Many Scouting Units participate in rafting trips conducted by BSA National, Council and private outfitters. A new aquatics award, Whitewater Rafting BSA, recognizes the challenge and adventure of such activities. The award is available to BSA youth and adult members of Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing or Sea Scout units.
The Requirements for the award focus on safety and basic paddling skills on whitewater up to Class III. All instruction and skill completions are directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in the raft during the trip. Participants help power and control the raft with paddles – simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide is not sufficient.
Note: This isn’t one you can go out and earn on your own. Instruction and skill completion must be supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in the raft during the trip. To earn the award, you’ll need to help paddle and steer the raft; simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide won’t count.
Scouts and Venturers who participate in whitewater rafting at the 2017 National Jamboree later this month will be among the first who are eligible to earn this award.
Patches and pocket cards are in production and will be available at scoutstuff.org and in local Scout Shops later this season. A support brochure is also planned.
The patch, seen in mock-up form at the top of this post, will be worn on swimming trunks.
Download the application and requirements below.