Experience Summer from a Kayak: The 2021 Schuylkill River Sojourn is Here

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The 23rd Annual Sojourn is a 5-day guided paddling trip down the river, usually from inside a canoe or kayak. This year’s event will begin from Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township on Saturday, July 31, and end at Boathouse Row in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

People can register for one day or multiple days.

kayak The 23rd Annual Sojourn
The 23rd Annual Sojourn is a 5-day guided kayak/canoe trip down the river.

“Veteran sojourners call the event summer camp since that’s essentially what it is. People of all ages spend a week, or as little as one day, on this outdoor expedition,” said Elaine Paul Schaefer, Schuylkill River Greenways executive director.

“The sojourn combines kayaking, camping, education, and games into one exciting event.”

Participants spend the day paddling the scenic river, stopping along the way for meals and educational programs. In the evening, everyone sets up camp along the water.

This year’s theme is “Return to the River,” so paddlers will learn about different river aspects and the wildlife within it. Sojourners will also enjoy fun activities such as making s’mores over bonfires, a trivia game night, and live music.

“Not only does the Schuylkill River Sojourn demonstrate how much of a valuable and recreational resource the Schuylkill River is, but it’s also an amazing bonding experience. Families, friends, and anyone else who joins this event will leave it changed for the better,” Schaefer said.

Sojourn registration includes certified guides, meals, camping arrangements, and more. For more information about the sojourn and scholarship opportunities, visit Schuylkill River Sojourn.

The Schuylkill River Greenways NHA is a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting residents, visitors, and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development in order to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage.

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