Summer Outdoor Program

A student kayaking in white water
Three students climbing a rocky surface

Your Summer Outdoor Adventure Starts Here

Sun Valley 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 - Two age groups, 12-14 and 15-18

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 8 a.m. on the first day of camp at 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 the last day of Camp. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12 in each camp.

  • Dates: Ages 15-18, Monday-Thursday, July 15-18
  • Dates: Ages 12-14, Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 
  • $600 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)

Intermediate Kayaking Camp

For kayakers who are ready to take their game to the next level, join us for our Intermediate Kayak Camp. This camp will build on the foundational skills of the Beginner Kayak Course (or your own background in kayaking) and introduce performance paddling concepts such as surfing, advanced river running and slalom paddling. Instead of just making it down the rapids, let's do it with style! This course is open to any students with a background in kayaking and a generally-reliable river roll. We will match our river running choices to the interests and strengths of the group. Camping, instruction, gear and meals at the Sunbeam Cafe are all included.

  • Dates: Intermediate Level, Friday-Sunday, July 19-21
  • $500 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)

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 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
  • Saturday/Sunday, July 27 & 28, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., both days
  • $225