SAIL to host its first ORCA Youth Adventure Club session on Wednesday, Feb. 12

Youth Adventure Club Flyer

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) will host events for its new ORCA Youth Adventure Club program from 3:30-5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at various locations around Sitka.

The new ORCA Youth Adventure Club program in Sitka is for students in the second through eighth grades of all abilities and their parents. Participants will be exposed to a variety of outdoor activities. The first event will be on Feb. 12 when the club will explore Halibut Point Recreation Area. The next event will be on March 12, when club members will have fun at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center.

ORCA, which stands for Outdoor Recreation and Community Access, provides year-round recreation and community access programs for people of all ages who experience a disability. We focus on socialization, team-building, and fun outside.

While the main purpose of ORCA is to provide a variety of opportunities for people with disabilities to get outdoors and enjoy life, several ORCA members from other Southeast communities have gone on to compete in local and even international events. A pair of former ORCA adult program athletes from Juneau (Joe TompkinsSeth McBride, both paralyzed from the waist down) have gone on to compete in the Paralympics in skiing (Tompkins) and quad rugby (McBride). There also have been ORCA teams participating in events such as the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay and local fun runs and cycling events. McBride currently is in the middle of a 10,000-mile handcycle trip from Portland, Ore., to Patagonia, Argentina.

To learn more about the new Sitka program, contact Alli Gabbert of SAIL at 747-6859 or agabbert@sailinc.org.

• February 2014 calendar of Sitka SAIL events

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