Access to Adventure!

Youth LEADers on the bay, the GOlden Gate in the background


 July 10th - July 23rd 2017

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday July 6th 2017




This 13-day adventure travel camp offers teenagers with and without disabilities a supportive and inclusive environment to experience Northern California's natural treasures. This unique trip includes sea kayaking on San Francisco Bay and whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River. 

Participants of all abilities join together to challenge themselves and to develop outdoor leadership skills. Learning how to face their fears and embrace their strengths, the students work together as a team to meet their challenges head on and rise as leaders. With a focus on creativity and inclusion, they discover ways to make adventures and activities safe and accessible for everyone involved.


Days 1-2 

The trip begins with a welcoming introduction as we join our teammates in San Francisco. We will travel by van to Sausalito where we are introduced to essential kayaking skills and rescues. In the evening we hold our first nightly council circle where we enjoy the process of debriefing our day, then divide into teams and establish leadership roles.


Days 3-7 

We pack up kayaks to paddle on San Francisco Bay to Angel Island where we stay for 4 nights. We will settle into a unique Civil War era building that has been modified to be wheelchair accessible. People can choose to sleep inside the building or out on the lawn under the stars. We will explore this unique island by water and by land. We will play fun teambuilding games, kayak around the island, learn about the plants and animals on Angel Island and in San Francisco Bay, and develop our communication skills in our nightly council circle.


Days 8-12  

We travel by van from the Bay Area to the small town of Coloma, where the California Gold Rush started. This is where we settle into ETC’s beautiful and accessible river camp on the banks of the South Fork American River. It will be time to explore the thrill and adventure of whitewater rafting. Instructors train you to navigate rapids and students take turns leading each other down Class I-II sections of the river. The more challenging Class III sections will be safely run by knowledgeable and experienced guides. Each day we will come back to the comfort of our beautiful river camp to cook dinner in the open-air kitchen. Every night we will sleep under the stars.

Day 13  

Graduation Day! This is a potluck gathering in San Francisco. We invite our friends and family to watch a slideshow of our adventure while we share the highlights of our journey and the lessons we have learned.

Keeping the great outdoors open to all.