Guess what time it is? Yes, that's right kids, it's time for the anual Troop 8 canoeing sequence. Remember, the good old times of intentionally trying to drown your fellow scouts, while simultaneously trying your best to keep your canoe upright? Yes. We will be back at Gallup (the canoe livery, not the movie) to relive the fun from all of the previous years. For all of the less observant scouts, Argo Canoe Livery is in Ann Arbor (your home town) on the beautiful (*cough*cough) Huron River.
We will be learning/practicing many of the basic canoe strokes such as the front stroke, backstroke, J-stroke, draw stroke and the pry stroke. Along with some more complicated skills such as overturning a flipped canoe. You will be in the water quite often (not always intentionally) so you will need to bring clothes that can get wet(non-cotton). No need to worry if you are a non-swimmer, we will all be wearing lifejackets. It is also very easy to get dehydrated when we are on the river, so you should make sure to bring a water bottle, preferably one which can somehow attach to the boat to avoid it floating off.
These meetings are in preperation for the weekend canoe trip to the Pine River up north. The Pine River is MUCH faster moving than the Huron which is why we need people to be good canoers before we head up there. Because of this we need everybody to either go on all four of the canoe nights or the flatwater day (preferably both). After that you will have to then go on either the moving water day or the overnight to go on the final trip.