Boy Scouts

BSA Whitewater Merit Badge & Other Scouting Activities

Lower Animas BSA

Mountain Waters Rafting is proud to help Boy Scouts obtain their White Water Merit Badge. A full-day rafting trip at Mountain Waters Rafting will allow scouts to complete requirements 4-14 of the White Water Merit Badge.

We start the Boy Scout version of our trip at 8 A.M.

A certified Merit Badge Counselor must be present. Your group leader should know the MBC requirements and scouts should be familiar with and have completed the required steps towards the Whitewater Merit Badge:

Minimum group of 6 required.

Adults $125 Youth $112.50 Includes Lunch.

Mountain Waters Rafting uses paddleboats, oar boats, and inflatable kayaks (kayak usage depends on water and air temperature and the age and maturity of the scouts).

BSA Swim Test
BSA Safety Afloat
Canoeing Merit Badge
Kayaking BSA Requirements
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Code of American Whitewater
Whitewater Merit Badge Requirements
Whitewater Merit Badge Workbook please bring this completed!

Mountain Waters Rafting
Durango, CO

Thanks so much for the fantastic rafting trip you provided our Troop 166 Boy Scouts and adults in May. Your handpicked guides, Josh Bramble and Tony Sollars, were outstanding. They were excellent mentors to our 11 Scouts, helping them all to earn the Rafting merit badge. From beginning to end they ensured our whole crew rafted and kayaked safely, while providing exciting solo and dual kayak rides through the rapids of the Animas River. Their exceptional skills as rafting and kayak guides enabled each of us to enjoy activities tailored to our individual skills.

The equipment you provided was superb, including the rafts, kayaks, and individual wetsuits. Likewise, we were all delighted with the wonderful lunch you provided on the edge of the river, where we took in the contrasting beauty of the city park and mountain backdrop. Additionally, the action photos your crew snapped as we came screaming through the rapids captured the exhilaration-and maybe a little of the fear-we all experienced throughout the day.

For our boys and adults alike it was an experience of a lifetime and for some it was the catalyst to push toward even greater adventures. From the youngest Scout to the oldest adult, we all agreed this was the most exciting and memorable outing of the year. Thank you for providing a world-class whitewater rafting experience. You can count on Troop 166 repeating this adventure over and over again with your company.

Yours in Scouting,

Thomas R. Baltes
Assistant Scoutmaster

Other Scouting Activities: Hiking, Climbing and more!

This is an example of a custom itinerary we put together last year for a scouting group from Kentucky. Using our exclusive Weminuche Wilderness Base Camp the possibilities are unlimited. Don’t forget that we all can arrange all of your climbing or hiking needs when in the Durango, CO area!

Hi Tom,
here is a sketch of what I think would be a fantastic trip for your crew that will have you coming back year after year based on what we talked about yesterday. Please feel free to call or email our office at any time! Cheers! James
Arrive Friday June 29th and camp at the United Campground just 5 miles from downtown Durango
Saturday June 30th choose to raft and inflatable kayak with us in the am and zip line or rock climb in the pm, plenty of time for lunch in between either right at our office, shopping at the grocery store 50′ away, or walk two blocks into town and choose from 100 restaurants. Both the zip line and rock climbing are within a mile of our office.
Sunday July 1st Hike into our base camp from the Purgatory Flats Trail Head 30 miles north of Durango. The hike is 11 miles one way and you could do it with just day packs and send up all your duffel and food on the train with our camp attendant.
July 2-5 access the Weminuche Wilderness from our base camp through Chicago Basin
July 6th ride the historic Durango Silverton Train from our base camp to Durango for Dinner at Serious Texas BBQ
We can shop your food needs, reserve the train tickets, campground and rafting/zip or climb all from our office with no mark up, we just get a commission from our partners.
thanks again
james