Built for 7th – 9th graders ready to perfect their paddling skills,* our weeklong expedition camp serves up five full days of on-the-water adventure. From their home base on the banks of the American River in the heart of Gold Country, campers will camp out by night and spend every day kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting in one of California’s most popular paddling destinations.
The group of no more than 13 campers and two seasoned Avid4 Adventure instructors will partner with expert guides from American Whitewater Expeditions to explore the ins and outs of the American River, honing their flatwater skills in its relaxing reservoirs and rafting and kayaking through its rapids. They’ll get the lay of the water on nearby Jenkinson Lake for a day of stand up paddleboarding and build their camping skills at their American River Resort campsite.
After a week spent paddling, camping and teambuilding and in a range of truly stunning natural settings, campers will leave with solid skills, lasting friendships and the confidence to take on any adventure, by river, lake or land.
* While beginning paddlers are welcome, participants should have some previous experience paddling in standing or moving water, be comfortable being fully submerged in water for short periods of time and feel excited to spend five full days on watercraft.