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Justin McArthur of Fond du Lac makes his way out of Asylum Bay kayaking on day two of his four day journey around Lake Winnebago, Tuesday, August 29, 2017. McArthur is doing it as a personal goal for Paddle Everything as well as for Camp to Belong.
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FOND DU LAC - Half of all siblings in the Wisconsin foster care system are separated into different homes.

This is just one of the things Justin McArthur is hoping to bring awareness to by kayaking entirely around Lake Winnebago for four days straight.

McArthur, founder of Paddle Everything, said touring Lake Winnebago via kayak is something he has been wanting to tackle for several years. 

“I have been kayaking seriously for 10 years now,” McArthur said. “All of my friends said I was crazy when I first mentioned this, but here we are.”

McArthur said he started the conservation awareness project to connect people and local communities to the natural resources present from the unique perspective of his kayak.

The trip began Monday at a wayside outside of North Fond du Lac and will end Thursday in the same place. McArthur said he will camp on the banks of the lake every night, except Monday night due to lack of able land outside of Oshkosh.

On his journey, titled “Kayak for Camp,” McArthur said he hopes to shed light on Camp To Belong-Wisconsin, part of an international association of summer camps for siblings in the foster care system who have faced separation.