The 1st Rockwood Scout troop was a recipient of the #RisingYouth community service grant, which we used to help offset costs for a white-water canoeing course, which would then enable us to safely clean up the Speed River.
The 1st Rockwood Scouts learned many new safety and canoeing skills at Paddler’s Coop, where we took our white-water canoeing course. The two-day training course took place on the Madawaska River. We all got wet on a chilly September day as we swam through a rapid to both show our instructor that we could swim and to experience the force of the water.
On the first day we learned about water and canoe safety as well as some paddling strokes. We ended the day with the excitement of paddling the lower Palmer rapid.
The second day dawned chilly and wet, but we were all stoked for a down river trip through 10 sets of rapids. Some of the paddlers got wet, but all had fun. Our new paddling skills allowed us to clean up the Speed River, which is close to home.
Strange waste can be found at the bottom of rivers… Even the younger members of our group, Cubs and Beavers, were inspired to help cleanup the river!
Next year we hope to continue to clean up the river. Thanks to #RisingYouth we were able to participate in this exciting and meaningful adventure!