In addition to promoting paddlesports
Education, Stewardship, Recreation and Competition, the ACA is dedicated to
improving the communities we live and paddle in.
In an effort to promote
community responsibility across the country, the ACA National Office Staff
engages in the following for Fredericksburg, Virginia and the surrounding area:
local canoeists and kayakers in swiftwater rescue techniques on the
hands on canoe training for the Friends of the Rappahannock volunteer trip
the National Paddlesports Conference in Fredericksburg in 2008 and 2009
multiple paddlesports safety programs each year for area Boy Scout Troops
and Cub Scout Packs
with the annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race, which donates
the proceeds to the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, the Fredericksburg
Swiftwater Rescue Team and Friends of the Rappahannock
with the Fredericksburg Watershed Manager, Lee Sillitoe, on signage at
river access points along the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers
organization of RiverFest, the primary fundraiser each year for the
Rappahannock River Watershed
internship opportunities to University of Mary Washington students each
the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department with paddlesports
safety brochures in English and Spanish
yearly paddlesports safety presentations for the community
with local artists to create a symbolic mural of Fredericksburg and
the Rappahannock River on the side of the ACA Office facing the new
- Annual ACA Paddle Green Event, Celebrate the Rapp! in downtown
an Office Recycling Program: paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, & electronics.
- Sponsors a boy and girl during the Holiday Season.
Whether you are an ACA member,
Paddle America Club, Pro School, or Instructor, please consider how you can
make a positive difference in your immediate community.
Part of our duty as paddlers and good stewards of our waters is to recruit others to join the cause and help fight for healthy rivers! How do you help make the world a better place to paddle? Send your pictures and short stories to the ACA Stewardship Coordinator to be part of our community board!