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Specialty Programs

Specialty Programs


River Way is among the most exciting adventure camps in the nation. Our Specialty Camps allow campers to focus in on a favorite activity, while still providing time to interact with other campers. Structured during the two morning activity periods, these programs offer specialized training from our expert level staff.

Specialty Programs/Camps

Premier Waterski/Wakeboard Camp:

waterskiingDesigned for campers ages 10 years and older who prefer to spend most of their time at the lake, River Way’s premier Waterski/Wakeboard Camp offers plenty of instruction each week. Your camper’s waterfront school has a ratio of one staff member for every three campers, ensuring success in learning new skills and riding styles. Spend a summer acquiring new confidence and feelings of accomplishment on the water.

Instructed by some of the most qualified instructors in the nation using competition level Ski Nautique boats, the water sports programs are operated on Pine Flat Lake using River Way’s 55-foot, two-story houseboat known as Lombardo. It comes equipped with two water slides, top jumping planks from the 25-foot high houseboat, a large professional barbeque, and an ADA-sanctioned bathroom.

This program is designed for both beginner-level and experienced riders. Beginners are encouraged to learn the basics of waterskiing, wakeboarding and/or kneeboarding at their own pace. They are taught on a ski boom and most experience success on their first visit to the lake.


Our more advanced campers learn wake-to-wake jumps and aerial tricks as well as the elements of body position, board control, edging, jumping and spinning. In addition, they have the opportunity to advance their free-riding skills wakeskating or wakesurfing. Campers also have the opportunity to review and critique their performance on video and practice new skills on the trampoline.

River Way is a member of the National Waterski Association, and we are proud to offer campers the experience of a lifetime at one of the best waterski/wakeboard camps in the nation.

Trail Blazers (Horse Camp):

horse-camperWith a ratio of 1:2, riders get plenty of personal instruction in all aspects of riding techniques as well as caring for a horse assigned to them for the entire session. After an early breakfast, campers will round up their horses, groom and saddle them before receiving at least three hours of hands-on training per day.

Campers are divided by ability and progress at their own pace; first-time riders are also welcome. They can improve upon English and Western riding skills while learning about horse management, health, and knowledge of how horses are used in today’s society.

Level 1: Horse sense, rules for riding, approaching, leading, grooming, saddling and bridling your horse, mounting & dismounting, basic seat and hand position, basic aids and horse control, circles, reverses, begin trotting, exercises on horseback and elementary trail riding.

Level 2: Horse sense, parts of the horse and track, horse coloring and markings, the basic gaits of the horse, horse terms, balance of horse and rider, adjusting the stirrups, posting on the correct diagonal, learning to canter or lope, western patterns and obstacles, introduction to jumping and intermediate trail riding.

Level 3 & 4: Horse behavior, equipment, bits and bittings, horse care, breeds, type of rein aids, leg, seat and voice aids, ways of using the reins, improving your seat in the trot and cantor, riding bareback, leads, transitions and backing, schooling figures in the ring, western turn-backs on the rail, first class jumping and trailing riding.

Level 5: Horse behavior and psychology, horse care, soundness, conformation, parasites, first aid, movement, blemishes, types of balance, advanced aid and cues, lateral leg aids, turns on the forehand, side pass, bending and supplying, stops from the lope, pivots, lead changes, rollbacks, western performance patterns, flexion and bending, half alts, lengthening and shortening strides, leg yielding, advanced jumping and trail riding.

All campers will, to their ability, learn to ride bareback, play games on horseback, attend and participate in rodeo events, trail riding, take their horses for a swim in the pond and possibly enter a show. Jumping is offered to those who show control and discipline.

Activities also include scenic trail rides throughout Wonder Valley, gymkhana and vaulting.

Trail Blazers is limited to 10 campers per session and available to campers 10 years of age and older.

Paintball Camp:

Due to popular demand, River Way introduced its Specialty Paintball Program in 2008. Campers enjoy hours of fun experiencing the thrill of competition in River Way’s state of the art Paintball Course. Under the supervision of River Way’s Paintball Director, campers participate in mini in-house tournaments and learn the basics of refereeing. Campers have fun participating in early morning drills and shooting practice, and they work with the same group of friends and campers to improve upon skills they learn day-to-day and to progress as a team. Campers enrolled in the Paintball Camp enjoy 20 hours of practice, tournaments, and instruction each week.


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We’re continually expanding our menu of kid-friendly activities at River Way. Among our most popular options for summer fun is Paintball Camp. From the first thrilling countdown and the referee’s shout of “Game on!” to all the action-packed strategy on the go, kids love it. Parents love that our paintball camp is safe, supervised, and presented in its own special outdoor environment.

Young paintball players are so busy having fun that they may not even notice they’re also getting healthy aerobic exercise. Playing paintball in groups under adult supervision also provides excellent opportunities for team building, good sportsmanship, and confidence boosting. The speed and uniqueness of this game makes for thrilling summer memories that kids will want to share with all their friends.

Not surprisingly, sign-ups for paintball camp go just about as fast as kids can run! We have a very limited number of spots available for young people ages 10-16 and the maximum number of participants in a session is limited to 14 players. So don’t delay, contact us now to ensure that your budding paintball champ gets in on all the action!