PADDLE PROWL Canoe Camp (Feb 16-17, 2019)



ADVENTURE
3.0 - TOUGH
HARDCORE
2.0
$23 +

PADDLE PROWL Canoeing Camping Trip
February 16-17, 2019 (Sat-Sun) - Marco Island, FL (Ten Thousand Islands)
(EARLY ARRIVAL OPTION: FRIDAY NIGHT CAMPING AVAILABLE)








PADDLE PROWL - Select Your Option

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- TRIP SUMMARY -
Here's the gist!


PADDLE PROWL  is what we call our multi-day canoe camping trip that's open to the public. People come to Florida from all over the US to paddle down some of the best waterways in the country. Many of these watery destinations stretch for hundreds of miles and take several days to experience by canoe or kayak. PADDLE PROWL is designed to help paddlers get a taste of some of Florida's top liquefied paradises as we prowl down another one of God's amazing creations. Let GTD put you in the seat of one of our Mohawk Blazer Canoes as we pack in our gear and lurk down God's viscous playgroud.  When we aren't paddling we will either be playing in the water, fishing for dinner, setting up camp, or spending time growing in our faith. It's a God-awesome Christ-centered total package! We can take up to 20 canoers per trip. Spots do go fast so sign up today.



- PROMO VIDEO -
Check out this video from one of our Paddle Prowl trips





- EVENT DETAILS -
The Specifics


  EVENT:  
  • PADDLE PROWL Canoeing Camping Trip
  DATES:  
  • Feb 16-17, 2019 (Sat-Sun) - Marco Island, FL
  • 2 Days / 1 Night
  • Optional early arrival Friday (see "Start Time" below)
  START TIME:  
  • Arrive to canoe put-in by 8am on Saturday. Canoeing begins by 10:30am 
  • Friday Night Camping Option (FREE): Early check-in 3-10pm on Friday (Collier-Seminole State Park in Naples, FL). Campsite is 1 mile from canoe put-in. Tents provided.
  END TIME:  
  • Sunday by 5:00pm
  COST:  
  (See "What Is Included" and "What Is NOT Included" below)  
  • $23 (plus meals and parking fees)
  • FREE FRIDAY NIGHT CAMPING OPTION AVAILABLE!!!
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    MINISTRY PARTNER'S DISCOUNT.... $20!! 
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      TO REGISTER:  
    • STEP 1: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER!!
    • STEP 2: Select one of our payment options to lock in your spot.
      LOCATION:  
    • Overall Area: Ten Thousand Islands (Marco Island, FL)
    • Saturday morning Put-In: 
    • Island Camping (Saturday night)
    • Canoe Take-Out (Sunday): 
      MIN. PEOPLE:  
    • 2
      MAX. PEOPLE:  
    • 20
      AGE RANGE:  
    • 13 and older (15 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
      IMPORTANT NOTES:  
    • Your group size can not exceed 6 people
    • Each canoe requires 2 paddlers (there are no 1-person canoes)
    • Individual participants will be placed in a canoe with a 2nd paddler
    • The most experienced paddler should sit in the rear seat in order to steer the canoe
      CANCEL DATE:  
      (If the minimum amount of people do not register for this event by the date listed below then this 
        event will be rescheduled or cancelled.)  
    • No Cancel Date!
      TRANSPORTATION:  
    • Carpool (Transportation is not supplied by GTD)
      MEETING LOCATION, RESTROOMS & PARKING:  
    • RESTROOMS: Fully equipped public restrooms will be available near the canoe launch and the take-out, but there are no public restrooms available during the canoe trip (we will have portable toilets).
    • THERE IS A DAILY FEE FOR OVERNIGHT PARKING! Fee is: $10-15/vehicle
      AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
    • FRIDAY NIGHT
      • Optional FREE early arrival camping on Friday night
    • SATURDAY
      • Meet at canoe launch at 8am (eat breakfast before arrival)
      • Welcome, Introductions, Collect Waivers
      • Issue Canoes & Paddles; Distribute Gear
      • Pack Canoes
      • Canoeing Instructions
      • Group Picture & Group Prayer
      • Put-In / Start Canoeing
      • Canoe approx 9 miles (lunch along the way)
      • Set-up camp on island
      • Dinner; Campfire; Fellowship; Impact Point
      • Lights Out
    • SUNDAY
      • Wake-Up; Breakfast
      • Morning Devotions
      • Break Camp; Pack Canoes
      • Canoe approx 4 miles 
      • Canoe to take-out location; Unpack Canoes
      • Lunch
      • Rinse, clean, and return all canoes, paddles, gear, etc
      • Goodbyes; Depart by 5pm
      • Optional "Victory Dinner" during drive back to Pinellas County
      MEALS:  
    • The meals you purchase for this trip will be similar to meals on a backpacking trip because they have to be packed in. We will be supplying you with portable backpacking stoves & cookware for cooking.
    • WHERE TO PURCHASE: Most grocery stores such as Publix have great selections at low costs. Sporting good stores carry specialty backpacking meals & usually cost a little more.
    • AMOUNT: Bring enough food for 4-5 camping meals plus trail snacks. It's better to have too much than not enough.
    • SIZE, WEIGHT, & PACKAGING: Food should be somewhat lightweight & waterproof. Seal it in zip-lock bags. Since you will have room in your canoe for a very small cooler you can bring a more elaborate meal on ice if you would like. (Cooler and ice not provided by GTD)
    • STOVE & COOKWARE: There will be camp stoves, utensils, mess kits, and cooking pots supplied.
    • BACKPACKING MEAL EXAMPLES: Some examples of backpacking foods are instant mashed potatoes & instant gravy, tortillas & pepperoni with sealed cheese, Ramen noodles, Lipton pasta packets, vacuum-sealed tuna fish, vacuum-sealed salmon, vacuum-sealed chicken breast, spaghetti w/sauce, granola/breakfast bars, pop tarts, freeze dried foods, pastas, oatmeal, dried fruits, peanut butter, jelly packets, hard rolls, nuts, m&m's, raisins, sunflower seeds, trail mix, etc. PLEASE DON'T BRING MAC & CHEESE - IT BURNS TO THE COOKING POTS.
    • SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO freeze a small steak or some type of meat and let it thaw as we are paddling to our campsite so they can enjoy it for their first meal... remember, you can bring a very SMALL cooler if you want to... be creative =)
    • ALSO: This is a great place to go fishing if you would like to attempt catching your own dinner. (Florida salt water fishing license may be required)
      WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
    • Full time guides, event planning, canoes, paddles, PFD's, dry containers (5 gallon sealed bucket and 1 large dry bag), camping equipment (including sleeping bags), cooking supplies, Christ-centered devotional, a God-awesome lifelong memory!
      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
    • Transportation, parking fees, meals & snacks, water bottles, items listed on checklist (see below).
      REQUIRED WAIVERS:  
    • GTD Waiver [Please print & complete prior to arrival] (Any participant under 18 must also have parent/ guardian sign each waiver)
      WEATHER:  
    • BE PREPARED FOR ALL TYPES OF WEATHER! Check the weather forecast for Marco Island before arrival and prepare accordingly. Typical weather for this time of the year is cooler, sunny, and dry. Temperatures usually average a high of 74°F and a low of 56°F. Be prepared for the weather. Use sunscreen. Wear shade hats. Stay hydrated. Wear appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather. Always bring a poncho!
      EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:  
    • GTD: 727-692-5296 (GTD cell phone - Doug Garner)


