OAT thanks The LAND TRUST ALLIANCE and Stewarts Shops for their their past
support of the OAT Program.
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2018 OAT Program is a Go! August 6 - 9, 2018
OAT Participants Show their Energy for the Battenkill - Photo by Clifford Oliver
Battenkill Conservancy's Outdoor Adventure Trip (OAT) for Youth returns to offer another great outdoor educational experience for youth aged 11 through 15. Dates for the program are Monday, August to Thursday, August 9, 2018. Randy Jennings, BSA Crew 17 Advisor and NOLS trained, returns to lead a small group of middle school/high school students in a series of water focused, outdoor activities in the Battenkill watershed with the Battenkill Valley Outdoors Log House, in Cambridge, NY serving as home base.
Guest instructors in canoeing & water safety, fly fishing and outdoor photography will be brought in to share their expertise and expand the existing program of river ecology, outdoor cooking skills and orienteering/night sky identification. Last year participants ranged from 11–15 years of age and came from both local area towns as well as from the Capital region.
Scheduled activities include on-site camping; outdoor skills including cooking, orienteering and fire-making; photography lessons; night sky identification; water safety & canoe skills, plant and tree identification, botany science; evening bonfire, river expedition in canoes; water sampling; evening crafts; and fly fishing on the river.
All the participants are guaranteed great fun while making friends, mastering important skill and learning unforgettable biology, ecology, and environmental science lessons. The program is limited to a maximum of 14 students in good physical health and with swimming ability. Last year the cost of $200 per child was kept intentionally low through support of the Land Trust Alliance Capacity Building Grants and Stewarts Shops.
Interested candidates should email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place as the number of program participants are limited.
Some of the comments we received from last & year's participants and their families reflecting the great time they all had:
Outdoor Adventure Trip Donated Two Scholarships to GYC
For prior programs, BkC donated two full scholarships to the Greenwich Youth Center to provide the opportunity for local youth to participate, be exposed to the natural environment in their area and learn valuable environmental lessons.
OAT is Battenkill Conservancy's youth oriented program that aims to provide an fun, affordable, hands on, water focused outdoor educational experience. By exposing youth and their families to the watershed's recreational and environmental opportunities BkC hopes they will become actively engaged in stewardship of the river. Last year OAT was made possible in part by a grant from the The Land Trust Alliance's Conservation Partnership Program and Stewart's Holiday Match Program.
Email us at email@example.com to reserve a space in the 2018 OAT Program.
Battenkill Conservancy - Preserving & Enhancing the Battenkill Watershed