Upcoming events

    • 01 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 22 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • BSA Voyegeur Adult Safety Training, Camp Belzier, 6102 Boy Scout Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46226
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    Boy Scouts of America

    Voyageur Spring 2021

    Canoe, Kayak, & Paddle Craft Safety Training

    for Adults

    (NOT a CIWC sponsored event)

    The Voyageur Canoe Training Program was established in the Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America following the tragic death of a youth in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the early 1960s. The youth’s parents and local scout leaders established this program to provide adults and youth training and education in canoe safety and trip planning. The program is designed to reduce the potential of that tragedy being repeated. Through the years the training has been limited to only registered adult scout leaders but is now open to any adult over 18.

    See BSA Voyageur Canoe Spring 2021 website for additional information and sign up.

    CIWC provides opportunities for various wilderness adventures. Each year we host and Introduction to Canoe Camping at a local State Park. This event provides members with the basic training to participate in a wilderness canoe trip. We strive to have members become coleaders through experience and/or training.

    The Crossroads of America Council of Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts of America) offers a training event to teach adults to lead a wilderness canoe trip. It's commonly referred to as the Voyageur Canoe Training Program. This training is not only focused on safe canoeing skills it also lays the ground work for planning a wilderness canoe trip. Some co-leaders of CIWC  took their early canoe training through this program including CIWC Paddle Chair.

    The training is two weekends in May. The instructors are BSA trained and many are ACA certified. The training is held at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis and the Sailing Club on Geist Reservoir.  This program in the past was only open to Adult's registered as a BSA leader. Recently this program has been opened up any adult over the age of 18. If you are new to canoeing and interested in coleading a wilderness trip with CIWC, this is a good program to take.

    This is not a CIWC sponsored event.

    See BSA Voyageur Canoe Spring 2021 website for additional information and sign up.

    Any questions about CIWC's involvement, please contact ciwcinfo@gmail.com

    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Holliday Park Pavilion, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis
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    CIWC FREE Backpacking Seminar
    May 1, 2021
    Session One: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Session Two: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Holliday Park Pavilion, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club will present a FREE backpacking class, which is open to the public, on Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM and a second identical session 1:30 PM until 5:00 PM. The location is the Holliday Park Pavilion (6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, IN).

    Topics will include selecting pieces of gear (hiking boots, sleeping bags, tents, packs, clothing and accessories), learning about "minimalist" backpacking, how to "pack" a backpack, trail safety, water treatment, stoves and cooking, first aid, staying comfortable, and backcountry ethics such as "leave no trace".

    Ever wanted to try backpacking but didn’t know how to get started or where to go? This class is perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, and a good place for anyone to pick up and share new ideas.

    The Central Indiana Wilderness Club has been offering affordable backpacking trips (as well as other adventures) since 1982. For over 20 years the club has presented its annual backpacking class. Come to this class and get on board to take backpacking trips as close as southern Indiana, or as far away as you can imagine. The presenters are seasoned adventurers with experience in places such as the Appalachian Trail, The Grand Canyon, the Canadian Wilderness and more. Don't miss this FREE class! Contact Nanette or Will Eshelman (ciwcinfo@gmail.com) with questions.

    The Central Wilderness Club is a not-for-profit volunteer-run club founded for the purpose of providing reasonably priced backpacking, hiking, canoeing/rafting, biking, cross-country skiing d and other wilderness adventures for members. Membership is open to anyone with a real interest in the outdoors. ciwclub.org

    Please RSVP (register) to help us anticipate turnout. Covid-19 Procedures will be followed which include masks and limited seating (32) during presentations under the Pavilion. Traffic patterns will be one-way thru the outdoor displays and distancing between participants is encouraged. Regretfully, there will be a “hands-off” policy of all tents, packs, pads and other gear.


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