Published: Jun 05, 2024

Adventure Guide Camp for Teens with Swiftwater Adventures 

June 17th to 21st, 2024. Ages 13 to 18 $350/person.

This is an adventure gourmet buffet! Throughout the week participants will get a taste of whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, ropes course and rock climbing, orienteering, outdoor and science education, and camping basics. Every day is a new adventure!  This camp also exposes teens to professional guiding. Campers meet at Swiftwater Adventures headquarters in Carlton, MN just 15 minutes from Duluth, next to Jay Cooke St. Park.

Campers will experience adventure, learn outdoor and adventure sport skills, team building, self-reliance, problem solving, resilience, and nature appreciation. The adventure camp will utilize the St. Louis River for activities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, as well as flatwater sections for canoeing. We will also use parts of Jay Cooke St. Park, and other rigged areas for climbing and orienteering.

Below is an approximate Itinerary as we will adjust the weekly schedule and day based upon the weather forecast. Swiftwater Adventures provides transportation for all programming, other than parents/guardians dropping off and picking up campers at start and end of day. 

We will run camp rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms we will do an indoor activity until storm passes. 

Day 1 Introduction games, Ropes Course, and Whitewater Raft Lower St. Louis River. 


Campers will challenge themselves on High Ropes MN aerial challenge course, then after lunch raft the Lower St. Louis River into Jay Cooke St. Park. 

Day 2 Introduction to Climbing Day.  

Top rope and bouldering, interpretive hike to and from climbing sites. 

Day 3 Rafting Upper St. Louis River and Island Survivor games.  

Campers will challenge themselves while learning and apply camping and basic survivor skills in a fun team challenge, then raft the upper St. Louis River through 1,000 acres of semi-wilderness. 

Day 4 Intro to whitewater kayaking and canoeing.  

Campers learn whitewater kayaking basics and challenge by choice philosophy to paddle a couple of class II pool drop rapids for a safe and fun learning experience! Campers will also learn how to maneuver a canoe on a lake setting. 

Day 5 Orienteering and Adventure Race Day.  

Campers will learn how to use a compass and then use them to navigate an orienteering course, finding and moving from one challenge station to the next.  

After lunch it’s adventure race day. Split into teams, camper will apply all the skills they’ve learned throughout the week for the adventure race. Navigating from one challenge to the next, campers will climb (bouldering), hike, raft, and kayak, with the help and supervision of Swiftwater facilitators, their way through the adventure course. An awesome ending to a week of adventures!


How to dress and what to bring: Campers should bring a change of clothes daily as we will be doing water activities, so a change of dry clothes is a must. It is also beneficial to bring a few extra layers for variable weather conditions. In case of cool weather and for water activities, synthetics like polyester or fleece shirts are nice to have. Swiftwater will supply wetsuits and paddling suits if the weather is unseasonably cool. Obviously swimsuits are a must. 

For footwear, campers should have a pair of shoes dedicated for water activities. These don’t need to be water specific shoes, like neoprene booties, but can be old tennis shoes, or tight fitting sandals. Flip flops or Crocs type shoes are strongly discouraged as they are slippery when wet and do not stay on feet. Campers should also wear/bring a pair of closed toed, tight fitting shoes for other camp activities such as hiking, ropes course, and climbing.


A small day pack/ back pack, water bottle and personal snacks are recommended.  

Lunch: Campers can bring their own lunches if they want, however Magnolia Cafe will be supplying lunches daily, with gluten free and vegan options, all included in camp registration price.

Parents and or guardians need to fill out the liability waiver and medical information form so facilitators are aware of any medical needs or conditions such as allergies, insulin, need for Epipens etc.

Give us a call if you have more questions about the camp or easily sign up online!

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