Reap The Benefits

An important component of a successful sailing program is a structured awards system. Although some camps hesitate to implement a program in which not all campers receive recognition, the benefits outweigh the negatives. For example, an awards program motivates campers to further develop their sailing skills and knowledge. Establishing and incorporating a systematic and age-appropriate program also ensures superior instruction, accountability and interest. Getting Started Whether the program lasts for a day, week, or entire season, start by assessing the …

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One comment on “Reap The Benefits

  1. Dave Peterson on said:

    While some camps are reluctant to adopt formal awards programs, they are an excellent measure of progress and accomplishment for campers based on well established teaching progressions. Many, if not most governing boards of the activities found in camps have long provided this format and structure – Red Cross Swimming, US Sailing, CMP Riflery Programs, NAA Archery Programs, etc…

    As Daniella and Garran nicely point out, you don’t have to adopt the national programs but can set up your own awards based on the duration of camp and levels of learning. They are however great models for what is considered important knowledge and skills for those activities.

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