Here’s a fun video from a recent GOALS trip on the Rogue River in Oregon. GOALS (Get Outside And Learn Something) is one of the nominees for C&K’s 2014 Paddle With Purpose Award. The organization introduces middle school and high school students to wild rivers, and the kind of lessons they don’t get in the classroom.

“During a GOALS outdoor education program, kids learn to push themselves physically and mentally, to trust one another, and to recognize the growth that occurs both individually and collectively between the put-in and the take-out,” according to the GOALS website. “They walk away with an increased sense of confidence and comfort outdoors, a knowledge of the difference between healthy risks and unhealthy risks, and an understanding of the importance of conservation to preserve similar experiences for future generations.”

The Paddle With Purpose award will be presented at the Canoe & Kayak Awards Thursday, Aug. 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time (9:30 Eastern, 6:30 Pacific). Follow along on, Facebook and #CKAwards on Instagram.

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