SOLON — The 25th annual Bath Savings Institution Paddle for Pine Tree Camp will return as an in-person event this year, as paddlers reunite Saturday, June 5, on the Kennebec River to support Pine Tree Camp.

Paddlers will take to the water from Solon for a seven-mile kayak trip to North Anson, aiming to raise money for Maine people with disabilities to experience Pine Tree Camp year-round.

There will be two start times: 8:30 and 11 a.m., with drive through check-in opening one hour prior to launch. The paddle begins at the Evergreens Campground in Solon (202 Ferry St.) and ends in North Anson on the Patterson Bridge Road.

“Coming together safely to enjoy the Maine outdoors embodies the spirit of Pine Tree Camp,” said Noel Sullivan, president and CEO of Pine Tree Society, according to a news release from the camp. “There will be complete COVID-safety precautions in place, including drive-through check in and staggered start times.”

Paddlers also can opt to participate virtually.

“For 25 years, this paddle event has raised vital funds for Pine Tree Camp,” Sullivan continued. “This year, a sponsorship from Central Maine Power in partnership with the Avangrid Foundation energizes our fundraising goal.”

In 2020, Pine Tree Camp expanded programming to year-round, safely keeping Maine people with disabilities and their families active and engaged outdoors in all four seasons. All proceeds from the paddle help keep Pine Tree Camp’s Open Door Policy firmly in place, providing funds so all who wish to come to camp may do so.

This event is family friendly and perfect for all ages, skill levels and abilities. Registration is required, and capacity is limited.

To register, visit app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/PineTreeSociety/2021Paddle.html

For full details, visit pinetreesociety.org.

Sponsors of the 25th annual event include Bath Savings, WABI5, Central Maine Power Company, Avangrid Foundation, Hub, New Balance, Hammond Lumber Company, Franklin Savings Bank, Viking Lumber and NRF Distributors.

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