June & July Canoe Camp for Kids 13 to 17

If your teen loves being outdoors and has always wanted to learn how to canoe, here's a great opportunity.

The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) is offering five, one-week canoe camps this summer. Kids ages 13 to 17 will learn best canoeing practices and techniques as well the importance of caring for our environment.

(NOTE: Tweens 9 to 12 are also welcome if accompanied by an adult.)

The program is being offered over five weeks: June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, and July 14-18, and July 21-25. Campers meet at Arkwings Center, 2934 James Road, 38127. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is provided.

The cost is free to campers who attend during the June camps and $125 per person for the July dates, thanks to funding from the Plough Foundation.

WRC's Director of Education Cathy Justis is one of several camp instructors. All are expert paddlers and have taught canoeing to beginners. Justis says students will have a chance to paddle at a variety of locations, including Poplar Lake at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, the Wolf River, and Patriot Lake at Shelby Farms, where they can also try out paddle boarding and kayaking.

"One of the most difficult part of canoeing is working with a partner," says Justis. "This is a great thing for kids to learn."

All participants will be required to wear life jackets when on the water. In addition, bug repellant, sunscreen, and first aid items will be available. Don't miss out on a great way to enjoy our living waters. To learn more about WRC's canoe camp, go here.


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