    - ABOUT OUR DESTINATION -
    Another liquid sensation in God's playground!


    TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS
    (An excerpt from www.visitflorida.com)

    If solitude is what you seek, the Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida never disappoint. The name, though, is a misnomer. There actually are only a couple of hundred keys, stretching from Collier-Seminole State Park past Everglades City and Chokoloskee, tapering off down near Flamingo. Still more than plenty for a true getaway.

    Some of these islands are no bigger than a basketball court. Others are large enough to play football. The major ones have names, such as Panther Key and Mormon Key, given to them by the area’s early settlers, rugged folk who made their living fishing and hunting the watery wilderness that has barely changed in more than 100 years. Others are unnamed spits of sand and oyster shells, just big enough to land a flats skiff and lay out a picnic lunch.

    The northern islands lie within the boundaries of the 35,000-acre Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in North America. The southern islands fall under the jurisdiction of Everglades National Park...

    ...Camping on the uninhabited islands has its challenges, which is part of the appeal. Just remember that once you leave the safety of the launch, you’ll be on your own. Sailors, canoeists, kayakers, anglers – even power boaters – must bring with them everything they’ll need, including food, water, fuel and medical supplies..



    - ABOUT OUR CANOES -
    Mohawk Blazer Canoes


    ABOUT OUR CANOES
    Mohawk has been building fiberglass canoes since 1964. Only the latest in construction techniques are used in building their contemporary designs. GTD uses the Mohawk Blazer 16 which is an excellent general purpose canoe. The shallow-arched bottom offers good stability, yet a fine entry, and a little "V" gives it ample tracking ability. It is designed to accommodate the needs of the beginner, as well as the seasoned paddler. Ideal for cruising. camping or just recreational fun.


