Events > 2020 > September > GCA Fall Gala - September 18-20, 2020

About this event:

Created by Lisa Haskell

Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground

The GCA Fall Gala is STILL ON and almost here. This year it will be Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th.  Please note that we will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Swain county and will follow their guidelines and policies on group size (see below for GCA’s full Statement on COVID-19 and participant responsibility for risk).

Trip Coordinators Wanted, all levels !!!  With Covid we must have small groups and we need You!  Just tell us what Class trip you will lead.  You can decide on the river the night before.  At this time, we have one Class II trip guaranteed each day.    

Bring hand sanitizer and your mask for the shuttle and a snack bag to keep it dry.  Bring a large garbage bag to put your wet clothes in.  We will self shuttle within our own groups as much as possible.

We will converge upon Smoky Mountain Meadows campground at 755 E Alarka Road in Bryson City, NC, 28713.  You are responsible for making your own reservation.  Contact Susan Seay – (828) 488-3672 – GCA Members get 10% off.

We will not have the traditional group dinner on Saturday evening.  However, the Pavilion is still reserved for us.  We can prepare our own meals and sit at the picnic tables.

We will have an awesome time even with social distancing!

Questions?  Contact or text (843) 384-1350.

Statement regarding Covid-19:

During these uncertain times, the GCA is working to balance the organization’s mission to provide training and group paddling opportunities with the risk posed by Covid-19. The coronavirus threat and the ultimate impact on society and the sporting community is still unknown at this time. The situation is fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommended guidance for group activities from Federal, state, and local authorities.

GCA is scheduling its normal events, including the Fall Gala, Membership Paddle, and Christmas Party, but may cancel or postpone upcoming events as needed in accordance with the latest official guidelines and local or state restrictions. Even if conditions permit GCA to proceed with an event as scheduled, there is no possible way to eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Covid-19 is a special concern due to the potential for disease transmission by people infected by the virus who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. No amount of screening can completely eliminate this risk.

Each member or participant must take personal responsibility to assess his/her risk based on medical history, age, or other relevant factors. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals who fall into these categories are encouraged to avoid any GCA activities that will involve larger groups or to avoid GCA activities entirely until there is a vaccine or other effective protection against virus transmission.

GCA expects that all persons who attend any event will follow all applicable laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. Prior to attending any event, each person should review state and local guidance related to Covid-19 for the area in which the event is being held. Any person who has recently exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or come in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 should not participate in any GCA event. Individuals who participate in any event will be expected to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, use of masks when on land (i.e. before and after paddling), allowing distance with other paddlers during put in and take out and while maneuvering on the river, and coordinating shuttles so as to minimize the number of individuals in a single vehicle. Participants should not share equipment. Finally, GCA asks that you avoid any river or activity that is above your existing skill level, so as to minimize the need for hands-on river rescues.