Young Leaders ORCKA Canoe Camp

Fra CAD 1.150,00 CA$
  • Varighed: 6 Dage (Ca.)
  • Sted: Palmer Rapids, ON
  • Produkt kode: YLOC6
This six-day adventure leadership camp is a unique opportunity for teens to obtain world-class paddling certifications and forge life-long friendships in the context of an unforgettable backcountry whitewater canoe trip.  Our guides are ORCKA Instructors, and offer flatwater paddling instruction designed to turn beginners into effective paddlers while gaining valuable canoe tripping experience.  During this canoe trip on the Lower Madawaska River, paddlers will obtain Basic Canoeing - Tandem certification up to Level 3 (the highest level) as well as Canoe Tripping Level 1, and possibly Canoe Tripping Level 2.

A canoe trip is a perfect opportunity folks to learn about themselves and others, while connecting with nature.  They upgrade their skills of self-reliance and determination, time management and communication all while achieving goals that will serve as personal touchstones in the face of life's obstacles.      

Backcountry canoe tripping with The Land is also a great opportunity to learn how to be an instrumental member of a team.  Canoe tripping requires constant teamwork to travel safely and swiftly, and group dynamics quickly becomes a crucial factor in the trip's success.  

Finally, the natural and cultural heritage of the landscape and waterways of this premier training river offers a perfect occasion for paddlers to connect with nature, through water, fire, wild edible foraging, spotting a far-off galaxy, or gliding silently alongside a moose and her calf.  

In addition to these learning objectives, our paddlers will seriously improve their canoe skills!

ORCKA Basic Canoeing - Tandem Levels 1-3

Safety Lessons

  • Swimming on trip (ie sometimes unplanned!)
  • Retrieving a swamped canoe
  • Canoe-over-canoe rescues
  • Re-entering a rescued canoe

Theory Lessons

  • Choosing, using and caring for canoe tripping equipment
  • Packing for a canoe trip
  • Rules and regulations 
  • Safe canoeing procedures
  • Outdoor Precautions
  • Environmental awareness
  • Windy weather precautions
Canoeing Skills

  • Launching and removing a canoe
  • Entering and exiting
  • Paddling positions and trimming a canoe
  • Balancing
  • Changing positions 
  • Pivots
  • Sideways displacement
  • Forward straight line
  • Inside and outside turns
  • Inside and outside circles
  • Stopping the canoe
  • Inside and Outside landings
  • Reverse straight line
  • Lifts and carries
  • Transporting a canoe on a trailer or vehicle
  • Canoe tour

ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1 &/or 2: additionally to the basic canoeing course, young folks will learn: 

Safety Skills 

  • Line Toss and rescue
  • Canoe self-rescue, in shallow and deep water
  • Communications
  • Personal and camp hygiene


  • Canoe heritage
  • Canoe design and construction
  • Trip planning 
  • Canoe trip gear
  • Clothing and personal effects
  • Tools and repair kits
  • Canoeing first aid
  • Weather interpretation
  • Environmental practices and concerns
  • Canoeing resources
  • Canoeing and canoe tripping 
  • Food and menu planning
  • Map-reading, map and compass navigation
  • Campsites and shelters
  • Cooking on a fire and on camp stoves
  • Knots and line
  • Portaging