Youth Programs

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Kids Paddling Camp
beginner Youth entering grades 3-6
Teen Adventure
beginner Youth entering grades 6-9
Teen Paddling Camp (4-day)
beginner Youth entering grades 6-9
Teen Paddling Camp (5-day)
beginner Youth entering grades 6-9


Get set to get wet and have a blast! Whether your child has never picked up a paddle, or is already a paddling veteran there's something for everyone in Rutabaga's summer programs. Paddling is a great way for young people to develop self-confidence and independence, awareness and love of nature, and a sense of accomplishment that comes from meeting a new challenge. Taking full advantage of Madison's beautiful waterways, our experienced Outdoor Instructors lead canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard camps with an emphasis on water safety, natural conservation and fun, geared towards kids ages 8-14.

Use our interactive calendar to find a day and time that work for you.

For high schoolers (teens 14-17 years old), check out our Junior Leader Program!

We can also create Custom Group Programs for birthdays, scout troops, school groups, etc, and we offer Private Youth and Family Lessons for more individualized attention upon request.

With offerings for all skill levels, we have a paddling experience for you!