Sign Up for the Summer Youth Program

Every year Courageous serves 1,000 youth from the Boston area. We are working hard to expand our capacity and have been able to provide substantially more hours of sailing per child in recent years. Still, we receive more applications than we are able to fulfill.

  • Steps To Lead

    Registration is via a lottery to provide equal access to all families, regardless of their ability to pay. The lottery is now closed. Confirmation forms will be sent out by April 1st.

    Learn more

  • Swim Sail Science

    Registration is limited to students identified as being eligible for the program from Harvard-Kent, the Eliot, Orchard Gardens, and Warren Prescott.

    Learn more

Scholarship Information

Full scholarships ($0 class fees) are available to families on government assistance or with a household income of less than $70,000.

Partial scholarships (~50% discount) are available to those with a household income between $70,000 and $140,000.

Note: If your income puts you in a fee bracket that you can’t afford, we will work with you so that your children will be able to attend.

There is no separate scholarship application form – it is included in the lottery entry form. Please review the Summer Youth Sailing FAQ for additional information or contact Toni Sacco, Youth Program Director at with any questions.

Program Fees

Courageous Sailing is committed to providing high-quality sailing programs to youth in the Boston area regardless of their ability to pay.

In the last few years, we’ve made major investments to grow our capacity – enabling a 21% increase in available program spots last summer alone. We’ve done this while improving program quality, keeping the majority of our classes three weeks in duration, and maintaining one of the lowest students to instructor ratios among Boston-area youth programs.

The big investments we’re most excited about include:

  • 12 new RS Quest dinghies for Pier 4 and Jamaica Pond
  • Growing our Step 2 capacity by 36% in 2016
  • Growing our IIT program from 15 to 20 young instructors
  • Doubling our acceptance rate of new applicants in 2016 compared to 2015
  • Introducing programming at UMass Boston in Dorchester in 2016

In order to help us continue to provide opportunities for all current students, and increase capacity to accept new students, over the next few years we will gradually increase class fees to better offset our real costs per student (currently $600 per week). We remain committed to providing sailing programs to youth regardless of ability to pay, which means:

  • Scholarships continue to be readily available for all who qualify. Learn more
  • We do not want this increase in class fees to be a barrier for any new or returning student. We are committed to working with every family to ensure that your children will be able to attend
  • The registration and lottery process for admittance to the Courageous Sailing Summer youth programs is “Need-Blind.” This means that admission, in no respect, is based on ability to pay

By helping us to cover the true costs of programming, we will be able to direct more of our fundraising efforts to the following capacity-building priorities:

  • Grow our capacity by increasing class offerings at UMB in Dorchester
  • Purchase the dinghies we’ll need in the coming years to accommodate the growing number of advanced sailors
  • Replace our aging fleet with new boats
  • Raise instructor wages to more competitive rates
  • Purchase a fleet of boats for UMB

Please don’t hesitate to contact Toni, Youth Program Director at 617-242-3821 or with any questions, concerns, or if the fee bracket you fall in is a barrier to participation.

2017 Youth Program Fees
Class Cost per week Class Fee Partial scholarship Full scholarship Admin fee
Step 1 (4-day) $250 $250 $125 $0 $10
Step 1 (5-day) $275 $275 $130 $0 $10
Step 2 $242 $725 $360 $0 $10
Step 3 $242 $725 $360 $0 $10
Step 4 $250 $750 $375 $0 $10
Step 5 $250 $750 $375 $0 $10
JP1 (4-day) $250 $250 $125 $0 $10
JP1 (5-day) $275 $275 $130 $0 $10
JP2 $250 $500 $250 $0 $10
Extended Day Fees
Cost per student per class Partial scholarship Full scholarship
Extended day $30 $15 $0