Classic Sailing Camp
We teach the basics of sailing: parts of the boat and rigging, capsize recovery, boat handling, tacking, jibing, and points of sail. Learning to sail then serves as the foundation on which we teach Self-Esteem. Self-esteem is a skill, like sailing, which we’re not born with, but can be learned, and must be practiced in order to maximize! And in teen culture, today, we MUST BE TEACHING! And so we bookend each day reflecting on and talking about how applying the lessons learned about sailing can be applied to navigating the stormy seas of youth.
ABLE to Sail uses that pesky “no-wind” time to empower our youth by using the metaphors of sailing to change the negative mental chatter that causes depression, anxiety, excessive ‘screen-time,’ and ultimately leads teens to participate in high-risk behaviors like Drugs, Alcohol, Self-Harm. Isolationism, and Suicidal Ideations.
Based on pre- and post- surveys, our sailors report an 81% increase in pride, self-esteem, and belief in their place in the world.
- Union Reservoir, Longmont
- Ages 12 – 18
- Monday – Thursday
- 10AM – 4PM
- Friday of the same week is Make-up Day
So, How many times can I, or should I, attend “Classic” ABLE To Sail?
As many as you’d like! There’s no limit. It’s where you gain experience, both sailing and in celebrating yourself! Each week of ABLE To Sail is different, for many reasons- weather and the particular kids are but two of the factors. No two days of ABLE To Sail are the same, thus, no two weeks are either. Beyond the evolving emotional insights gained about thought patterns and changing that negative mental chatter, each camp is simply where you gain sailing experience!
However, the biggest factor is that ABLE To Sail will be different, because your child is different than they were a year ago. For example, the move from middle school to high school is often harsh -though maybe not nearly as cruel as the evolution from elementary to middle school, where, for many, their first experience of bullying, judgment, exposure to the cruelty of social media, the first loss of friends and the anxiety of needing to be in the “in crowd,” in order to avoid the awful sting of betrayal and abandonment, where peer approval and the desperation to belong – to do ANYTHING to BELONG, first irrevocably rears it’s painful head. Thus, it is in their formative teen years that they form the foundation of belief systems and thought patterns that will follow them throughout their lives.
Even though the “motivational/inspirational,” message that we deliver remains essentially the same, it reaches them completely differently than it did just one year ago. As a grown up you may have the experience of a reading and re-reading a favorite book that, with each reading, new things jump out that you SWEAR weren’t there before! But now, because of your life experience, their relativity becomes pertinent and personally applicable. Thus is the experience of attending ABLE To Sail’s Classic Camp summer after summer. It goes with, and grows with you, supporting each and every new facet of navigating youth!