Troop One Wild Wonderful West Virginia Adventure
New River Gorge National Park Click here to register for this trip
Wednesday Evening - Drive to ACE for camp.
Thursday / Friday
ACE Whitewater Overnight Whitewater Merit Badge Trip
Skills: Review whitewater equipment; terminology; paddling strokes; and the Scout (English) Gate. Learn river communication and signals; whitewater buddy system and self-rescue.
Prerequisites: Canoe Merit Badge, CPR/First Aid, and the Kayaking BSA Award
Day 1 – We start out with an orientation bus ride to Prince Canyon (Upper New River). Once we arrive at the river, we will spend time on the beach reviewing equipment, paddling strokes, and the Scout Gate. Then we launch onto some of “America’s Best Whitewater” - challenging Class II - III rapids in a self-bailing, open-deck, inflatable kayaks (fun-yaks - much more stable and responsive than canoes) to reinforce paddling techniques and river reading skills. Prince Canyon is perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers. Our professional river guides will help you navigate the river, pulling over (eddy out) to practice skills and learn river dynamics. All of our river trips are self-contained, fully supported with top of the line equipment – two-way radios; medical and river rescue kits are standard. This is a full day of fun-filled river running. By the end of our river trip scouts will be more than competent in the 10-13 skills necessary to earn their merit badge.
- ACE covers skills 10-13 of the Whitewater Merit Badge.
- Instructors, equipment, lunch, and local transportation included.
At night we will camp along the river at ACE’s private beach access (all of your gear will be transported to and from the river). There is nothing like camping along a whispering river building campfires and enjoying the company of good friends.
Day 2 - After completing day one, your group will be ready to step up the challenge by rafting some of the East Coast’s premier whitewater on the Big Water Canyon (Lower New River)! Each self-bailing raft will have a professional guide. With a quick shuttle down to our private river beach access, we will prepare to depart on an unforgettable experience challenging Class II – IV+ rapids on the Lower New River in team rafts. We will review the International Scale of River Difficulty, discuss Safety and Trip Dynamics, Scouting and push your Whitewater Reading skills – this majestic section of whitewater is why it is called the “Grand Canyon of the East.”
-ACE covers skills 4-13 of the Whitewater Merit Badge.
-Instructors, equipment, lunch, and local transportation included.
Day 2 Evening: - ACE Lake
Day 3 - Saturday & Day 4 - Sunday
Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking at New River George (NPS.gov)
Canyon Rim Trails Map (pdf - nps.gov)
Fayette Station Trail (1000 feet down, 1000 ft up) (pdf - nps.gov)
NPS NRG Campgrounds (including two group)
Hiking Trails according to Newriverwv.com
Endless Wall Trail from nps.gov
View of New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point (from nps.gov)
View of the New River from the main overlook (from nps.gov)
Thurmond Station (from nps.gov)