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Weekday Volunteers needed for NPS 6th Graders Program (Club or Forum Announcement)

by Billy Bob @, Oak Ridge, TN, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 08:12 (974 days ago)

ETWC has supported the National Park Service’s Obed Wild & Scenic River unit for the past 3 years by supplying volunteers for the boating portion of the program that they put on for all of the 6Th Grade classes in Morgan County. This year’s program will be held on weekdays between May 11 and May 20, and we are again looking for volunteers. Please consider volunteering for a day or more.

Each day a bus will arrive at Lilly Bridge around 9 a.m. with students from one school. They are divided into two groups, and one group goes rock climbing while the other group goes to the water program. We help the NPS Rangers fit helmets and PFDs on the students before they carry the NPS provided boats and paddles to a pool below Lilly Bridge. The first activity is usually the popular “Critters in the Creek” program by NPS personnel that involves the students capturing and identifying the animals in Clear Creek – and thus proving how unpolluted the water is.

After the Critters program, we help put the students into the NPS boats before we get into our own boats and gear to paddle with them in the pool. We limit instruction to the minimum required for safety – the emphasis is for the students to have FUN. If time and the weather permits, we let the students go for a brief swim in the upstream end of the pool. Each group is accompanied by at least one teacher who can handle any discipline issues – but we have had none.

Around noon we break for lunch, and then switch groups and repeat the activities. When we finish, the students carry the boats and paddles back up the hill before leaving to return to school around 3 p.m. We then assist the NPS Rangers in sorting and loading their equipment onto their trucks and trailer.

If you have any free time available, please consider this fun activity. You will be very impressed by the 6th Graders and teachers of Morgan County, and every session has been fun for all. Please call Billy Bob or Kary at 865-483-7525 to volunteer, or for more information on this award winning program.


Weekday Volunteers needed for NPS 6th Graders Program

by ljlatorre, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 15:12 (974 days ago) @ Billy Bob

Hey guys
I can be there on the Friday the 15th . If this is good for you let me know . If you still need me to call let me know .


Thanks, LJ!!!

by Billy Bob @, Oak Ridge, TN, Thursday, April 16, 2015, 06:43 (973 days ago) @ ljlatorre

See ya then.


Weekday Volunteers needed for NPS 6th Graders Program

by IanA @, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 15:50 (966 days ago) @ Billy Bob

I'll be there on the 11th


Thanks, Ian!!!

by Billy Bob @, Oak Ridge, TN, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 17:52 (966 days ago) @ IanA

It will be a lot of fun.


Weekday Volunteers needed for NPS 6th Graders Program

by d.britt @, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 18:34 (961 days ago) @ Billy Bob

I hope to be there all week. If we need more help I'll bring my son along unless he has to work. The more the merrier!


Thanks, Denzil!!

by Billy Bob @, Oak Ridge, TN, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 20:43 (961 days ago) @ d.britt

The 6th Graders program is always fun, and I'm sure that your son will enjoy it too. Thank you both.

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