Canoe/Whitewater Day Trip

This is the basic gear list for a canoeing or whitewater paddling day, and for the on-the-water portion of a canoe or whitewater weekend.  Please remember that on Troop 8 water trips, it is expected that all participants will end up in the water at some point as part of the fun and training!



Generally speaking, even in the warm summer months flowing rivers below dams can be quite cold, and it is as likely to be cloudy and raining with wind as it is to be bright and sunny.  Clothing is going to vary significantly based on water temperature weather, and type of trip. Whitewater will require warmer clothing, obviously, and may even demand a wet or dry-suit. Most folks tend to under-do it clothing-wise, and are left unprepared for capsizes in chilly wind on overcast days, or afternoon storms.

NO PERSONAL ELECTRONICS (gamegear, personal cell phones, iPod, etc.)


Group Gear

This group gear list is placed here as a reminder for Patrol Leaders and trip planners only.   Scouts do not need to worry about personally bringining anything listed on the group gear list.   However, if you are a senior scout who has some of this equipment as personal gear, you should consider bringing it if you coordinate with the trip leader.

  • Dry bags/boxes for food, excess personal gear  

  • River first aid kits - These must be dry-boxed and secured to boat. The "master" kit usually goes in the last boat, but at least two kits are needed in case one is lost or leaks.

  • Throw bags/ropes

  • Emergency rescue throw-ropes should be distributed among experienced boats/boaters. These should always be taken on fast-moving water.

  • Boat retrieval equipment - Rope, several carabiners, webbing anchors, perhaps a pulley.  Used for setting up a system to rescue a trapped or pinned boat. Again, these are required for any fast-moving water.

  • Water purification equipment (filter or chemical)

  • Equipment for starting a fire, or camp stove with fuel