White Water River Adventure – Trip Update

Scouts and Parents,

It’s official! We have moved the trip dates for the June trip out one week to June 26-28 to avoid conflicting with the end of the school year events.

Rafting the KennebecThis promises to be a fun and exciting trip and you will be guaranteed to get wet!

We’ll be leaving Friday afternoon to head up to Caratunk, ME where we’ll camp at Adventure Bound’s base camp. The drive is 4 hours, and we’ll probably stop on the road for dinner (which is not included in the cost of the trip) at the discretion of your driver.

We’ll get up bright and early on Saturday morning for our briefing and the drive to Moosehead Lake where we’ll board 4-man self-guided rafts and learn to paddle in Class II and III white-water under the watchful eyes of our certified Maine River Guides.

We’ll lunch and play at Ledge Falls on Indian Pond – the source of the mighty Kennebec River. At the end of the day we’ll ride with the outfitter down to the campground on the shores of Indian Pond.

The next morning we’re off to Harris Station to raft the upper section of the Kennebec River – featuring exciting  Class III and IV rapids with names such as the Rock Garden, Big Mama, Whitewasher, and Magic Falls.

We’ll stop for lunch before paddling the lower section of the river where you stay with the raft,  paddle your own inflatable 2-man “ducky”, or jump in for a swim in the cool waters of the Kennebec.

At the end of the day on Sunday, we’ll pack up the cars and head out for home with a pizza dinner on the way .. we expect to be back in Westford early Sunday evening.

Cost of this trip is $200/person.

In addition to the Outing Permission Form you will need to have a signed Adventure Bound Waiver Form for the outfitter.

Adventure Bound has provided this What to Bring on your Paddling Trip checklist to help you prepare for the trip. Most important is to bring 1 or 2 towels (did I mention you will get wet?) and proper river wear. Synthetic wicking shirts, a rash guard or other water-wear, your bathing suit and water shoes. You might want a small dry bag for personal items while on the river.

The outfitter will provide wet-suits if the water temperatures require as well as helmets and PFDs.

I strongly recommend close-toed water shoes instead of strap sandals like Tevas. Pebbles and debris can easily get washed between your foot and the sandal making for an uncomfortable experience. It’s also easier to wedge your toe under the raft thwarts to help keep you in the raft in the rapids. Flip-flop sandals are not appropriate for this trip (unless you bring them for camp shoes).

We will be using our own tents and equipment for Friday night, but the outfitter provides tents and pads for Saturday night. You’ll need to have your own sleeping bag, clothing, flashlight and other personal items packed for Saturday night.

For more details, you can check out Adventure Bound’s website at www.adv-bound.com.