River Camp

River Camp returns! We are so excited to see our campers again! We’ve made some changes for 2021 and put some things on hold. There are still a lot of unknowns, but camper safety is our top priority as we provide some great outdoor fun! We’re working closely with the Board of Health to assure we are following all the summer camp guidelines. Summer should give kids the opportunity to have fun, learn new things and to make friends! Join us on the river!
EXPEDITION-BASED, NATURE-FOCUSED, CANOEING CAMP


Each day is a new adventure as we canoe different locations, exploring our region's beautiful waterways. Young people, ages 6 - 17, who enjoy being outdoors and learning about nature, will become capable canoeists and have fun with activities such as canoe camping, challenge games, and field studies. An enriching, in-depth summer experience!


2021 DATES & PRICES

Covid Safety Measures

There are several changes that will be put into place to make River Camp possible. We want our campers to have fun and be able to spend time outdoors in boats with friends. That’s what summer should be! To do that safely we will be making the following changes. This may change when we receive the updated regulations from the state:

  • Groups are very small this year. Canoe, Crafts, and Lore will have maximum 8 campers with the same two leaders for the session. Explorations will have 6 campers maximum with the same two leaders for the session.
  • Parents must drop off/ pick up campers at the paddling locations. The locations are all in Groton and we will provide directions. We will have a process to do this so families are socially distanced.
  • Campers and leaders will have COVID screening on arrival.
  • Mask wearing and social distancing will meet guidelines put out by the state. Your child will have to wear a mask some of the time, but not all the time.
  • Each child will have their own PFD, paddle, and boat for the session, marked for them. Explorations will use kayaks, YES, KAYAKS! 😊 Canoe, Crafts, & Lore will have the same partners each day in a canoe. Canoes are 17ft long so they will be socially distanced while paddling.
  • Lots of hand-washing and hand sanitizer!
  • We are unable to have an overnight for our Explorations group, but we are able to have a campfire. And we are allowed to provide individual foil packet dinners which will be cooked over the coals!

WHICH SESSION IS FOR ME?

WEE PADDLE

for ages 6-7

PADDLE and PLAY! This session introduces campers to canoeing and rivers. Paddling together in giant canoes, the mornings will include games, stories, a special craft, and a riverside break for lunch.

CANOE, CRAFTS, & LORE

for ages 8-10

OUTDOOR FUN! Campers gain independence as they learn to steer a canoe. This session includes storytelling, nature crafts, and games that follow a river theme.

EXPLORATIONS

for ages 11-14

DISCOVERY! This popular program combines paddling and nature explorations. A special campfire cookout is the finale to a great week. Lots of laughs, games, learning and fun! Build paddling confidence as you make new friends. No experience necessary.

ADVENTURE CHALLENGE

for ages 13-16

INTRO TO WHITEWATER! Teenagers with some previous canoeing capability will learn advanced paddling skills in order to take control and "play" in beginner whitewater while gaining an understanding of how rivers work. The week ends with an overnight on the shores of a beautiful regional whitewater river.

Prerequisite: EXPLORATIONS or similar experience (with approval from camp director). Must meet certain swimming requirements - Red Cross level 4 or equivalent.

LEADERSHIP EXPEDITION

for ages 14-17

WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE! This expedition is for capable canoeists interested in taking on leadership roles. The spectacular St. Croix River in northern Maine offers a friendly yet challenging paddle on moving water, dotted with small rapids. We may observe moose and eagles as we paddle, pole, and sail our canoes down this rugged, pristine waterway. An experience of a lifetime!

Prerequisite: ADVENTURE CHALLENGE or similar experience (with approval from camp director). Must meet certain swimming requirements - Red Cross level 4 or equivalent.

Offered every other year, (on 'odd' numbered years).

River Camp 2021 Sessions

WEE PADDLE

NOT OFFERED in 2021

CANOE, CRAFTS, & LORE
July 20, 21, & 22
(Tues, Wed, Thurs)
9am – 2pm
Day Camp
Ages 8-10
$300
CANOE, CRAFTS, & LORE
Aug 10, 11 & 12
(Tues, Wed, Thurs)
9am – 2pm
Day Camp
Ages 8-10
$300
EXPLORATIONS
July 27-30
(Tue - Fri)
9am-3pm - T, W, & F
9am-6pm - Th
Day Camp with a campfire dinner on Thursday
Ages 11-14
$550
EXPLORATIONS
Aug 3-6
(Tue - Fri)
9am-3pm - T, W, & F
9am-6pm - Th
Day Camp with a campfire dinner on Thursday
Ages 11-14
$550
ADVENTURE CHALLENGE

NOT OFFERED in 2021

LEADERERSHIP EXPEDITION

NOT OFFERED in 2021

About River Camp

WHAT IS RIVER CAMP?

River Camp is a unique, adventure-based, environmental education canoeing camp. Campers have fun spending the days outdoors, experiencing and exploring nature. They learn valuable canoeing skills while paddling different local rivers and water bodies. Sessions are enhanced by visits from experts, educational tours, field studies, service projects, stories and crafts (for younger campers), and overnight canoe camping expeditions (for older campers). Sessions are kept small with low ratios, to ensure individual attention and provide the opportunity for campers to get to know each other.

WHY RIVER CAMP?

Campers leave with a greater connection, appreciation and respect for the outdoors. They build self-esteem and learn team-work through mastering control of a canoe. Our expeditions provide campers with opportunities for leadership roles. Campers meet new friends and develop camaraderie through the adventures they share together.

WHO RUNS RIVER CAMP?

River Camp is operated by Nashoba Paddler LLC. Its camp leaders are teachers, outdoor educators, and river enthusiasts committed to providing a fun, safe nature learning experience. Campers are taught canoeing skills and safety by our American Canoe Association certified instructors. Every session has a lifeguard and all leaders hold CPR and First Aid certifications.

Hear from Our Campers

At River Camp I’ve done things I never thought I would do. Canoeing white water is so different and you have to challenge yourself. I’ll never forget all the canoe skills and life lessons it has taught me.

- Remy, age 14


I like River Camp because a lot of my friends do it and we get to learn about nature each day. One of my favorite places that we go to is Dead River because we have seen Big Al there. He’s a giant snapping turtle and he is so cool.

- Owen, age 10


My favorite part of camp was the overnight because I never usually go camping and we got to sleep in tents and cook over a campfire. Also, I learned a lot at camp and I actually did a presentation on canoeing at school. It also made me decide to join the swim team because of the confidence I got around water.

- Bella, age 13


I liked going to “Blueberry Island” because it had a lot of interesting rocks and places to explore, and we could pick some blueberries. Two years ago we had to fight the wind to get to the island, but last year the conditions were good.

- Chase, age 10


It was the first time I paddled on white water. It was a lot of fun and interesting to learn about all the different strokes. I also liked going moose hunting. We saw about 20 moose including some families!

- Sheila, age 15


I was scared at first, but I loved learning how to canoe on white water. It’s something I never would have done if it wasn’t for River Camp. And it was cool to see new places and hang out with people I didn’t know.

- Lindsay, age 14


One day we made ice cream! Our leader brought ice and salt with him in his boat. We each got to make our own. My first one leaked so I had to do it again, but it was worth it in the end - it was so good!

- Cary, age 12 (right)


Nashoba Paddler's River Camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430.000) and is licensed by the Groton Board of Health. Information on 105 CMR 430.000 can be obtained at (617) 983-6761.



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