Adventuring in the wilderness, whether on wild rivers, remote landscapes or vast lakes and scenic rivers makes a big impact in our lives. The connection to nature and journey through these amazing places shapes individuals for a lifetime. Northeast Whitewater Scouting Rafting Trips and Whitewater Adventure Programs promote character development, skills in the outdoors, connection to other scouts all the while building tight bonds and great memories. Our Scouting Trips Whitewater Adventure Programs get scout troops to explore in the outdoors, while finding what is important to each scouts individuality.
The Kennebec River is the most popular Maine rafting trip and one of the finest stretches of whitewater in the country. High-volume water with dam-controlled flows means reliable water flows and fun for everyone! The Kennebec river rafting trip is our #1 trip here at Moosehead Lake! Our two rivers in two days package allows Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scout troops and Venture Crews to raft the Kennebec day one and then step it up to raft the Penobscot river on day two. The Penobscot River is the most technical, scenic and wild Maine rafting trip. With picturesque views of Mt. Katahdin, heart pumping whitewater, and challenging rapids from class III-V, it’s a thrilling whitewater trip!
By participating in either one of our 1 day rafting trips; Kennebec River or Penobscot River Rafting, scout troops can accomplish Whitewater Rafting BSA; all scouts must be active paddlers on a class I – IV river as engaged whitewater paddlers with our Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guides. We encourage the scouts to be active participants paddling when our Whitewater Rafting Guides provided commands and our scout troops learn about river hydrology, progression of the river, the whitewater rafting equipment and have a day of fun whitewater rafting with Northeast Whitewater.
Whitewater Rafting BSA is not a merit badge, but Northeast Whitewater does offer Whitewater Merit Badge. Whitewater Merit Badge is a two day merit badge program with a Whitewater Merit Badge counselor. There is both on and off the water classroom time, instruction and fundamentals of whitewater are discussed and scenarios are practiced. Our whitewater merit badge program is a 2 day whitewater adventure program. The morning begins with classroom setting to discuss river hydrology, rapids, progression of the river and whitewater fundamentals. The troops learn and practice using throw bags and mechanical advantage (Z drag is discussed). We then practice with whitewater scenarios while on the river for each scout to demonstrate the skills required for whitewater merit badge, in addition to paddling class I-IV whitewater and the scout troops get the exciting opportunity to guide whitewater rafts!
After an adventurous day on the river and in the wilds of Maine, there’s nothing like enjoying an evening around the campfire at one of our wooded camp sites; troops can also enjoy on site volleyball, horseshoes, covered pavilion and modern bathhouse. After a day of whitewater rafting and time spent adventuring in the wilderness, scouts connect in the evening to reflect on the day spent in the outdoors, exploring, growing and having fun together on their scouting trip and scout adventure.