Programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls

Higher Pursuits is committed to providing programming for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other youth groups in order to help teach paddling and therefore build a love for paddling in the next generation. Learning to canoe or kayak is a life long outdoor skill that provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. One of our goals is to teach those paddling skills to as many many kids as possible.

We offer three different programming options for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls Troops. During the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day), guided trips are only available during the week.

Overview:

The introduction to paddling trip focuses on introducing groups to canoeing or kayaking. An experienced guide helps keep the group together, knows all the best swimming spots and will provide an introduction to paddling and assist participants with their paddling throughout the day.

Recommended Group Size:

  • 4 to 12 participants – one guide
  • 13 to 18 participants – two guides
  • Number of Adults you will need to provide: A minimum of 2 adults is required. You may need additional adults depending on the age of the participants and types of boats you are renting.

Pricing:

  • Canoes: $30 per canoe (limit 3 people per boat) / $35 per canoe for Saturday Trips
  • Kayaks: $20 per kayak (single kayaks) / $25 per kayak for Saturday Trips
  • Tandem Kayaks: $30 per tandem kayak (two person kayak)/ $35 per tandem for Saturday Trips
  • Shuttle your own boat: $10 per boat
  • Guide Fee: $50 per guide
  • Please bring a copy of your tax exempt form for our files or email it to us ahead of time.

Additional Information:

  • Every participant must complete a release form. For participants under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must complete the form ahead of time. Download our release form. The Group Leader does not qualify as the legal guardian to complete this form.
  • Participants must stay with the group
  • All participants (including adults) must wear their lifejacket
  • We recommend shoes that will stay on your feet (flip-flops tend to fall off in the water and float away)
  • The introduction to paddling program uses the 5.5 mile Cheeks Bend Route.
  • As the group leader you should plan on 30 to 45 min at the canoe base to get prepared for the trip, 4 to 5 hours on the water and 30 min to return to the base. In general, about 6 to 7 hours total.
  • We encourage groups to bring a lunch and plenty of hydrating beverages. There are several great places to stop and have lunch on the river.
  • In the event of inclement weather or water conditions, we will contact your group the day before your trip to discuss rescheduling your trip.
  • No alcohol is allowed on any guided trip.
  • To schedule your trip please complete the “Request Additional Information” form so we have a better idea of what type of program you want, desired dates and additional planning details. You are also welcome to call us with any questions.

Merit Badge Program (Guided Trip for scouts)

Overview:

The Merit Badge Program is a more in-depth program and focuses on completing the merit badge requirements of your organization. This involves an on land instruction time before your trip and on water skills such as paddling strokes, flipping a boat over and getting back into your canoe or kayak. Our lead guide is certified by the American Canoe Association as a Level III Canoe Instructor and Level I Kayak instructor.

Recommended Group Size:

  • 1 to 6 participants – one guide
  • 7 to 12 participants – two guides
  • Group size is limited to 12 or less for merit badge programs.
  • Number of Adults you will need to provide: A minimum of 2 adults is required. You may need additional adults depending on the age of the participants and types of boats you are renting.

Pricing:

  • Canoes: $30 per canoe (limit 3 people per boat) / $35 per canoe for Saturday Trips
  • Kayaks: $20 per kayak (single kayaks) / $25 per kayak for Saturday Trips
  • For merit badge programs we do not allow groups to bring their own boats.
  • Guide Fee: $50 per guide
  • Please bring a copy of your tax exempt form for our files or email it to us ahead of time.

Additional Information:

  • Every participant must complete a release form. For participants under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete the form ahead of time. Download our release form. The Group Leader does not qualify as the legal guardian to complete this form.
  • Because Merit Badge programs require detailed instruction, demonstration of skills by participants, and longer instruction time, we do not allow troops to bring younger family members. All the participants in a merit badge program should be in the same age range.
  • Participants must stay with the group
  • All participants (including adults) must wear their lifejacket
  • We recommend shoes that will stay on your feet (flip-flops tend to fall off in the water and float away)
  • The Merit Badge program uses the 5.5 mile Cheeks Bend Route.
  • As the group leader you should plan on 1 hour at the canoe base for on land instruction, 5 to 6 hours on the water and 30 min to return to the base. In general, about 7 to 8 hours total.
  • We encourage groups to bring a lunch, snacks and plenty of hydrating beverages. There are several great places to stop and have lunch on the river.
  • In the event of inclement weather or water conditions, we will contact your group the day before your trip to discuss rescheduling your trip.
  • No alcohol is allowed on any guided trip.
  • To schedule your trip please complete the “Request Additional Information” form so we have a better idea of what type of program you want, desired dates and additional planning details. You are also welcome to call us with any questions.

Self-Guided Trip for Scout Troop (no guide provided)

Overview:

The self-guided trip does not have a guide. Your group just rents boats from us and paddles down the river at their own pace.

Recommended Group Size:

  • Generally, we recommend that you limit your group to 24 or less. This allows a better experience on the river.
  • Number of Adults you will need to provide: A minimum of 2 adults is required. You may need additional adults depending on the age of the participants and types of boats you are renting.

Pricing:

  • Canoes: $30 per canoe (limit 3 people per boat) / $35 per canoe for Saturday Trips
  • Kayaks: $20 per kayak (single kayaks) / $25 per kayak for Saturday Trips
  • Tandem Kayaks: $30 per tandem kayak (two person kayak)/ $35 per tandem for Saturday Trips
  • Shuttle your own boat: $10 per boat
  • Please bring a copy of your tax exempt form for our files or email it to us ahead of time.

Additional Information:

  • Every participant must complete a release form. For participants under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete the form ahead of time. Download our release form. The Group Leader does not qualify as the legal guardian to complete this form.
  • The group must stay together. TN law now requires that anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old.
  • TN law requires that every participant have a lifejacket available in the boat. Any participant 12 years old or younger must wear their lifejacket at all times. We recommend that all participants wear their lifejacket.
  • We recommend shoes that will stay on your feet (flip-flops tend to fall off in the water and float away)
  • The self-guided trips may use either the 5.5 mile trip or 8.5 mile trip. The group size limit for the 8.5 mile trip is 12 participants.
  • As the group leader you should plan on 30 to 45 min at the canoe base to get prepared for the trip, 4 to 5 hours on the water and 30 min to return to the base. In general, about 6 to 7 hours total.
  • We encourage groups to bring a lunch and plenty of hydrating beverages. There are several great places to stop and have lunch on the river.
  • In the event of inclement weather or water conditions, we will contact your group the day before your trip to discuss rescheduling your trip.
  • To schedule your trip please complete the “Request Additional Information” form so we have a better idea of what type of program you want, desired dates and additional planning details. You are also welcome to call us with any questions.