Troop 1577 had perfect weather for a canoe trip over Memorial Day weekend. Two members of Crew 1577 also joined on the trip.
Starting at Paw Paw Tunnel campground, we paddled to Stickpile campsite along the C&O Canal on Day 1, and then to Little Orleans on Day 2.
Most of the Troop members had never paddled this far before. This trip had unfortunately been cancelled for three years due to COVID, unsafe water levels or other weather-related issues. Most had never paddled in the stern, so it was an opportunity for many Scouts and adults to learn how to steer.
To retain the Troop’s canoe skills, we had run a series of beginner paddling sessions on Reston lakes. This allowed the Scouts to learn basic safety and form, if not endurance. We also did a clean-up of the shoreline by canoe.