The FSC Kayak Club organized in mid-March 2009 from the result of a memo that was placed in the Chimes newsletter. In doing so, we didn't know what to expect, but between those who showed up and those expressing an interest, we began with 18 Fountain Streeters. As the summer progressed, we added another 10-12 folks to the group and not all were church members!
The group is open to anyone who enjoys kayaking or learning to kayak, enjoys the outdoors, and the wonders of nature and can laugh off a bit of rain in the face or an upset in cold waters. None of us profess to be experts, but will give help when asked. We paddle at our own pace, but are always close enough to help each other out. You don't have to own a kayak, as rentals are usually available. Sometimes we meet for breakfast prior to paddling and always for a meal at the conclusion. We do enjoy each other's company!
Trips may begin in late March, weather-permitting, of course, and continue into late fall at about 3-week intervals. They have always been on Saturdays, but other days could be arranged. We paddle lakes and rivers close to Grand Rapids and never more than 2-3 hours away. This year, however, there has been some interest in a longer trip and further away.
E-mails are sent to all members prior to any trip, providing all necessary information regarding location, time, costs, and reservation requirements. One does not have to partake in a trip should they choose not to, although we certainly encourage them to!