Toledo Summer Youth Program
July 19, 2013
Scott (l) is a confident young man who proved to be a godsend in
helping manage the activities of the kids in the Summer Youth Program.
Kaleb (l) is an adventurous young lad who tested Scott constantly.
We were splitting the group today - some to paddle and some to
paint on the cardboard boats. This was part of the group who took
on the paint job.
Hakim, his sister, and Dan all wanted to be in the front of Daisy.
Siblings make for interesting crew dynamics, and I think Dan was
just in it for the lulz.
Luke is about 7 years old. Nice kid who really liked getting on
One of the fun things was trying to teach paddling skills - most
easily done with natural obstacles like those found in the narrow
gap between the docks and the shore at low tide.
Since the kids were quite young - average age about 8, adults did
most of the paddling, and since adults were paddling, we could explore
more of the slough. Rather than take them up to the tide gates,
as we usually did, we went out towards the river.
They were quite proud that the Kiska Sea had been on Dangerous
Catch. She is like a local celebrity.
Back at the Boathouse, painting was well underway. We provided
them with oversized t-shirts and gloves, but that really didn't
help all that much.
I made a good run at trying to explain paint is better applied
in long, sweeping motions, but it turns out dabbing it on is more
"You can see the brush strokes" just like the Dutch masters.
Nice group shot. Well done, guys!