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2023 High Adventure: Kayaking & Rafting the New River

When:            Monday, June 19 through Saturday, June 24, 2023

Where:          On the New River in West Virginia, near the town of Lansing.

What:             On the first day, we’ll drive to our destination, the Adventures on the Gorge outfitters where we will stay in their rustic cabins for two nights. On day two we’ll spend the day in a kayaking clinic on the river, learning (or re-learning) the techniques of safe whitewater kayaking. The next day we’ll be driven upriver with boats and gear and will begin our paddle back down the river for two days paddling and two nights camping on the riverbank, followed by a one-day whitewater raft trip down the lower New River.  Excellent food to be provided and prepared by the guides along the way! Then back to the cabins at Adventures on the Gorge for one night and then drive home on Saturday, June 23, 2023.

Eligibility:      To be eligible for this trip a Scout:

  • must in the Scoutmaster’s judgment have actively participated in the Troop’s program throughout the preceding year, at all times demonstrating Scout spirit
  • must achieve the rank of at least First Class by April 30, 2023
  • must earn Swimming Merit Badge and certain of the requirements for Whitewater Merit Badge (to be determined) by May 31, 2023 (opportunities to do so will be made available)
  • must be at least 13 years of age by June 18, 2023 and have the necessary physical stamina for the trip (in the trip leaders’ judgment)

All parents of eligible Scouts (per above) who have themselves actively supported the Troop’s activities are also eligible to participate.

Cost:              At this time we are estimating a total cost of approximately $850 per person, but this amount is subject to numerous variables such as the cost of gas and food. For planning purposes, we need to know who is going, as shown by our receipt of a nonrefundable $100 deposit not later than February 7, 2023 to reserve a spot on the crew. Suggested payment dates for the remaining $750:

                                                March 7–$250            April 18–$250            May 30–$250

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