River Shredders camp is designed for participants 12-16 years old, and appeals to both experienced and new river lovers alike. Kids will get the opportunity to try out all kinds of river activities – whitewater rafting, sit-on-top kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding to name a few!
Our goal is to encourage responsibility on the river, a sense of environmental stewardship, and the confidence to pursue things that bring them joy. Along with hydrology, river ecology, environmental stewardship, and whitewater safety, camp will be rounded out with lots of swimming, river island exploration, and good old-fashioned camp shenanigans. These activities can be relatively strenuous and require a moderate level of physical fitness. Previous river experience is not required, but participants must be comfortable swimming in moving currents.
At an age where it’s hard to keep these young adventurers entertained, a week with us will teach them to enjoy the giant natural playground in our backyard – the James River!
River Shredders Camp is held on and around RVA’s awesome, award-winning river and urban forest. Camp is led by professional river guides trained in swiftwater rescue.
This camp will be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M in Forest Hill Park and the James River Park System, Monday through Friday.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The camp capacities listed below were last updated manually on 3/28/23. For real-time capacities, please click “Register Now” to enter the enrollment portal.
June 12-16 – 2 spots left!
June 19-23 – 3 spots left!
June 26-30 – 7 spots left!
July 3-7 – 12 spots left! We hold camp on July 4.
July 10-14 – 4 spots left!
July 17-21 – 6 spots left!
July 24-28 – 5 spots left!
July 31 – Aug 4 – 7 spots left!
Aug 7-11 – 7 spots left!
In order to give our staff meaningful pay increases this year without pricing out many of our campers, we are implementing a sliding scale for camp payments.
If none of the sliding scale options are affordable to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about our scholarship program.
Sapling activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high ropes activities, giant tree swings, creative games, river exploration and even a rafting trip!
Oak activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high-ropes activities, giant tree swings, stand up paddleboarding, creative games, river exploration and rafting!
Earth Heroes camp activities include exploring Richmond's awesome forests and river, wildly fun hands-on science activities, nature-themed art and games, and natural outdoor fun!
Mountain Bike camp activities include trail rides, self-paced mountain biking skills development, goofy games, river exploration, and natural outdoor fun!
Rappelling, rafting, downriver stand-up paddleboarding, and advanced tree climbing techniques are just some of the experiences you can expect from this camp!
River Shredders campers will have a one-of-a-kind experience learning to paddle a variety of different crafts on the James River, as well as learning about river ecology, hydrology, and river safety.