BELMAR, NJ — Registration now is open for the Friends of the Belmar Harbor’s Junior Sailing and Discovery Camp programs.

Open to youngsters age 8 to 18, the Junior Sailing Program offers both introductory and advanced courses, matching students of similar experience in a boat that is appropriate to them in terms of physical size, strength and ability.

The curriculum, led by certified instructors, focuses on safety, fun and learning, adhering to U.S. Sailing Association standards.

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The Shark River Discovery Camp gives youngsters age 7 and older the opportunity to experience the river’s ecosystem. Camp activities may include kayaking, eco-arts and crafts, Menger Cat sailing, learning to understand tides and currents, a beach clean-up, starfish hunting, swimming and more.

Both the Junior Sailing Program and Shark River Discovery Camp are five-day offerings held from June 26 to September 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $250 for the Junior Sailing Program (except for the shortened Fourth of July week, which is $200). Cost is $200 for the Shark River camp (except for the shortened Fourth of July week, which is $160.) Visit to register for either program.

The Friends of the Belmar Harbor (FOBH) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit educational organization that promotes the health and vitality of the Shark River Bay. It provides the local community, including “youths and families of limited means, abilities or opportunities” with adventures in competitive and recreational sailing, kayaking, ecosystem tours, shoreline cleanups and related activities that are accessible, affordable and fun.

Earlier this year, FOBH received a $1,000 grant from Investors Foundation to help maintain its fleet for the upcoming season. The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Investors Bank, supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of people in their community.

Since its founding in 2000, FOBH has trained nearly 6,000 young people in Monmouth and Ocean counties in sailing and experiencing the wonders of the Shark River Bay.