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Race Rules

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Participants must be at least 14 years of age at race time and registered members of Venturing Crews, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, or Explorer Posts.


Each team shall consist of four to six participants. Two participants shall handle the canoe during each leg. Each team shall have a team captain who will be the team's representative to the race meetings for communications, rule interpretations, or disciplinary actions. Participants should be in good physical shape and should be conditioned for strenuous exercise and long endurance. Participants should condition and strengthen their hands to help prevent blisters. Gloves should be considered if new to paddling. BSA Class II physical forms are required at registration. Each team (each canoe) should have a support crew. This crew is a necessity to the success of your team.

The support crew has the responsibility to set up camp, cook, clean and to transport and load/unload canoes and equipment. To qualify for the race, an adult leader must accompany, by vehicle, each team during the race. This leader is responsible for transporting the team members to the paddler changeout locations during the race. This is a very important aspect of this relay type race. If crew members are not at the designated changeout locations when the canoe team arrives, the team must either continue on with the race or wait for the crew members to arrive.

This will cause added time which may affect your placing in the race. Co-ed units must have male and female leaders in accordance with BSA policies. Two-deep leadership must be observed. No coaching of crews by advisors or adults from boats is permitted. Safety personnel and event judges observing the race may disqualify a team for improper conduct. A unit may enter as many racing teams as desired, but they must have an advisor or adult for each team. All entries must be registered.

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