Canoeing at Kingston

Canoeing at Kingston

Scouts ACT has a Branch Water Activities Team (BWAC) who run sailing and canoeing activities for scouts.  BWAC owns and operates canoes stored in their Kingston shed, and these are available for use during Terms 1 and 4.  Scout leaders can book an evening of canoeing for scouts of any age, pending the availability of a trained canoeing guide.


Once you have booked a date, here is what you need to know:


Participants: Bring $5 on the night and give it to your leader.

Note to Leaders: You can give your collected cash to our treasurer in cash on the night (they will give you a receipt, and deposit it to the BWAC account for you).

Cost is $5 per youth participant.  Parents, leaders and adult helpers are free.

As an extra fund-raiser, if you wish to toss your canoeing guide into the water, it costs an extra $50. If the scouts would like to toss their own leaders into the water, that’s free (and expected / indeed encouraged)
(especially by the soaking wet canoeing guide)!  🙂

How to get there

There is construction around the site, so you need to enter via a locked gate, which your canoeing guide will unlock for you. Here is a map showing how to get to the Kingston Water Activities shed for canoeing.

Forms to fill in

Leaders: Download this template and fill in your own session dates and times for a quick and easy way to create your Activity Notification for Canoeing at Kingston.

What to bring

  • Closed shoes (no crocs, gumboots, sandals or thongs).
  • Water bottle.
  • Towel.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Your $5.00
  • Completed permission form to give to your leader.
  • Sun hat.

Session times

Your leader will tell you what time your session is due to start and finish. Check your Activity Notification form. Normally sessions start at 6pm, but some groups vary this.

Possible reasons for cancellation

It is advisable for leaders to have a back up plan in case of cancellation.  Leaders may wish to let the parents know how and by what time a cancellation/change of venue will be communicated to them, when they advertise their upcoming canoeing session.

Possible reasons for cancellation include:

  • rain or lightning on the night
  • sudden unavailability of your guide
  • the lake being closed due to high algae levels.  Leaders can check Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin weekly report (issued each Thursday during the lake’s recreation season, October to April) to see if the lake is open for recreation.