High-Adventure Fun

Exploits Canyon Rafting

Venturer & Rover Scouts

Great for Everyone 5+!

Badger Chute Rafting

Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts!

Relax in Nature

Flatwater Nature Floats

Perfect for spring and fall!

Scouts Canada

Rafting NL has always been a proud supporter of Scouts Canada and the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. Both Jason and Geoff, owners of Rafting NL, are active Scouters with the 4th Grand Falls Scout Group, as are three of our staff. In addition, all staff are required to sign Scouts Canada's Code of Conduct each season to ensure they are prepared to offer a safe Scouting environment.

Rafting NL is an approved activity provider for Scouting groups and as per Scouts Canada policy, we do NOT require Release of Liability Waivers for any registered members for an official Scouting activity (details).

We have a long and proud history providing river adventures for Scouts. The Scouts Canada recruitment poster featured here was taken on the Badger Chute Rafting Adventure when we facilitated the 2014 National Venturer Scout Jamboree (Adventure '14: Journey to the Edge of the Earth). We hosted 500 Venturer Scouts from all over the world over 5 days! It was a wonderful week! We also hosted the 2012 Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Venturer Scout Jamboree and countless Cubs, Scouts and Venturer Scout groups over the years.

In addition to having GREAT fun, we cater our river adventures specifically to Scouting groups by including the Outdoor Adventure Skills program. After your adventure on the river we will provide Scouters with a list of O.A.S. requirements that we covered over the trip. With Scouters running the company, you can expect nothing short of a Scout Camp feel to the event!

Speaking of camping, there are two great spots to camp within walking distance from our Raft Shack! Although unserviced, they are great locations for tent or improvised shelter camping, and our flush toilets are only a short walk away!

We offer OUR LOWEST POSSIBLE TRIP PRICES for Scouting Groups as you will see below!

 

Badger Chute Rafting

Our Badger Chute Rafting Adventure is by far the most popular option for Scouting groups as it is suitable for Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts and Scouters of all ages and skill levels. The adventure begins with a long section of calm water that will give the Scouts a chance to build up their comfort level in the raft and allow our professional guides to teach them the skills they will need to navigate the raft down the river. This also gives us the opportunity to work in some requirements from their Paddling O.A.S. badges.

On the 12km route the rapids build slowly over the first 2/3 of the trip and peak at the famous class 3 "Exploits Steps" and "Badge Chute" rapids which will certainly provide the thrill the youth are seeking! Expect huge waves and a complete soaking on these amazing rapids! After our signature rapids youth will have an opportunity to participate in a whitewater swim in a recirculating current at the Badger Chute before proceeding to our crowd favourite - surfing the 50/50 and Roost rapids. More adventurous Scouts (& Scouters) are welcome to try their skills on our whitewater body board.

The Badger Chute rafting is typically 4-5 hours from start to finish, but can be condensed to accommodate your groups' schedule. We offer several catering options on this trip to complete your experience. You can either bring your own lunch along in our coolers, or we can provide a healthy lunch for your group served on the the Surf Island just downstream from the Badger Chute. We could even pack some camp stoves and allow the Scouts to cook their own lunch along the way! We can also provide your group with a full hamburger/hot dog BBQ after your trip. You can enjoy some great food while watching pictures and videos from your adventure displayed on our Raft Shack TV.

Outdoor Adventures Skills:

  • Paddling Level 1: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 2: All requirements
Badger Chute Rafting for Scouting Groups

Suitable For

Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters of all skill levels. Swimming ability is NOT necessary.

Capacity

June-September:
- Up to 44 rafters per trip

Early Spring/Late Fall:
- Up to 16 rafters per trip
(for groups larger than capacity we can stagger the start to allow a second crew to start 1hr later from June to Sep.)

Trip Duration

Customizable from 3-5hrs

Scouting Rates

April-June, Sep-Nov - Any time
OR July & August - 4:30pm start

16+ Rafters: $59pp (40% savings)
8+ Rafters: $69pp (31% savings)

July & August - Morning start
60+ Rafters: $59pp (49% savings)
24+ Rafters: $69pp (31% savings)
16+ Rafters: $79pp (23% savings)
8+ Rafters: 15% discount

Packaging Ideas

Badger Chute / Exploits Canyon - After a morning on the Badger Chute senior Venturer Scouts (16+), Rover Scouts and Scouters can take on our high-adventure Exploits Canyon Run while the rest of your team visits the Salmonid Interpretation Centre.

