Help your kids learn a new skill while they explore the beautiful waterways of Central Oregon.
Do you have a child ages 8 – 16 that loves playing in the water? Start them whitewater kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding at a young age and they will have the skills they need to succeed at some of the most enjoyable watersports around.
Tumalo Creek is offering six four-day camps this summer, two weeks of SUP and four weeks of kayaking. Cost is $225.
Kids Yak – A – Tak (Whitewater Kayak camps):
July 23 – 26
Aug 6 – 10
Aug 20 – 23
Aug 27 – 30
Kids SUP – A – Tak (Stand Up Paddlingboarding camps):
July 16 – 19
July 13 – 16
The sessions run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thursday (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Kayakers will spend the first day at Elk Lake learning basic paddle strokes and playing kayaking games to improve skills. On the second day, students will learn rolling techniques and self-rescues in our heated pool behind the shop, and then move on to the Deschutes River to practice bracing. Kids will learn to control their boat in moving current and to ferry from one side of the river to another on Wednesday. Paddlers will spend their final day of camp out on the McKenzie River bringing all their skills together and enjoying one of the most beautiful stretches of river in Central Oregon.
Please watch our YouTube video about the Yak-A-Tak experience produced and photographed by our excellent kayak instructor Steven Gleason:
Do you have a child ages 8 – 16 that loves playing in the water? Start them off kayaking or stand up paddleboarding at a young age and they will have the skills they need to succeed at some of the most enjoyable watersports around. Whether they want to run the ‘gnar in their kid-sized whitewater kayaks or explore some of Central Oregon’s most pristine waterways by stand up paddleboard, Tumalo Creek’s got an awesome selection of four-day camps offered throughout July and August that are sure to fit your child’s interest and ability level, all for an affordable $295.
Yak-A-Tak Whitewater Camp
If they dream of whitewater, the Yak-A-Tak Kids Whitewater Camp is offered July 23 – 26 and August 20 – 23. Paddlers will practice their roll in an outdoor pool and then move onto stroke technique and reading currents right here on the Deschutes or up at Elk Lake. The last day, kids who are ready will be challenged to run a manageable Class II section of a nearby river.
Yak-A-Tak Flatwater Camp
Our Yak-A-Tak Flatwater Camp is for young paddlers who are more interested in the views and getting a little exercise than a big adrenaline rush. This program is offered August 6 – 9 and August 27 – 30, and kids can look forward to exploring secret river trails and pristine alpine lakes, while aquiring all the skills they need to paddle their own boat on the next family outing.
Stand Up Paddleboard Camp
Stand Up Paddleboarding has made a big splash in Bend and you can bet your kids are hip to the trend. Sign ‘em up for Tumalo Creek’s Stand Up Paddleboarding Camp, offered July 16 – 19 and August 13 – 16, and they’ll come home with improved stroke technique, board balance, and they might even pick up a few boarding tricks!
The sessions run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Daily destinations will depend on the camp and the ability level of the paddlers. Tumalo Creek will provide all transportation and gear, but students should pack a lunch and lots of healthy snacks. Please see our website for suggested clothing.
Here is a cool YouTube video about the Yak-A-Tak experience produced and photographed by our excellent kayak instructor Steven Gleason:
This year Stream Stewardship Day takes place on June 8, 2012 at Riverbend Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a special day organized by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council where stewards of all ages are encouraged to come on down and get their hands dirty and feet wet. Come help clean up our beautiful rivers and parks!
Throughout the day volunteers can expect to engage in a wide range of activities from removing invasive weeds, spreading compost around riparian plants and removing instream debris.
The crew from Tumalo Creek as well as members of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance will be there all day and we look forward to cleaning up the river with you! To get involved contact Kolleen Yake at 541.382.6103 x33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.