Youth Courses

Kayak Summer Camps

Kayak Summer Camps have been a favorite of NOC guests since 1980! Our elite instructors provide summer campers with top-level whitewater kayaking lessons and equipment to learn with, while maintaining a supportive and fun environment on the water. Camps are great for beginner to advanced kayakers, as paddlers are grouped by kayaking experience level, so no whitewater experience is required. Parents will have daily access to NOC’s Instruction Team for progress updates or just to check in if this is your paddler’s first time away from home. Give your young paddlers a reason to unplug and advance their skills this summer at NOC!

All-inclusive overnight camps are a “typical” summer camp experience. With 24-hour supervision, Nantahala Bunkhouse lodging, hearty meals, fun evening activities and, of course, lots of kayaking, overnight camps are perfect for boosting confidence in your paddler. Or, explore our day camp options where campers join in with our overnight campers for daytime & lunch activities. Teens with advanced paddling skills may qualify for our Advanced Teen Travel Camp to take on additional area rivers such as the French Broad, Ocoee, and Pigeon Rivers! For more information on our Teen Travel Camp, call us today.

Parents of campers participating in any of our summer camps (with the exception of Teen Travel Camp) are invited to join the group on Family Fun Friday for a trip on a stretch of the Nantahala River, followed by a delicious riverside lunch and closing ceremony.

Kayak Overnight Camps

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $850-$1500
Location: Bryson City, NC
Ages: 9-17
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Overnight Session 1June 16-21, 2019Bryson City, NC
Overnight Session 2July 14-19, 2019Bryson City, NC
Overnight Session 3July 21-26, 2019Bryson City, NC

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NOC’s wildly successful Overnight Kayak camps are unlike any other summer camp. Kids ages 9-17 spend an entire week on the rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina while making new friends along the way. In addition to the highest level of whitewater instruction, NOC’s instructors provide 24-hour supervision on and off the water. Our Summer Camps are open to paddlers of any experience level as we will separate the group by skill level for the best learning opportunity for everyone.

Time on the lake focuses on learning new skills and refining the ones students already have through fun drills and games. Rivers paddled will depend on the skill level of the group, but the regular lineup usually includes some of these favorites: Nantahala, Tuckasegee Gorge, Tuckasegee in Bryson City, French Broad, Little Tennessee and Cartecay. The final day of camp is Family Fun Friday where parents are invited to join us on a section of the Nantahala River to see their paddlers show off their new moves. This is followed by a riverside lunch and brief closing ceremony. Parents who don’t have their own kayak and gear can rent a place on an NOC Guided raft at a discounted rate and join the group on the water.

Price includes gear, transportation to lake and river locations, lodging Sunday through Thursday night in our Nantahala Bunkhouse and meals Sunday night through lunch on Friday. Evening activities and 24-hour supervision from our expert and responsible Paddling School Instructors is also included in the Overnight camp.

Youth Kayak Camp

Kayak Day Camp

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $850-$1500
Location: Bryson City, NC
Ages: 9-17
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Day Camp Session 1June 17-21, 2019Bryson City, NC
Day Camp Session 2July 15-19, 2019Bryson City, NC
Day Camp Session 3July 22-26, 2019Bryson City, NC

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NOC also offers a Day Camp option for the popular Summer Kayak Camp. Young paddlers in the Day Camp will join the Overnight campers each morning to get geared up for a day on the water while making new friends and gaining paddling skills.  Price includes gear, transportation to lake and river locations, lunch each day and Family Fun Friday. Day campers stay the night with their families somewhere in the area which makes this is a great option for vacationing families and locals.

Rivers paddled will depend on the skill level of the group, but the regular lineup usually includes some of these favorites: Nantahala, Tuckasegee Gorge, Tuckasegee in Bryson City, French Broad, Little Tennessee and Cartecay. The final day of camp is Family Fun Friday where parents are invited to join us on a section of the Nantahala River to see their paddlers show off their new moves. This is followed by a riverside lunch and brief closing ceremony. Parents who don’t have their own kayak and gear can rent a place on an NOC Guided raft at a discounted rate and join the group on the water.


Advanced Teen Travel Overnight Camp

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $1500
Location: Bryson City, NC
Ages: 13-17
Upcoming Dates:

CourseDatesLocation
Teen Travel Camp Session 1June 23-28, 2019Bryson City, NC
Teen Travel Camp Session 2July 21-26, 2019Bryson City, NC

 

Take kayaking to the next level with this all-inclusive, 5-day paddling course for advanced teens age 13-17! This camp is for paddlers with a minimum of Class III kayaking experience and a reliable combat roll. We will focus on river running, creeking, and playboating skills, with emphasis on river awareness and leadership preparation on and off the river. Top NOC instructors will lead teens on some of the best rivers in the Southeast paddling not only on the Nantahala, but might also travel to the Ocoee, Pigeon, French Broad or Nolichucky to enjoy a variety of features & practice Class III+ skills. This camp includes 24-hour supervision, camping Sunday through Thursday nights (both at NOC and area camp grounds), meals Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, gear and transportation.


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