This summer, Susquehanna Heritage hosted its first ever summer camp session at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. SUSQ Camp was created to get kids and teens ages 12-15 out and onto the river. 17 campers spent four days kayaking on the river, each day building on their skills to become more confident and comfortable with paddling. Along the way, they learned about water quality, history of the bridge, the wildlife, all while making new friends and having fun. 

A highlight of the week was on Thursday when campers completed a river cleanup, just north of Columbia River Park. Campers filled dozens of trashbags and secured them to their kayaks. Two tires, bags of aluminum cans, winter coats, styrofoam, and even a cast-iron frying pan were amongst the piles of trash that was collected. Campers exclaimed that it was like being on a treasure hunt since they didn’t know what they were going to find. Afterwards, the group then paddled out to our favorite islands between the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Route 30 bridge for an on-water floating picnic. 

When all was said and done, this group of kids and teens all felt more confident in their kayaking skills, and they all felt more connected to the river. We can’t wait to get more campers out onto the Susquehanna next year.