River Week Information Sheet


We are psyched for another great season and looking forward to working hard and playing hard with this summer's campers. We are heading to North Carolina to conquer some of the best white water in the area. Come to camp with your game face on and be prepared for some hard-core coaching and fun.


It's long been our culture at Passages to turn challenges into opportunities and boy-o-boy, we have a sweet opportunity here.

Challenge: The Legislature in West Virginia have instituted a moratorium on Special Use Permits for guided kayak trips on the New River. We made concerted efforts to come-in under existing year-round outfitters but we would have to surrender a portion of our control of this trip = not what we want at all!

Opportunity: Our plans are to transplant River Week to western North Carolina! This would open-up MUCH more opportunity for the River Week Campers to gain experience and passion on a number of rivers. The rivers we have experience in and are considering for this group include the Ocoee, The Pigeon, The French Broad, The Nantahala, The Upper and Lower Green as well as a day-trip to the Charlotte Whitewater Center. A couple of these rivers are dam released and the exact release schedule is not available until a few days before. We are going to sequence these rivers in such a way to build confidence and acumen over the course of the week.

This trip will be led by Geoffrey Gill, Cooper Sallade and Ian Tewksbury - all three are experienced Passages Site Directors and tremendous paddlers. We took a close look at the skill level of the group we have signed-up for this River Week Trip and are supremely confident in our plan. We chose these rivers for being comparable to the New River in style and difficulty; we've changed the locale and diversified the portfolio but the level of fun and progression will be BETTER!

Early next week our River Week Staff will reach out to you to fill you in, answer any and all questions and share their stoke!


Unpaid balances are due two weeks before the start of your camp session. For your convenience, we will debit your credit card with the balance due. Thank you for your prompt attention to this.


Monday morning, July 23rd, drop-off for your camp is 8am at Historic Tredegar & The American Civil War Museum - formerly Tredegar Iron Works - next to the Belle Isle parking lot. (500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219) Please park as directed by our camp staff and meet us at the River Week check-in table. We will confirm your contact information, and you can meet our counselors.


Pick up is Sunday afternoon, July 29th, by 5pm, at Peak RVA located at 1375 Overbrook Road, adjacent to the SCOR facility.


This is an OVERNIGHT CAMP. Can you get everything you need into ONE large duffle bag? That would be terrrific!

• Camping gear: Tent, sleeping bag, bowl, plate, mug, eating utensils. Kayaking Gear and apparel.
Let us know if you need a boat.
• Bring a hydration pack or water bottle.
• Bring a bathing suit and rain gear, just in case.
• Bring whatever extra clothing you may need in the evening.
• Make sure you have a backpack to hold food and water for the day when we hit the trails.
• We supply all food, transportation, and camping fees. $25 cash should be enough to cover any incidentals a camper may need/want.
• Please label all of your belongings.
Please do not bring electronics or valuables. They are guaranteed to get wet, lost, or misplaced.


If you have any questions, please call our Camp Director. We are always here for you!

Kevin Tobin, Camp Director (804-337-7886)
Geoffrey Gill, Cooper Sallade,Ian Tewksbury, Site Directors

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