The Colorado Boy Scout Troops Guided Rafting Trips with Wilderness Aware

Whitewater Merit Badges with Wilderness Aware Rafting

Boy Scouts and Wilderness Aware Rafting

Wilderness Aware Rafting offers guided rafting trips in Colorado and Arizona for Troops of the Boy Scouts Club of America. We take great pride in being able to help provide youths with the knowledge, experience, and appreciation for rivers and whitewater sports. We offer essential rafting and kayaking skills and training, as well as actually guiding the trips ourselves. This is a great benefit as our guides are as experienced as they come, and their intimate knowledge of rafting safety, techniques, and rivers in general greatly enhances the understanding of both scouts and scout leaders alike.

Founder and owner of Wilderness Aware Rafting, Joe Greiner, was once a boy scout himself. His passion and love of the outdoors and that of teaching others has made it an easy decision to set up rafting trips for Boy Scout troops. Joe is aware, because he had the same experiences himself, that the outdoors can help develop a boy and grow him into a man. The lessons learned through being a Boy Scout greatly define a child’s overall character and how that child will be when they are older. Their love, appreciation and respect for nature, knowledge of wilderness survival, and all other benefits of Scouting stems from the training they receive. It builds upon the merits and badges they’ve garnered.

Boy Scout Whitewater Merit Badge Considerations

Canoeing, kayaking and overall whitewater rafting can be a thrilling and memorable experience. In order for rafting to be considered safe, every Scout participant needs to understand how to use and maintain equipment, as well as specific rafting techniques that are important to know on the river. The end goal is obviously to teach scouts to have a strong respect for the power of all of nature’s vast waterways. Beyond that, that if that power is respected and understood, it can then be enjoyed in any number of ways.

There are a number of requirements that should be understood before attempting to receive your whitewater merit badge. The full list of requirements can be seen here. Once a Scout earning his Merit Badge has a full understanding of the risks associated and precautions to take prior to any water expedition, and they know their own ability and limitations, they can begin working to receive their Badge. However, if a Scout leader does not believe the risks are appreciated, or that the Scout does not understand fully the equipment or techniques, they will be told to wait. There is nothing more dangerous than allowing someone to raft who thinks they know of all the inherent dangers and in actuality to do not. Appreciation comes with understanding, and understanding is the first step towards safety.

Why a Whitewater Merit Badge Is Worthwhile

Over the years, we have worked with many different Boy Scout Troops and have had the privilege to witness firsthand the benefits whitewater rafting can offer to youths. Testimonials can be seen on our video page on site, and also here. But in sum, these trips teach Scouts to first and foremost respect nature and her vast power inherent in our nation’s waterways.

Beyond respect, a love for the outdoors amongst our nation’s youth has been dwindling rapidly over the years. Fewer and fewer people have a want for going outdoors as every other distraction available keeps their eyes fixed to a screen rather than on the horizon. They’re understanding and respect for nature is absent save in the sense that they’ve been taught its worthiness. However, very few are able to appreciate it fully as they haven’t had the opportunity to experience it. Now as far as this goes for Boy Scouts, it’s probably not an issue. They’ve been taught why nature ought to be respected, and have learned through their numerous lessons that it is indeed deserved of their love.

If your Boy Scout Troop wants to offer whitewater badges to their scouts, be sure to contact us to see what trip offerings are available. Wilderness Aware Rafting We will work hard to make your trip the best and most memorable possible, all while ensuring the requirements to receive a badge are met.

At Wilderness Aware Rafting, we understand how a proper Rafting vacation can create some of the best memories a person can have, after all, we have our testimonials to base that off of. We also know that rafting can be motivational, educational, and a memorable life experience. As such, we proudly offer guided rafting trips for Colorado Boy Scout Troops. If you are interested in a Colorado Rafting TripDenver Raftingmulti-day rafting trip, or want to try whitewater rafting AZ, please be sure to contact us and find out what trip offerings we have available.

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I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
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I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
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I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
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Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
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We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
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