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A Unique Learning Environment

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you so much for your help in bringing sailing to kids who wouldn’t have been able to do so otherwise. Every summer, we as instructors get to see how these kids get excited and grow as people through sailing. It’s such a unique sport having both a physical and mental aspect to it. We really see young kids thrive …

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A Fantastic Learning Environment

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you so much for your support towards Courageous. Because of people like you, we can continue providing a fantastic learning environment for an amazing group of kids. I have only been working at Courageous for two weeks, but it has been two weeks that were packed with fun. In the time I have been working here, the kids have …

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Begging for More

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you for supporting Courageous Sailing! This was my first summer at Courageous and I feel I’ve gotten a deep understanding and developed an appreciation for the program. It is incredible to give these children the opportunity to spend time on the water so early in their lives. I started sailing a bit later in my childhood and it has …

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Growing Confidence

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you very much for your generous support of Courageous Sailing. This is my first year working with Courageous and I am absolutely amazed at all of the good that Courageous does, none of which would have been possible without your support. Learning sailing is one thing, but the skills students learn at Courageous are so much more. They are …

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An Experience to Remember

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer at Courageous has been wonderful! I’ve gotten to connect with so many kids and hear so many stories. In particular, I’ve seen a huge turnaround in the confidence and independence in many of the kids I’ve instructed. They feel so much more comfortable on the water and working together. They’ve even started expressing themselves more towards each other …

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Perseverance at its Finest

In Youth by Ashton Smith

Sailing needs wind but sometimes at Jamaica Pond, wind can disappear. So on days that we hop into sailboats and float around the pond, we instructors become creative in ways to entertain our kids on limited space. Water fights, music, sailing songs, tag, and I spy can only last for so long. So when we’ve burned out all ideas of …

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All About Learning

In Youth by Ashton Smith

My favorite day at Courageous was when I took Step 2 to the aquarium. Step 2 is absolutely amazing and they are so interested in learning new things. I remember their faces as we walked into the Aquarium, they were full of happiness and eager to learn. Two other instructors and I took the kids to go see their favorite …

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Working Together

In Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer with Save the Harbor Save the Bay we pulled up lobster traps every week. There was one lobster trap at the very end of the dock that had not been pulled up all summer and we decided that we wanted to try it. It proved to be very difficult as multiple instructors tried pulling it up numerous times. …

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Developing More Than Sailors

In Youth by Ashton Smith

My time here at Courageous has been such an incredible experience. Not only for the amazing staff who help the program run so well but also for the students which we have had the privilege to teach. The kids have made work seem like a past-time as it has been so enjoyable and rewarding just to watch them grow in …

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A World of Imagination

In Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer, one particular afternoon with three girls, all around 8 and 9 years old, reminded me exactly how it felt to be a kid. At Jamaica Pond, we have a sometimes friendly, sometimes evil Pond Monster. I told my kids about him and had a little more fun than normal telling them stories about my encounters with the Pond …