Events and Programs


The “Kayak & Canoe Challenger” Program is a system created and developed by Bob Bellas to teach people to be efficient in the art of kayaking or canoeing, and to be confident to handle any situation they may be confronted with while enjoying the sport, in the shortest period of time reasonable.

This is accomplished by taxing the individual’s physical and mental capacities at the same time. By doing so this creates situations that force the person to take charge, institute a great amount of teamwork and be willing to take orders from another even if he or she may feel that the other person is inferior to themselves. This taxing process creates a new stimulus in their brain, which can be recalled automatically or at will when one needs the information.

Through a series of organized games and exercises, by which the participants are having so much fun they don’t even realize what they are learning, they become very proficient at the various skills needed to accomplish the goals of the program.

A beautiful certificate suitable for framing is awarded to each individual who successfully completes all the requirements of the “Kayak & Canoe Challenger” Program.

The “Kayak & Canoe Challenger” program has been taught to youth high adventure camps, staff people for various summer camps, scouting groups, YMCA, etc.

Participants should be at least 11 years old to adult and in reasonable physical condition.

Your group or organization should be prepared to spend one full day on and in, the water for the program.



Tell us about your youth group and we'll help you plan an exciting, adventure packed program.
Available Activities:
•Large area suitable for youth camping, (limited availability).
•Large "Area Wide Games."
•Water Games & Canoe races.
Learn Outdoor Skills:
•Fire Building
•Open Fire Cooking
•"Leave No Trace" Principals
•Respect for the "Outdoors"
•Basic Wilderness Survival Skills
•Campfire Program, (fire conditions permitting).
Request Youth Group Information - Call us at 1-800-Me-Canoe (632-2663)
Download our youth parental release form Release Form



Trip through Bigfoot Country
"You'll swear you're being watched at times." A great trip for the rugged and adventurous type, but definitely not for the faint of heart. On very low water days, log jams and running aground is possible.

Kayak / Canoe and Meal Deal!
Why not take a two or four hour kayak or canoe trip and end it at an historic covered bridge and dine at the equally historic “Grand River Manor”? The Grand River Manor is the same “Ole Watering Hole” that the pioneers of the New Western Reserve used during the steamboat days. (Ask us about the $10 meal voucher with this trip).

Native American Tipi!
Spend a night in our large 25 foot ceremonial tipi, host a birthday party, or just enjoy an evening with friends. Tipi rental possible with and without kayak or canoe rental.

Call for details and availability. Call us at 1-800-Me-Canoe (632-2663)
More trips are being planned...Check back often!