This past weekend we had our first meeting. We went over some basic white water terms and paddle strokes that we will use to navigate the Parent and Coppermine River safely this summer. We will be using those strokes and skills constantly when we are on the river, and it is a practice we will learn to perfect. 

Late in the meeting we planned our menu. Many of the kids had a pretty good idea of what they like and disliked from their previous trips. This allowed for the menu to be planned quickly. The biggest issue for most of the kids was just to make sure we have enough food as they all have the memory of constant hunger from their hard working creating such high caloric needs. 

We will be hitting the river this week and begin to use the skills we learned and put them into real practical use. It will be fun to see the Mississippi after this week of rain. It should provide pretty realistic practice for the upcoming summer. I am looking forward to getting things really moving, as school ends for most of the kids.

Austin