Diana Lee of FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp), in New York state has contacted us looking for volunteers to help out at their first annual Paddle for The Great Swamp Fundraiser. FrOGS is a legit, all-volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit group of friends and neighbors dedicated to preserving and protecting the Great Swamp; one of HVPC's favorite paddling venues.
Regarding the fundraising event: the participants are going to park and launch from the Patterson Recreation Center/Environmental Park on Front Street in Patterson, NY and paddle for seven miles down the east branch of the Croton River as it winds through the swamp. Staggered launchings will start at 8 AM, with the last group going in at 10 AM, and the one-way paddle will end at the Green Chimneys pavilion in Brewster where there will be food, prizes, music, festivities, etc. Shuttles will be available take paddlers back to retrieve their vehicles in Patterson.
Diana has contacted us because they need experienced paddlers to act as part of the safety crew. The safety crew will be posted, and patrol, along the route to provide assistance to whoever needs it. The channel through the swamp will be marked, and FrOGS is going to supply participants with safety whistles. The participant age range is 12 years old and up. A bailout will be located roughly halfway down the route at the Route 22 bridge.
HVPC members are welcome to participate as safety crew or as part of the fundraising paddlers group. The entrance fee for fundraising paddlers is $55 (which you can raise through the acquisition of sponsors), but there is no charge for safety crew and you get a free lunch. If you want to be part of the safety crew, there will be a meeting in the days prior to the event at which attendance is mandatory (more info on the meeting details is coming).
Information and sponsorship forms on the fundraising paddle is found here:
For more information on FrOGS, their web site is: http://frogs-ny.org
If you have questions, their email is: [masked]
Rain date is Sunday, May 18, 2014
The paddle officially starts at 8 AM, but safety crew volunteers will likely have to be there earlier. Check back for more information is it becomes available.