Add Geocaching to your Day - There are over 20 active Geocaches around our Aspen Brook base camp. GPS rental available.

2-day Rafting / Canoeing

2-day Badger Chute / Beothuk Falls

Exploits Canyon Rafting

Our Exploits Canyon Rafting trip will take adventure to a whole new level for your senior Scouts (14+), Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters! Just imagine the excitement of rafting through an 80 foot vertical walled deepwater canyon and riding a roller coaster of waves crashing around you. This two hour excursion through the Exploits River Canyon features non-stop excitement with some of the biggest rapids on the island!

Don't worry though, even though the waves are HUGE and the excitement high, our Exploits Canyon Run features class 3 rapids and below, and falls within guidelines in B.P.& P. for Outdoor Activities. Experience is not required, but participants must be comfortable with water.

As the Exploits Canyon Run is only suitable for members 14yrs+ we can arrange for the rest of your youth to either visit the Salmonid Interpretation Centre which is located at the trip's starting location, or participate in flatwater canoeing and kayaking at Gorge Park.

Outdoor Adventures Skills:

  • Paddling Level 1: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.9, 1.11, 1.12
Exploits Canyon Rafting for Scouting Groups

Suitable For

Senior Scouts (16+), Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters who are comfortable in the water and have no mobility issues

Capacity

June to September
- Up to 28 rafters per trip (we require a minimum of four paddlers per raft for this trip)

Trip Duration

Approx. 2hrs

Scouting Rates

42+ Rafters: $55pp (50% savings)
13+ Rafters: $65pp (25% savings)
6+ Rafters: 20% discount

Packaging Ideas

Exploits Canyon / Salmon Centre - For every rafter you book on the Exploits Canyon we will give you two admission passes for the Salmonid Interpretation Centre. Your younger youth can enjoy the salmon while the older youth are rafting the Exploits Canyon.

Exploits Canyon to Rattling Brook/Bishop's Falls - After braving the Exploits Canyon, continue down stream on a flatwater adventure to Rattling Brook Falls and/or Bishop's Falls

Badger Chute / Exploits Canyon

Flatwater Nature Floats

If your Scouts are looking for a paddling adventure without the rapids and worry of getting wet, our flatwater float will be perfect for them! Spend time observing the rugged beauty of Central Newfoundland as you float down the mostly untouched Exploits River or the picturesque Humber River Valley. Bald eagles, moose, bears, caribou and even jumping salmon have been spotted on our tours!

We offer three flatwater nature floats for Scout groups:

Great Rattling Brook (Exploits River), Beothuk Falls (Exploits River), Humber Valley (Humber River).

 

Great Rattling Brook

Our Great Rattling Brook takes Scouts from Gorge Park in Grand Falls-Windsor to the Great Rattling Brook 8km downstream. This section of the Exploits River is completely untouched and truly gives you a sence of being in the wilderness even though we're only a short distance from town.

Great Rattling Brook meets the Exploits River over a water fall into a scenic cove. This is an excellent location for a boil-up or even a swim on warm weather days! For interested groups we can provide the food and even equipment for a boil-up, or Scouts can bring their own (we have coolers available).

You can either end your trip here with a pick-up at Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, or carry on downstream to the famous tressle bridge in Bishop's Falls. The stretch from Great Rattling Brook to Bishop's Falls is the same distance as the first leg of the adventure but the Exploits River is very wide and very deep in this section. This makes for a great paddle on a calm day, but a very challenging paddle in windy conditions. If the weather turns, we may be forced to end at Great Rattling Brook.

Our Great Rattling Brook trip is approximately 2hrs in duration, or roughly 5hrs in duration if you continue on to Bishop's Falls, making this the perfect trip for groups without a lot of time. This trip is lead by a qualified rafting guide, but the Scouts will be navigating their own rafts. Although our guides will be there to provide training and support, the Scouts will have the opportunity to be in "control" of their own adventure!