    BLAZER 16 - Length: 16', Beam at gunwale: 36", Beam at 4" waterline: 33.5", Depth: at bow 18", at center 12.75", at stern 18".approx. weight: 67lbs. Estimated capacity: 700 lbs.


    BASIC CANOEING GEAR SUPPLIED BY GTD
    Canoe

    Paddle

    PFD
    (Personal Flotation Device)



    - PAYMENT OPTIONS, REFUND POLICY, AND DISCOUNTS -
    GTD gives you more for less!

    *ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, BUT ARE TRANSFERABLE TO OTHER PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU CAN STILL GIVE OR SELL YOUR TICKETS TO SOMEONE ELSE.


    GTD events can be paid for with... cash, checks, or debit / credit cards. To pay online with a debit or credit card click on the PayPal link near the top of this webpage. If paying with cash or check click here.

    BUY NOW; PAY LATER! 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH!
    While we don't encourage debt we do encourage wise budgeting. PayPal Credit (also known as "Bill Me Later") allows you to buy your trip today ($99 or more) and then gives you 6 months to pay it off with NO interest. But make sure you pay it off by the deadline or else you will get charged with 6 months of back interest! 



    FOR GTD MINISTRY PARTNERS, GTD MEANS "Get The Discount"
    It's very simple, GTD Ministry Partners always receive the lowest price offered on our Pay-It-Now Discount regardless of the date or payment deadlines as well as other various discounts offered on different events! It's our small way of saying thank you for supporting the work of the ministry. Want to know more about becoming a Ministry Partner and all the other benefits that come with it? Click here for details.



    - CHECKLIST -
    What you should bring


    PADDLE PROWL CANOEING TRIP CHECKLIST

    WARNING: Expect to get wet. Canoes do capsize & friends do splash friends. If you don't want something to get wet or sink to the bottom then you will need to waterproof it & make it float or tie it to something that floats... or consider leaving it in your vehicle (or at home).

     MANDATORY GEAR (NOT SUPPLIED BY GTD): 
    [  ] "Travel" Bible (may get wet!)
    [  ] 2 Gallons of Water PER PERSON (including 2 Water Bottles)
    [  ] Food & Snacks
    [  ] Flashlight w/ New Batteries
    [  ] Pocket Knife
    [  ] Sunglasses
    [  ] Sun Screen / Lip Balm
    [  ] Poncho (everyone must have)
    [  ] Insect Repellent
    [  ] 2 Plastic Bags (for wet clothes and to protect car seats)
    [  ] 2 Zip-Lock Bags (very handy)
    [  ] Eyeglasses / Contacts (if applicable)
    [  ] Any Necessary Meds (if applicable)
    [  ] GTD WAIVER (Filled out and SIGNED prior to participating!)

     CAMPING GEAR SUPPLIED BY GTD: 
    [  ] Small Tent
    [  ] Sleeping Pad
    [  ] Sleeping Bag
    [  ] Very Small Pillow
    [  ] Cooking Equipment
    [  ] Eating Utensils

     OPTIONAL GEAR: 
    [  ] Waterproof Camera
    [  ] Extra Money


     GENERAL CLOTHING: 
    Bring proper amount and types of activity clothes based on the weather forecast. When possible wear clothing that is lightweight & quick drying.
    [  ] Activity Shorts
    [  ] Activity Shirts
    [  ] Seasonal Jacket (optional)
    [  ] Lightweight Pants (optional)
    [  ] Knit Cap (optional)
    [  ] Activity Shoes (optional)
    [  ] Socks (optional)
    [  ] Watershoes or Sandals
    [  ] Shade Hat / Visor
    [  ] Swimsuit(s)
    [  ] Underwear
    [  ] Change of Clothes

     TOILETRIES: 
    Toilets & showers will NOT be available. We will be setting up portable primitive toilets on the island. It's actually kind of fun!
    [  ] Lightweight Towel
    [  ] Biodegradable Soap
    [  ] Biodegradable Shampoo
    [  ] Wet Wipes (very handy!)
    [  ] Toothbrush
    [  ] Toothpaste
    [  ] Deodorant (please bring!)
    [  ] Brush / Comb
    [  ] Hair Care / Gel / Spray
    [  ] Razor
    [  ] Shaving Cream
    [  ] Half roll of Toilet Paper


    **DON'T BRING: Jewelry - or - Valuables**



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