299 days left until Canoecopia!     March 13 - 15
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports



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  Andrea Knepper & CAT Youth


www.chicagoadventuretherapy.org




As a child, whenever Andrea's family went anywhere even slightly close to water, her mother would take a spare set of clothes - because Andrea would end up IN the water. The outdoors had a huge impact on her, impacting who she is as a human being. Partly because of this, in 2006, by then a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Andrea founded Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) and has been the director since. CAT works with Chicago youth who wouldn't usually get the chance to get outdoors, using outdoor sports to build life skills. Andrea puts a strong emphasis on leadership and community building. In addition, she has been teaching paddlesports and leading adventure travel trips since 1998. In 2015 she became the 7th North American woman to earn the 5 Star Sea Leader Award, and in 2016 became the second American to earn the UKCC Level 3 Coach Award. In 2019 she took a sabbatical from CAT and paddled the American West Coast from the northwest tip of Washington to San Diego Bay. As a coach and a clinician, Andrea believes that paddling, learning, and growing should be fun, challenging, accessible and engaging. She works to individualize her delivery in an attempt to provide everyone with a challenge and an opportunity to learn in a way that is effective for them.

CAT Paddling Community is a group of paddlers associated with Chicago Adventure Therapy. It’s a remarkably diverse paddling community - diverse in terms of race, age, socioeconomic status, skill level, sexual orientation, gender expression, and a whole host of other metrics. The thing that unites us is a love of paddling. This group of paddlers from beginners to experts meets at least twice a month through the year to do something paddling-related. In the cold months of winter, this might mean a pool session, or a dry session learning navigation, weather, trip-planning, etc. This group of paddlers has paddled across the Midwest, in New York, in Maine, in the San Juan Islands, in Baja, CA, and in Scotland. One of the things important to this community is that everyone has something to offer. Everyone, from the most beginner paddler to the most expert, should be learning something new every time we meet; and every paddler in this community has something to offer another member of this community. Maybe most important, though, is that anywhere we go, we’re ALWAYS the group having the most fun!



Presentations

 All Boats Float: Welcoming People of Color into Paddling
Pre-recorded - Sat 4:00pm-5:00pm 

We love paddling and we know you do too. How can we share our passion with communities that are under-represented in paddling, specifically with Black, Indigenous, and other people of color? Hear from a panel of young paddlers of color about their experiences entering the sport and why they stuck around. They will share concrete steps that you, your organization, or your club can take to become a genuinely safe and welcoming paddling community. Sponsored by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and Chicago Adventure Therapy.


 
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