Studies of boys, girls, young men and women in Scouting and other organized groups demonstrate that these programs support healthy development among youth.  They show that Scout members take better care of the environment, get along with others, treat others with respect, build confidence and deepen family relationships.

Interest in the outdoors provides young people with powerful physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual influences. Outdoor experiences can positively affect self-image, goals, and environmental concern among young people.

Watch Troop 299 on a recent trip with River Expeditions on the New River:

River Expeditions welcomes the opportunity to share our love of the outdoors with your group. We thrive in an environment that promotes fun and fellowship. Contact our office for details on our group adventure options – including We are proud to offer merit badge certification for Scouts, following the BSA Whitewater Merit Badge requirements, including a review of the BSA Safety Afloat and the American Whitewater safety guidelines as part of the program and a whitewater trip using either a canoe or kayak on a Class I or Class II section of the river.. Boy Scouts. must have earned the Canoeing merit badge if they will be using a canoe or the Kayaking BSA Award if they will be using a kayak, before attempting the Whitewater merit badge.

We are excited that West Virginia will be the new permanent home of the Boy Scouts National Scout Jamboree. River Expeditions is also the closest whitewater rafting adventure resort to The Summit Bechtel Reserve, home of the 2013 and future National Jamboree. This will be the first jamboree at this new permanent home, running from July 15 to July 24, 2013. If you are looking for accommodation for either your Scout or other family members, our Adventure Resort provides great facilities, only 15 minutes away from The Summit.

River Expeditions Scout / Youth Flyer (1.2 MB)

While your Scout is at the Jamboree, you can enjoy the excitement of your own outdoor adventure, with whitewater rafting trips, hiking, mountain climbing, zipline canopy tours and even horseback riding. If you are interested in a more leisurely vacation, the area around our basecamp is full of things to do; shopping in the unique galleries, antique shops and specialty stores around the area, visiting State and National Parks, or taking in a performance at a local theatre. Our accommodations include everything from Luxury Cabins to wooded campgrounds. To meet a variety of tastes, we offer several types of cabins:

Deluxe Cabins feature four double bedrooms, a seating area, bathroom/shower, fridge, coffee maker, heat and a/c, linens and towels, gas grill on the porch and fire ring and picnic table outside. Each cabin sleeps up to 8 people.

Rustic Log Cabins feature six bunks with double-size foam mattresses, electricity, lights, and porch. Rustic Cabins are pet friendly lodgings and River Expeditions welcomes pets provided that they do not disturb other guests and are kept on a leash at all times.

Leisure Cabins feature four double beds, 1 bunkbed, and 1 single bed upstairs, a seating area with sofa and loveseat, bathroom/shower, fridge, coffee maker, microwave, heat and a/c, linens and towels, gas grill on the porch and fire ring and picnic table outside. Each cabin sleeps up to 11; 2-night minimum; linen service with 3+ nights.

Luxury Cabins include a full kitchen, two full baths, five double bedrooms sofa and love seat, fireplace, satellite TV, central heat and a/c, linens and towels, private hot tub and gas grill on porch, plus fire ring and picnic table outside. Each cabin sleeps up to 10 people.

Our camping options include safari tents, to save you the work of setting up your own tent, or you can bring your own tent and choose from spacious wooded, festive, alcohol-free or quiet camping areas each complete with picnic tables and fire rings.

Whether you are looking to visit during the Jamboree, or bring a Scout group on a personalized whitewater rafting trip before then, we’ll be happy to work with you to ensure an adventure of a lifetime – one that they will remember.