2013 Sojourn Q & A

What is a Sojourn? Consider the Sojourn as a mini-summer camp, for adults and youth alike. This is a group-oriented event that emphasizes environmental and cultural education, sharing stories and experiences, and enjoying the river. On the water, we keep the group together and go at the pace of the slowest paddler. Even experienced paddlers are surprised to discover the unique opportunities for reflection and community that this kind of group river journey offers.

What are the camp sites like? Mostly these are “primitive” camp sites, where camping is normally prohibited. This means that on some stops, no plumbing is available. Port-a-johns are provided for each camp site. For those who consider showers a priority, consider purchasing a sun-shower kit for the trip.

Can I go for just one day? Yes. But will it be enough? This year’s sojourn was designed as a long getaway, and we hope you can join us for the entire trip!

What does my fee include? Registration includes overnight camping, three meals per day, vehicle shuttles, activities, programs, guiding, and safety services and a t-shirt.

Do I need to be an experienced paddler? Experience is helpful, but the pace of most Sojourn days is suitable for new paddlers. See estimated daily mileage, if you have questions, contact us. Paddling skills session will be offered on Kick-off day.

What do I need to bring? You will need to bring or rent a canoe or kayak, paddles, Personal Flotation Device, overnight camping gear, water bottles and personal items. A complete list of gear and items will be included in a packet e-mailed to you after you register. See box below for local outfitters offering canoe or kayak rentals.

Do I need to bring food? Three meals are provided. We will provide vegetarian options if requested on the registration form. You should bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for between meals. Ice tea and lemonade will be provided during meals. Potable water will be provided at campsites. Bring a drinking cup and enough refillable water bottles to equal a gallon per person per day.

Where do I leave my car? We request that participants paddling for the whole sojourn use the kick-off day shuttle. Cars are left at the end of the trip: you, your boat and gear are shuttled to the beginning. We provide a secure, dry, gear truck to shuttle your equipment each day. For those on the water for one or two days, a shuttle will allow you to move your car to the next camp most days. Cars might not be moved every day, depending on location and parking availability. Detailed shuttle information will be provided in the confirmation packet.

Some Sojourn Resources:

Sojourn Policies

2013 Sojourn

Sojourn Letter



Erin Heard
Outreach Coordinator/River Trail Manager
Upper Susquehanna Coalition
(607) 346-2727