From canoeing the mighty Huron River to Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Troop 8 at St. Thomas Church runs the most amazing year-round outdoor adventure and leadership program in the area.

Venture Whitewater Trip: The Adventure Park

The venture crew took a break from the usual adrenaline pumping kayaking and decided to hit up the adventure park. This adventure park is a watery paradise full of extreme blow up toys on a man-made lake with an absurd amount of kids running wild. Before the crew could hit the park they had to make a detour to the grocery store to resupply for the last couple days of the trip. It was an interesting adventure in attempting to buy food that could all fit in the one small cooler that they had left but they made it work! 

Venture Whitewater Trip: All New River

On Thursday the crew muscled camp into the the cars (with a little force as things were getting tight with the enormous amount of gear...aka 12+ kayaks) and headed out for the New River Gorge in West Virginia. It rained almost the whole day which was exciting because they were hoping that it would bring the water levels up. As we arrived at our new home at Ace Whitewater Kayaking center the buzz for the New river (pun inteneded) was palpable. We rested up right because the boys had to be down at the tent ready to go at 8:30am...let me tell you the stuggle was real.

Venture Whitewater Trip: Day 7, 8, 9 - Water, Water, Everywhere

Hi all, sorry again for the delay in updates. The past few days have been a whirlwind of white water activity. We started on Monday by whitewater rafting the upper yough. The upper yough is class 5 whitewater, meaning this is some of the meanest water the guys will experience all trip. We have awesome pictures from our outfitters, but they have lost the CD somewhere, so hopefully we will have those by the end of the trip. Everyone greatly enjoyed the trip, with Pike, Noah, and Evan providing some excitment by falling out of their raft and swimming some of the rapids.

Whitewater Trip: Day 6

Sorry for the delay in updates. In the confusion of the adults switching during the week, and the fact that both Nate and Mark have T-mobile, and therefore don't have service anywhere near the campsite, it's been a few days since we've been able to get an update it. The past few days have been filled with kayaking, logistics, fly fishing, and kayaking again. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait for photos because I can't get my laptop to connect with Bob's camera to transfer photos.

Whitewater Photos

A collection of photos from the whitewater trip so far, from Drew going down to Sir Thomas of the High Brace running River's End.   Check out the craziness!

Whitewater Day 3

Our intrepid whitewater crew spent yesterday evening back out on the water, practicing eskimo rolls and playing around in the small waves near town.   Nima joined brother Dawa in nailing a hands roll (an eskimo roll from underwater without using a paddle), and ShaneL adjusted to his better-fitting boat by running a Bob gauntlet of a few dozen rolls on each side while staying caalllmmmm.    All of the guys are looking really solid, and they must be holding up well to the pace of activities if they go out kayaking for a couple of hours after going kayaking for the day