A California or Oregon whitewater rafting adventure is a great outdoor activity for youth groups including boy scouts, girl scouts, church youth groups, at-risk youths, summer camps, and youth sports teams. A rafting trip encourages youths to work together while building team camaraderie, and increasing individual confidence.
We offer a variety of trips; from mellow class 2 floats for kids as young as 4 years and more timid children, to class 3 beginner runs starting around 7-8 years, and class 4 challenges for adventurous teenagers (ages 13+, must swim). Rafting trip options range from half day trips to multi-day camp outs where all meals are included. Trips are easily accessible from San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Redding, Chico and San Jose with rivers near Yosemite and the Redwoods.
We have many student, YMCA, church, scout and other youth groups among our clients who have been rafting with us for a number of years. With such groups, we often find that the organizers and parents have concerns about the level of safety and experience offered; and we can assure you that our company and guides are very well qualified to care for your youths.
Half Day Trips
Deschutes River - 1/2 Day Rafting Trip
Lower Middle Fork American River- 1/2 Day Rafting Trip
South Fork American Lotus Run - 1/2 Day Raft/Float Trip (Class II)
South Fork American River – ½ Day PM Gorge Rafting Trip
Full Day Rafting Trips
Deschutes River - 1 Day Rafting Trip
South Fork American - 1 Day Full River Rafting Trip
Multi Day Outdoor Adventures
Rogue River - 4 Day Wilderness Raft Trip
Ropes Course / South Fork American River Rafting - 2 Day Trip
Deschutes River - 3 Day Wilderness Raft Trip
South Fork American River – 2 day Wilderness Raft Trip
Boy Scout Merit Badges and Other Achievement Awards
Come rafting with us and our personable guides can help your kids earn their Boy Scouts of America Whitewater Merit Badge or Cub Scouts Outdoor Activity Award. Call or email us to set-up such a trip. At this time there is no Girl Scouts badge for whitewater but that has not stopped many Nor-Cal troops coming back each summer!
Choosing the right Youth Group Rafting Trip
For help choosing the right rafting trip for your group please refer to our Rafting with Children page. We recommend that you select a trip according to the youngest participant, and those with the least amount of confidence or swimming abilities (non-swimmers welcome on class 2-3 river trips). Also err on the side of caution – we want everyone to have a positive experience, as this may be the children’s first introduction to whitewater rafting, and as with most youth groups the ratio of adult paddlers to youth paddlers is typically low.