SYMPOSIUM FAQ

A farmer john type wetsuit or a dry suit is HIGHLY recommended, the water is still cold in May! Some dive shops rent wetsuits for a minimal fee. 

Please bring:

  • Clothing and accessories for both warm and cold weather. Weather in May is hard to predict. Past years have been cool and rainy and warm, sunny, and dry.
  • Sandals or water shoes.
  • Sunscreen, rain gear, and mosquito repellent.
  • Sea kayak. A sea kayak is 14’ or longer with bulkheads.  Also bring related gear including: a paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), paddle float, and pump.
  • Rental kayaks are available from the following symposium sponsors. Let them know you are attending the WMCKA Symposium.
  • While we love pets, they are NOT allowed in camp!
We have many different options for staying on-site at the symposium. 
  • Free walk-in tent site with registration.
  • Free lots for small RV’s. However, there are no RV hook-ups.
  • Bunks in simple rustic cabins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each cabin sleeps 6 to 12 people. Cabins have electricity.  Bring your own linens and/or sleeping bags.  Cabins are available with Male Only, Female Only, and Co Ed rooming options.  There is a small charge for cabins.  
  • Centralized restrooms and showers are available at camp.
  • A list of nearby local campgrounds, motels, and restaurants may be obtained online at www.whitelake.org

Meals are included for all registered participants. Camp Pendalouan provides seven meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners), including a vegetarian option, during the weekend. Meals are served family-style in the main lodge. 

Please note: the first meal served for the weekend is breakfast on Saturday.

Friday:

  • Symposium Check In begins at 5:00pm in the main lodge
  • There will be a Donation BBQ (Burgers & Dogs) fundraiser, come by and mingle with paddlers you will be with for the next 2 days
  • “Introduction to the Symposium” class at 7pm in the main lodge
  • “BCU 3 Star Participant” review at TBD in the main lodge with Bonnie Perry.  
 
Saturday:
  • Breakfast served from 8:00 – 9:00am in the main lodge
  • On land and water classes begin at 9:00am. 
  • BCU 3 Star participants will travel to Duck Lake State Park at 9:00am
  • Lunch is served at 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the main lodge.
  • On land and water classes begin again at 1:00pm.
  • Dinner is served at 6:00pm in the main lodge.
  • Evening Presentation and Raffle in the main lodge.
  • Night paddle at dusk, please bring a light or light stick (we will have light sticks for sale)
 

Sunday:

  • Breakfast served from 8:00 – 9:00am in the main lodge
  • On land and water classes begin at 9:00am. 
  • BCU 3 Star participants will travel to Duck Lake State Park at 9:00am
  • Lunch is served at 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the main lodge.
  • On land and water classes begin again at 1:00pm.
  • Dinner is served at 6:00pm in the main lodge.
  • Evening of board games, music and community in the main lodge. Bring your own adult beverages and instruments. 
 
Monday:
  • Breakfast served from 8:00 – 9:00am in the dining hall
  • On-land and water classes begin at 9:00am
  • Classes end at 11:30am
  • Time to wrap another symposium and say good-bye to all new and old friends.main lodgeDuck Lake State Park

Neptune’s Treasures is our ‘kayaking garage sale’ for second-hand, gently used camping and kayaking gear. There is usually a selection of used kayaks also for sale. This is a great place to sell your used kayak and gear or find some new (to you) stuff. Neptune’s Treasures is for the gearhead in all of us!

 

  • There is a $100/person non-refundable charge if cancellation received after April 24, 2022. 
  • No refunds after May 10, 2022.

If you have any additional questions, please email symposium@wmcka.org