Canoe Flat Water Training

Training Day #1

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area - 2500 Stanley Blvd, Pleasanton, CA 94566 ($6 parking fee)

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Due to covid, each family needs to coordinate their own transportation to and from this event. Families are welcome to carpool together if they are comfortable with that. Shadow cliffs is a nice recreational park with lots of trails. Rather than dropoff/pickup, the family could stay the day and enjoy the park while the scouts practice their canoe skills. Hopefully we will be able to carpool for the overnighter and weeklong trip.


10:00 AM - Arrive Shadow Cliffs (please arrive on time)

    • Land-based Instruction

    • Parts of Canoe and Paddle

    • Snack/Lunch break

    • Flat-water paddling

    • Capsizing/Righting (pending water quality and covid protocols)

    • Canoe games

3:00 PM - Finish/Depart

Packing List:

    • Positive attitude

    • Wear Scout Uniform Shirt for transportation

    • Mask to be worn at all times, and hand sanitizer

    • Bathing suit

    • Shoes that can get wet and don't come off your feet (no flip flops or slides)

    • Appropriate jacket/sweatshirt depending on weather.

    • Sunglasses, sun screen, hat

    • Lunch, snack, water

    • Gloves

    • Towels and dry clothes to change into for ride home

    • Medical form A and B (if you haven't signed one in the past year):


Parking: $6/vehicle (pay as you enter)

Canoes, PFDs, paddles, trailer rental, inspection: $15 per person cash or PayPal.

Scouts working on Canoeing Merit Badge should bring:

1) Blue Card signed by Scoutmaster (leave in car with dry clothes!)

2) Printed copy of Canoeing Merit Badge Worksheet:

It is a good idea to start using the workbook as it can be a reference. The primary focus of this trip is actual time in the canoe so not all requirements may be completed. Incomplete requirements should be completed by the Scout at home and reviewed with Merit Badge Counselor.

Here is a map of the lake and approximate route of travel.