Maine Canoe Trip FAQ

  • What are the requirements for a scout to attend?
    • Must pass the BSA Swimmer Test
    • Must be in good standing with the troop
    • Must be 13 by June 1st
    • Must be a good camper – i.e. knows how to set up and take down our tents
  • Why the Age Restriction
    • For the white water raft trip and for overall maturity to be out in the woods for a week!
  • Is there adult supervision?
    • Yes. We comply with all BSA regulations regarding youth safety and adult supervision which requires 2 deep leadership at all times. These adults will have at a minimum completed the BSA Youth Protection Training, BSA safety afloat training, BSA safe swim training, and will have attended a first aid & CPR class
  • Why Only Canoes
    • We carry everything and need the space in the canoes to carry everything, and we need the power of 2 boys paddling
  • Is it safe?
    • Yes, we are in public areas and have safety built in with adult supervision and training.  We will have a float plan with times and locations for the trip.
  • What paperwork is required?
    • BSA physical that is valid through the end of July
    • Permission slip from T20
    • Permission slip from the North Country Rivers
  • Can my scout bring their own tent?
    • No we use 1 common troop tents so that we have spare parts.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Costs vary by year and the number of scouts attending as many of the costs are fixed regardless of how many scouts go on the trip. For 2018, the estimate is approximately $325 per person.
  • What does the cost cover?
    • It covers transportation, a food allowance for travel days, all supplies for the canoe trip, the whitewater rafting trip, pictures from the WW rafting, and camping fees
  • Will my scout need other funds
    • A reasonable allowance for some snacks and souvenirs,  in the range of $20-$40 at most.
  • Will I need special gear
    • yes, you will need waterproof buckets or dry bags. The buckets you may have around the house or can borrow some dry bags.
  • Will my scout earn any awards
    • We will do a conservation project so we will earn a 50 miler award and if they complete all requirements they can earn canoeing and whitewater merit badges.
  • Can I come too?
    •  Yes, we welcome adults it is a great trip! In the past some have come up on late in the week and joined us on the whitewater raft trip.