River Runners Launches Updated Boy Scout Whitewater and Kayaking Merit Badge Clinic in Colorado

Colorado whitewater rafting company offers expertise to help Boy Scouts fulfill whitewater and kayaking merit badge requirements on the Arkansas River.

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Our updated merit badge clinic includes two hours of instruction at our facility and a four mile inflatable kayak trip.

Buena Vista, Colo. (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

River Runners, a Colorado rafting company with two locations on the Arkansas River, will offer Boy Scout whitewater and kayaking merit badge clinics daily from its Browns Canyon Rafting Resort, May 18 – Labor Day, 2013.

The whitewater and kayaking merit badge clinic is $60 per Scout and requires a minimum four scouts to participate, according to Travis Hochard, operations manager, River Runners.

“Our updated merit badge clinic includes two hours of instruction at our facility and a four mile inflatable kayak trip,” Hochard said. “Scouts should also plan on about six hours of preparation on their own or with their troop.”

Scout Leaders must provide a BSA swim classification forms showing all participants are level blue swimmers and proof of current certification in CPR and First Aid for each participant, according to Hochard.

“Scouts must read, discuss and complete workbook for the Whitewater Merit Badge Handbook and Kayaking Merit Badge Handbook,” Hochard explained. “They should also be ready to discuss these materials and demonstrate the trucker’s hitch and bowline knots.”

In addition to the four-mile inflatable kayak trip, this whitewater and kayaking merit badge clinic includes expert instruction and sign off by a BSA certified whitewater and kayaking merit badge counselor and a souvenir rescue whistle, according to Eileen Peterson, general manager, River Runners.

“Kayaking related gear like PFDs, helmets, and wetsuits are included in the price,” Peterson explained. “You can add a Browns Canyon rafting trip for $45 per person for a full day of adventure.”

The whitewater and kayaking merit badge clinic takes about four hours and is limited to 10 Scouts in the morning and 10 Scouts in the afternoon each day, according to Peterson.

River Runners also offers three group campsites for $55 per night, but Peterson recommends these sites be booked well in advance as space is limited.

“Our riverside property is a great Boy Scout Colorado basecamp,” Peterson said. “Go whitewater rafting, bag a 14,000 foot peak, hike the Colorado trail, go zip lining, or soak in hot springs right outside our backdoor.”

COMPANY INFORMATION
River Runners has been rafting in Colorado since 1972. Choose from two locations on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colo. and Canon City, Colo. where you can raft beginner intermediate or advanced whitewater on half-day, full-day or overnight rafting trips. Learn more about Colorado whitewater rafting with River Runners at http://www.whitewater.net or call 1-800-723-8987.