First Time Campers
Why Choose River Way?
- Family owned and operated for the past 51 years, the Oken family has provided positive, successful, and fun camp experiences for both children and families. With three generations still actively involved, River Way has mastered the art of using camp activities as tools to promote self esteem, increased self confidence and independence.
- River Way requires its California staff applicants to attend a mandatory interview workshop allowing us one to three days to assess each potential staff applicant thoroughly.
- 100% of all staff hired has been interviewed and approved by an owner or director after passing a background check.
- River Way has some of the most caring, compassionate and the best mentors worldwide.
- River Way offers free choice activity sign ups with over 75 activities to choose from. Campers ages 10 and over choose their activities, gaining decision making skills and self-confidence. This prepares them for a lifetime of success.
- River Way has an impeccable American Camp Association accreditation record with scores of 99-100% consistently.
- First time campers are River Way’s specialty.
Programs by Age
Counselor in Training (CIT) Program (ages 15-17)
River Way’s CIT program has established a reputation for being one of the finest counselor training programs to experience in California. Our CIT’s learn to work with children and participate in workshops that foster teamwork, build organizational skills, and learn a variety of teaching techniques. The CIT program is a natural progression onto our paid Junior Staff. Skills taught in the CIT program include: Teaching toward success and Behavior Modification, Teambuilding, Goal Setting, and Introduction to First Aid and CPR – For more info, Click Here.
Your Children’s Safety is Our Top Priority
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. Staff training includes classes which address motivation, vehicle orientation, safety, risk management, liability, behavior modification, cabin orientation, homesickness, 101 ways to praise, building self-esteem, and hours of role-playing and practice. Ski instructors, wranglers, waverunner, paintball and ropes course staff must attend additional training specific to their activity.
We employ qualified and experienced lifeguards, boaters, and waverunner operators who are carefully trained by our directors. In addition, every staff member is trained to meet the safety standards set by American Red Cross, including safety procedures for all Water Safety Instructors. Waterfront staff members are required to have lifeguard training, first aid and CPR certificates. Additional training is required of all ski instructors and lifeguards.
An infirmary is staffed with a full-time doctor, registered nurse, and nurse’s aide. A first response paramedic unit is within 20 minutes of the camp. The hospital is approximately 35 minutes from camp. Each camper must return the medical form prior to arrival.