At a typical camp the kids would arrive at 9, and we would try to have them out paddling by 9:30 or 10, with some time in the morning for stretches, or a warm-up. Some days we would play team-building games, or go to the soccer field across the street from our club for a game or two, so that the kids aren't over-whelmed. Kids need a bit of variety in their day, as paddling for 7 hours is not really possible for a newbie. We would have lunch in our clubhouse (bring your own bag lunch) and the kids would be out and active again by 1 pm. They would all get a chance to try kayaking, and may get to try competitive canoeing (high-kneel style, like in the olympics) if they want to. It's a little tough to describe a 'typical' day, as every day would be different. We might take them swimming one day, if the weather was bad, or paddle to the Bridge Drive- In if the weather is good. It really depends on the weather, and the level of motivation that the kids have to paddle. If they are excited to do lots of paddling, then we will be do so, if they would rather play dodge-ball in kayaks (one of our paddle games) then we do more of that. We feel that it is important to be flexible, and to take kids tastes into account.
Also, our club is located at 80 Churchill Drive.
Daniel Manitoba Paddling A.
Mar 13, 2012