Summer Outdoor Program

Your Summer Outdoor Adventure Starts Here

Community Summer Outdoor Programs offer an ideal opportunity to challenge your limits, learn new skills, and explore the beauty and variety of the Idaho wilderness. All courses are open to the public unless otherwise noted in the detailed description.

Camps and Courses

Learn to Kayak

White Otter Outdoor Adventures invites you to spend four days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idaho's Salmon River. American Canoe Association certified White Water Instructor and Swift Boat Technician, Elliot Jacobs, and the staff at White Otter Outfitters lead this exciting trip. We'll meet at 8am on Monday, July 17th at the Community School in Sun Valley and then drive north to White Otter Headquarters in Sunbeam, Idaho, on the Salmon River. We'll spend the next four days and three nights learning the skill and art of whitewater kayaking. The class will camp together at Sunbeam. We will return to the Community School by 6pm on Thursday, July 20th. Open to kids ages 12-18. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12.


  • July 17-20
  • $550 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)
  • $500 (if you have your own boating equipment)

Lead Climbing: Beyond Top Roping

Spend four days at the world famous City of Rocks National Reserve learning the skills you need to go "beyond top-roping" to multi-pitch and lead climbing. We will meet at Community School at 7a.m. on Monday, July 24 and return by 7p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Open to kids ages 12-18.

  • Instructor: Rob Landis, Director, Outdoor Leadership Academy
  • Dates: July 24-27
  • For additional information, please contact Rob Landis at the Community School (208.622.3960, ext. 121)
  • $550 (food, transportation, group camping gear, all climbing gear)

Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA)

The Community School, in partnership with the Wilderness Medical Institute is offering a two-day Wilderness First Aid Course. If you plan to spend time in the back country or leading outdoor trips, you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. (If you plan on leading trips through the Community School Outdoor Program, this course prepares you to do so.) Enrollment is limited to the first 30 paid registrations.
  • Open to ages 16 or older
  • Instructors: Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • Dates /Times: Saturday June 17-Sunday June 18
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. approx. (16 hours total)
  • Tuition: $235

Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR)

Community School, in partnership with Wilderness Medical Institute, is offering this 10-day WFR course. Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, this course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. Half of our time is outside the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios, including full-scale, night mock rescues. You will complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the back country for multiple days. CPR and FBAO certification is included and the course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT CEU's by CECBEMS. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 paid registrations. You must be 16 years of age or older to take this course.

  • Instructors: Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • Dates: Monday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (no class Saturday, July 15)
  • Times: Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. approximately, with two evening sessions on July 12 & July 17, 6-10 p.m.
  • Tuition: $730

SwiftWater Rescue, Level IV Certification

Offered in partnership with White Otter Outdoor Adventures, this two-day course will provide river users such as private boaters, guides, and trip leaders with the skills and information that they will need when something goes wrong on the river. With a mix of classroom instruction, hands-on practice, and exciting rescue scenarios, our aim is to make this class useful, informative, and fun! Instruction will take place at Community School and at various river locations around the area. Much of the instruction occurs near White Otter Headquarters north of Stanley. Camping is available at their location for $10 per night. Participants who complete the class will receive American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue, Level 4 certification. Participants must be 16 or older. For more details, prerequisites and required equipment, click here.

  • Lead Instructor: Elliot Jacobs, SWR Level IV, ACA Whitewater Instructor
  • Friday/Saturday, July 22-23, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., both days
  • $195

Mount Baker Climbing Expedition

Spend eleven days having the adventure of a lifetime and learning to climb in glaciated terrain on 10,791 foot Mount Baker in the North Cascade Range of Washington State. The peak offers a full range of climbing opportunities and is an ideal venue for aspiring mountaineers. The course introduces and practices the basic skills needed to climb in glaciated terrain. Our small course size and small student-to-instructor ratio allows us to maximize learning and climbing. The course begins and ends in Sun Valley and includes all transportation, food, and gear. Staffed by Community School Outdoor Leadership Academy instructors.

  • Lead Instructor: Rob Landis
  • Assistant Instructor: Travis Vandenburg
  • August 2-11
  • $1,000