Youth River Skills Camp

Learn to raft, paddle, and duckie the Colorado River this summer!

Creating the next generation of river rafters!

The Youth River Skills Camp is designed for young adults entering 7th – 12th grades who are interested in learning rafting and paddling techniques, guiding skills, and area natural history. This two-night program utilizes paddle and oar-rig rafts, and inflatable kayaks or duckies from Dewey Bridge through the Fisher Towers (or Daily) section of the Colorado River.

This trip is an introduction to river ecology, river dynamics, paddling and rowing techniques, equipment rigging, how to maneuver different types of boats, and important river safety and rescue methods. The valuable skills learned during this course will offer the experience needed for future river trips, outdoor leadership, or guide employment. This stretch of river has mild class I rapids up to class II-III for an exciting challenge. Let’s get out on the water and have some fun!


We offer additional CFI Scholarships that can be emailed to us or dropped off at our office.




  • Where: Colorado River from Dewey Bridge to Rocky takeout
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 and Maximum 11
  • Age Group: Entering 7th through 12th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Two weeks prior to start
  • Cost per Person: $250 per youth ($200 for youth enrolled in Grand County School District)
  • Deposit: $25
  • Notes:
    • Trip includes:
 Transportation, meals, river gear, games and nature activities
    • Two or three CFI staff over 21 years of age plus one teen assistant will be with the group the entire time; our field-staff has all had educator clearance checks
    • 10% Discount for sibling
    • Read our Cancellation Policy
    • Parent or guardian will need to provide written permission if a student will be walking, biking, driving, or getting a ride from someone other than the participant’s parent or guardian after the trip
    • Additional scholarship assistance is available for qualifying families, please fill out the form linked below.
    • CFI Scholarship Application