SARANAC LAKE - The New York State Outdoor Guides Association will hold a meeting for guides and aspiring guides at 1 p.m. Saturday in the former Clarkson telecommuting building next to Lake View Deli on River Street.
NYSOGA's regional director Sheila Young said NYSOGA is trying to get input from guides to find out what they are looking for in the association. They are also trying to gauge if there would be interest in opening a guides' house. She said Lake View Deli owner John Van Anden is considering turning the former Clarkson building, which he now owns, into a guides' house.
Young said there are 1,663 guides statewide and 533 in Region 5 of the state Department of Environmental Conservation based in Ray Brook. That's the most in the state.
There are 250 members in NYSOGA.
However, many people who have guide's licenses don't actually use them or are directly affiliated with a business and wouldn't need a guide's house.
"What we find with the association is people have guide's licenses just because it sounds attractive," Young said. "Some people have guide's licenses, but they are privately hired - like Brett Lawrence in Keene Valley just works for the AuSable Club."
"Other people have guide's licenses for their employment at ADK, the Wild Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts. So there's not an awful lot of people who are actually independent and out there."
Young also expects topics such as insurance to come up at the guide's house. She said she will take issues brought up by guides back to NYOGA's statewide board to "frame our goals."
For more information, contact Sheila Young at 518-359-8194 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.