Scouting on the Kern
Updated: Jun 25
Are you the designated Group Organizer for your scout troop? Need to plan a Kern River outing for this Summer and don't know where to start? Read on for a break down of the best tips to organize and execute a fun, affordable scouting getaway for most Troop sizes. This year Kern outfitters will be offering whitewater rafting tours through October 2023, so you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure outing.
We get it! Planning, organizing and executing an outing for 20 or more people is like herding kittens, especially when you add in food, activities and all the gear for a camping adventure on the Kern River!
Where to Stay
Booking a Kern River campground online makes it really easy to pay for, reserve, and get a sneak peek at your future campsite. It’s a great way to take some of the stress out of the planning process. Search for camp site availability and reserve online any time that is convenient for you, day or night.
Pro Tips: How to Organize a Group Camping Trip
What to Do
All three of our local, permitted outfitters offer whitewater Merit Badge training. Let us know if you would like a recommendation. We were a whitewater rafting outfitter for 34 years on the Kern and are happy to share our insights.
What other fun, water activities are there to do at Kern River besides whitewater rafting? Great question. Here is our list of fun things to do near the Kern River! Rent kayaks from French Gulch Marina. Schedule a climbing lesson with Sierra South Mountain Sports, or plan day trips around Kernville.
Schedule in down town and let your group ride bikes in camp or play shuffleboard, giant jenga, volleyball, connect 4, cornhole or frisbee golf on property @ Kern River's Edge.
Use our Resource Blog Page to fill in the rest of your camping adventure itinerary.
Where to Eat
With scouting comes the wholesome experience of cooking in the outdoors and the attendant menu planning, shopping, prepping and cooking. And with busy, hectic lives, sometimes you earn a cheat night! So if menu planning and a food buy are not an option, or if you just need a cheat night -- Kernville has quite a few restaurant options.
That's Italian offers delicious spaghetti and lasagna, plus they cater.
Pizza Barn delivers pizzas, calzones, bread sticks or choose to dine-in.
Grab a burrito or taco at El Rio Mexican Grill.
Kern River Brewing Company make their own root beer and offer a diverse menu of tasty burgers.
Something Sweeter and Big Blue Bear provide a quick stop for yummy treats like fro-yo, ice cream, blended drinks, cupcakes and pastries.
Kern River's Edge carries S'mores fixings in our Camp Store in case you forget to pack them, or need to restock!
Planning ahead for things like souvenirs or gratuities helps to alleviate any surprises, especially if your Scouts are fundraising or responsible for paying their own way. Our Camp Store offers Kern River mementos starting @ $5 on up. Group orders are available for items like our Kern River's Edge patch -- touch base with us a few days in advance.
While tipping our Camp staff is not expected, if you appreciate their assistance while here, feel free to show them your appreciation. 😊
What Scout Leaders are saying about KRE?
"I recently had the pleasure of staying at Kern River's Edge campground over Memorial Day weekend with my Boy Scout Troop, Troop 788 from Redondo Beach... From the clean facilities to the abundance of activities, friendly atmosphere, and perfect location, this campground is a gem. If you're a scouting troop or any camping enthusiast looking for a fantastic river rafting trip, I urge you to visit Kern River's Edge. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! Harry F., Redondo Beach, 5/31/23
Recreating responsibly includes packing trash bags to leave our wild spaces cleaner than you found them. There is a glass ban in the Sequoia National Forest, so remember to use plastic storage containers, Ziploc bags, or Bota bags for camping gear and kitchen supplies instead.
Ready to bring your Scout Troop to the Kern River?
Then let’s go! At Kern River’s Edge, you’ll find spacious campsites, concierge firewood & ice deliveries, and the most knowledgeable, caring Camp Hosts on the Kern River. With over 40 camping sites to choose from and easy access to all types of activities — there’s something for everyone at the River’s Edge campsite.