Dear Community Youth Organization Leader,


I would like to invite you to consider sending youth in your programs to afree 3 hour Introduction To Kayaking and the Lake Environment program provided by the San Francisco State Summer Youth Sailing and Kayaking Program at Lake Merced. This is a hands-on, healthy, outdoor activity for youth, where kids are taught by our certified instructors how to safely paddle a kayak, work together with their paddle partner, and learn about the variety of wildlife found at Lake Merced. We have limited funds to offer full scholarships to community-based organizations that serve needy youth. We offer this program as a community service and took over 600 children last summer.  As the attached flyer shows, we offer camps every week Monday through Friday, from mid June through August, either at 9:00 AM to noon or 1 PM to 4 PM. The maximum number of participants we can serve at one time is 24 (with a group in the morning and a group in the afternoon we can take a total of 48). All we ask is that you sign an agreement stating your firm commitment to attend on the agreed upon date. Please look at your summer calendar and select one or two dates where you would like to bring your group for this three-hour program, contact me directly ( as soon as possible, and I will try to schedule it. Again, this is a three-hour program and there is no cost to your organization, but we have a limited number of scholarships. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

2012 Summer 3 hr Kayak Flyer


Best Regards,


Patrick Tierney Ph.D.

Chair, Professor and Summer Youth Sailing and Kayaking Program Coordinator

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave., HSS 307

San Francisco, CA 94132

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