Junior Program Overview/ Frequently Asked Questions
The 2017 Summer Junior Program will run from Monday, June 12th through Friday, August 25th, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (the week of August 25th will run from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM). Membership signup will begin in early February. The Junior Program is open to ANY child who is between the ages of 10 – 17 and can swim 75 yards independently. The Junior Program membership fee is on a sliding scale between $1-$300. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out our application form online.
The Junior Program has two main components: classes and open sailing. Classes are typically five-day classes that are geared toward varying levels of sailing experience. The majority of our classes are two and a half hours long, although some are shorter, and classes start at different times throughout the day.
When students are not in a class, they are free to participate in open sailing. All junior members have membership cards that keep track of their “ratings”, which tell our instructors what boats they have demonstrated skills in and in what conditions. If they do not yet have the rating to go out sailing on their own they can sign up to go out for informal instruction, and they will then go out with another junior sailor who is more experienced than them.
The Junior Program operates during the following hours:
All youth who turn 10 before August 31, and who do not turn 18 before the first day of the Junior Program.
You can sign your child up online by going to our Junior Program portal. Membership applications can also be filled out in our Front Office during open hours. Youth need to be signed up for the Junior Program Summer membership, and need to be signed up for classes.
Any YMCA will administer the swim test by appointment. Simply call up your local YMCA and let them know you need written proof that your child can swim 75 yards. They will schedule a test for you and provide the “letter on pool letterhead”for you to complete registration.
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No- and our Junior and Adult Programs operate during different hours. However, if an adult purchases an Adult Program membership and achieves their Mercury Yellow rating, they can bring their children down as guests during Adult Program hours if they have guest privileges.
It is not mandatory for a junior member to attend all weeks of the program. They can attend as many as they can fit into their summer schedule.
We are not able to accommodate special requests for class signups, and you can only sign up a child that is tied to your parent account. However, many parents are able to sign their children up together by coordinating with each other prior to sign up.
Our full price membership fee is $300 for the summer, however we award scholarships based on our sliding scale system. This system takes into account total household income, family size, and employee health benefits. If you would like to apply for a scholarship you can do so using our online system and you can find out automatically what scholarship you may be eligible for. Classes are all included in membership; there is no additional class fee. Due to high demand, however, there is no way to guarantee that space will always be available in a given class.
We are not a camp, so kids are free to come and go from our building as they please (with the exception of when they are in class and being supervised directly by the instructor). For this reason, it is important to pre-arrange pick-up with your child. When junior members are on the water, dockstaff monitor sailors for safety and keep track of who is on the water in our member database. Junior members are also welcome to spend time on the dock, eat lunch, and hang out with their friends. Only Junior members and CBI staff are allowed on the dock during Junior Program hours.
In order to sign a child up for classes, you first need to purchase them their 2017 summer Junior Program membership. After purchasing this membership, all classes are included with no extra charge. Classes will begin opening for signup on March 1 at 12 noon, and we will open another round of sign up on May 1 at noon.
The first class is the Learn to Sail class. This class will include an extensive orientation to CBI and the program’s policies. By the end of this week your child will understand everything they need to know to participate in the Junior Program. They will also be on the water every day. We try very hard to keep them active, in the sun, and having fun. They will all get a chance to sail our beginner boat on their own, without an instructor! The next class you should sign your child up for is Mainsail. In this class their sailing skills will develop and instructors will evaluate them for correct sailing position, and smooth tacks and gybes. The instructor will still incorporate many fun games and activities into every class, however, even as the children are working on their sailing skills.
Almost every student who takes Learn to Sail and who does not have a disciplinary or attendance issue will pass. However, this is not the case for the other classes. In the other classes, the instructor evaluates their skills closely, and will only pass them if they feel they will be ready to sail on their own in heavier winds. It can take 3, 4, or 5 times for a child to pass these classes, and this is completely normal and expected. At the end of a week of class, they can either sign up for that class again or if they pass they can sign up for the next class. We specifically stagger the opening of these classes so they do not all fill at the beginning of the summer. More classes will open as the summer goes on so that children will not end up being blocked out of a class.
We do not administer the swim test at our facility, however we ask that all junior members possess a form of swim proof. This swim proof must state that a child can swim 75 yards without stopping. You can sign your child up for the swim test at any YMCA by appointment. We also accept the Red Cross Level V swimming certificate, a Boy/Girl Scout swimming merit badge, or a letter stating swimming ability signed by a lifeguard on pool or school letterhead.
If your child is a new member, we will actually hold on to their membership card for them until their first day at CBI, where their instructor will have their card. If they are a returning member, their hard plastic black and yellow membership card is still usable, so please have them bring that. If they don’t have last year’s card, the first card they receive this year will be complementary. After this point, replacement cards are $2 each.
Unfortunately, we do not offer busing and there is no parking at our facility. We are on a state park and are unable to add parking on to our building- we apologize for the inconvenience! The easiest way to get to CBI is by public transportation; we are a two minute walk from the Charles/MGH stop on the MBTA red line. If your child is comfortable taking the T on their own to get to CBI, we recommend they do that. If you are coming by car, you will not be able to park. However, you can drop your child off at Charles circle at the steps of the footbridge, and they can walk over. You can also park in 15 minute parking near the intersection of Charles St. and Cambridge St. if you would like to walk over with them. Please do not park in the Savenor’s or John Jeffries House Parking lot- that is a private lot and your car may be towed.
A change of clothes
A re-usable water bottle
Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
A lock to lock up their belongings with using one of our day lockers
Their membership card and $2 to buy a replacement card
We do not allow any adults on the dock during Junior Program hours, no exceptions. We will offer family sail days throughout the summer, when parents and relatives can come down and go sailing with their junior sailor, and get a chance to tour the facility and docks.
Firstly- did your child attend every class session? If they did not it is very difficult for them to get enough practice to pass their class, and it is also very difficult for the instructor to have enough time to evaluate their skills. If they did attend every class, do not worry. Many children end up taking a class many times before they pass. We are rather strict about giving out ratings—because of our open sailing program. Once your son/daughter receives their rating they will be able to sail on their own outside of a class AND they will be able to take other juniors out sailing with them, who might not yet have their rating. All of our instructors use the same curriculum to evaluate the sailors, however they are aware that many sailors take the classes more than once, and they make sure to switch up drills and games so the class is not repetitive from week to week.
Depending on the situation, your son/daughter may be eligible for a higher level class. Please contact our Junior Program Director, Carol Hesson, at [email protected] and we will figure out what class is the right fit for your son/daughter.
Unfortunately, no. We have a membership based payment system so that all sailors are able to continue to come down and use our sailboats, kayaks, and paddle-boards throughout the summer. Many youth in our program are only able to attend 1 or 2 weeks of sailing based on summer schedules, but surveyed parents have stated the price is a bargain for the quality of instruction their child receives! Also- please do not hesitate to apply for a scholarship- the form can be filled out and a scholarship amount can be generated immediately online.
We do not provide lunch. We recommend that your child brings a lunch if they plan to spend the day at CBI. We have vending machines that contain light snacks.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to give the front office a call at 617-523-1038, or feel free to email the Junior Program Director, Carol Hesson at [email protected]