The MCRA is increasing its efforts to promote the sport of canoe racing among young paddlers by sponsoring a series of youth races. The MCRA is also recruiting adults to recruit and mentor young paddlers.
If you would like to find out more about the program or are interested in being a recruiter or mentor please contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Paddlers PLEASE talk with us - We want to offer races at every race that has an adequate youth course. We have planned races in June, July and August. We know you are involved with school activities in May and September.
Check the MCRA Race Schedule page for more race details
This year we are hoping to increase the number of kids races with a point system similar to the adult event races. These races will be promoted by the race organization. This, I feel, is a good start in helping the growth of youth paddlers. More important is actually getting the kids introduced and interested in the life-long canoe and kayaking lifestyle.
This is where us adults come in. Seek out an actively find a neighbor child, grandchildren, church member or any school age children to get involved in paddling. Make it fun and the kids will see your enthusiasm, pick up on it and get hooked. Have or know someone in Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister? They are great sources. Talk to school teachers and get permission to speak to their classrooms and hand out materials for their parents to review. There are many opportunities and it just takes a little looking to see them. Who knows, you might find an exceptional paddling partner!!
Michigan Canoe Racing Association