There is no activity in camp that surpasses the fun of canoeing on Lake Webb. Before using the canoes, each boy must pass swimming and canoe tests, and win his right to paddle.
The Boating and Canoeing instructors help campers learn how to master the art of canoeing and row boating. Skills such as the "J" stroke, draw, pry, sweep and reverse sweep and forward strokes are taught, as well as safety and proper maintenance. Many campers enjoy fishing during free time or simply practicing their skills, while others find fun in swamping their boats to get wet.
All campers who have earned the privilege to canoe are supervise by qualified beach guards and most stay within sight and sound. Whenever using a boat Camp Kawanhee requires that a Life vest be on at all times.
The camp furnishes paddles for each canoe but not for each individual boy. Those who prefer to have one of their own with symbols of accomplishment painted on it, will have the opportunity to purchase one.
To win his "C", a boy must swim the Cove, one-eight mile. If he swims the lake in front on camp, one-quarter mile, he receives a grey and maroon bar painted at the top of the blade. After passing the advanced canoe test, two bars will be added at the bottom of the blade. Basic Life Savers 12 to 16 years of age, receive a B.L.S., between the top and bottom bars. Advanced Life Savers, 16 years of age and older receive the L.G.T. (Life Guard Training) between the bars on the other side.
Kawanhee kayakers grace our cove with their powerful forward strokes, elegant sweep strokes, and amazing Eskimo rolls. We are constantly updating the equipment in the kayak department, so the boys can experience many different types of whitewater kayaks. We have several models from top North American manufactures like Perception, Dagger and even the cutting edge designs of Riot Kayaks!
Basic instruction includes preparation of the boat for use, forward strokes, sweep strokes, and the important wet exit (safely exiting a capsized boat). Intermediate skills consist of Eskimo rescue, sculling, slap braces, and proper boat lean. More advanced paddles are able to learn the Eskimo roll (several variations) and the hand roll (without a paddle).
The Kayak Department plans voluntary excursions to class II and III rivers to boys who are qualified. They teach such basic river skills as ferrying, eddy turns, playing in mild to moderate rapids, and basic safety.
The Kawanhee cove, with its fine sandy beach and clear sparkling water, is unsurpassed as a safe and ideal setting for every conceivable type of fresh water sport.
During the first day of camp each boy takes a swimming test. Some will do the Lake Swim, a distance of 1/4 mile. Some may swim across the cove, a distance of 100 yards, and some will swim between the docks, a distance of 100 feet. Boys who cannot comfortably swim 100 feet are given daily instruction until they can.
During swim periods, all boys receive instruction geared to their individual swimming ability. Kawanhee uses the American Red Cross Swimming Levels in its swimming program. The morning free swim is at 11:00, and the afternoon free swim is at 4:00. If the day has been hot, an evening free swim will be enjoyed by all.
Fully accredited lifeguards are stationed on the docks any time boys are in the water. The buddy system is followed, and no boy is allowed into the water until he has a buddy. Each boy must pass both swimming and boating tests before he is allowed the privilege of using the boats. A Beach Guard is on duty to monitor all boating activities, and to emphasize safety.
Other swimming activities include the popular Ten Mile Swim, where boys swim laps in order to complete ten miles by the end of the summer, and the special Bass Rock Swim, a distance of 3/4 of a mile. The big Aquatic Meet is held on a Saturday afternoon, and is a time when Greys and Maroons compete for honors. There are swimming and boating events, and the competition is keen and exciting.
Kawanhee also conducts Red Cross classes in Basic Rescue and Water Safety (BLS) for boys 11 years and older, and Lifeguard Training (LGT) for boys 15 years and old Graduates of the LGT class become certified lifeguards, a difficult but worthwhile achievement!
Sailing has long been a major activity at Kawanhee. Many boys who return year after year consider it the most interesting activity in Camp. "Sign-ups" for Sailing are always filled.
The Beginning Sailing Program - the Novice and Crew ratings - introduces the new sailor to basic safety requirements, common sailing terms and knots and the practical procedures which acquaint him with the thrills of sailing yet to come.
The Intermediate Program - Bosun and Second Mate - teaches the emergency procedures and responsibilities of the skipper; Sailing Theory and Rules of the Road; and practical procedures including getting under weigh, setting sails, tacking, landing, furling sails, shipshape condition, and basic Racing Procedures.
The Advanced Program - First Mate and Skipper - challenges a boy with advanced sailing terms, theory, navigation, yacht design, boat maintenance, splicing, sailing traditions, the proper handling of sloops, and an in-depth study of Racing Rules and Tactics. The coveted Racing Skipper award is presented to persons who have demonstrated outstanding skill, service, and performance.
Following several informal practice races, sailors may sign up for the racing program which encourages boys to compete in two types of regattas - Part One, Team Racing - Grey and Maroon - Part Two, Individual Racing - the final regatta.
So come and enjoy a sail on beautiful Lake Webb!
Kawanhee's 16 foot ski boat with its 88 hp. motor makes for thrilling experiences for all age skiers. Our instructors have had several years of experience, and patiently encourage the new learners. All skiers must wear life vests. The campers themselves voted skiing one of the most popular activities in camp.
Boating & Canoeing
Swimming & Lifeguard Training