The mission of River Camp is to foster memorable experiences that connect youth to the San Joaquin River through fun and engaging educational activities. River Camp runs on the following core values:

  • River Camp is a safe and fun environment for self-expression and personal growth.
  • River Camp is an inclusive community.
  • River Camp is environmentally friendly and promotes stewardship.
  • River Camp is mutually influential; campers learn from counselors, and counselors learn from campers.



Ages: Entering 1st through 8th grade

River Camp 2018 Dates: Week 1 (June 11-15), Week 2 (June 18-22), Week 3 (June 25-29), Week 4 (July 9-13), Week 5 (July 16-20), Week 6 (July 23-27), Week 7 (July 30-August 3), Week 8 (August 6-10)

Click here to register online

Early registration for River Parkway Trust members begins on February 1st, 2018.  For more information on becoming a member click here.

General registration begins on March 1st, 2018.  

Time: Camper check-in takes place each day from 8:15-8:45 am at the River Center (11605 Old Friant Rd). All River Campers must ride the River Camp bus to and from Scout Island each day. Campers return to the River Center at approximately 4:15 pm, Monday-Thursday. On Friday the River Camp play is held at the River Center at 3:30 pm; campers may leave with their guardian as soon as the play is finished.Click here for a map to the River Center.

Cost: $230 or $210 for members ($5 discount if paid in full at time of registration)

 RiverCamp16-171Are your children ready to have the best week ever? For over 20 years, the River Parkway Trust has been offering an exciting, fun, and safe experience for the Valley’s children at River Camp. Our lively and experienced staff of counselors, lifeguards, visiting scientists, and artists will engage your children in activities that enhance their understanding of, and connection to, the San Joaquin River. Campers enjoy swimming and splashing in cool water, learning to canoe, exploring wildlife habitat, playing games, creating arts and crafts, and building new friendships during their week-long day-camp experience. A River Camp 2018 T-shirt is included in the cost of registration. Space is limited. Please sign up early to ensure you get your first choice week.

River Camp is held at Scout Island, a beautiful 85-acre outdoor education facility owned by the Fresno County Office of Education. The River Parkway Trust is proud to partner with the FCOE in bringing local environmental education to the children in our community.

Each summer we are thrilled to see the familiar faces of our camp counselors and returning campers. Most of our camp staff moved through the ranks from campers to Junior Leaders to counselors. They have incredible experience and knowledge of the River Camp setting. We also have a very high camper return rate, which fosters positive relationships between campers and the camp staff.   

 River Camp Scout Island FAQs

 River Camp Scout Island Camper Guide


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River Camp Scout Island Scholarships: Scholarship applications can be accessed through the UltraCamp website during the normal registration process.  On the options page, please indicate that you would like to apply for a scholarship.  You will automatically be taken to the scholarship application form.  All applicants must register online and pay the deposit to reserve that camper's space.  The majority of awarded scholarships are partial, ranging from $130-$180 of the $230 fee.  If you are awarded a full scholarship, the deposit will be refunded to you. Scholarship applications will be available begining March 1st, 2018.  



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