BEAVER SCOUTERS => We can certainly accommodate Beaver Scouts on this trip as well, and given that we can make it a 2hr trip it's the perfect length for our youngest members. For Beaver Scouts we recommend utilizing our oar rafts which means the smallest youth won't need to paddle. We can accommodate up to 6 Beaver Scouts and 2 Scouters on the oar rafts, giving a total capacity of 12 Beaver Scouts who won't need to paddle. If you have some additional Scouters that can paddle, three good paddlers could manage each additional raft with your largest Beaver Scouts. Without the oars, a raft can accommodate 8 Beaver Scouts and 3 Scouters.

Outdoor Adventures Skills:

  • Paddling Level 1: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 2: All requirements for the the full trip, all except 2.14 for the short trip
Great Rattling Brook Rafting for Scouts

Suitable For

Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts

Capacity

April-October:
- Up to 46 rafters per trip

Trip Duration

Customizable from 2-5hrs or multi-day

Scout Rates - Gorge Park to Great Rattling Brook

9+ Rafters: $21.74pp (57% savings)
4+ Rafters: $50.00pp

Scout Rates - Gorge Park to Bishop's Falls

9+ Rafters: $39.13pp (48% savings)
4+ Rafters: $75.00pp

July & August
Please note that availability will be VERY limited in our peak season of July and August. Please contact us for detail. This trip is best in the spring or fall.

Looking for an Added Challenge?

For paddlers with some experience, you should consider trying this route by canoe or kayak! See details below!

Beothuk Falls

The highlight of the trip is Beothuk Falls. The falls are only easily accessible by the river and truly an awe-inspiring sight! Easily the best feature on the entire river! It is suspected that the falls were significant and perhaps even holy for the Beothuk indigenous people as the southern bank features a reserve of red ochre; the Beothuk were know to revere the ochre as they would cover their entire bodies with it (hence the term "red indians"). While the exact reason is unknown, it is widely suspected that it held a spiritual significance for them.

Trip is great in all seasons (just imagine the fall colours) and is suitable for Beaver Scouts through Rover Scouts without serious mobility issues (there is a short portage at Beothuk Falls that requires hiking on very uneven terrain). This is a great trip for folks who are nervous around water as we do NOT run any rapids and you can quite likely stay completely dry!

The duration of the standard trip is roughly four hours, but this adventure is highly customizable! We can make adjustments to the trip to give you anywhere from a 3hr to a full day experience! By extending the trip to Badger you add an additional 3.5-4hrs of scenic calm water rafting. Alternatively you can start the trip further upstream near Red Indian Lake and add 4-5hrs of the most scenic portions of the Exploits River. The Upper Exploits is truly rugged wilderness as we travel well outside the reach of cell phones and right through the heart of Central NL's rugged interior. This section does feature a few rapids that would provide a challenge in a canoe, but in a raft you may just get a bit wet.

Catering is an option for this trip as well. We offer several catering options on this trip as well. Scouts can either bring their own lunch along in our coolers, or we can provide a healthy lunch for your group served at Beothuk Falls or on the rafts while floating downstream. If you prefer, we can also provide your group with a full hamburger/hot dog BBQ when we return to our base camp at Aspen Brook.

Outdoor Adventures Skills:

  • Paddling Level 1: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 2: All requirements
Beothuk Falls Rafting for Scout Groups

Suitable For

Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters of all skill levels (not suitable for rafters with serious mobility issues)

Capacity

June-September:
- Up to 44 rafters per trip

Early Spring/Late Fall:
- Up to 16 rafters per trip
(for groups larger than capacity we can stagger the start to allow a second crew to start 2hrs later from June to Sep.)

Trip Duration

Customizable from 3-8hrs or multi-day

Scouting Rates

April-June, Sep-Nov

16+ Rafters: $59pp (40% savings)
8+ Rafters: $69pp (31% savings)

July & August
60+ Rafters: $59pp (49% savings)
24+ Rafters: $69pp (31% savings)
16+ Rafters: $79pp (23% savings)
8+ Rafters: 15% discount

Packaging Ideas

Extend your trip to Badger - You can double the length of your paddling adventure! Adjust the pricing by 150%

Add the Upper Exploits River - Add the extremely remote and stunningly beautiful Upper Exploits River. Adjust the pricing by 200%

Beothuk Falls / Badger Chute - If your Scouts can't decide on the best trip, you can split up! Both trips would start and finish at roughly the same time.

