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Voyageur Experience
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A two-day or more self-contained paddlesports trek, by canoe, raft, or kayak.  All supplies for the trek are to be carried aboard.  The Scouts must move to a new campsite at least once during the experience.  Resupply of consumables from other sources is allowed (i.e., stopping at a campsite for water and fuel), and a support vehicle can accompany the trek, but all camping equipment should be on-board.

 The Stillwater Experience is REQUIRED before attempting the Voyageur Experience.   The River or Rafting Experience can be earned in conjuction with the Voyageur Experience.

Scouts should learn and practice the techniques of  planning and packing for an extended Paddlesports trek.



Planning your Path of the Paddle Outings:

Planning is critical to a safe Paddlesports outing of any kind.  As with any High Adventure outing, the Scouts and the leaders must be trained before setting out.  The Guide to Safe Scouting must be read and followed.

All Scouts must have passed the  Second Class Swimming and First Aid requirement and the First Class Swimming and First Aid Requirements
All Scouts and leaders must follow the practices of the BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat programs, in regards to training, preparation, equipment, etc.  Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training are available online at the E-Learning section of MyScouting.org

At least one leader must have completed Paddlesports Awareness High Adventure Training through the Mount Diablo- Silverado Council, or an equivalent program through another BSA Council.

The transportation plan for the outing should allow sufficient time for the adults who are driving to rest before beginning the return trip.  Please read the Risk Zone information in the  Guide to Safe Scouting.


Note on Outfitters, Guides, and Rental Agencies.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Mount Diablo-Silverado Council do not attempt to recommend or rank any commercial  Outfitters, Guides, and Equipment Rental Agencies.     All such companies and individuals mentioned here are done so as a point of reference only.  It is up to the individual unit to make sure that any outside company has adequate insurance, properly-maintained equipment, trained personnel, first-aid training and supplies, etc. 



Conservation and Advocacy, Organizations and Clubs

Note: The Boy Scouts of America does not control content on these organizations' websites.  Please look them up for information.

American Canoeing Association:  education, training, stewardship
American Kayak Association
Dreamflows: daily flow information on Western rivers
Friends of the River: Conservation and protection of the rivers of California.
National Outdoor Leadership School, home of many educational programs and resources.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 



Last update:  11/2/08