The mission of River Camp is to foster memorable experiences that connect youth to the San Joaquin River through fun and engaging educational activities. River Camp runs on the following core values:

  • River Camp is a safe and fun environment for self-expression and personal growth.
  • River Camp is an inclusive community.
  • River Camp is environmentally friendly and promotes stewardship.
  • River Camp is mutually influential; campers learn from counselors, and counselors learn from campers.


Give the gift of fun! 

Surprise the special child in your life by sending them to camp.  Click here for more information on purchasing a River Camp gift certificate.

River Camp at Scout Island


The Scout Island facility is closed for the summer.  River Camp 2020 will be based at the River Center and Owl Hollow (the Trust's riverfront property located near to the River Center). We are reducing group sizes to a maximum of 50 people (including Staff and Junior Leaders) at each camp location at one time, and modifying activities to accomodate social distancing and increased sanitization of materials.  Camper groups will be limited to a maximum of 12 people (including counselors and Junior Leaders), and individual groups will not have close interaction with other groups.  

River Camp Weeks 1 and 2: 1st-4th grade campers will attend camp at the River Center (no swim; alternate water activities). 5th-8th grade campers will attend camp at Owl Hollow (swim dependent on river conditions).

River Camp Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6: All campers will attend camp at Owl Hollow (swim dependent on river conditions).

River Camp Weeks 7 and 8: 1st-3rd grade campers will attend camp at the River Center (no swim; alternate water activities). 4th-8th grade campers will attend camp at Owl Hollow (swim dependent on river conditions).

Click here to view COVID-19 specific information.

Ages: Entering 1st through 8th grade

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, M-F

Cost: $240 (River Parkway Trust members receive a discount; $5 discount if paid in full at time of registration)

 RiverCamp16-171Are your children ready to have the best week ever? For over 25 years, the River Parkway Trust has been offering an exciting, fun, and safe day camp experience for the Valley’s children at River Camp. Our lively and experienced staff of counselors, lifeguards, visiting scientists, and artists will engage your children in activities that enhance their understanding of, and connection to, the San Joaquin River. Campers enjoy swimming and splashing in cool water, learning to canoe, exploring wildlife habitat, playing games, creating arts and crafts, and building new friendships during their week-long day-camp experience. A River Camp 2020 T-shirt is included in the cost of registration. Space is limited. Please sign up early to ensure you get your first choice week.

River Camp is held at Scout Island, a beautiful 85-acre outdoor education facility owned by the Fresno County Office of Education. The River Parkway Trust is proud to partner with the FCOE in bringing local environmental education to the children in our community.

Each summer we are thrilled to see the familiar faces of our camp counselors and returning campers. Most of our camp staff moved through the ranks from campers to Junior Leaders to counselors. They have incredible experience and knowledge of the River Camp setting. We also have a very high camper return rate, which fosters positive relationships between campers and the camp staff.   

Registration for River Camp at Scout Island opens to River Parkway Trust Members on February 1st, 2020.  Public registration begins on March 1st, 2020.

Click here to register online

Meet the 2019 River Camp Staff! 

River Camp FAQs

River Camp at Scout Island Camper Guide (2019)

River Camp at Scout Island Instagram

Physical Registration Form - Available March 1st

Inspire Charter Students: River Camp is an Inspire vendor!  To enroll through Inspire you will need to use our regular online registration system and pay the $50 deposit to reserve your child's space at camp and choose the 'remaining balance payment plan' at checkout.  You will then request your Enrichment Voucher from Inspire for the remaining balance of your registration (typically $190).  You must submit your Enrichment Voucher to the River Parkway Trust at least 7 days prior to the beginning of your camp session. Once we have received your Enrichment Voucher, we will waive the remainder of the fee on your UltraCamp account.  The $50 deposit will not be reimbursed by Inspire or the River Parkway Trust.  If your child is an Inspire student and you have questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

River Camp at Scout Island Scholarships: Scholarship applications can be accessed through the UltraCamp website during the normal registration process.  On the options page, please indicate that you would like to apply for a scholarship.  You will automatically be taken to the scholarship application form.  All applicants must register online and pay the deposit to reserve that camper's space.  The majority of awarded scholarships are partial, ranging from $100-$190 of the $240 fee.  If you are awarded a full scholarship, the deposit will be refunded to you.  If you are registering using a physical registration form, you may apply for a scholarship with a physical scholarship form.  All applications are due May 1st.


Sponsor River Camp: Contact Bryna De Fede, Development Associate 559-248-8480x216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for the River Camp 2021 Sponsorship Packet


Thank You to the 2020 River Camp Season Sponsors! 

Eagle Sponsors - $5,000 and above

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Fresno Rotary




ValleyChildrens Healthcare 4Color Logo


Fox Sponsor - $2,500 


Sarah Hedrick




Bobcat Sponsors - $1,000





 Community Partners

AmericanTsFor T-Shirt Design and Printing

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For Popsicles Donations Supporting River Camp Scholarships - Purchase Parkway Pops in the River Store at the River Center - $3 Each