Kayaking Camp: Rocking the Boat

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Washington Park – Kayaking Camp

Our Kayaking Day Camp takes campers out on both flat-water and whitewater, to experience the joy of paddling independently and also as a team. Under the guidance of our highly qualified instructors, campers will learn basic strokes, rescue techniques, river reading and water safety as they navigate some of the most beautiful lakes and waterways in Colorado’s Front Range.

Campers learn skills tailored to their level, progressing as they build proficiency and comfort. We group them by grade—2nd – 4th graders join the Skills Camp, while 5th – 7th graders make up our Adventure Team—and give them plenty of individualized attention as they develop confidence and deepen their technical skills, stroke by stroke.

Kayaking Day Camp campers should have some previous experience paddling in standing or moving water. Although they’ll be wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) at all times, they should be competent swimmers and feel comfortable momentarily submerged below water. If you have any questions about whether Kayaking Day Camp is right for your child, please give us a call at 800-977-9873.

Camp Details

GRADES Entering 2nd-7th
Hours 9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Care: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Lunch $25 for a GoPicnic Daily Lunch
Policies Cancellations & Date Changes
Dates Skills Camp: Entering 2nd-4th Graders
JUNE:12-16, 19-23
JULY: 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31-Aug 4
AUGUST: 7-11
AUGUST:14-18 (United Methodist Church)
LOCATION St. John's Church & School 700 South Franklin Street Denver, CO 80209
Adventure Team: Entering 5th-7th graders
JUNE: 5-9, 26-30
AUGUST: 7-11
Starting August 14th: Washington Park United Methodist Church 1955 E. Arizona Ave. Denver, CO 80210

Pricing: Sign up Early and SAVE! Join our email list for Early Bird discounts.

After Feb 28 Extended Care AM/PM
PRICE/WEEK $439 $25 / $75

$25 REGISTRATION FEE per camper/year (see policies)

Not coming July 4th? Use code: NO4th to prorate July 3rd session


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Flat Water

Campers spend their first two or three days mastering flatwater skills at Cherry Creek, getting comfortable with fitting their equipment, using kayaking hand signals, making wet exits and maneuvering our kid-friendly Jackson Whitewater Kayaks before they ever dip their paddles in moving water.

During the second half of the week, campers will leave flat-water behind to build knowledge and skills in moving water, practicing their technique in local rivers such as the South Platte and Clear Creek. Please note that our kayaking locations will depend on water levels and group ability.



Meet Your Camp Director, Nate Thoreson

Nate grew up in northern Wisconsin where his backyard was his own personal summer camp.  His mom served as the neighborhood Camp Director, teaching local kids biking, swimming and the fundamental rule “safety first and always be kind.” It is no surprise then that Nate received his Bachelor in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango and was awarded the department’s Major of the Year.  Nate loves working with kids outdoors and in particular, that Mother Nature teaches adaptability. He likes showing kids how to change gears when thrown curve balls and helping kids find their own natural path of learning and growing.  An Avid4 Adventure veteran, Nate has worked as a Day Camp Instructor, as the Assistant Director at Colorado Mountain Camp, as an Events Manager, and as the Camp Director for Lafayette. Most recently, Nate was awarded Avid4 Adventure’s Management & Outdoor Leadership Internship focusing on management skills in the outdoor industry.  In his spare time, Nate loves to rock climb, hike, slackline, and dive into a good coloring book. Nate describes Avid4 Adventure as the best job he has ever had and is excited to meet your campers.

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While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved—what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong—so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.

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