FreeStyle Canoeing


Obedience Training for Your Canoe


Midwest Canoe Symposium




Solo Canoe Rendezvous

June 3-5, 2016

Coopers Lake Campground

Slippery Rock, PA


Wisconsin Canoe Symposium

June 17-19, 2016

Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI



Ferienpark Teichmann,

Hessen, Germany


Adirondack Canoe Symposium

July 14-17, 2016

Paul Smith’s College

Paul Smith’s, NY


Midwest Canoe Symposium

September 9-11, 2016

Peninsula, Ohio


Pine Barrens Functional

FreeStyle Workshop

October 14-16, 2016

Camp Ockanickon, Medford, NJ



Interpretive FreeStyle

Exhibition & Competition


September 10th, 2016

Midwest Canoe Symposium

Bring a lawn chair, and

come to watch!


The competition and exhibition

is open to the public



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    September 9-11, 2016

    Camp Butler

    880 W. Streetsboro Road

    Peninsula, Ohio 44264-9734


    Questions? contact Elaine Mravetz at or 330-321-5111




    Please join us for our premier fall event, the Midwest Canoe Symposium, September 9 – 11, 2016.  MCS is held at Camp Butler in Peninsula, Ohio, nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near major freeways, 9 miles north of Akron and 23 miles south of Cleveland.


    The MCS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve paddling efficiency and fun through precise boat control skills.  Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors.  Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1.  Nearby hiking, biking, historic tours, shopping, etc. for non-paddling friends or spouses is available.


    "When I think of the Midwest Canoe Symposium, I think of the time of the year, the mist and fall scenery that is part of camp and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the food, the music makers, the fun and friendship and family friendly, the affordabililty of MCS."


    Class Offerings: Freestyle classes in solo and tandem, additional Special Topics seminars and clinics including:

    • Heeling and Kneeling 101,
    • Touring Technique,
    • Forward Stroke Clinic,
    • Going Straight Backwards,
    • Moving in Your Boat,
    • Kids’ Classes.


    MCS is hosting the Ohio ACA Rendezvous this year to offer courses in

    • Stand Up Paddleboarding,
    • Canoe Poling, as well as
    • ACA Canoe Camping Endorsement, and
    • ACA Instructor Updates in
    • Levels 1 – 3 Canoe Touring,
    • Levels 2 – 3 River Canoe,
    • Levels 1-2 River Kayak,
    • possible additional paddesport classes and a
    • scenic river trip on the Cuyahoga River.


    • In addition, MCS will offer the popular class Qigong, which incorporates breathing, stretching, and fluid movements to rejuvenate muscles and improve movement fluidity for paddlers.



    Additional Activities:

    • Interpretive FreeStyle Canoeing Exhibition (Sat., Sept. 10 at 6:15 p.m.),
    • Evening Candlelight Paddle,
    • FreeStyle Pickers (jam session with great musicians—bring a musical instrument and join in!)
    • For nonpaddling friends, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers biking, scenic hiking, the Cuyahoga Valley Historic Rail, and there are a plethora of local attractions and shopping in nearby Akron and Cleveland areas.


    Registration:  Preregistration is required with early registration discount.  Camp open for early arrivals starting Thursday afternoon.  Limited boat /gear rentals available.



    Lodging:  Atwood Lodge sleeps 22 in 2 bunk rooms on site (BYOL) on a space available basis.  Full shower and bath facilities are available in the dorm.  Tent option available on site (BYOT). No pets are allowed at camp.  Additional lodging available at several nearby motels at event rates.


    Meals include vegetables fresh from the Mravetz's garden.  The Midwest Symposium is well known for it's home style cooking, and definitely serves the best vegetarian meal options of all our canoeing events.


    Meals:  Full meal options (home cooked, buffet style) offered on site at Atwood Lodge with plentiful vegetarian choices.



    Clothing:  Please come prepared for any weather with appropriate clothing and footwear.


    Gear / Equipment:  Bring a canoe, paddles, PFD (to be worn at all times when on water), kneeling pad.  Instructors will teach you in the canoe that you bring.  Limited rentals available for FreeStyle, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe Poling classes.



    Please join us for a fun and informational weekend of paddling and renewing friendships or making new paddling friends in lovely surroundings!


    Early registration discount through August 22; registration deadline is August 29.


    Bob and Elaine Mravetz, MCS Coordinators






    Intro Letter 2016

    Class Descriptions

    Lodging Options


    ACA Waiver Adult

    ACA Waiver Minor