Adult Canoe School — Centennial Edition
Upper Cumberland District Scouters: Adult Canoe School is August 6th – 8th. What is Adult Canoe School? Each year from 1976 the Hubert Bennett Junior Canoe School takes the Boy Scouts from the Upper Cumberland District on an exciting weekend of white water canoeing on the Hiwassee River. It is a weekend of training for the boys teaching them basic canoeist fundamentals enabling them to successfully paddle the Hiwassee River having fun and exposing them to an awesome sport.
So what is Adult Canoe School? This is an opportunity for Registered Adult Leaders to be trained in white water canoeing. We cover elements such as paddling equipment, paddling techniques, river terminology, river hazards, river rules, 1st aid/hypothermia and river rescues just to name a few. As an Adult Paddler you will be serving as a River Instructor on the river with the boys. Therefore, it’s imperative that your knowledge of white water canoeing, your confidence, and paddling abilities be proficient. Thus, Adult Canoe School was created to enable you to be a group leader on the river and possibly expose you to an awesome sport.
If you have been through the course but it’s been some time since you paddled you are encouraged to retake the course and get wet with the rest of us.
In order to participate in the 2010 HB Jr. Canoe School as a paddler the following pre-requisites must be met:
1. Every Adult participant must have taken the BSA swim test in the past year, and must qualify as a “swimmer”. (If you can’t swim-you can’t rescue a boy!)
2. Completed Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training in the past 24 months. http://olc.scouting.org/
3. Classroom/Lake Training July 29th@City Lake 5:30pm – 8:30pm
4. River Training on the Hiwassee River Aug. 6th – 8th. Detailed information will be sent to registries.
5. Register for the course by emailing Tom Lamb @ email@example.com or call and leave a message at 854-0223 with your name, Troop/Crew #, position in BSA.
6. I will send you a separate email of the gear you will need to bring.