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White Water Rafting & Biking Trip - American River - May 4, 2018

What: White Water Rafting and Biking - American River
When: May 4 - 6, 2018
Where: American Whitewater Expeditions, 5981 New River Road, Coloma, CA 95613 (more info at link on bottom of page, including directions)
Camp Site GPS Directions: 5981 New River Rd. Coloma, CA 95613 USA
Dinner Location: Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, 2191 Cowell Blvd, Davis, CA 95618 - off hwy 80 near UC Davis
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: $190 payable to "BSA Troop 33" (write scout name and "Whitewater" on memo line) + additional cash for dinner and lunch (see below)
Activity Coordinator: Lance Pham

Note: The Scouts won't have their cell phones while we are in camp or on the river. They will have them on the drive up and back. To relay an emergency message, please call one of the scoutmasters (see Scoutmasters' page) or Mr. Mellea, SIC: 650 814 1046.


Dress: Class A for travel to Coloma -/- Saturday - follow packing list -/- Sunday travel home Class A

Bonus: this trip qualifies for a camping merit badge requirement: 9B 4. Take a non-motorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5 miles

Join us for two nights of camping and premier river rafting on the South Fork of the American River ... one of the most popular rivers in the United States.  The South Fork is an easy to moderate intensity Class II-III rafting river and is a great way for everyone from ages 6 to 106 to experience the fun of whitewater rafting.  Perfect for all of our scouts (even first timers!), this adventure is sure to bring out huge smiles on all of your faces.  Enjoy the relaxation of floating down a river with moments of sheer excitement as you paddle through fun-filled rapids.  It's a perfect river to bring together just the right level of excitement.

We will begin our rafting trip from the campsite and will paddle down the 15-mile South Fork Gorge Run, warming up first on Class I-II rapids before conquering Class II-III rapids such as Fowlers Rock, Triple Threat, Satan's Cesspool, and Hospital Bar.  Lunch on the river will be provided and will consist of sandwiches (with several choices of meats, cheeses, and vegetables), finger foods, and cookies.  There will be a short 20-min bus ride back to the campsite, where the scouts will have time to shower up before a BBQ dinner and possible campfire. Alternatively, you can go for a bike ride in the surrounding hills, lead by one of the senior scouts or an ASM.

Note: bike ride in the afternoon for those seeking the Biking merit badge or simple want to ride.

Additional Items to bring:
Plastic bag to hold wet clothes.
camp chair for hanging out
$$ for dinner on way up (2191 Cowell Blvd, Davis, CA 95618), and lunch on way back  
Tip for your River guide ($5 per person)
Activity equipment: deck of cards, Frisbee, soccer ball, tennis balls to toss around, football
or other items to have fun in camp with

Tents will already be setup for you prior arrival and sleeping pads will be provided.  
All meals are provided (except for dinner on Fri and lunch on Sun.)  
Wetsuits will be provided, if needed


Fri, May 4
  • 3:45pm  Meet at LAUMC
  • 4:00pm  Depart for Coloma (dinner on the road) Note: Bring $$$ to buy your own dinner
  • 7:30pm Stop in Davis for dinner @  2191 Cowell Blvd, Davis, CA 95618
  • 9:00pm - 9:30pm Arrive American Whitewater campsite
  • 10:00pm Lights Out quiet hours. You will not need to set up your tent.
Sat, May 5
  • 8:00am  Breakfast - chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, bagels, and cereal
  • 9:00am American River South Fork Gorge Run (safety briefing, life vests/helmets provided, lunch on the river)
  • 4:30pm  Return to campsite
  • 6:00pm  BBQ Dinner Tri-tip, Chicken, Fish, corn, bread, veggies, ice cream, brownies 
Sun, May 6
  • 8:00am Breakfast, eggs, sausage, hash brown, bagels, cereal  
  • 9:00am Pack Up
  • 9:15am  Depart for Los Altos - come straight home - no stop for lunch 
  • Noon: Arrive LAUMC

Pay Online

Scout/Adult Payment ($190 + $5.98 payment fee)
PayPal available only for rafting.

Checks made out to "BSA Troop 33" can also be given to the Activity Coordinator (no payment fee needed).


Brian M,
Mar 6, 2018, 10:10 PM
Brian M,
Mar 6, 2018, 9:50 PM
Brian M,
Mar 6, 2018, 9:55 PM
Judy Bergwerk,
Sep 25, 2018, 3:30 PM