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Kids learn how to survive, the Lewis and Clark way

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 17, 2018 7:05AM

Last changed on July 17, 2018 10:27AM

A flotilla of young kayakers works it way up the Lewis and Clark River.

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A flotilla of young kayakers works it way up the Lewis and Clark River.

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Kaeden Lyster of Long Beach, Washington, second from right, laughs with a few other boaters.

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Kaeden Lyster of Long Beach, Washington, second from right, laughs with a few other boaters.

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A chaperon comes to the rescue of the three boaters whose kayak overturned.

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A chaperon comes to the rescue of the three boaters whose kayak overturned.

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A group of summer campers paddles up the Lewis and Clark River, near Fort Clatsop.

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A group of summer campers paddles up the Lewis and Clark River, near Fort Clatsop.

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One summer camper sports some stylish sunglasses and relaxes after some hard paddling on the Lewis and Clark River.

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One summer camper sports some stylish sunglasses and relaxes after some hard paddling on the Lewis and Clark River.

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Three boaters got wet when their kayak collided with another and overturned.

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Three boaters got wet when their kayak collided with another and overturned.

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Another week of outdoor summer activities in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Educators from the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the park are leading two week-long camps, both featuring overnight camping opportunities.

Last week, kids who will be entering the fourth through sixth grades took part in the “Nature Adventure Camp,” spending a night at Fort Clatsop and exploring the woods, water and animals in and around the national park.

This week, it’s the “Nature Survival Camp,” as kids entering the seventh through ninth grades take to the water and the woods, practicing skills to survive in nature, including navigation and foraging.

Monday, campers spent a good part of the day on the water, kayaking up and down the Lewis and Clark (Netul) River, near Fort Clatsop.

And the theme for the day was “realism,” from the number of kayakers on the water, to putting practical survival skills to good use, as one kayak overturned and dumped boaters into a swift-moving river, with the tide coming in.

All made it out safely.

“We’ve got 29 kids and four chaperones in the kayaks, making it 33, same as the (Lewis and Clark) expedition,” said park ranger Cathy Petersen, education program coordinator for the National Park Service. “And we had some go in the water … just like the expedition.”

And, like the original Corps of Discovery, kids were paddling up and down the Netul River, from the boat ramp at Netul landing to the shelter and picnic area, where they all received some candy and sweets (not like the Corps of Discovery).

The Nature Survival Camp continues Tuesday, with an overnight camping trip to the beach Wednesday and Thursday.











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