Junior Guides and River Runners

Partnered Summer Camp

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday July 15-17*


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday July 22-24*

Join us at Junior Guides Raft Camp. Junior Guides, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been reliably and safely showing kids a good time on rivers for years. We have the best kid-friendly staff, we attract outdoorsy campers, and our program embraces a 'river family' culture.

Programs typically run from 8:30 am to 4 pm each day, but varies depending on the camper's age.

The Ducks
Entering grades 1-4

 This program, taught by specially selected and certified guides, is for our youngest campers. Campers learn about the dynamics of moving water, they play games, and sing songs while practicing teamwork to get their raft downstream. Campers in this group ply the class 2, mellow stretches of the South Fork American, commonly known as the Tom Sawyer float.

The Otters
Entering Grades 5-11

 For older campers, this program offers the next level of challenge. Campers encounter class 3 rapids as they learn to direct their peers and navigate the upper and lower South Fork American River. Campers take turns guiding the boat, learning a variety of strokes and paddle commands.We practice 'challenge by choice' when encountering river features; campers may choose to swim rapids or surf holes

Each year we have a different emphasis, but campers always learn river navigation, reading water, rope handling and knots, swimming in moving water, self rescue, skits and games; all couched around our core values: adventure, teamwork, and leadership.

Our 3-day river rafting program includes highly qualified guides, kid sized rafts and gear, shuttles, two substantial snacks, a lunch buffet, evening activities, a CD or link to photos of camp and a T-Shirt.

Camp begins at Earthtrek Campground, in Coloma, at 9 am on Monday, July 15th or 22nd

All campers and families should attend the special closing ceremony at Earthtrek Camp
Wednesday July 17  or July 24th, 7 pm  for Closing slide show and Appreciation Circle

Info available soon on separate Earthtrek Campground  add-ons including camping and meal plan

(*Please note: These dates are favored and expected. However, as has happened in previous l0w-water years, we are occasionally unable to raft on Wednesdays, and may shift the camp forward by a day; Sunday-Tuesday. The snow pack is looking great this year, and it's very likely we will retain the Monday-Wednesday program.)  

Register Below or visit Junior Guides website here for more information.