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.

 

Joseph (Joe) Gudger

Joseph (Joe) Gudger

Kayaking and the lifestyle that accompanies it have led Joe to some of the most inspirational places and inspirational people. Although he finds it difficult to express what draws him to rivers so strongly, he is thankful for that draw and considers himself incredibly...

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Joshua Huber

Joshua Huber

If you ask Joshua today, he’ll tell you he still remembers his first ever lesson with Ace. Josh was ten years old when Jeff, Joe, and Emily took him down the Hiwassee River for a joint lesson with his family....

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Lucien Scott

Lucien Scott

Lucien is a whitewater paddling enthusiast living in Chattanooga, Tennessee with a deep passion for exploration and the pursuit of happiness. He wholeheartedly loves the outdoors, particularly the mountains and rivers. He has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to...

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Brandon Beaty

Brandon Beaty

I didn’t start Kayaking until my late 20’s. I spent my first year of kayaking mostly swimming my way down the Hiwassee before deciding I needed some help. That help came from Jeff West at Ace Kayaking

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Jen Maxwell

Jen Maxwell

Jen LOVES Kayaking! She remembers the first time she was in a boat, she flipped upside down to “wet exit” and came up with a huge smile. It was then, she knew it was meant to be. Jen has been paddling since 2008 and every year she finds something new she wants to...

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Morgan Cox

Morgan Cox

Morgan has been a member of the ACE team for six years. Her love of whitewater started as a kid while taking summer family trips to raft on the Ocoee River. Nine years ago, a friend, who later became her husband, convinced her to go to Georgia State University’s raft...

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Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter

I started working on the Ocoee in 2009 as a raft guide and that is when I found my true passion for whitewater. I grew up interacting with water and learned early on to appreciate it. Fishing and tubing on the creek behind my house and the Hiwassee River with my family

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Kirk Eddlemon

Kirk Eddlemon

Kirk’s dad cultivated a deep respect and appreciation in him for wild places and adventures when he was just a boy, where they spent lots of time exploring the mountains and rivers of the world.

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