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Lebanon, PA USA
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
13th Annual Canoe & Clean-up Trip
"CANOE THE SWATTIE SOJOURN"
Saturday, May 5, 2001 & Sunday, May 6, 2001
TARGET AREA: SWATARA CREEK.
Click here to see PHOTOS of the 13th annual Sojurn
ITINERARY AND INFORMATION
Start at Route 645 south of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County. End at Boat House Road Park, Derry Township, Dauphin County. .
LIFE JACKETS MUST BE WORN! Also carry a whistle and license in your canoe.
START TIME: Assigned a 9:30 or 10am... start, depending on number of participants.
LENGTH & ITINERARY:
SAFETY BRIEFING EACH DAY. ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!
DAY 1: 9:30AM Safety Briefing. First segment Approximately 16 miles or 6 hours (depending on water depth/flow) Route 645 to Lickdale Campground. Toilet.
Garbage drop off and Toilet at Swopes Valley Road.
Noon lunch at the Appalachian Trail bridge. Toilet.
6PM Dinner @ Lickdale Camp grounds. Group picture. Evening children's program. Toilet.
7:30PM Evening includes cultural presentations on the HorseShoe & Appalachian Trails and Swatara State Park at Trinity UMC, 1 mile west of Lickdale Campground on Fisher Ave.
9:30PM Smoores by the campfire at Lickdale Camp Grounds.
DAY 2: 7-8AM Breakfast at Trinity UMC
8-8:30AM Hearts Afire contemporary praise band service.
9AM - Water Trail sign dedication, Scottos, Jonestown, followed by safety briefing..Toilet.
9:30AM... Hit the water
Second segment approximately 14miles from Scottos Italian Restaurant in Jonestown, lunch at the SCWA Water Works canoe launch, and dinner at Union Canal Canoe Rentals.
12 NOON Lunch at Water Works. Toilet.
5PM Dinner at Union Canal Canoe Rentals. Toilet.
6PM Third segment, for the hearty canoeist, approximately 10 miles from UCCR to Boat House Road Park. Toilet. END
DIRECTIONS: From Route 81, take exit 31, turn right to Route 645 for start. For DAY 1 Take Out, take exit 30, turn left on Fisher Avenue to red light for Lickdale Campgrounds.
DONATION: $15/adult/day or $5/child/day (12 and under) helps to defray the cost of brochures, confirmations, and food. Sorry, no refunds.
QUESTIONS: Call (717)274-1175 or fax (717)274-1749. If trip is postponed, there will be a message on machine.
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register. DEADLINE - April 29, 2001. Mail to 2501 Cumberland St., Lebanon PA 17042. It is important to sign in upon arrival. So that we know everyone is safe, when exiting the Swatara, your cooperation is requested by signing out on a designated sheet..
NO CANOE? You can make separate arrangements with Bill & Ruth Wise. They have canoes, paddles, life vests, and BOTH deliver and pickup canoes. If you rent a canoe for one day, it's $25, but there is a package deal of $30 per canoe for both days.Call (717)838-9580.
CAMPGROUNDS & HOTELS:
Reduced rates are available for individuals mentioning the Sojourn. Please
note that neither campground or hotel prices are included in the $15 per day
registration fee. Overnight accommodations and costs are the responsibility of
each participant. Phone numbers are provided.
LITTER: Pleasure boaters, scouts, churches, and families are both encouraged and welcome! In observance of National Water Week, if you're inclined to leave the Swattie a little nicer than you found it, leave room in your canoe for litter.
LEAD & SWEEP CANOES: Stay behind the assigned lead-canoe who has scouted the Swattie for obstacles before the trip. Also, do not fall behind the sweep (last) canoe carrying first-aid and patch kits.
EDUCATIONAL: See and experience our local treasures of natural beauty and geological formations (limestone outcrops), historical Union Canal Locks, and recreation..
PREPARATION: Read the canoe brochure enclosed with your registration confirmation. Also, be prepared to walk through wetlands and cow ploppers, observe birds and other wildlife, identify aquatic insects, portage canoes, get drizzled on, fall in and have blue lips the rest of the day, eat good food, enjoy good company, and take home lusty tales of adventure.
BRING: In addition to your canoe, bring enthusiasm, warm clothes and rain gear (a garbage bag will do). Also, boots, binoculars, field guides, gloves, a hand-held shovel, suntan lotion, insect repellent, wide-brimmed hat, and pocket knife in a waterproof pack fastened to your canoe might come in handy. This may be the only time we recommend disposable, waterproof cameras. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES!
TRIP REGISTRATION FORM:
Check all that apply:
__I will pick up litter. __I would like SCWA membership info.
__I will help with registration. __I would like sponsor information.
__I am experienced and interested in scouting & LEAD CANOE.
__I am experienced and interested in SWEEP CANOE.
__I AM CERTIFIED IN FIRST AID & CPR, and I will carry a first aid kit.
__I will help shuttle drivers.
__I would like a sample copy of Swatara News
__I have a canoe for sale. Describe: ________________________________________
__I would like to purchase a canoe. Please provide me with leads.
X_I understand that I will canoe the Swattie and/or pick up litter at my own risk.
your signature partner's signature
In addition to signing this hold-harmless release, parents must accompany minors or designate a responsible adult:_____________________________________
PAYMENT ENCLOSED: (Mail to 2501 Cumberland St., Suite 2, Lebanon PA 17042)
Make checks payable to SCWA. Limited number of T-shirts on sale for $10. Mail to 2501 Cumberland St., Suite 2, Lebanon PA 17042.