Twizzlers and safety tips mark River Runners’ departure

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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An entire package of Twizzlers probably isn’t the best way to start a three-day canoe trip down the North Saskatchewan River, Dave Schluff said.


“Breakfast of champions,” the Prince Albert Police Service Staff Sgt. said, playfully scolding one of this year’s 11 River Riders participants (a group of teens joined by four adult supervisors and additional support vehicle helpers). 

Safety is key for the River Runners, Schluff told this year’s participants, who range in age from 13 to 18, prior to their Thursday morning departure from Prince Albert.

This year’s group is well prepared, having already participated in a series of team-building and problem-solving exercises at Kinsmen Park last week.

Youth who take part in River Runners are drawn from a pool of applicants who have demonstrated leadership skills in the community -- skills that the camping trip aims to help them further develop while providing a chance to experience the outdoors for those who may not have the opportunity to do so.

Piling into a van on Thursday, the youth’s first stop will be Fort Carlton, a historic Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post that operated from 1810 until the original structure was destroyed by fire in 1885.

From there, the youth will begin a three-day process of returning home to Prince Albert along the North Saskatchewan River.

The Daily Herald will catch up with the group on their return for an update on how the trip went and what lessons were learned along the way.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Bay Company, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Kinsmen Park, North Saskatchewan River

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