Go backpacking and whitewater rafting with your church youth group! We take care of all the logistics and share our expertise to lead you and your youth on an amazing backpacking trip. Your students will also go rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting, and of course backpacking.
Backpacking trips are limited to groups of 12-20 people. Check out our summer adventure camps if you have more or less people.
Christian Backpacking Camps
The Backpacker Paluza
Explore God’s Creation
Take off with your youth group on a backpacking trip into the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Each of our backpacking adventure trips spend 4 days hiking and exploring God’s amazing creation in the high country just West of South Lake Tahoe. You’ll hike through beautiful river canyons, jump off of rocks into deep pools of water blow, challenge yourself as we rock climb, and overcome your fears as we rappel down a 90 foot cliff. Then we top it all off a day of whitewater rafting!
We’ll set up at our backcountry camp for a time of learning the basics of playing in the outdoors. We’ll explore God’s playground, and challenge ourselves to grow in our Christian faith through quiet times, campfire devotionals, outdoor challenges. We believe this trip is simply… Unbeatable!
We take care of all the details
Backpacking with a youth group in God’s creation is an amazing ministry opportunity, but it can also be a logistical headache. At Rock-N-Water we take care of all those planning and implementation details so that you can focus on the things that matter most. Developing positive relationships with your students, and helping direct them to grow in their Christian journey.
We provide all the backpacking related gear that your students might not have (including backpacking backpacks, tents, cooking equipment, rock climbing gear…), so that preparing for a backpacking trip is as simple as preparing to take your kids to any normal summer camp.
Regarding backpacking backpacks: If you or a student happens to own their own hiking backpack, then yes, we’d encourage them to bring it. Most likely your personal backpack will fit you better than the very nice, but not personally tailored, backpacks that we have. We also have a complete what to bring check-list, to help make packing easy too. Note: We only recommend hiking boots if you are used to wearing them, otherwise, just a solid regular shoe you are used to wearing will typically be best.
As with all of our trips, you can customize our backpacking camps to best fit the needs of your group and the goals you hope to accomplish during your adventure. To that end, you can modify your backpacking summer camp to end with an exciting day of Class III California River Rafting or a more advanced day of Class IV California Rafting. Our camp program can also have you ending your trip with a day of Class III Inflatable Kayak Trips if your group is up for the challenge, and ready to swim.
Campfire programing at night and morning devotionals can be lead by our camp counselors, or by your staff, or a combination of the two at not additional cost. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible adventure programming. Note: We limit backpacking trips to just one group per week, so dates disappear quickly.
T-Shirts are included by default for all backpacking trips, but can be removed for a savings of $15/person.
More Information about our Backpacking Trips
Again, please contact us if you have any questions, or are not finding exactly what you are looking for.
We believe we should, "Love the Lord (our) God with all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) mind," and "The entire law is summed up in one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37, Galatians 5:14. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son of God. That He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice, paying the penalty for all our sins, and then rose from the grave. It is through faith alone in Jesus Christ that we have received the free gift of salvation and eternal life. We are saved by grace, not works, “that no one should boast”. We believe the Bible is accurate, reliable, and the Word of God. (Luke 5:20-24; John 1:1-18; John 3:15-21; John 14:1-15; Ephesians 2; 1 John)
Who we are
Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact young people with the joy of God's Living Word, so they might come to know Jesus and pass on God's love with excitement. We focus our program on biblical principals, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and challenge to develop character.