Area briefs

Overnight offered for Girl Scouts

TROY — Join staff and volunteers from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a fun and educational overnight adventure learning about conservation with Junior Girl Scouts.

Participants will meet BNC’s Wildlife Ambassadors and discover what makes them especially sensitive to pollution. This program is $25 per scout and $20 per leader, and is filled with nature games and lessons, as well as a late night snack, night hike, cool craft and continental breakfast! “Camp out” in the comfort of the Heidelberg Auditorium and create lasting memories during this overnight adventure.

The deadline for registration and payment is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Pre-register and pay by Monday, Nov. 5 and get a wildlife field guide for your troop. Girl Scout troops may now pay by cash, check or credit card.

Kayaking classes set

PIQUA — The Piqua branch of the Miami County YMCA will be offering kayaking class on Saturday, Nov. 17. The class will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class is designed for beginning kayakers who want to learn the basics of the sport.

The fee for the class is $15 for YMCA members and $20 for non-members. Class size is limited to four participants, and you must be at least 14 years of age to participate.

The class will be taught by Jeff Lange, a local kayaking enthusiast who is also a certified kayak instructor with the American Canoe Association. Lange brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the class.

There are many opportunities for renting a kayak around the Dayton area, as well as many waterways to go kayaking on.

For more information, or to register for the kayaking class, contact Donn Shade at the Piqua branch of the Miami County YMCA at (937) 773-9622. or email him at

The Miami County YMCA-Piqua Branch is located at 223 W. High St., Piqua.