- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July, August
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Sub-Categories: Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
This two-week course for 14 and 15 year olds will explore the Main Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. You will navigate the Salmon's whitewater in kayaks, paddle rafts and oar rigs. On the water you'll learn strokes, commands, guiding basics, and advanced maneuvering.
This course is designed for 14- and 15-year-olds who want to learn the basics of kayaking and whitewater rafting in one of the most renowned river corridors in the U.S. “The Main” stretch of Idaho’s Salmon River is in the heart of the incredible Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. You’ll have the opportunity to visit historic homesteads, fish for cutthroat trout, and enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs.
Your course will start with basic backcountry living skills, like cooking, sanitation, and Leave No Trace practices. You’ll also learn leadership skills, including decision-making and teamwork. Each day you will travel in either kayaks, oar rigs, and rafts. Your instructors will teach you how to scout rapids and evaluate hazards, effectively maneuver each craft, and rig the boats. On your course, tent groups are single sex, but cook groups might be co-ed.
Your course may include the opportunity to perform a noxious weed project with the Forest Service, giving back to the incredible environment you’ll become familiar with during your course. No matter what, you’ll have fun, work hard, and return home with leadership skills to last a lifetime.