YOUTH PROGRAM 98
The summer of 1998 was the
second year of the Club's kayak introductory program for kids. The intent of this program
is to provide a kayaking experience for kids 11 to 18 years of age who's life
circumstances would likely not allow them the opportunity to try this exciting sport.
A group of experienced Club members trained in River Rescue and First Aide worked one on
one with eight to ten youths per session through three evenings of kayak introduction.
Starting with that first soaking in Chadburn lake, the youths learn to be upside down in
their kayak and do a wet exit. By the end of the third evening they're doing multiple runs
through the shoot at the intake on the Yukon River.
New this year was the involvement of the RCMP. Three of their members joined our group
of program leaders. Their experience with working with youth is a strong asset
to the program. Financial support was also provided by funding river rescue training. This
partnership will help ensure the longevity of the program. We look forward to working
together in the future.
A big thanks to all those who were involved with the planning and running of this program,
Vernon Beebe, Gord deBruyn, Bob and Marie Burrell, Wade Holmes, Sly Jack, Theresa Landman,
Rob Lewis, Jeff O'Farrell, Mary-Jane Oliver, Murray Scheck, Jim Tousignant, Ingrid Wilcox,
Jean-Michel Sauve and Eyvie Smith
Nathan Aasmen, Scott Burrel, Kevin Daffe, Jeff Faulkner, Ben Gibson, Owen Holmes, David
and Nathan Quinsey.
Wayne Foster, Leeanne Lind and Keith Ryzowski
If you have any interest in helping with this program or have any used paddling gear you
could donate, call John Quinsey at 668-4221.