JKL is going non-profit!

GOAL: To get all motivated kids and teenagers into kayaking, regardless of income.

The Junior Kayak League is becoming a non profit organization. Our goal is to make kayaking available to all kids who are stoked about the sport. We are currently accepting community and industry sponsors and donations to help grow this valuable program and make it affordable to everyone. We are currently still in the application process for our non profit status, but we are operating as a non profit.

COSTS: ALL Junior Kayak League camps, trips, and clinics are free to members. You can receive free membership if certain requirements are met. . Click here for more information.

The Junior Kayak League is a great way for kids and teens to get involved in kayaking. It provides a fun after-school and summer activity that promotes friendship, fitness, outdoor education, leadership, and just enjoying the river. We offer great continuous kayaking programs for kids and teens throughout the year as well as hosting summer camps and international trips. We love taking kids kayaking and showing them the beautiful rivers and canyons of the rocky mountains. All of our coaches strive to spread their love for the outdoors into every young kayaker we meet.

Programs for 2012

Advanced Freestyle Camps
This year’s programs are going to be very exciting. We have programs for kayakers of all ability levels. The advanced freestyle team will attend and compete together  the Colorado whitewater events including FibARK, Teva Games, Lyons Outdoor Games, Yampa River Festival, and more. A professional freestyle coach will work with the group for a full day prior to the competition, as well as the day of the competition. Kids will work on perfecting their routine for the competition so they are well prepared, and with a few new tricks up their sleeves.
Dates:
Yampa River Festival – Coaching/Training day: May 25th 10am – 5pm / Competition day: May 26th 10am-5pm  (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
Teva Mountain GamesCoaching/Training and qualifier comp day: June 1st 10am – 6pm / Competition day: June 2nd 10am-6pm  (Vail, Colorado)
Lyons Outdoor Games
– Coaching/Training day: June 8th 10am – 5pm / Competition day: June 9th 10am-5pm  (Lyons, Colorado)
Golden Rodeo Series – May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, and June 20th at the Golden Whitewater Park. 3-7pm.

Beginner/Intermediate Programs
Our beginner and intermediate clinics will be held in local playparks, and the group will attend local whitewater competitions to learn about freestyle paddling. The river running groups will focus on running rivers and whitewater rescue and safety knowledge.

Denver/Boulder/Golden area: May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, and June 20th at the Golden Whitewater Park or the Lions Park Pond. 4pm to 7pm each day. The Golden rodeo events typically starts at about 5pm on these dates, so we will practice from 3pm until the start of the event. Then those that compete will join the competition, and others will practice in the pond or whitewater park with a coach. We may also split the group and have beginners go to Bear Creek Lake for lake practice. There will be at least one or two lead coaches, as well as some younger “coaches in training” to help out.

Fort Collins/Loveland/Lyons/Longmont: May 31st, June 7th, June 14th, and June 21st at the Filter Plant, Lyons Whitewater Park, or our favorite lake in Loveland. 4pm to 7pm each day. There will be at least one or two lead coaches, as well as some younger “coaches in training” to help out.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Dates are TBD. Practices will be at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park. Please email us at downstreamedge@gmail.com if you are interested in the Glenwood Springs Program.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Dates are TBD. Practices will be at the Steamboat Springs Whitewater Park. Please email us at downstreamedge@gmail.com if you are interested in the Steamboat Springs Program.

The goal of our youth kayaking program is to develop young paddlers into safe and confident kayakers, as well as mature and responsible adults. All aspects of kayaking are taught in the youth program including paddling skills, safety and rescue skills, on-river communication, leadership and organization, teamwork, fitness, logistics, and of course FUN. Kayaking is an individual sport that is always done with a group of others. It develops personal decision making skills and judgement, and also requires working as a team and depending on your friends to watch out for each other. The decision making and risk assessment learned when kayaking really transcends into everyday life. Young kayakers tend to be more mature than their peers because they have had to make challenging decisions on the river. It amazes us to see these kids growing up so much every year. It’s also amazing to see the valuable lessons one can learn from a single day on the river.