Boy Scouts of America Troop 1097  Serving Gaithersburg, Germantown & N. Potomac 

Whitewater Rafting on the Lower Yough!

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 7:00 AM
  • 09 Jun 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Heritage Reservation, 300 Heritage Road, Farmington, PA 15437


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Our Final Schedule...

0700 - Meet @IWLA Chapter House

0800 - Or sooner, Depart IWLA 

1100 - Arrive at Heritage Reservation, where we will camp Saturday night at

Valley Forge #3-Ft. Washington Shelter (Reservation #11PC6)

1100-1230 - Set up tents and eat lunch

1230 - Drive to Ohiopyole Trading Post: 4 Negley St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

1245 - Arrive and attend briefing and wetsuits preparation.

1400 - On water starting at check in facility: 171 Dinnerbell Rd, Ohiopyle PA

1800 - Finish, turn in gear

1830 - Back at camp, eat dinner, camp overnight 

Please bring appropriate clothing for the trip and a pair of sturdy shoes (no flip flops, crocs, etc...).  Also bring a dry set of clothes for the ride home.

All rafters (adults & Scouts) needs to fill out a RaftingWaiver and all Scouts need to fill a BSA Permission Slip Fillable.pdf (need a hard copies for both).

Contact: Jon Shea

Additional Info:

The Yough is one of the premium white water destinations on the east coast.  The Lower Yough provides all the excitement without the risk of the Upper Yough which is the real deal!  The rapids for the Lower Yough are class 2-4 (out of a 1-5 scale).  This should provide plenty of excitement for the older scouts and adults, but fine for the younger guys.

We will be rafting with one of the premier outfitters (Ohiopyle Trading Post) in the area.  We will be on a fully guided trip which means that we will have a guide in every raft.  Each raft will carry between 4 to 6 participants depending on how many we have go.  A guide in the boat greatly increases the enjoyment of the trip as well as the safety as they certainly don't want to end up in the water!  Typically the trip is 3-6 hours depending on water level and how big of a group is going.  

The water will be cold, so everyone will be provided a wetsuit which will allow everyone to enjoy the experience without being cold.  In addition, everyone will be required to bring water shoes or old tennis shoes that can get wet.  We should wear nylon or old shorts, no jeans or sweat pants.  Expect to be wet so don't wear things like cotton that will make you cold.  Everyone should bring a towel and dry clothes for the ride home.

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