I recently stumbled upon a very cool website talking about the history of scouting in Northern Canadian communities.

Did you know that in 1964 the National Council of Scouts Canada authorized a series of special badges specifically for Arctic communities? What’s interesting about them is that they were only available for people who lived in the North.

Kayak Builder Scout BadgeIf you are a Scout in the north you can attain your Kayak Builder badge. To get it you are required to:

  1. Know how the form of a kayak is made.
  2. Be able to recognize kayaks made by various groups of people.
  3. Make a model kayak covered with skin which will be watertight, and make a model paddle for the kayak.
  4. Know why the shapes of kayaks differ from place to place.
  5. Explain the various implements used in hunting from a kayak and be able to demonstrate their use.
  6. Paddle a kayak without accident for three miles.


There were a coupGerm Enemy Scout Badgele of other interesting badges available including Fur Trapper, Hunter, Dog Driver and Lamp Maker but my favourite one (which is available for younger cubs is the Germ Enemy. To earn that badge (and make your mother proud) you have to:

  1. Keep hands, feet, nails and teeth clean and cared for properly.
  2. Know why regular meals and regular sleep are important and make an effort to observe good habits.
  3. Know the need for prompt attention to cuts, injuries and skin infections.
  4. Know the treatment for fleas and lice.
  5. Perform the Cub exercises and walk with good posture.
  6. Know why regular exercise is important.
Published in General News
Monday, 12 January 2009 08:21

Kayaking Superhero?

I looked but I couldn't find him listed on the World Superhero Registry so it must be somebody new in town and looking to set up a new territory.

Kayaking Nemesis Wanted

Posted on Criggo this morning. Thanks Mike!
Published in Funny
Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:45

Mega Charger Surf Kayak

Designed By Spencer Cooke. Charger by name and charger by nature. This boat needs to be steered to the thick of the action and once it's there..."holy brown trouser, Batman !". This is an east coast boat, designed by an east coast boater. It's a fish...short and wide with lots of volume in the nose.



Published in Kayak Surfing
Friday, 05 September 2008 21:30

Kayaking For Women



Friday, 05 September 2008 21:15

Yoga for Paddlers Trailer

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Bill Studebaker
Bill Studebaker
Reading through the news wire today, I found the sad news the William (Bill) Studebaker is believed to have drowned in a tragic accident Friday morning while kayaking the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

The specific details are very sketchy right now but he was last seen swimming for shore and then floating face down...
Published in Industry Stuff
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 04:58

Paddling the Sewers of Moscow

Paddling the Sewers of Moscow
Kayaking through the Sewers of Moscow.
I love reading the English Russia Blog. There are always funny and interesting posts about life in Russia. The blog caption is, "English Russia - Just because something cool happens daily on 1/6 of the earth's surface".

Here is the description on the blog:
When it's freezing cold outside and all the rivers are covered with thick ice some Russian guys prefer underground rafting in the Moscow sewage. Their boats are equipped with electric headlights so that to find a way in the totally dark dungeons of Moscow sewage, here are some rare photos of this process.

Anybody who stumbles around sites while at work will know that photo descriptions can be way, way off so I don't know if this is just a case of some brave urban explorers or city workers looking for a quicker way to travel.

See the complete set of photos: englishrussia.com
Published in Funny
YakaIndia's appetite for kayaking has been wet by Yaka (http://www.yaka.in) - a Goa based adventure sports company that made a big splash with its launch at the Mumbai International Boat Show on 22-25 February, 2007.
Published in Press Releases
Saturday, 02 December 2006 19:00

Long Distance Instruction

Vedharajan BalajiWe recently got an email from Vedharajan; a new paddler living in India. He is training for a large expedition to raise awareness about coastal conservation in that area. We posted info about the campaign a couple weeks ago in our news section.
Published in Coaching
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