2021 COVID-19 UPDATE

We understand that Scout Groups are in a very challenging position leading in to the summer. The owners of Rafting NL are registered Scouters, so we are VERY familiar with the pandemic safety requirements Scouting groups are struggling to adhere to.

You can book with Rafting NL with confidence, and will help you give your Scouts the adventure they have been missing this past year! We will ensure that your activity meets Scouts Canada's current safety requirements.

As we understand all too well that Scouting groups are experiencing unique financial hardships as are Scouting families, we will be offering special rates for Scouting groups for the 2021 season. Please note that these prices are much lower than normal, and will not be valid for 2022.

Get Camping! We'll help!

Looking for an exciting camp to reinvigorate your youth program? A nice kick-start to spur membership and help restore your group to pre-COVID levels? CAMP WITH US AT RAFTING NL! While we do not operate a campground, we are very familiar with many great camping locations along the Exploits River with varying decrees of challenge and comfort. All of our camping area suggestions are wilderness camping. If you need to borrow camping gear, the 4th Grand Falls Scout Group can offer gear for a modest donation.

Stay Where Your Play - Interested in simply rafting with us? Why not turn it into camp? You can camp right on-site and have easy access to our washroom facilities, or you could plan a weekend camp across the road from our base camp at the old Aspen Brook Provincial Park. The Aspen Brook Park offers a LOT of camping space ideal for hammocks or personal (COVID friendly) tents. The camp area is also ideal for wide-games with easy to identify boundaries to keep youth safe. In addition you have a great water source with Aspen Brook (make sure to treat your water of course) or you could fill up your water jugs at our rafting facility. Aspen Brook also has a great campfire clearing that we have used many, many times before.

Paddling Camp - The Exploits River is dotted with fantastic camping locations on remote islands and also on the shore. The Exploits is a great river for beginning paddling, and has optional stretches that can provide a more challenging experience as well. The spacing of the camping areas allows for all kinds of paddling adventure camps from 1-4 nights!

Scouts Canada

Rafting NL has always been a proud supporter of Scouts Canada and the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. The entire management team and two of our Guides, are active Scouters, and very proud of it! 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 "Badger 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.

2021 COVID-19 Precautions: If Scouts Canada is still requiring that groups maintain set cohorts/patrols by the time of your trip, we CAN accommodate that approach on all our rafting trips.

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 (additional limits could apply based on Scouts Canada's safety procedures at the time of your trip)

Early Spring/Late Fall:
- Up to 27 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

2021 Special Rates! Pricing is per raft. Each raft can accommodate up to 9 people.

ANY DATE in 2021
$450 per raft ($50/person for 9ppl) + HST
* More than 50% lower than our normal rates!

Meal Service
Healthy meal on the river.
$10/person + HST

See below for awesome package ideas!

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 tidewater 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 flat-water canoeing and kayaking at Gorge Park.

2021 COVID-19 Precautions: If Scouts Canada is still requiring that groups maintain set cohorts/patrols by the time of your trip, we CAN accommodate that approach on all our rafting trips.

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

Capacity

June to September
- Up to 24 rafters per trip (we require a minimum of four paddlers per raft for this trip)

Scouting Rates

2021 Special Rates! Pricing is per raft. Each raft can accommodate up to 6-7 people.

ANY DATE in 2021
$450 per raft ($64/person for 7ppl) + HST
* More than 50% lower than our normal rates!

See below for awesome package ideas!

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 self-guided adventures, to guided single day or multi-day canoeing or kayaking adventures.

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!

2021 COVID-19 Precautions: Our Canoeing and Kayaking adventures are the most COVID-19 safe activities.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Beothuk Falls Adventure

Our most adventurous option begins 5km upstream from Beothuk Falls and involves a moderately challenging 250m portage around the falls. Day two covers a 19km paddle to Badger, NL. This section features beautiful scenery, fairly swift river flow, and you will even optionally 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). Must be able to hike on uneven terrain for the portage around the falls

Trip Duration

Ideally completed over two days. Generally completed around supper time on the 2nd day.

Scout Rates

$900 + HST for up to 6 canoes and 4 single person kayaks. Additional canoes or kayaks are available for $120/boat + HST. Includes all required safety gear and a minimum of two professional paddling guides.

ADD AN EVENING OF WHITEWATER RAFTING!

For the ULTIMATE SCOUTING EXPERIENCE, we can meet you in Badger after your trip and switch out your canoes for rafts!

You'll get the full Badger Chute evening experience, and finish up at our Raft Shack after the best Scout Camp of all time!

Rafting Special Rate
$300 per raft ($33/person for 9ppl) + HST
* More than 70% lower than our normal rates!

Optional Meal Service in Badger before Rafting
$10/person + HST

Badger Paddling Trip

Our most popular option begins 2km downstream from Beothuk Falls and involves a fairly swift 17km paddle to Badger, NL. This is the same as "Day Two" from our Beothuk Falls adventure, and features beautiful scenery, fairly swift river flow, and you will even experience some optional (very) small rapids for a bit of excitement. Includes all required safety gear and a minimum of two professional paddling guides.

Suitable For

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

Trip Duration

Roughly 4hrs depending on break times and paddling skills

Scout Self-Guided Option

As this stretch of river has easy road access and is exceptionally easy to paddle, we do allow Scout Groups to operate self-guided. Please ensure your are following Scouts Canada's B.P.& P. though and that your Scouters have appropriate experience.

Self-Guided cost is $300 + HST for up to 6 canoes and 5 single person kayaks. Additional canoes or kayaks are available for $60/boat/day + HST.

Guided Option

If your youth or Scouters are very limited in paddling experience, we suggest you choose our guided tour option. We will provide you with two experienced paddling guides.

Costs are as above plus $300 + HST per day.

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 at Beothuk Park Campground.

Suitable For

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

Trip Duration

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

EXCELLENT Multi-day Camp!

Our Scout Troop often takes this stretch as a three day VERY low stress paddling camp. We camp the first night on an island about 5km downstream from the starting location, and the 2nd night in a sweet spot on shore almost in site of the golf course. This puts the majority of paddling on day two. Really awesome weekend out for Scouts of Venturer Scouts!

Scout Self-Guided Option

As this stretch of river has easy road access and is exceptionally easy to paddle, we do allow Scout Groups to operate self-guided. Please ensure your are following Scouts Canada's B.P.& P. though and that your Scouters have appropriate experience.

Self-Guided cost is $300 + HST for up to 6 canoes and 5 single person kayaks. Additional canoes or kayaks are available for $60/boat/day + HST.

Guided Option

If your youth or Scouters are very limited in paddling experience, we suggest you choose our guided tour option. We will provide you with two experienced paddling guides.

Costs are as above plus $300 + HST per day.

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 sense 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 recommended.

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 trestle 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).

Trip Duration

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

Scout Rates

$600 + HST for up to 6 canoes and 4 single person kayaks. Additional canoes or kayaks are available for $60/boat + HST. Includes all required safety gear and a minimum of two professional paddling guides.

Approval Process

As an approved activity provider for Scouts Canada it is really easy to plan a Scouting trip to Rafting NL!

As per Scouts Canada policies, all outdoor activities require you to complete the Adventure Application Form and make sure you have your Group Commissioner approve the activity. If your group uses ScoutsTracker, all of this can easily be completed online. It's a painless process, but if you need any help just ask! Remember, we are Scouters as well!

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 (this does NOT waive your rights, it's only to collect medical information).

* Please note that to allow Scouting members to participate without waivers, we will need a copy of your signed AAF, emergency plan and a copy of each youths' permission form. Otherwise, you can have everyone complete a waiver if you prefer.