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Youth French Broad Overnight


This weekend is an opportunity for students to learn how kayaking takes us to places that cannot be accessed in other ways, and how to leave those special places better than we found them.

August 10-11, 2019

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  About the course:

Kayaking allows us access to places that people might not otherwise have access. This trip consists of two days of kayaking on a class I-II section of the French Broad River, linked together by a single night spent at the Edmond’s Island Campsite — a part of the French Broad River Paddle Trail. We will paddle in everything that we need for that night of camping, that includes our tents and sleeping gear, and our stoves and cooking equipment.

This weekend provides opportunities for youth to grow in knowledge and experience in the backcountry. They’ll have the chance to do and learn a little bit of everything – how to load gear into a kayak or canoe, how to set up a campsite to minimize impact, how to cook a meal in the woods, why it’s important to set up your kitchen in a different area than your tent, and ultimately how to keep yourself entertained with just your friends and your camping and paddling gear.


  • Character development through the “H2o Dreams Pillars of Leadership.”
  • Introduction to the logistics behind an overnight kayaking trip
  • Introduction to wilderness and backcountry ethics
  • Creation of a competitive and supportive environment to encourage peers
  • Spend an awesome weekend in the wild and view the French Broad River from a different perspective

When & Where

  • Saturday morning (8/10): Drop off at H2o Dreams 10A then travel to French Broad River
  • Sunday (8/11)
    • AM: Pack up camp and paddle to the takeout
    • 4 PM – pick up at H2o Dreams
  Prerequisite skill:

  • Ages 8 to 17, we accept younger and older with prior interview or lesson
  • Comfortable with spending a night away from home (preferably experience in a camping environment)
  • Be in good health and overall fitness
  • Comfort in open water and swimming required
  • Prior participation in Green River School is recommended but not required

  Trip price: $275.00

  Location(s): French Broad River Paddle Trail

  Trip duration: Two days, one night

  Guest to instructor ratio: Four guests to one instructor, this trip is guaranteed two instructors


  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • All instruction and coaching
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Evening activities

  Not included:

  • Transportation to Saluda, NC
  • Eating utensils (bring your own bowl and spoon)
  • Camping gear – bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad if you have them; tents will be provided, see FAQ for other options


  • Are there bathrooms? – yes, Edmond’s Island Campsite has a composting toilet
  • How is the camping gear getting to the island? – If students have space inside their kayaks, they can carry much of their own gear, otherwise one of our instructors will be paddling a canoe with the ability to fit the rest of the gear inside the canoe
  • How do I know what to bring? – a full suggested packing list will be sent to you upon registration for the weekend, or contact us with any questions!
  • What if I don’t have a sleeping bag or sleeping pad? – contact us! We have the option for you to rent additional camping gear, but it is easier to discuss this on an individual basis.


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