Our 49er Fun Gold Rush Living History Field trips are optimized for 4th Grade students that are currently learning about the California Gold Rush and the history of California during their current school year.
It also of course works great for those in 3rd or 5th grade too. But as students get older, they might begin to feel that our playfulness of pretending to live in 1854, might be a little too childish for them. And for younger students, the fast physical pace that we maintain on the trip might wear them out (it already pushes many adults).
With that said, each school, at their discretion, is allowed to bring 1 student each year that is outside of the 3rd through 5th grade age range. If you would like to bring more than 1 student beyond the 8-11 year old age range, please consider signing up for one of our Multi-Age 49er Fun Field Trips. We don’t change the programing on these trips, but we do allow you to bring as many kids of any ages as you wish.
Students under the age of 5 years old on 49er Fun trips can come at 30% of the regular price of the trip. Please call/email us to sign them up with your trip.
At other camps a high quality week long experience can range from $500-$600 to over $3,000 for a single week of camp. (more…)
Rafting year round is an amazing thing that we are able to do on the South Fork of the American River. However, off season trips from October through May have a few added costs that we incur during those months. And so we charge an extra $10/person for any rafting trips that we do during those months.
FYI: Wetsuits are included at no extra cost during any rafting trip when trip quality or safety would be improved by doing so.
Yes, we can take you on most of our adventures on the weekends as well as the weekdays. However, there will be a $20/person fee for each day we do an adventure on the weekends. We really encourage you that if you are able to adjust your schedule to be active with us on a weekday instead of a weekend, we think you’d be glad you did.
The locations we visit also tend to be a bit more busy on the weekends than they are on the weekdays. So if you are able to be with us on a weekday, not only will you save $20/person, but you’ll also have a higher quality trip.
As a camp in the State of California we are required to ask for the immunization history of minors. However, the state does not require our participants to have any immunizations. Therefore, if a participants immunization history happens to be blank/empty, they will still be able to fully participate in all the adventures here at Rock-N-Water – we just are required to ask.
We get wet.
Some of our best trips have been wet ones. Unless safety is an issue, we probably will not cancel a trip due to inclement weather.
If it looks like rain, then pack accordingly, and make sure that your rain gear is easy to access and not buried under the luggage of 15 other people. We have numerous covered areas under which we can find refuge for most of our activities, but plan on being in the elements throughout your stay.
As a side note, we are aware that in general parents are becoming more protective and less interested in seeing their children experience the outdoors. We believe it is critically important that students experience what God has made first hand.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NIV
Second Side Note: April tends to be hit or miss for rain. May tends to be mostly dry. June through August we’ll typically have just ONE of rain, and that is typically less than a few hours. – Yes, it’s lovely California.
And please check out https://www.rocknwater.com/resources/weather/ for current weather conditions reported directly from camp. Also be aware that most commercial weather websites/apps tend to be grossly inaccurate for our region, reporting “current” temperatures as much as +/- 15°F off of reality. Seriously.
You might want to let your parents know that you will be out of touch with the “real” world for the duration of this trip and that “no news is good news”. Not only do half the cell phones not work around here, but we really hope all of our participants will forget about phones for the short time they are with us. As a leader, our office phone is available to you when necessary (see Philosophy above).
Important Messages can be left at the office number (530-621-3918), but we can’t guarantee how long it will be before we are able to find the individual the message was intended for.
Souvenir Store: We have intentionally avoided having a store in order to protect the unique atmosphere we have at Rock-N-Water. We don’t think that selling snacks and mementoes is wrong; we just want students to have a break from their everyday want-purchase routine.
T-Shirts: We can provide T-Shirts for your entire group if you want them, you will need to order them in advance from the office, and it’s either everyone in your group gets one, or no one gets one. So that no one feels like they missed out, if you do get T-Shirts, we will sneak them to you as you drive away, so groups not getting them will not feel sad they didn’t get one. They cost $8 per person and are 100% cotton.
Rafting Photos are typically taken of every raft by photo companies That are located within a few minutes drive of camp. While we all love looking and laughing at photos together, we have sometimes notice a change in a group’s paradigm after they come back from that kind of excursion and it sometimes takes a day or so to get them back in the swing of their camps experience. (See Philosophy above). Here are some suggestions to consider. You may also want to consult your trip leader for advice.
1. Hit the photo place on your way home.
2. Have a leader pick up contact sheets ( thumb nail sketches) to share at campfire or back home.
Going out for Ice Cream: If you still want to go, check with your RNW Trip Leader for directions and instructions on keeping it on the Down Low, and so that other groups in our camps are not affected or aware of it.
49er Fun: While there is a store located at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, we avoid it while touring the park for these same reasons and for the logistical difficulties and bad experiences that it can cause. If parents must, they can stop by the park’s store on their way home, but please not during the trip.
That question varies a little bit based on what we are doing.
- Campsite & Campfire: There will be other groups in camp, but you will have your very own campsite and fire pit for campfire time.
- Group Campfire – optional: We try to have a group campfire once a week (Typically on Wednesday Night). It is an opportunity to gather together as the body of Christ for a time of Skits, Worship, and a Short Message. Your group’s attendance is up to you. It is organize so that if you wanted, you could go for the Skits and/or Worship, and then retreat to your campfire to finish off the night with your own study/campfire. These large group campfires usually give your group the opportunity to entertain or minister to the other youth groups in camp by performing skits, poems, etc.
- Adventures: Other groups will often be around you during the day and out on the adventure. It is not our goal to split your group up or to force others to mix with you, but some rare occasions the sizes of different groups necessitates a little mixing here and there. Please be flexible and talk with your RNW Trip Leader if you have concern
We love the idea of a Student Packet, but unfortunately we’ll need you to be flexible when it comes to a detailed schedule. So here are some suggestions:
1. Focus on Adventures without specific dates – If you want to have them read verses, questions, and quiet times specific to each adventure, then list the adventure at the top of the page (ie: Rock Climbing Day) but omit what specific day of the week it is for.
2. Keep things general – 7:00 AM (ish) wake up, 8:00 AM Breakfast, 9 AM – 6 PM Adventure of the day – 7-8:30 PM Digest food, play ultimate Frisbee, boat wrestling, swimming… 8:30-10:00 PM Campfire.
Caution: even the above schedule has variations we know about, and others we can’t predict, so make sure no one is fully relying upon that schedule, or they might miss the bus! (ie: Rock Climbing we typically have breakfast at 7:15 AM, Ruck-A-Chuck days we have a 6:30 Breakfast, Some days we don’t wake up till just before Breakfast, on Backpacking trips we typically don’t even know what time it is…)
Yes, we do expect your students to survive without their electronics. And because of how much fun they are having and how much of their time is taken up with being active outdoors, you may be surprised at how little they miss these comforts.
If you’ve got adults (or yourself) needing internet access: First: Consider if you too might benefit from setting your electronics down and/or setting up an auto-reply directing urgent questions to someone else. But if you still need access, ask your guide and we’ll direct you to a location away from campers where you can access the internet with a WiFi enabled device.