Native Teen Guide-in-Training

Learn guiding skills on the San Juan River

Native Teen Guide-in-Training is designed for Indigenous students entering 8th -12th grades interested in building community while developing leadership and whitewater rafting skills. The expedition starts with a few days at Sand Island Campground exploring the area around Bluff, UT before launching on the river. This unique program is open to teens with Native American backgrounds who are interested in learning technical skills, developing public speaking, and improving leadership and teambuilding skills.

Under the guidance of professional Native guides, spend time unplugging, recharging, and connecting with peers while working together to navigate the river. This program provides marketable leadership and resume building experience while providing a fun way to connect with nature. The NTGIT program is made possible through underwriting from the Val A. Browning Foundation and costs $50 for the entire program

Apply for the 2021 NTGIT Program Here!


  • River safety and whitewater boating
  • Camp cooking
  • Basic first aid and rescue techniques
  • Teambuilding
  • Technical skills education-Games and free time


  • Advanced leadership and group management skills
  • Confidence building
  • Resume and marketable skills building
  • Increased Self-management skills
  • Positive growth in teamwork and communication
  • Heightened risk management and safety skills

2021 Partners and Sponsors

Val A. Browning Foundation has generously provided financial support to help us greatly underwrite the true cost of the program.

Read an article about one of our past participants, Beau Favre, of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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  • Where: Bluff and the Upper San Juan River
  • When: June 17, 2021 through June 24, 2021
  • Group Size: Maximum 17
  • Age Group: Entering 8th through 12th grades
  • Deadline for Signup: Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2021 Rolling deadline after this time period
  • Cost per Person: $50 (Non-refundable)