Whitewater rafting trips and inflatable kayak trips for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venture Scouts

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein

Hey all you adventurous Scouts! Come enjoy the great outdoors with us. Get away from your smart phone and out into nature. Come get some Facetime with the river. Let us introduce you to our friends list: beaver, otter, eagle, goose, merganser, willow, and alder. Let the birds give you something to tweet about.

We know Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are looking for more than just the average whitewater adventure. You want to participate, and we can get you involved. You seek an opportunity to learn leadership. You seek education in the wilderness. You seek practical skills and a beautiful place to learn them. We have that venue for you.


Scouts BSA Whitewater Merit badge and Kayaking Merit Badge


Two Day/Two Night Adventure

If you want to earn the Scouts BSA Whitewater Merit Badge and/or the Kayaking Merit Badge, you will need to sign up for a 2-day river trip. This  program is also well suited for Girl Scouts and Venture Scouts.

This trip has a strong educational focus. The first day is a mini guide school and is a fully immersive experience. Our guides will take your Scout troop out onto the Gorge section of South Fork of the American River and teach them some of the skills we use daily to safely enjoy the river environment. The scouts will have the opportunity to guide class I and class II rapids while under the supervision of their guide. All Class III rapids are navigated by the guide. It is a lot of fun! 

On the second day, we bring you even closer to the whitewater experience. You will control your own craft as you ride Class I and II rapids. Scouts will float in one and two person inflatable kayaks (we often call them duckies). Your guides will float with you in their own crafts and will instruct you on how to use your craft. You will then be given the opportunity to demonstrate the skills needed to fulfill the Kayaking Merit Badge. You can see those requirements here. After the two days your scouts will have met the requirements for botht he Kayaking Merit Badge and the Whitewater Merit Badge. You can see the requirements of the Whitewater Merit Badge here. River Runners provides a supportive environment for your Scouts and our guides will exemplify the traits necessary to be a successful outdoor leader! 

But it wont all be education and your Scouts will also have time to play in the river, jump off rocks if they want to, skip rocks and just experience the simple joy of being on the river.

Because the focus of the trip is on whitewater education and outdoor leadership, we encourage you to let us take care of all the camping and meals for you. We provide tents, meals, firewood and smores. We serve plentiful and healthy meals with beverages and desert too and don't worry we know when to say "no more sweets!". You can see our menu here.  Our Camp is right on the South Fork of the American River, it is green and grassy and has flush toilets and showers.

You also have the option to take care of your own camping and meals by booking a site directly through Camp Lotus.

Group discounts are also available call 530 622 5110 or email adventures@riverrunnersusa.com.

BSA Whitewater/Kayaking Merit Badge Two Day
from 210.00

Group Discounts are available, please call 530 622 5110 or email adventures@riverrunnersusa.com.

This trip includes two days of instruction and whitewater rafting/kayaking on class I - III sections on the South Fork of the American River.

Total water time Day 1 is approximately 6 hours

Total water time Day 2 is approximately 4 hours

Camping, eating and rafting with us?

Check in anytime after 4pm on the evening prior to your first day on the river at the River Runners site in Camp Lotus 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus California, 95651.

Camping, eating and rafting with us includes:

  • 5 Meals

  • 2 nights camping at Camp Lotus

  • Tents (1 tent per 2 people) set up prior to your arrival

  • Firewood and smores

  • 2 days of rafting and instruction

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus

  • All government fees

  • Tax

The cost of this package is $310 per person without any group discounts applied.

If you are taking care of your own camping and meals

Check in is at 9am at the River Runners site in Camp Lotus 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus California, 95651.

Check out is approximately 4pm on your second river day.

Just rafting with us includes:

  • 2 days of rafting and instruction

  • Lunch on both rafting days

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus

  • All government fees

  • Tax

The cost of this package is $210 per person without any group discounts applied.

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Whitewater Rafting BSA


One Day Adventure (Camping packages are also available)

If you are just looking to get out with your troop and have a great time but also learn a little about whitewater rafting then this is the trip for you. Participants will be eligible for the Whitewater Rafting BSA emblem by meeting the requirements found here.

It’s challenge by choice out there. We will give your scouts the opportunity to swim rapids, jump off of rocks, and skip stones. At some point we will eat a fresh and healthy lunch. With any luck, we will see some wildlife and if the season is right, there are loads of blackberries and wild grapes to eat. Your guide will know a fair bit about the local flora and fauna, and maybe even the wealth of history on the river corridor. It’s a really fun day out on the river with a little bit of education for good measure!

You can choose either the Chili Bar or Gorge trip for your adventure with the Gorge being the longer day. Group discounts do apply, please contact us for more information, call 530 622 5110 or email adventures@riverrunnersusa.com.


Whitewater Rafting BSA
from 110.00

Discounts apply for groups of 12+, call or e-mail for more information

The Gorge Trip $130 pp

Check in at 9am (may vary) at the River Runners site in Camp Lotus, 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus California, 95651.

Check out may vary depending on the needs of the group and river level  but is usually 5pm.

Minimum Age: 6 years old

Distance 12 Miles

Time on water 6 hours (including lunch)  

  • Lunch is included

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus are included

  • All government fees are included

  • Tax is included

The Chili Bar Trip $110 pp

Check in is at 8:30am (subject to change), at the River Runners site in Camp Lotus, 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus California, 95651.

Check out may vary depending on the needs of the group and the river level but is usually 3pm

Minimum Age: 6 years old

Distance 9 miles

Time on water 4 hours (not including lunch) 

  • Lunch is included

  • Parking and use fees at Camp Lotus are included

  • All government fees are included

  • Tax is included

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