City of Boston: Charlestown Navy Yard, Jamaica Pond, and Camp Harbor View. At our headquarters on Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, we operate a "five-step" summertime sailing school program that takes students from "Learn-to-Sail" through "Instructor-in-Training" programs. Each Step in our curriculum includes sailing instruction, environmental education, and leadership training components. The Charlestown site also hosts two programs that provide free sailing and science programming to Boston Public School students. We operate similar though smaller-scale programs at both Jamaica Pond and Camp Harbor View.
We invite you to browse this site to find out more about our summertime and school-year offerings.
Never been sailing? Get ready for the ultimate adventure! In just one lesson you'll be out on the water. If you like it—which we're sure you will—before long you'll be skippering a boat, racing on a team, or cruising around the harbor islands. If you stick with it, one day you could even be a Courageous instructor! While you're on the water, you're going to learn lots about the environment and get to practice some pretty important life skills, too. From fishing off our pier to overnight island camping trips, you'll be having fun on adventure after adventure, all year long!
Read the website and still have questions? Email your questions to Ashton Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-242-3821.
Courageous' first volunteer was Harry McDonough who summoned a small group of volunteers to get the resources and support necessary to create Courageous Sailing Center in 1987. Today, volunteers can help with a variety of tasks at Courageous, especially in preparation for the busy summer season. Courageous schedules "Work Parties" where volunteer work crews help Courageous prepare boats for the season, spruce up the boathouse, etc. Volunteers also contribute to our "Guest Coach" program and not only coach our racing program for a day but also talk about how sailing made a difference in their lives and careers.
Corporate Service Days
Courageous also hosts Corporate Work Days. Many local companies have donated their employees' time to complete important projects for Courageous. Companies have found this to be a fabulous teambuilding activity and a way to connect to the local community.
Adopt A Boat
New for 2009, volunteers may "adopt a boat" at Courageous. Adopted boats will carry signs noting that the boat has been adopted by the volunteer and thanking them for helping to keep it clean, safe, fully equipped and functioning properly. Volunteers will ocassionally check on the boat, clean or make minor repairs as needed and report issues to the fleet manager. The following boats have been adopted for the 2009 season (more boats are available for adoption - please email John for more information!):
|Name (Thank you!)||Boat|
|Ed Marcus||J/22 (Endorphin)|
|Paul Weisman & Michele Simos||Ranger 23 (Midnight Special)|
|Jess Gormley & Marc Anthony||Rhodes 19 No. 16|
|Becky Wheatland||Rhodes 19 No. 2|
|Katy Capo & Bryan Lee||TBD|
|Camerine MacBeill & Mark Racine||J/22 No. 31|
|James Parmentier||Rhodes 19 No. 26 (Black Topsides)|
|Your Name Here||Many More Available!|