Come spend part of your summer working with campers, building friendships, learning leadership skills, exploring and enjoying the San Joaquin River!  

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is looking for energetic, fun-loving high school students who are interested in developing their leadership and communication skills as well as gaining experience working with younger children.

Junior Leaders assist River Camp Staff in leading a variety of activities each day including arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, games, and songs. They act as role models for the campers, demonstrating a spirit of respect for the environment, cooperation with camp rules and guidelines, and willingness to work and play with everyone at River Camp. The Junior Leaders program includes the opportunity for teens to participate in team-building and leadership activities with their peers during the one-week camp session.

Ages: Entering 9th through 12th grades


Junior Leaders @ River Camp at the River Center or Owl Hollow

Each Junior Leader is assigned to a specific group, and works with them throughout the week.  Junior Leaders also act as 'couselors for a day,' and step into the role of leader for at least one day of camp.

Time: 8:30 am - 4:15pm, M-F

Cost: $90.00 per session


Junior Leaders @ Young Explorers

Each week a few Junior Leaders assist with the Young Explorers pre-k program at the River Center.  Junior Leaders assist counselors with a specific smaller group of Young Explorers and take the lead on a variety of activities throughout the week.  As the Young Explorer's program only runs 9:00 am- 12:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday, this program is great for those Junior Leaders with afternoon engagements (sports camps, etc.).

Time: 8:15 am - 12:30 pm, Tu-Th

Cost: $35.00 per session



Full and partial scholarships are available for River Camp Junior Leaders.  During the online application process, you will be asked if you would like to apply for a scholarship.  Simply check the box indicating that you would like to apply, and the scholarship application will be included in your regular Junior Leader application.


To Apply:

Members-only applications for the 2021 season of River Camp open February 1st, general applications open March 1st.  All applications are due by 5:00 pm, Friday, April 30th.  Completion of this application does not guarantee admission into the Junior Leader program. There is no cost to complete the application. During the application process, you will be asked for date preferences.  Sessions will be assigned after the application period has closed, and links to register for the assigned sessions will be sent to those assigned to that session directly in mid-May.  Please note: while date and site preferences will be taken into account whenever possible, due to small group sizes in 2021 they are not guaranteed.

New Applicants: During the process, you will answer a few questions about yourself and your preferences and will be prompted to provide e-mail addresses for 2 references who will be sent a reference form to complete on your behalf. Ideas for references include teachers, guidance counselors, adults for whom you've babysat or otherwise spent time with their children, coaches, or other adult figures to whom you are not related. After submitting your completed application you will be contacted to schedule a brief, 15-minute interview with a Leadership Team staff member as the final portion of the application process.

Return Applicants: During the process, you will answer a few questions about your previous experiences at River Camp and why you wish to return. You do not need to submit references or participate in an interview.

For questions regarding the Junior Leader program, contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (559) 248-8480 ext. 104.

River Camp Junior Leaders Application

Sponsor River Camp: River Camp sponsors receive various levels of recognition, which can include featuring your business logo or name on our website, River Camp banners, and the 2021 River Camp t-shirt. Contact Bryna De Fede, Development Associate 559-248-8480x216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for the River Camp 2021 Sponsorship Packet.