Doug, I’ve been on many weekend and week long trips with The Wilmington Ski Club and even the FDSC. And by far your trip has been the best. Better group of people, way cooler trip leader. Great Weekend! ~ Susan



What a way to spend a milestone birthday. Weather was fantastic! Great group of people. Did some paddling, did some hiking, and most of all enjoyed the comradery. So looking forward to doing this and other like it again. ~ Doug Q

This trip is at the top of the list of outstanding trips I’ve had the good fortune to attend.  Perfect weather, plenty of beautiful, unspoiled areas, great group of guys in attendance and a good time was had by all. It will be tuff to top, but I’ll look forward to trying! (I’ll bring my fishing tackle next time.) Thanx Doug & Evan! ~ Dale

Simply amazing! Had a great time and really enjoyed meeting everyone.  ~ Mike

Thanks for talking ‘me off the edge’. I am so glad I went. Couldn’t have asked for a better time or better people to spend 4 days with. ~ Terry


Doug Chapman has proven to be a great asset to our annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, which is a seven-day canoe/kayak trip. As owner of Take It Outdoors Adventures, he has served as our Sojourn outfitter for the past several years, renting kayaks and gear to participants who don’t have their own. He also transports the gear of all participants to evening camping spots. Because the Sojourn is a weeklong, 112-mile event, the outfitter must be available every day and evening. It requires a strong commitment, an ability to work with a variety of people, and can be physically demanding. During the years that Doug has served in this capacity he has been reliable, organized, flexible and easy to work with. He is accommodating when people have special requests, and willing to help out where ever he is needed throughout the week. He has a friendly demeanor and is very well liked by the other sojourners, and is basically a fun person to be around. His love of the outdoors combined with his people skills make him a perfect fit for leading groups in the outdoors, and we are pleased that he has been part of our Schuylkill River Sojourn.  ~ Kurt D. Zwikl Executive Director, Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area

Take It Outdoors Adventures has been our kayak guide and outfitter for our popular Pedal & Paddle program for the past few years. Doug Chapman not only has the paddling and outdoor experience required to run a river event but also has a unique way of making first time paddlers feel comfortable in the water ensuring an enjoyable and successful experience. Doug’s passion and zeal for the outdoors is easily seen each time he leads a trip and is contagious to all that float the river alongside Take it Outdoors Adventures.  ~ Tim Fenchel-Grants Program Coordinator, Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area


[Black Friday Paddle] What a great day. I was a little worried about the cold as I’ve never paddled in these temperatures before. All was good. Brought the proper gear as recommended by Doug, nature cooperated and it turned out to be a wonderful day. Yes, it was a little chilly but would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Doug for putting this together. ~ Doug Q

Moonlight Paddles

Coolest trip ever haven’t had that much fun since I group camped as a teen. ~ Greg

These moonlight paddles have been such a great time this summer and will be remembered for years to come. Thanks Doug. ~ Bill

Great! Moonlight paddling is a great experience. The whole evening could not have been better. ~ Esther

This was THE BEST paddle I have ever been on. First there were the great people that attended. Followed by the guitar player that joined us for dinner in the park. Only to end with a clear bright moon to guide us back to River Front Park while watching a massive thunder and lightning storm off in the distance. I’m ready for the next Moonlight Paddle but I know I will never forget my first. Some things you just can’t plan, Thanks for the great time Doug. ~ Doug Q

Absolutely awesome night. ~ Lisa

Doug, last night’s moonlit paddle was astounding. I’ve paddled with lots of groups but none are as fun as your trips. Loved the idea of paddling in the moonlight, watching the amazing lightning, which was thankfully in the distance, and coming upon a man who at first I thought was fishing. Then I got closer and saw he was actually ankle deep in the river, strumming a guitar, and singing. I thought, that Doug is so amazing planning such a thing. We took out, invited him to our hotdog roast, and enjoyed listening and singing along to so many classics from the sixties, too many to list all of ’em, but flashback to the Beatles, American Pie, and of all things, They’re Coming to Take Me Away from Dr. Demento. Loved, loved, loved it. Got back into our boats and paddled some more with glowsticks and the moon shining on our backs. A glorious evening had by all. Thank you for making it possible. Such a glorious moment in time. I LOVE your trips! ~ Pat

Fourth of July Paddle & Fireworks

Very few events reach this level. Thats a big thank you Doug for the idea, managing ihe trip logistics, the company…..great time!!! Oh and did I mention the weather, the fireworks, the speed of the river, the location, the quality of the equipment, the knowledge of the area?? THANKS for all the experts along as well! It was a blast. ~ Kathy

What a great day!!!!! Tom and I had such a blast, everyone was so nice and super accommodating, even the weather cooperated with us. We loved it so much and for Tom’s first time, he was hooked. We can’t wait to go again! Well done, Doug, and a big thanks to all 🙂  ~ Tiffany

This was a lot of fun with fun people. Will do again! ~ Peter

Perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday . ~ Alice



This group is fun to be around. I see no reason to join another when you have so many good people here. Way to go guy’s. TEAM WORK is part of this group. ~  Kevin

I’ve paddled with lots of groups but none are as fun as your trips. ~ Pat

Great bunch of folks. Always a fun time and Doug and crew work very hard to ensure a fun, safe outdoor experience. ~ John

Great day Doug!! Thanks and you !  It’s always an awesome time with Take it Outdoors!!  ~ Kelly

Kayak and BBQ was great fun. Beeeauuuutiful day, great bunch of down to earth folks. Doug makes it easy – supplied the kayak ~ he’s got a bunch of ’em. The one he chose for me fit perfectly. Nice comfortable safe transportation to the put in. He’s also an A number 1 BBQ chef.  Thank you Doug and All ~ I’ll definitely be back and will bring friends! You guys are the greatest. ~ Terri

I had the pleasure to present a course through Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America wherein we utilized Take It Outdoors for our program.  Both years the canoeing and kayaking experience was well received and a huge success.  In 2013 we had the opportunity to expand the paddle time and it was awesome.  Would recommend Take It Outdoors again to anyone for their outdoor adventure.  ~ MJ Rosenberry.