Learn to Kayak (C/S/A) 8/17/24
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Date: Sat Aug 17, 9:00 AM CDT - Sat Aug 17, 12:00 PM CDT
  • Outdoor
  • Cadettes,
  • Seniors,
  • Volunteers,
  • Ambassadors

This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of kayaking in a comfortable setting and at a relaxed pace. You will learn about proper strokes and paddling technique and get the chance to practice these new skills on a beautiful, local waterway. REI's expert guides will also teach the basics of water safety, trip planning, and how to have an enjoyable time on the water. This is a great way to build a new skill set or improve upon what you already know about kayaking.
As with all water activities, Girl Scouts should be strong swimmers to participate.
Please arrive 15-20 minutes for check in. Bring a filled up reusable water bottle. Pack energy snacks for the morning.REI provides sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and all necessary safety equipment with 2 dry bags for the group to share. Most kayaks used in this experience can accommodate up to 350 pounds. Two additional kayaks have a 500-pound limit. Life jackets, or PFDs (personal flotation devices), can fit a chest range of 30-56 inches. REI rates this class as "easy active" - great for newcomers to outdoor adventures who are ready to move.

Location: Jessica Hollis Park, Austin

Special Instructions: This is a DROP OFF event, however, we require a certain number of safety-wise adults in order for the event to happen. Please plan to drop off your registered Girl Scout with drop off forms submitted at check in.  Please fill out the Drop-Off & Release Form and bring it with you. This form can be found in the My Events section of your MyGS account by clicking on the event and scrolling to the Additional Documentation section. If you are able to volunteer, please register into one of the adult spots. If enough adults are not registered by the registration closed date, this event may need to be cancelled. GSCTX requires any adult participating with a troop or attending an event as a Girl Scout adult volunteer to have a current year Girl Scout membership, a current/eligible criminal background check (CBC), and have completed GSCTX youth protection training. 

Badge/Patch: Senior Paddling and fun patch will be given out at the event.

Contact for registration questions: customercare@gsctx.org

Several days prior to the event, you will receive a final confirmation email from our girl experience team with any additional information you need. If you do not receive this email, please contact customercare@gsctx.org. Please also make sure to go to My Events in your MyGS account to see required waivers and forms for this event. Please make sure that @gsctx.org is on your approved senders list to prevent these emails from going to spam.