The River Scout as a practice in decision making.
• Brittany Parker
Written by: Bradley Hilton
The river scout is an essential part of the whitewater experience. Whether exploring new stretches of river with my friends on paddleboards, or guiding guests on a commercial rafting trip, I thoroughly enjoy the process of scouting rapids. It provides the perfect moment to keep your group calm, take a collective breath, and practice your best decision making skills.
In my usual scout briefing, I like to bring attention to the fact that in life, decisions are not always made in the most efficient manner. We often consider and reconsider a choice for weeks or years on end. All the while, our tools for making that decision may remain unchanged. So why not just deploy those tools and commit? In the river, that’s exactly what we do.
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