2-day Badger Chute / Beothuk Falls

Humber Valley

Although the Exploits River has been our home based since 1997 we have a great deal of experience on many other great Newfoundland & Labrador Rivers. New this year we are offering group flatwater trips on the stunningly beautiful lower Humber River stretching from Deer Lake to Corner Brook. This is arguably one of the most scenic rivers on the island and it makes for an easy and fun rafting adventure.

We have two very different rafting adventures available on the Humber River. You can choose between a quick 2hr adventure from Steady Brook to Corner Brook, or you can make a full day out of it and start the adventure at the mouth of Deer Lake.

This trip is lead by a qualified rafting guide, but the Scouts will be navigating their own rafts. Although our guides will be there to provide training and support, the Scouts will have the opportunity to be in "control" of their own adventure!

BEAVER SCOUTERS => We can certainly accommodate Beaver Scouts on this trip as well, and given that we can make it a 2hr trip it's the perfect length for our youngest members. For Beaver Scouts we recommend utilizing our oar rafts which means the smallest youth won't need to paddle. We can accommodate up to 6 Beaver Scouts and 2 Scouters on the oar rafts, giving a total capacity of 12 Beaver Scouts who won't need to paddle. If you have some additional Scouters that can paddle, three good paddlers could manage each additional raft with your largest Beaver Scouts. Without the oars, a raft can accommodate 8 Beaver Scouts and 3 Scouters.

  • Paddling Level 1: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 2: All requirements for the the full trip, all except 2.14 for the short trip
Humber Valley Rafting for Scouts

Suitable For

Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts

Capacity

April-June, September-October
- Up to 46 rafters per trip

Trip Duration

Steady Brook to Corner Brook ~2hrs
Humber Valley Resort to Corner Brook ~6hrs

Scout Rates - Steady Brook to Corner Brook

16+ Rafters: $21.74pp (57% savings)
8+ Rafters: $34.78pp (30% savings)

Scout Rates - Humber Valley Resort to Corner Brook

16+ Rafters: $43.48pp (57% savings)
8+ Rafters: $75.00pp (25% savings)

July & August
Please note that this trip is not available in our peak season of July & August.

Looking for an Added Challenge?

For paddlers with some experience, you should consider trying this route by canoe or kayak! See details below!

Canoeing and Kayaking

The canoe is still the most widely used form of self-propelled water transportation in the world. It was also the historical tool responsible for opening up the interior of the island to the Beothuk indigenous people. The art of canoeing is a essential to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Solo or tandem, canoeing is a skill that offers recreation, exercise and relaxation. Canoeing expands our beautiful backcountry and opens up the outdoors for exploration and adventure.

We have some great options for Scouts ranging from instructional courses, to guided single day or multi-day canoeing or kayaking adventures. We have a total of six canoes and four recreational kayaks available. Canoes can accommodate up to three youth (two paddlers and a passenger) and all of our kayaks are single-person. A guide will be provided for all youth group rentals.

If your group is not quite ready to take on a paddling expedition, we also offer basic canoeing and kayaking instruction starting at $25/person + HST.

Outdoor Adventures Skills:

  • Paddling Level 1: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 2: All requirements
  • Paddling Level 3: For full day trips (combo) we can cover all requirements, for shorter trips we will still cover most
  • Paddling Level 4: For full day trips (combo) we can cover almost all requirements, for shorter trips we will still cover a few.
  • Paddling Level 5: On a full day trip, we'll even get in a few of these!
Canoeing & Kayaking

Beothuk Falls Adventure

Our most adventurous option begins 5km upstream from Beothuk Falls and involves a challenging 250m portage around the falls. This trip can finish 2km downstream from the falls or can be combined with our Badger Paddling Adventure.

Suitable For

Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts & Scouters with at least some paddling experience (ability to reliably steer a boat). Must be able to hike on uneven terrain for the portage around the falls

Capacity

- Up to 22 people per trip

Trip Duration

Roughly 4hrs depending on how much time is spent at Beothuk Falls

Scout Rates

$700 + HST for up to 22 people. Includes six canoes, four kayaks and a professional guide.

 

Badger Paddling Trip

Our most popular option begins 2km downstream from Beothuk Falls and involves a fairly swift 17km paddle to Badger, NL. This trip features beautiful scenery, fairly swift river flow, and you will even experience some (very) small rapids for a bit of excitement.

Suitable For

Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts & Scouters with at least some paddling experience (ability to reliably steer a boat).

