Come enjoy the excitement and accomplishment of earning the Whitewater and/or kayaking  Merit Badge with Ace Kayaking. Ace kayaking is the premiere kayaking school licensed on the Ocoee River. Our one-day Merit Badge program focuses on teamwork and in addition to our instructors being ACA certified, they are all professional kayakers also. It doesn’t matter if scouts are paddling in  high performance funyaks or in traditional whitewater kayaks, they always have a blast working together to get down the river!

”From an early age Scouting played a major roll in my life. Not only did it introduce me to many of the skills I depend upon in my work and Travels, but it also instilled in me the desire to explore and push myself to higher levels. I place the blame for my taste in adventure and will to “cheerfully serve others” all on Scouting.

-Ace Kayaking Owner, Instructor, and Eagle Scout Joseph Gudger

Ace Funyak’s six-hour program does not just teach scouts how to kayak, but it encourages scouts to pursue kayaking. The day begins with classroom learning followed by flat-water practice and then climaxes with funyaking parts of the exciting Middle Ocoee River, or some whitewater kayaking on class I II.

Click to review Whitewater Merit Badge Requirements

Since our founding fifteen years ago Ace Funyaks has provided outstanding service with an impeccable safety record. We are permitted by the USDA, Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide kayak instruction on the Ocoee River. Our 3:1 student to instructor ratio is unsurpassed. All instructions are led by owner and merit badge counselor Joe Gudger, and guided by the standards of the American Canoe Association.

Pricing: $89 per participant. We encourage parents to attend, and be sure to ask about our two-day program which allows scouts to earn the Kayaking Award the second day.

 

Jake Trotter, Manager

Jake Trotter, Manager

Jake spent his time growing up fishing and tubing on the Hiwassee River and the creek behind his house. His natural attraction, interaction, and appreciation of rivers and water started early on. In 2009, he began working on the Ocoee River as a Raft Guide

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Jordan Mikle, Manager

Jordan Mikle, Manager

A Southeast Tennessee local, Jordan grew up in the area and was exposed to kayaking and rafting at an early age. During his summers in college, Jordan started Raft Guiding on the Ocoee River and the Pigeon River while spending his free time paddling numerous other rivers within the Tennessee region…

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