Donate and Join Us for the Wampanoag Party!

There’s still time to support the Wampanoag Extreme Challenge Paddle and score an invitation to the party. Make a gift today or at the door. Join us for BBQ, libations, music by the Johnny Ray Band, and dancing, on July 27th at 7pm at the home of Peter and Julie Kelly-Detwiler (114 Tilden Lane. Scituate). All proceeds support NSRWA’s work for clean, sustainable water and healthy rivers. Please RSVP here. Plus, right now, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Geoff Gordon of Gordon Atlantic Insurance! Geoff has challenged us to raise $1 per mile traversed—that’s 72 miles for each of the six paddlers (up to $2,160). Plus, new donors to the NSRWA also get their gifts matched by the Bloomwhistle Charitable Fund!

Let’s help the paddlers reach their goal of $10,000!

Read Tackling The Wampanoag Paddle by Caleb Estabrooks.

Click here to see photos from the Extreme Paddlers Conquer the Wampanoag Facebook album.

The Wampanoag Extreme Challenge Paddle

The team once again embarked on the Wampanoag Extreme Challenge Paddle to raise awareness and essential funds to protect local waters. Help them reach their goal by making a gift today!

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All proceeds support NSRWA’s work for clean, sustainable water and healthy rivers.

Meet the team: Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Cabby Tennis, Clay Tennis, Coulter Loft, John Pike and Caleb Estabrooks are taking on the Wampanoag Extreme Paddle Challenge.

“For me this adventure started as an Eagle Scout with Norwell’s Scout Troop 66 in Junior High-School. Then it was resurrected some 35 years later as a fundraiser for the NSRWA. If I add up all these paddling trips it’s well over 350 miles–that a lot of non-motorized water travel! The hardest part is probably the simple act of following one paddle stroke with the next, especially the 35 miles or more on the last day; but in a way, the harder it is the more fun it is, too. It’s simply amazing to me that we are in the middle of the South Shore and yet at times we don’t really know where we are. There is one swamp so dense that we occasionally drop a leaf in the water to see which way it flows so we know which way to push our canoes (to our waists)! We see lots of wildlife, snapping turtles, great blue herons, cormorants, owls, deer. By the end of day three we are scratched and tired, looking forward to a cold drink and our own beds. I’d say the best part is the camaraderie of people doing something without a specific purpose other than going from one point to the next. It’s true fellowship!” ~ Peter Kelly-Detwiler

The three-day, 72-mile trek took the team thru an historic Native American water route that connects Massachusetts Bay and Narragansett Bay along the North River and the Taunton River.