September 2022

PREAUX TIPS: From a Former Trek Guide


Happy Fall, Y’all!

This week’s Preaux Tip is from former Trek Guide, Brooke Smith! Her insight is a theme we often overlook in our daily own daily lives but is a GREAT thing to remember during your time in Swamp. 

“Be present in the moment. With all the distractions going on in today’s world, it can be hard to present while on your trek. The swamp is a beautiful place to fully immerse yourself into and learn from, so take in all the cypress trees, birds, alligators, smells, and sounds. Don’t be afraid to try something new and jump out of your comfort zone. A trek like this provides countless opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences. You’d be surprised how far that will take you.”- Brooke Smith, Trek Guide 2017

PREAUX TIPS: 2023 Leader's Guide


The 2023 Leader’s Guide is now here on the website! This tool might be the most appropriately named resource we provide. It is built specifically for Trek Advisors to Be Prepared for their trek. Sure at 54 pages, it’s a bit of a read. However, with 10 years of treks to back it up, everything you need to know is there. It is our goal to make sure you have the answers to, “When do we need to have our Final Roster submitted?” or “How many 20-liter dry bags do we each need?” (Those answers are March 1st, 2023 and two.) The Leader’s Guide covers everything from Allergies to Zip-lock bags and from the start of your preparations to trail end.  All jokes aside, reading the guide thoroughly is the first step in ensuring that your crew enjoys a safe and successful trek. As always, if you have any questions, reach out to our professional staff. Below is the link to the 2023 Leader’s Guide.

PREAUX TIPS: Are paddle gloves right for your high adventure trek?


We are excited to be unveiling our new, weekly Preaux Tips (pronounced “pro”) series. Each of these is inteneded to help ensure a safe and successful trek. Use them as part of your Scout meetings and trainings. While no one tip will make your trek a sucess, these are great tools to keep in mind!

For our first week, we discuss if PADDLE GLOVES are aright for you!


1. Your trek should not be the first time you use your paddling gloves. Wear them on your practice paddles, while cutting the grass, or even when riding your bike.

2. Paddling gloves only prevent blisters if you keep them fry. Don’t catch minnows with your gloves on.

3. Should you decide gloves aren’t for you, changing hand positions on the paddle can be another great way to prevent blisters.

4. If you begin to develop blisters, remove your gloves and treat the blisters with items from your first aid kit. Do not put your gloves back on until your hands have healed.

5. Lastly, if you’re looking for some wicked tan line, paddling gloves are great for you! LOL!

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