Bay-Lakes Council - 2023 Whitewater Weekends

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2023 Whitewater Weekends

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Experience Whitewater in a Weekend!

Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 Whitewater Weekends and experience some of the best Whitewater in Wisconsin at Gardner Dam Adventure Base!  Open to all Scouts BSA participants 11 and up including leaders and parents.  This introduction class is designated for anyone who has always wanted to try whitewater kayaking. The class begins indoors with basic safety instructions and then moves to the water.    A team of certified instructors will assist you with outfitting the required gear.  Once outfitted, you will start your experience in the pond, on flat water, learning various rescues and paddle strokes and building your confidence in whitewater boats.    The afternoon will be spent on the Wolf River.  On the Wolf you will learn how to avoid rocks and what to do if you hit a rock, ferrying, and turning (peelouts).  On day two, we will continue our journey on the Wolf River, advancing your skills and paddling through several of the famous rapids like the last portion of Boy Scout Rapids, False Hansen’s, and Hansen’s Rapids. In addition, the weekend includes time for movies, campfires, and meeting new friends.

Lodging will be inside Wausa Homes Lodge at Gardner Dam Adventure Base, or you may choose to camp at any site on property.  Our excellent cook staff will keep you nourished, starting with a cracker barrel on Friday through Lunch on Sunday.  A fully trained and enthusiastic volunteer staff provides all of the leadership, instruction and supervision for each weekend.  Bay-Lakes Council provides all equipment, food, lodging and emergency services.
Be ready to get wet! Scouts must be at least 11, have completed the BSA swimmer classification, and have a completed BSA Medical form A/B. Each camper is also responsible for all their clothing, swimming attire (recommend sending 2 sets), towels, bedding, and personal hygiene needs. 

The cost is $50 for each weekend.  

Session Dates:

  • May 19-21, 2023
  • June 2-4, 2023
  • Sept 29 - October 1, 2023 - Programming will be part of the Scout Fest Celebration Registration (coming soon!)

For more information OR if you are interested in earning the Kayaking or Whitewater Merit Badge while at this event (prerequisites would be required prior to arrival), contact David Benton at 920-539-4548 or Miki Gould 920-740-0098

When & Where
Session 1
Gardner Dam Adventure Base
Friday 05-19-2023 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 05-21-2023 2:00 PM CT Past
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Session 2
Gardner Dam Adventure Base
Friday 06-02-2023 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 06-04-2023 2:00 PM CT Past
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