Youth Programs

COVID-19 Safety Protocol
All participants in Rutabaga Outdoor Programs scheduled camps must agree to and abide by the following protocol for safety measures:
1) Both instructor and student(s) will wear a mask at all times, on land and on water, whenever practical.
2) Both instructor and student(s) will maintain a 6 ft distance from each other on land and on water.
3) In order to maintain distance, the instructor will offer minimal assistance to student(s) getting into or out of their boats.
4) In order to maintain distance, assisted rescues may not be included as part of the curriculum of these programs, and will only be used when necessary for safety reasons.
5) If a student or the instructor are feeling any symptoms related to COVID-19 on the day of the class, they will let us know and a reschedule or refund will be arranged if possible.

We are playing close attention to COVID trends. Additional programs may be added throughout the spring and early summer. If your program ends up being cancelled due to COVID precautions, a reschedule or refund will be arranged.


Kids Stand Up Paddling
beginner Youth entering grades 3-6
Teen Stand Up Paddling
beginner Youth entering grades 6-9
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 youths 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 Educators 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!