As Recreation Supervisor for the City of Salida, Lauren Thomson created a brand new program for Salida’s youth for 2019. Sadly, this program never came to fruition through the city's Rec Dept, although we hope to be able to one day fulfill this dream.
The Salida Ark Squad's mission would be to inspire young river enthusiasts ages 8-13 to explore, value, protect, and enjoy the Arkansas River.
Objective: Ensure the safety and enjoyment of Salida youth by focusing on recreation through rafting, kayaking, SUP, and swimming; river safety and awareness; and a solid understanding of our local water and riverfront/riparian habitat. The Ark Squad program is designed to educate young river enthusiasts of the many aspects of the Arkansas River as it runs through the town of Salida, and to encourage them to get involved, have fun, and BE SAFE!
This program envisioned our local youth as stewards of this amazing resource in our town, and foresaw this first generation of Ark Squad as ambassadors for both visitors and future generations.