Camp Kayak 2017

Ages 8+ Years

Camp Kayak is a place to be yourself, make new friends and engage in new experiences! 

You can plan on being active and busy the entire time! Most days we will paddle in kayaks, learning to navigate by paddling; engaging in nature sightings; doing some adventure trip paddling to Barton Springs; and learning about the river environment. We will do some light hiking and swimming. We will also be playing games together in the kayak and on land...come prepared for fun times! Daily we will have communication circles to recap the day, plan and have another opportunity to make friends.

On Friday, the last day of camp, we will have a CELEBRATION PARTY and camper wrap-up event! On Friday, each camper can bring a snack to share with the group. In the past we have had campers bring watermelon, cup cakes, etc. Your camp leaders will have a special treat to surprise you with at the Friday party!

Camp details

This is a week-long camp from Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 from 9am - 12pm. Camp will take place at the Texas Rowing Center, located directly behind Austin High School on the north shore of the Hike & Bike Trail of Lady Bird Lake (1541 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703). Please be sure to register with DSACT in order to secure your spot in this camp. DSACT will subsidize a portion of this camp; parents are responsible for paying $100. Cost will include a TRFA "Camp Kayak" t-shirt. Once you register with DSACT, you will receive the remaining paperwork (waivers).  Please email Ashley Whitt at with any questions on this fantastic camp!

Registration is closed for the 2017 Kayak CamP.

We have filled all of our available spots for this camp. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email


What to Wear

Camp Kayak by nature is a camp where you will get wet! Please wear comfortable shorts and t-shirts. You can also wear a bathing suit, but you will want to have shorts and shirt over them. Jean shorts, when wet can become tight and we would encourage to not wear jeans, but wear loose shorts that are comfortable!

Hat: Since we will be outside for the bulk of the camp, having a cap or hat is very much encouraged! Being on the water reflects the sun in a double way, a hat will help keep you cool and ward off sunburn!

Shoes: Your shoes will get wet without a doubt! Please wear tennis/athletic shoes daily. Sturdy sandals with secure strapping is fine too. NO Flip-flops at camp.

Life jackets are REQUIRED every time we get on the water. We will furnish you with all safety equipment as part of the Camp experience. Be prepared to wear a life jacket!

What to bring

SUNSCREEN. It's a must. Camp leaders will make sure everyone has sun protection throughout the day. Please apply sunblock prior to coming to camp every day!

WATER BOTTLE. Each camper should bring a refillable water bottle with their name on it to each day of camp. We will be taking water breaks on the hour.

SUNGLASSES / GLASSES.  Bringing and wearing inexpensive sunglasses can really help with the glare from the sun reflecting off the water. Speaking of glasses....if you wear prescription glasses, please make sure you have a “leash” or strap/ guard on your glasses when coming to camp. If your glasses fall off in the water, it is doubtful that we can get them come prepared :-)

A TOWEL. It's great to have daily to dry off after being in the water. We will have an area to store our belongings.

A GREAT ATTITUDE. Expect to meet new friends and have new experiences. For some  of us, change can be difficult. Your Camp Leaders can help you and help solve problems. If you are having difficulty with anything, just let us know and we will help in any way we can. If you are scared of anything, let us know and together we will get through it! We strongly encourage every camper to try new things and be positive during camp.

SNACKS.  We will have a daily SNACK (ie. Granola bars) mid-morning -but if you want to bring any other snack that you like, please feel free to bring that in a plastic water tight bag.

What not to bring

**PLEASE DO NOT bring to camp: any electronic devices: including cell phones, i-pods, video gaming devices, radios, MP3 players, etc.

**Please do not wear or bring: flip-flops or any unsturdy shoes.

**Please do not bring: money, jewelry or anything of value.

**Please do not bring: rafts, blow up toys, water tubes, etc.

**Please do not bring glass bottles or anything in breakable containers!