Capacity

- Up to 22 people per trip

Trip Duration

Roughly 3.5hrs depending on break times and paddling skills

Scout Rates

$600 + HST for up to 22 people. Includes six canoes, four kayaks and a professional guide.

Combined Beothuk/Badger Trips

$800 + HST (BEST VALUE)

Exploits Valley Adventure

This 15km paddling adventure gives paddlers a taste of a variety of paddling conditions. The first 2/3 of the trip feature leisurely paddling through the shallow sections of the Exploits downstream from Aspen Brook. Towards Grand Falls-Windsor the river widens considerably and also slows down which allows an opportunity for some swimming or exploration of the various islands. The trip finishes with a paddle up through the golf course and in to Rushy Pond. Pick up is either beside the Grand Falls Gold Course or at Beothuk Park (during their operating season).

Suitable For

All Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts & Scouters (easy enough to learn as you go)

Capacity

- Up to 22 people per trip

Trip Duration

Roughly 5-6hrs depending on break times and paddling skills

Scout Rates

$550 + HST for up to 22 people. Includes six canoes, four kayaks and a professional guide.

Great Raddling Brook

Our Great Rattling Brook takes Scouts from Gorge Park in Grand Falls-Windsor to the Great Rattling Brook 8km downstream. This section of the Exploits River is completely untouched and truly gives you a sence of being in the wilderness even though we're only a short distance from town.

There are a couple fairly significant "swifts" (small rapids) along the way which could potentially capsize a novice. Some paddling experience is a must.

Great Rattling Brook meets the Exploits River over a water fall into a scenic cove. This is an excellent location for a boil-up or even a swim on warm weather days!

You can either end your trip here with a pick-up at Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp, or carry on downstream to the famous tressle bridge in Bishop's Falls. The stretch from Great Rattling Brook to Bishop's Falls is the same distance as the first leg of the adventure but it the Exploits River is very wide and very deep in this section. This makes for a great paddle on a calm day, but a very challenging paddle in windy conditions.

Our Great Rattling Brook trip approximately 2hrs in duration, or roughly 5hrs in duration if you continue on to Bishop's Falls, making this the perfect trip for groups without a lot of time.

Suitable For

Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts & Scouters with paddling experience (ability to reliably steer a boat and navigate small rapids).

Capacity

- Up to 22 people per trip

Trip Duration

Roughly 2-6hrs depending on break times, paddling skills, and ending location

Scout Rates

$650 + HST for up to 22 people. Includes six canoes, four kayaks and a professional guide.

Humber River Valley

The stunningly beautiful Lower Humber River stretches from Deer Lake to Corner Brook and is arguably one of the most scenic rivers on the island. The Lower Humber River presents an incredible paddling opportunity for youth with some experience.

We have two very different paddling adventures available on the Humber River. You can choose between a quick 2hr adventure from Steady Brook to Corner Brook, or you can make a full day out of it and start the adventure at the mouth of Deer Lake.

From Steady Brook to Corner Brook there is a single rapid that is unavoidable and can potentially capsize canoes & kayaks. The water is deep here however, and the only real risk is getting very wet. The rest of the journey is swift flowing flatwater.

The section from the mouth of Deer Lake to Steady Brook is all flatwater. Most of the river is fairly narrow and swift, but as we approach Steady Brook there is a very wide and deep section that could be quite challenging on a windy day.

Suitable For

Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts & Scouters with paddling experience (ability to reliably steer a boat and navigate small rapids).

Capacity

- Up to 22 people per trip

Trip Duration

Roughly 2-6hrs depending on break times, paddling skills, and ending location

Scout Rates

$750 + HST for up to 22 people. Includes six canoes, four kayaks and a professional guide.

 

Approval Process

As an approved activity provider for Scouts Canada it is really easy to plan a Scouting trip to Rafting NL! Although most of our activities would likely NOT be considered “Category Three”, we would still recommend that you collect a permission form from each member (available at Scouts.ca).

As per Scouts Canada policies, all outdoor activities require you to complete the Camping/Outdoor Activity form and make sure you have your Group Commissioner approve the activity. It's a painless process, but if you need any help just ask!

We do not require waivers from Scouts Canada members participating in Scouting activities, but our guides do require medical information from all participants. To keep everyone safe we will either need a copy of every participants' medical information from myScouts.ca, or we will require each participant to fill out the second page (only) of our standard waiver.