A Scout and his dad learn to kayak.
The WRC River Guides have been busy this summer - not only with membership river trips, but with activities designed especially for youth and families. WRC has offered several family-friendly urban paddles, appropriate for small children who can ride in canoes with their parents with plenty of supervision from WRC Guides keeping a close watch on everyone. These have become very popular trips: 31 people registered for our most recent Sunday Afternoon Paddle from Germantown to Walnut Grove. The urban Wolf River between Houston Levee and Walnut Grove Rd. is ideal for novice paddlers, for families with kids too young to attempt a longer upper Wolf trip, and for anyone wanting a river trip without a drive to Fayette County.
Guides have also provided paddling instruction to families on Father's Day and the weekend after, as well as to two groups of teens from Girls Inc., and to the Boy Scouts based at Springdale Elementary School and sponsored by Buckman. Thanks to Jim Gafford, Mike Dawkins, Charlie Bright and Kandy Bernskoetter for being so patient and attentive with our young paddling students! The kids were able to overcome initial fears, learn new skills and have a wonderful time...and the Scouts earned their merit badges in both canoeing and kayaking.
Mike and a happy young paddler.