High Adventure

Rivah Base

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High Adventure - Day Two: Gettin' Down to business

High Adventure - Day One: The trip down

The Rivah Base is a tribute to our unique geographic location at Bayport. Our port off of the Rappahannock River is among the most breathtaking features of our Scout Reservation. With a three mile stretch of open water, from our shore to the other side of the river, our programs will feature intense sailing, the local waterman experience, as well as a very unique COPE and Climbing Program. The Rivah Base has a whole different attitude! As our guests are immersed in the local culture, everything from our staff to our program will emulate a lifestyle that can only be found in the exciting programs down by the "rivah." Your day at the Rivah Base will begin with a luau and your week will conclude with our famous crab picking dinner!

Troop 122 High Adventure Program for 2014

Troop 122 is planning on attending Rivah Base at Bayport Scout Reservation the week of July 13–19, 2014 (dates tentative). Bayport Scout Reservation is located in Jamica, Virginia (map) on the Rappahannock River just off of the Chesapeake Bay. 

A Note on Cost

We are expecting the cost of the program to be between $350 - $400.  We will also need to include transportation into the cost bringing the total to roughly $650. Please remember that these are estimates and we will do our best to keep cost down (a Scout is thrifty)

Scouts who are planning on attending this trip must be:
  • age 13 as of September 1st, 2013
  • able to successfully pass the Boy Scouts of America swim test
  • have a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.
If a participant cannot pass the BSA swim test at Rivah Base, they will be sent home at their own expense or given the opportunity to participate in regular Boy Scout camp or COPE/Climbing (if space is available).

Below is a description of the program we are planning to attend.

MAP-Master Aquatics Program

Participants in MAP (Master Aquatics Program) will spend the week learning to safely and effectively operate motorboats and small sailboats. The fleet includes 420’s and Flying Junior sailboats, and 19-20 foot motorboats. These sailboats aren’t the Sunfishes your father used at Boy Scout Camp. These are two-man sailboats used by college racing teams. Primary instruction includes rigging and sailing the sailboats, operation and care of the motorboats, and water-skiing. Rivah Base offers advancement opportunities for Scouts. Boy Scouts who successfully meet all requirements will receive Small Boat Sailing, Motor Boating and Water Sports Merit Badges.

A typical week’s program and schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday: After the swim test, teamwork and crew building exercises will be conducted.
  • Monday through Thursday: During the days, crews are divided between the various activities of sailing instruction, waterskiing, and motor boating. Other days activities may include beach visits and destination day sails. There are morning and afternoon sessions of each activity. Following dinner, an evening “lesson” may include instruction on safety, charts, rules of the road for boaters, weather, or tides. Evening recreational activities include movie nights, water balloon battles, or volleyball tournaments.
  • Friday: Friday begins with an opportunity for participants to give one last shot at mastering a skill or simply re-visit for the last time, their favorite activity of the week. Friday afternoon is our Regatta or special activity. The Regatta is an afternoon full of friendly competition where you get a chance to show off all you have learned throughout the week. Whether you are finishing merit badge requirements or learning new challenges on the water, the day is capped off with the famous Crab Pickin’/Awards Ceremony. The CHASE sailors have returned and will join you as you try your hand at picking crabs that were caught during the week. Crews must have a skit ready to present to the other crews. Merit badges and other awards are presented and stories are shared of the week’s events.
  • Saturday: Departure after breakfast and base inspection.
Please remember, these activities and this schedule are not set in stone. The key to a successful week at Rivah Base is flexibility.

If your Scout would like to attend please make sure he meets all of the requirements listed above and make a check for $100 deposit payable to BSA Troop 122, sign the permission slip and return to the troop no later than April 25, 2013.

Once we have the crew put together we will have a parent meeting to discuss a payment schedule.

Yours In Scouting,

Mr. Ramirez
Troop122 BigBears,
Mar 19, 2013, 9:32 AM