Scott Leighton– 3rd Year

As an "American Idol" auditioner, Scotty will have you belting out tunes from your kayak in no time!

“This one-day trip was a birthday present to my husband. We both loved it. It was my first time in a real kayak. Our guide, Scott, was very knowledgeable and fun … he was always singing! =0)

We saw a few bald eagles, paddled right through kelp beds (which was way cool!) and had salmon leaping out of the water all around us. Amazing! Our lunch, which Scott prepared, was awesome … fruit and vegetarian sandwich-fixings, with some mint oreos for dessert! I would definitely do this trip again … or maybe next time try the 3-day trip!”  Trip Advisor

Scotty hails from the quaint hamlet of Cumberland, Maine. After growing up hunting and fishing for his own food Scott sought out, “a bigger world” via a semester-long kayaking and backpacking NOLS course in Patagonia. He then attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he sang a cappella and graduated with a Film and Media Studies degree.

His love for the outdoors was influenced from his years as a Boy Scout and then led to seven years of sea kayak guiding (A Registered Maine Guide since 2009) with Rippleffect, a youth development organization stationed on a lovely island off the coast of Maine. Scott has fused his loves for the outdoors and film by producing and editing videos for both Rippleffect and of course, Outdoor Odysseys. In the off season, Scott lives in New York City working as a boom operator/soundmixer on films and TV, but looks forward “to singing the the whole way back to the San Juan Islands next summer!”

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