468 (7/22/09)

     A correction on the numbers I presented last week:  we have had 51 kids involved in Trail Guards so far this year, 30 of whom have been fairly active, with a  weekly average of 20 kids supervised by 6 adults.

     The park is looking great, and the kids will be rewarded again this Saturday with our 12th annual Canoe and Kayak Picnic Cruise to First Island, on beautiful Lake Koronis.

     This fun day of paddling, swimming, hiking, and picnicking is for Trail Guards of all ages, and anyone who likes to paddle is welcome to join us.  Please meet us on the water between Koronis Ministries and the island around 10:00am Saturday morning.  We will be furnishing lunch at 11:30am, and returning to our bus by 1:00pm.

     The kids love to paddle kayaks, but we only have three, and two of them are in very poor condition.  If anyone has a kayak to lend us, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please give me a call at 320-250-0464.

     We are just three and a half weeks from our annual five-day Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness canoe/camping trip.  The dilemma this year is that sixteen kids signed up, but only seven can go.  We are happy to see that level of interest, and will be using our point system to make the final cut.

     The BWCA is a unique place, and offers a unique opportunity for youth.  The million acre wilderness has been preserved, for the most part, in a natural and pristine condition.  With the exception of the larger motorized lakes, a visit there is like a journey back in time--each entry point a portal to the past.

     Paddling silently on water clean enough to drink, portaging on trails used for centuries by Native Americans and French trappers, and camping at primitive sites in virgin forests untouched by human development affects kids and adults alike in a profound and positive way.  It can change the way they look at our world and how we use it, and become a lasting reminder of their place in it.

     Thanks to our supporters for making these opportunities available to our area youth.