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 @ Scout Island

All Junior Leaders assisting with the Scout Island program are expected ride the River Camp Bus to and from Scout Island each day.  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: 8:15 am - 4:00pm, M-F

Cost: $90.00 per session

 Session dates: Week 1 (6/8-6/12), Week 2 (6/15-6/19), Week 3 (6/22-6/26), Week 4 (7/6-7/10), Week 5 (7/13-7/17), Week 6 (7/20-7/24), Week 7 (7/27-7/31), Week 8 (8/3-8/7)

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 the group as a whole, 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

 Session dates: Week 1 (6/9-6/11), Week 2 (6/16-6/18), Week 3 (6/23-6/25), Week 4 (7/7-7/9), Week 5 (7/14-7/16), Week 6 (7/21-7/23), Week 7 (7/28-7/30), Week 8 (8/4-8/6)


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:

Applications for the 2020 season of River Camp are now closed. 

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.