At Riverkeeper Explorers Camp, campers will be faced with a myriad of challenges, on and off the water, to become an official member of the Riverkeeper Explorers Club by the end of the week! Campers will start the week obtaining information about our local waterway by delving into the river's history and through hands-on scientific exploration of it's water quality. They will then take the knowledge they've gained to develop the survival skills necessary to, in theory, survive along the South Fork River.
Educators will work with campers throughout the week to expand their understanding and assist in the development of basic survival skills that were once daily necessities by people along the river.
Campers can expect to learn:
- how to create a water filtration system and through water testing see if they were successful
- how to identify local flora and fauna
- the basics of fire building and fire safety
- and so much more!
Campers can also expect to spend a lot of time on the river kayaking throughout the week. Beginning on the flattest, slowest portion of the river, campers will work with our guides to gain experience and comfort on the water. At the end of the week they can expect to put all their newly acquired skills into action by paddling a more difficult portion of the river with our guides**.
**Class 1 rapids dependent upon water levels at the time of camp
Camp Dates and Details
Ages: 12* - 15
*Ages Updated May 2022
June 13 - 17 9:00am - 4:30pm each day
July 11 - 15 9:00am - 4:30pm each day
[Note: Each camp is the exact same curriculum and program. We recommend only registering your camper for one camp.]
Please note that a participant will not be permitted to attend a Catawba Riverkeeper Camp or Education Program without submitting a completed and signed "Assumption of Risk and Release Form" and "Anti-Bullying Policy Agreement". These forms will be included with the registration forms participants receive after purchasing a ticket, but can be viewed online beforehand here.
Registration documents must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the start date of the program.
Camp will run rain or shine each day! In the event that 2 or more kayak trips are cancelled during the week of camp due to weather or other circumstance we will host one makeup kayak trip for each camp on the following dates:
- June camp kayak make-up date: 6/24
- July camp kayak make-up date: 7/22
If this should occur, campers and their families will be notified the week of camp.
- 1 or more weeks before camp you are eligible for a 100% refund of your ticket purchase.
- 1 to 6 days before camp you are eligible for a 50% refund of your ticket purchase.
- After 9:00am on the first date of camp you are no longer eligible for a refund.
- If your child is dismissed from a program for disciplinary reasons* no refund will be given for the ticket purchase.
*Disciplinary related dismissal as defined and outlined in our Anti-Bullying Policy
We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.
Thank you for your interest and support of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Through this Kayak Rental program, you are helping us further our mission of sustaining plentiful, clean water for generations to come.
The Catawba-Wateree River Basin encompasses 26 counties, 8900 miles of waterways, 5000 square miles of land and a 225 mile stretch of continuous river from Lake James in NC to Lake Marion in SC.