“Regatta Ready” is coming to the BBQ and Picnics in Brantwood Park!

The Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East (CAG) and Rideau Canoe Club (RCC) are pleased to invite families to two BBQ evenings at Brantwood Park on the Rideau River to learn more about the new Regatta Ready camps offered there this summer.
The RCC will be at the BBQs to provide information to anyone interested in learning more about the Regatta Ready Camps (for nine to 13-year-olds) the club will run in partnership with CAG this July on the Rideau River at Brantwood.
“These camps are a welcome extension of our existing programming that respond to our community desires for programming on the river,” said CAG Executive Director Carol Workun. “It’s going to be a great summer on the river for the kids.”
Find out more about the camps and pick up supper off the BBQ for a nominal cost.

About Brantwood Park BBQ and Picnics:
Come and enjoy the best of the season in Brantwood Park with friends and neighbours. Bring a picnic from home or purchase supper from the BBQ; hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs and drinks will be available. Food and drink sales support community programs and events. BBQ’s run from May 15 – July 31, weather permitting, every Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Rideau Canoe Club will be at the field house during the BBQ and Picnic on May 22 and May 29 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
To keep up to date with other special activities presented in association with this weekly event, please subscribe to the CAG eUpdate at www.ottawaeastcag.ca/eupdate or join the CAG Facebook community at www.facebook.com/OldOttawaEastCAG.

About Regatta Ready Camps:
Certified coaches from the Rideau Canoe Club will conduct these two-week camps for nine to 13-year-olds. Campers will learn the skills required to master basic balance and stroke techniques and will finish camp capable of racing in a fun local regatta. They will learn about canoeing equipment, water safety rules for sprint boats and simple competition skills. All equipment will be provided. PFD’s are mandatory. More details: www.ottawaeastCAG.ca.

Photo: Regatta Ready canoe camps are coming to Brantwood Park this summer (Photo by CAG).

What do people have to say about “Regatta Ready”:
Carol Rendell-Watson, resident of Old Ottawa East told CAG: “Our children Emily and Ethan were raised on the water, sea kayaking and canoe tripping from an early age. The RCC camp seemed like a perfect fit for Ethan who was looking for a challenging and fun summer sport. He first participated in Regatta Ready in 2011. During the first few days of the program, he spent most of his time falling out of the high performance sprint canoes and kayaks. I thought for sure he would balk at the suggestion of returning the following summer. Quite the opposite. He asked if we would sign him up for the entire summer and has been a member of RCC’s competitive sprint canoe/kayak program ever since
The RCC camp instructors/coaches have themselves grown up in club programs and are professional and knowledgeable. Most importantly, they are amazing role models for our kids. The camps are fun and challenging. You have the option to get involved in the more competitive sprint canoe/kayak program.
It will be great to see more people of all ages paddling canoes and kayaks and exploring the Rideau River.”

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