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Paddle the Amazon

We're going to paddle the length of the Amazon River, a total of 4,000 miles #PaddleTheAmazon

We're going to be paddling the equivalent of the length of the Amazon River, a total of 4,000 miles! 

In partnership with Jaffa and supported by British Canoeing, the challenge will run for the whole month of July 2021 and we hope to get as many young people paddling throughout the month as possible. The event is open for Cub age upwards (8+).

If you don't wish to paddle on water, there are paddle themed activities listed below that you can complete instead. Make sure you log these too (via the orange pop up box on this page), each activity completed equals one mile paddled.

 

How to take part:

Step 1: Ask your parent, carer, or leader, to find your local water centre to book your paddle session for any day in July.

Step 2 (if you are a young person) : With your parent or carer make sure you complete a Risk Assessment in advance of the session and ensure you are still following all guidelines in terms of group sizes and government rules on travel. Read through the activity guidance before taking part in a paddle session.

Step 2 (if you are a volunteer, parent or carer) : Make sure you complete a Risk Assessment in advance of the session and ensure you are still following all Scouting restart guidelines in terms of group sizes and government rules on travel. Read through the activity guidance before running the paddle session.

Step 3: Enjoy your paddle session.

Don't forget to share your pics on social media using the hashtag #PaddleTheAmazon Tag Scouts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and Jaffa on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Step 4: Once you've paddled head back to this page and log your miles (via the orange pop up box on this page) for your chance of winning a free Itiwit Inflatable Touring Kayak, 3 paddles, hand pump and 3 buoyancies for your group. T&Cs apply.

P.S If you're paddling on water don't forget to take a towel and dry clothes and shoes with you!

Did you know?

  • The Amazon River is the world’s second longest river after the River Nile
  • Our very own ambassador Ed Stafford was the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River in South America from the source to the sea. Ed walked for 860 days! He started on 2 April 2008 and finished in August 2010. No-one had ever done what he attempted.

Keen to get involved in #PaddleTheAmazon but want to stay on land?

Here are some off-water paddling activities you can do to take part. You might need to adapt them slightly if you're doing them on your own. Feel free to use the Remember to log these activities too (via the orange pop up box on the bottom right of the page), one off-water activity completed equals one mile paddled per person:

Paddle Puzzles

Complete these activity sheets to learn the places that you can paddle safely.

Activity is also suitable for Beavers if they wanted to get involved in the challenge.

Build a paddle boat

Learn some basic sailing terminology in this bottle-based, boat building bonanza.

Get afloat

Build a boat and find the perfect place to sail it.

Activity is also suitable for Beavers if they wanted to get involved in the challenge.

Our ambassador Sarah Khumalo is the first black African woman to summit Everest and stand at the South Pole.

Sal Montgomery, is a Scout Adventurer and the person who saved Steve Backshall's life when kayaking in 2019.

Fruit for your paddle session

Our friends at Jaffa are offering money off vouchers for you to buy Jaffa fruit for your paddle session. Each voucher gives you £1 off and can be redeemed at your local Tesco store. Email info@jaffa.co.uk to apply for your vouchers. Make sure you include the number of vouchers you would like (maximum of 8 per application) and the name and address you would like the vouchers sent to. 

Paddle the AmazonThu 1st – Sat 31st July 2021 Add to calendar

Location: At your local water centre

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Organiser

Jaffa

Who’s it for?

  • Cubs
  • Scouts
  • Explorers