2nd Annual Heritage Youth Sojourn (2017):
Youth on the River
Endless Mountains Heritage Region
Overview: We would like to cordially invite you to join the 2017 Heritage Youth Sojourn. This amazing trip will be hosted by the Endless Mountain Heritage Region. The trip will include students, teachers, and others from environmental and historical agencies from around the region. This trip is available for 5 students and one or two teachers from each high school in northeast PA. Students and teachers/chaperones should have an interest in the outdoors, in camping and kayaking, and in learning about their history, environment, and being a steward of the river. The goal of this trip is to educate students and educators from around the area about the environment, as well as its stewardship, ecology, wildlife, camping, kayaking, history and so much more. We will be staying in tents or rustic cabins, and students and teachers/chaperones need their own sleeping bags and camping gear. At the end of this three-day, two-night excursion, students will collaborate with each other to create a presentation for the community about their experiences and what they have learned.
Dates: May 12, 13, 14 2017
Day 1: Friday, May 12 – Arrive at Camp Lackawanna (1219 Vosburg Rd, Tunkhannock, PA 18657) 9:00 – 10:00: sign in. 9:30-11:00: kayakers will set up tents and prep for the day (make sure you take only what you will need.) If you are bringing your own kayak, it needs to be dropped off at EMO (Endless Mountain Outfitters in Sugar Run) before arriving at Camp Lackawanna. We will have a brief welcome speech/safety talk/and lunch to get us started from 11:00-12:00. At 12:00, we will take a bus and shuttle to EMO, the launch site for our first paddle (8 miles, to Laceyville, PA). We will be pulling up boats there and shuttled back to camp for the night. Once we get to camp, kayakers will clean up and get ready for dinner at 6:00, followed by a presentation from Hickory Edwards and the Onondaga Nation. Campfire and stories after. Lights out by 11.
DAY 2: Saturday, May 13 – Paddle 15 river miles: 7:00 A.M. wake up, Breakfast at 8:00, including a safety reminder and plan for the day. At 10:00 we shuttle to Laceyville and paddle the 15 miles to Camp Lackawanna. We will be stopping at the Meshoppen Launch for lunch. We will continue from there to Camp Lackawanna. The evening will consist of music, campfires after lights out at 12:00.
DAY 3: Sunday, May 14 – Paddle 7 river miles: We will be paddling from Camp Lackawanna to Tunkhannock. 7:00 A.M. wake up, breakfast at 8:00, including a safety reminder and plan for the day. We will be getting on the water by 9:00 and stopping at the Howland Preserve for a quick tour. At the end of the trip, students will put together and present different topics they have discussed while on the river.
ATTENTION: Bring your own drinking mug. No disposable mugs will be provided.
All times are influenced by river time and subject to change.
Trip is organized by the North Branch Water Trail and Endless Mountain Outfitters, Inc.
Canoe and kayak rentals & boat livery available
Join us for any part or the entire trip
All three Days Registration Fee $155.00
includes shuttles, meals, entertainment, educational programs, and safety crew