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Kayaking Towards a Smile

Kayaking is located on Bravo Lake. From the Summit Center, head from the main entrance east towards the Big Zip landing, go across the dam on Bravo Lake, and the kayaking area is south on the trail. You’ll see the kayaks as soon as you get to the landing. You can’t miss them!

Bring clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. You can also bring shoes that can get wet, although you are not required to wear shoes in the kayaks. Nothing else is required. Even prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary. Kayaking is open to participants at all skill levels. The area has separate areas for beginners and advanced kayakers.

In the beginners area, staff members teach the basic strokes and quick kayak knowledge to get you on the water.

“You should go kayaking because there are less wait times than other venues,” so you get more time on the water, sooner, said Scott Wardrop, one of the instructors in the beginner area. “It’s also great for cooling off during the day.” You can get wet if you want, or you can stay relatively dry if you’re careful.

The advanced lake awaits Scouts whenever they are ready. Kayak games include Ultimate Frisbee, tag, and catch. “Basically, any game you can play on land we have adapted to play on water,” Wardrop said.

“We get a lot of first-time participants,” Wardrop said. The beginner area is recommended for learning the strokes and fundamentals, but in general it is not required to start off in the beginner area opposed to the advanced.

“Everyone is always loving it and living it,” Wardrop summed up. “When you go kayaking, you leave with a smile every time.”

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