Boats and Boots Camp

Ages: 12–14 (formerly Rock’n River Camp)

Two years ago, we offered the “Rock’n River” high adventure program. “Boats and Boots” is the revamped version! Experience caving, high ropes, boats, hiking, and swimming at Whipple Dam. On Friday evening, put your newly acquired wilderness survival skills to use on an overnight campout! Families are invited and encouraged to attend the camp-wide campfire at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and stay overnight around the main building. Campers will have a separate sleepout along a trail nearby, then will return for the pancake breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. (Families need to bring all of their own equipment if camping out.)

Please note that locations of various programs are different than those used in Rock’n River; some are onsite and others are not. Transportation to all locations will be provided during the camp day. Only on the week of July 22 is bus transportation available between State College and Shaver’s Creek. You must select this option during the registration process in order to secure space on the bus. For all other weeks, campers must be dropped off and picked up at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

Registration Information

$440 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Families: Friday 5:45 p.m.–Saturday 8:00 a.m.; optional program (see below); includes breakfast Saturday

Dates (Choose one):
June 24–29, 2019 – Drop-off and pick up at Shaver’s Creek
July 15–20, 2019 – Drop-off and pick up at Shaver’s Creek
July 22–27, 2019 – Bus Transportation available this week only

Register for Camp

Do you know your NEW username and password for 2019? You’ll need to login to your membership to register for camp. Send a password reset to your email or see our camp FAQ for more details.

Daily Schedule
Day Activity


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Canoeing on Lake Perez

Learn more about the other people in your group and try your hand at canoeing. Bring an extra full change of clothes as it is possible that you wind up needing them.


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: High Ropes Course

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be 20+ feet off the ground, working as a pair or team to accomplish challenges? Today is all about that. But that’s not all! We will also hike some of the lesser explored trails further afield in Shaver’s Woods.


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Hiking

Lace up those boots and explore the forest for an entire day! You, your pack with gear, your leader, and your group will head out for a day hike across miles of changing terrain.


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Caving

Time to explore a wild cave — one that prior Rock’n River participants have not seen! Using headlamps on helmets, this journey will take us through a cave with many options, from tight squeezes to larger passages — and plenty of mud.


9:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.: Survival Skills

Building upon the orienteering skills woven into the prior days, we will orient ourselves in pursuit of the destination and head off in search of it! Later we will learn how to build shelters from found/downed materials, build a campfire, cook our dinner over the fire we made, and sleep in the shelters made.

5:00 p.m.: Campers will be eating their dinner cooked over a fire at their campsite. If you wish to have your own self-provided dinner on the front lawn before claiming your camper at 5:45 p.m., that would be wonderful!  If so, please see the additional information below. Otherwise, skip to the next time block listed below.

  • With no cooking facilities available, please bring something that is easy and quick.
  • We are a zero waste facility and able to compost anything organic (including food scraps and paper products). Please still bring reusable plates and utensils if possible.
  • Families may “Adopt-A-Counselor” by bringing food for them and enjoying the picnic together! A signup sheet will be available starting Wednesday afternoon on a first come basis.

5:45 p.m.: Claim your camper and stay as a family to enjoy the rest of the optional activities throughout the evening!  

6:30 p.m.: Ice Cream from Meyer Dairy provided

7:15 p.m.: Campfire program! Campers and staff will present a myriad of songs, poems, skits, stories and adventures from the camp week. Bring along a blanket/chair or sit on the giant rocks in front of the stage.

8:30–9:30 p.m.: Night activities, including night walks, are optional for families while campers will head off (with staff) to their previously made shelters for a closing ceremony and sleep. Please bring warm layers and wear closed-toed shoes. Flashlights not needed.

10:00 p.m.: Settle into your tent for the night!


6:30–8:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Last Day

6:30 a.m.: Coffee!

7:00–8:00 a.m.: Breakfast is served! Featuring freshly made pancakes and coffee, plus milk, juices, and pancake toppings. Reunite with your camper at 7:00 a.m. at Squirrel’s Landing (the Outdoor Classroom).

What do I need to wear and bring each day?

Boats and Boots campers will need to wear outdoor clothes that may get dirty and closed-toe shoes each day. You should also bring a small backpack for carrying the following things: a zero-waste, nut-free lunch, a full water bottle, a raincoat or poncho, a hat, and sunscreen.

Monday: Bring a full change of clothes and a garbage bag.

Tuesday: Pack extra snacks as we will be hiking all day.

Wednesday: Wear clothes that allow for movement, as we will be on a high ropes course, then hiking.

Thursday: Campers  need to wear clothes that can get super-crazy muddy (please avoid cotton if possible) overtop their swimsuits and bring another full set of clothes, a thick trash bag, towel, pair of work or gardening gloves, and either another set of shoes for after the cave or pair of muck boots to be worn into the cave; shoes worn into the cave need to have good traction.

Friday: Campers need to wear their swimsuits under their clothes and bring a towel, sunscreen, and clothes to change into after swimming. If they are staying for the optional overnight activities, they need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other specific overnight items that pertain to that individual.