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*Due to the Rappahannock River predicting to crest on Saturday between 7 to 9ft in Fredericksburg, the Organizing Committee in consultation with the Fredericksburg Swiftwater Rescue Team has decided to postpone the 38th annual GRWCR based off of the river level guidelines posted below.


The new date to ‘pencil in to your calendars’ is:  Saturday, September 15, 2018.


You'll be able to race in the early afternoon, and then enjoy Friends of the Rappahannock's Riverfest (separate registration required) that evening!


The Scout Challenge is a tandem canoe race that occurs on the first Saturday in June each year in conjunction with the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race (GRWCR).


  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Sea Scouts
  • Venture Crews
Race Course:
  • Rappahannock River
  • From Old Mill Park to City Dock
  • Approximately 1.8 river miles of moving water


  • All races are in tandem canoes:
    • Men
    • Women
    • Mixed (1 male / 1 female) 


  • Tandem canoes are provided courtesy of the Virginia Outdoor Center
  • Scouts must register and pay online or on-site
  • Waivers must be signed
  • If an individual is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign a Minor Waiver
  •  If the river level is 4.1 feet or higher on the USGS Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg gauge, the Scout Challenge will be cancelled.


  • Online registration will open in mid-August
  • On site registration: any time before 2pm on September 15th

2018 Information:

  • Cost: $10
  • Practice Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 5:30pm at Old Mill Park
  • Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Location: Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA
  • On-site Registration: before 2pm
  • Racer meeting: 2:00pm
  • Race Starts: 2:30pm
  • 2018 Flyer (PDF)
Additional information, including maps, registration and waivers can be found at:

For additional questions pertaining to the Scout Challenge, please contact volunteer Race Director Mike Robinson.
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