The CAT Scotland Squad
EVENT DATE: Aug 04, 2016
We're going to Scotland!
At Chicago Adventure Therapy, we believe that the outdoors and outdoor sports have the power to transform people’s lives. For nine years, we’ve worked with young people in Chicago who face some of the greatest challenges, whether they are homeless, transgender, refugees, gang-involved, Wards of the State… Nearly all of them live in a low income situation. Most of them don’t have access to outdoor sports on their own.
In August, Andrea is going to Scotland to assess for a Coaching award that isn’t yet offered in the States. She has to take students with her – students she’s coached for at least a year, and who can paddle in a challenging, dynamic environment.
A group of talented young people at CAT is eager to go, and has committed to an intense training program in order paddle at the skill level needed for this trip. They’ve developed a passion for sea kayaking and have worked really hard to develop the skill to match their passion.
We want them to be the people who get to go to Scotland with Andrea. They’ve put in the work and they have the skill. We want to provide the opportunity.
This is our plan. The day after Andrea’s assessment, they’ll assess for a British Canoe Union Three Star Award - an award that signifies that a paddler is equipped to be a competent member of a group paddling in conditions that include surf to three feet high, numerous whitecaps, and challenging wind.
This young, racially and ethnically diverse group will have the opportunity to paddle and assess in one of the world’s most challenging, most beautiful paddling destinations. They’ll assess with Gordon Brown, one of the world’s best sea kayakers and coaches.
Every member of the group has been told by the world, at some point in their life, that they're not enough. Every one of them has remarkable skill. They will return from this trip equipped to be genuine leaders in the paddling world and in their own communities. They will return ready to pass their skills along to the next diverse group of young Chicago paddlers.