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.



River Camp Summer Day Camp

Ages: Entering 1st through 8th grade

Dates: June 10-14 (Week 1), June 17-21 (Week 2), June 24-28 (Week 3), July 8-12 (Week 4), July 15-19 (Week 5), July 22-26 (Week 6), July 29-August 2nd (Week 7), August 5-9 (Week 8)

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: $240 (River Parkway Trust members receive a discount; $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.   

Registration for River Camp Summer Day Camp programs opens to River Parkway Trust Members on February 1st, 2019.  Public registration begins on March 1st, 2019.

Click here to register online

View the 2019 River Camp Brochure 

Meet the 2018 River Camp Staff! 

River Camp Scout Island FAQs

River Camp Scout Island Camper Guide

River Camp Scout Island Instagram

Physical Registration Form

Inspire Charter Students: River Camp is an Inspire vendor!  To enroll through Inspire you will need to use our regular online registration system and pay the $50 deposit to reserve your child's space at camp and choose the 'remaining balance payment plan' at checkout.  You will then request your Enrichment Voucher from Inspire for the remaining balance of your registration (typically $190).  You must submit your Enrichment Voucher to the River Parkway Trust at least 7 days prior to the beginning of your camp session. Once we have received your Enrichment Voucher, we will waive the remainder of the fee on your UltraCamp account.  The $50 deposit will not be reimbursed by Inspire or the River Parkway Trust.  If your child is an Inspire student and you have questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

River Camp Scout Island Scholarships: Scholarships, at varying levels, are available to help cover the River Camp registration cost.  Scholarship applications can be accessed during the online registration process through May 3rd, 2019.  In addition to submitting the scholarship application, you must register your child for camp and pay the $50 deposit to hold that camper's spot.  Your deposit will be refunded if you are not selected to receive a scholarship, or if you are awarded a full scholarship.  If you are unable to pay the deposit but would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  All applications are due by May 3rd, 2019.


Sponsor River Camp: Contact Finn Telles, Director of Business Development 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 2019 Sponsorship Packet

Thank You to the 2019 River Camp Season Sponsors! 

 Heron Sponsor - $10,000



Eagle Sponsors - $5,000

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Jim and Jennifer Huelskamp

ValleyChildrens Healthcare 4Color Logo


Fox Sponsor - $2,500 



Bobcat Sponsors - $1,000








Beaver Sponsors - $500



Media Partners

Media Sponsor   Valley PBS

Sign up for the ValleyPBS Family Circle "Explore the Outdoors with Nature Cat" event at the River Center on April 24th at 5:00 pm!