//The Greenhorn

The Greenhorn


Rated 4.69 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

A one day gold rush adventure

1 adventures, 1 meals, 0 nights

This is a one time option available to schools that have never been on a 49er Fun trip with us in the past and want to test the water before jumping into one of our overnight field trips. This day trip is cram-packed full with small samples from our overnight trips to give you a taste of what 49er Fun with Rock-N-Water Christian Camps is all about. While it’s good trip, we do caution you that you, your parents, and especially your 4th graders will leave hungry for more. So if you can get your parents and leadership on board, we strongly recommend you jump right into one of our overnight trips (The Mother Lode | The Prospector | The Double Jack).

We meet each other at our claim in Coloma California where you meet our living history guides and are transported back to 1854 just after the height of the California gold rush. We start by teaching you what life was like back in 1854 as we pan for gold, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, play some games, grow in our Christian faith, and take a short quiet time devotional hike.

After a great lunch we move onto Gold Bug Park in Placerville California where we’ll explore some restored gold mines as we learn about mining, play some more games, and explore the area. After we are fully exhausted from a full day of fun and adventure in history and God’s creation, we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye.

Check out our Greenhorn Trip Synopsis.

Contact us with questions or to check on availability.


Nights of Camping: 0
Meals: 1
Explore Gold Mines
Panning for Gold & Make Rope
Quiet Time Devotional
Nature Hike & Games

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  • April & May
  • Groups of any size up to 120 people. Smaller groups will share their trip with other schools.
  • Optimally: 4th Graders & Parents


  • You can rent modern 4-5 person tents for an extra $10/person.
  • You can rent sleeping pads for an extra $4/person.
  • There are no additional taxes, fees, or other hidden costs.

13 reviews for The Greenhorn

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marllury Urbina

    Yes , it was such a nice experience… everything about it was great, the people, the place , the food . The games were so much fun and I would recommend it to everyone, is great for kids and adults.

  2. Rated 1 out of 5

    Victoria Lee

    $50 for this trip? I’m still in shock at the cost. Had I known what was involved, I wouldn’t opted out for my son and myself.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patti Cook

    Absolutely! We had a great time and our second daughter will be in fourth grade next year so we hope to organize this trip again.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shawna Vargas

    Awesome! It was fun to experience life as a miner in the Gold Country times. My kid had a blast. Really love the acting was probably my most favorite & the signing and dancing. Quite a blast!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristina Albright

    It was a wonderful experience. The leaders were friendly and knowledgeable.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacquie Rust

    It was amazing! The students were engaged & learning was fun! Ms Emma was phenomenal!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chana Egan

    We had a great experience at Rock N Water. I think this was the best field trip! The staff stayed true to character throughout and kept the kids engaged.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Freena

    This was a fun field trip for my 9 yo son and his 4th grade class. Though I appreciate the “time kill” games and think a couple would have great value, I think they were excessive–meaning that more time could’ve been spent on a “gold rush days” activity. I appreciate your kind and helpful staff. The food was delicious as well.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosanna Patton

    The kids had a wonderful time. The guides were great (Pepper was awesome). All the staff was nice. I would definitely recommend the 49er camp to other 4th grade classes. I would go again. However, a constructive criticism is that it would be helpful for the parents to receive a more detailed itinerary of what to expect as far as meal schedules, and clarification on where bathrooms and showers, etc. are located, that the campfire will last long enough that we will need a lamp on the way back to our tent, etc. If there was a orientation or talk about that when we first arrived, I missed that because we were setting up the tents. Also, as a vegetarian family, we were left a bit hungry at dinner time because the entry was chili (which I hear was tasty, but unfortunately we could not eat it), and chicken pot pie (but we did eat the salad that meal, so thank you for that). Otherwise, great program. Also really enjoyed the evening entertainment around the campfire. The gentleman who performed the juggling and directed the games and dancing was personable, fun to watch, and his juggling was impressive. The kids were mesmerized and having lots of fun. Good job Rock-N-Water!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Stalker

    Great time! Camp hosts made it fun and memorable by staying in character. Trouble, Pepper, Rose, Mama Grizzly and kids all great. 1st day at the mine was especially educational and fun-filled.
    The juggler/entertainer was just ok. Seemed like his act dragged on for too long before kids got to sing campfire/worship songs.

    All in all a great experience and well organized. I took a bunch of photos and have some of the camp hosts. Happy to send them if you contact me at [email protected]


  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Breanna Landschoot

    It was amazing! The leaders were so friendly and knowledgeable, the camp site was brautiful, the night entertainment was a blast. The leaders did a great job getting all the kids engaged in what was going on and always had a possitive attitude. We had a rattle snake near a path we needed to use and I was impressed at how well the situation was handled. (Very discretly we changed our path) the food eas very good as well! I wish our school had done the two nights, but i guess camping isn’t for everyone.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason Satalino

    Everything was fantastic. Thank you.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Graves

    We had a great time and the staff was amazing, along with the food. The only thing I would suggest is to supply cold water bottles on the first day of hiking. Then to suggest that chaperones bring ice chests with water bottles for the kids as they were constantly needing water.

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Statement of Belief

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.

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