Whitewater Rafting

One of the most exciting activities in Scouting are those that involve Whitewater Rafting.

Whitewater Outing Requirements

Troop 49 follows all BSA requirements for Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Safety Brief


  • Operation of any boat on a float trip is limited to youth and adults who have completed the BSA swimmer classification test.

  • Participants must wear a properly fitted PFD.

  • Everyone in an activity afloat must have sufficient knowledge and skill to participate safely.

  • Passengers should know how their movement affects boat stability and have a basic understanding of selfrescue.

  • Boat operators must meet government requirements, be able to maintain control of their craft, know how changes in the environment influence that control, and undertake activities only that are within their personal and group capabilities.

  • Class II

    • Properly designed and fitted helmets must be worn when running rapids rated Class II and above.

  • Class III

    • Self-guided unit trips on Class III whitewater may only be done after all participants have received American Canoe Association or equivalent training for the class of water and type of craft involved.

  • Class IV

    • Unit trips on whitewater sections of rivers rated Class IV are only allowed in rafts with a professionally trained guide in each raft.

  • Class V&VI

    • Trips above Class IV are not allowed.

Deschutes River near Camp Baldwin Oregon