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Wilderness Kayak Camp: Loon Lake
DAY ONE: WILDERNESS CAMPSITE
Our great wilderness adventure begins with the arrival of campers to
the shores of beautiful Loon Lake, on the western edge of Desolation
Wilderness. At 6500 feet elevation, Loon Lake offers views of snow
capped peaks and acres of wilderness to explore by foot or kayak.
Packing up your own kayak and heading out to a wilderness site is
exciting! Working together as a team, we'll load kayaks and launch our
boats into Loon Lake. We will make our way to Pleasant Lake boat in
campsite. Team cooperation is essential as we select the "perfect"
campsite to call home for the next several days. After setting up
camp, we'll begin preparations for dinner followed by an evening
program around the campfire.
DAY TWO: WILDERNESS CAMPSITE
Today campers will work on fine-tuning their sea kayaking skills which
often proves to be a highlight of the week. Everyone will be encouraged
to complete the official rescue techniques mandated by the American
Canoe Association. T-rescues, paddle float rescues, the scramble and
others will be demonstrated and practiced. Certificate cards will be
issued upon completion. We will also be exploring some of the natural
wonders of this area. The stunning granite shoreline or one of the many
rocky islands that dot the lake will provide a superb place for a shore
lunch and swim.
DAY THREE: WILDERNESS CAMPSITE:
Loon Lake provides habitat for species such as osprey, golden eagles,
northern orioles, deer and even black bear. Using a mask and snorkel,
we’ll examine the aquatic world looking for residents such as trout,
turtles and bullfrogs. Fishing is reportedly quite good. Our day may
include an adventure race, scavenger hunt, land and water based
leadership activities and capture the flag. After campers prepare
dinner, we will experience the wonders of an evening paddle under a sky
bursting with stars.
DAY FOUR: WILDERNESS CAMPSITE
We'll get an early start today as we make preparations for a day hike
to Buck Lake. Campers will be given the task of deciding what is needed
for an outing into the wilderness. Safety gear and orienteering will be
reviewed, as well as the rolls of leadership (lead, navigator, and
sweep). We will return to our "camp home" in the afternoon in time for
games, a swim, snorkel or paddle. A special campfire program is planned
for our last evening together.
DAY FIVE: BREAK CAMP/HOME
More wilderness skills will be learned as we break camp leaving "no
traces." It will be the challenge of campers to 'break camp" in time to
explore more of the lake before meeting parents back at shore by
2:30pm. After arriving and unloading boats, we will say our farewells
to the group and the beautiful mountain lake that is now etched into