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Zoar Outdoor, Boats and Berms

July 17

Boats and Berms Camp is the ultimate adventure experience for your kids this summer. Whitewater kayak instruction paired with downhill mountain bike coaching create an outdoor education environment like no other. Children of all abilities are welcome. Choose from either the 4-day program (2 days boating and 2 days biking) or the 5-day program (3 days boating and 2 days biking).

The first two or three days of Boats and Berms are based at Zoar Outdoor. Participants that need equipment will be fitted to boats, PFDs, and paddles at base. After introductions and setting goals with the group, kids will head to the flatwater pond or reservoir. Accompanied all day by our certified instructors at Zoar Outdoor, participants will learn the basics of whitewater kayaking, such as stroke technique, wet exits, and how to read whitewater. Day two will follow a similar format, with students practicing and honing flatwater techniques before running a section of river with class I and class II rapids. Day three (if on a 5 day program) will be a full day of river running in whitewater kayaks giving kids time to develop their whitewater kayaking skills.

The remaining two days are based at Thunder Mountain Bike Park. Certified instructors will split participants into groups based on riding ability. Beginner groups will learn the fundamentals of mountain biking, while upper level groups will explore more challenging jump and technical trails. The final day will culminate with a ceremony at Thunder Mountain Bike Park for parents and participants.

This program includes supervision from 9am – 4:30pm. Lunch is included each day. Zoar Outdoor will provide a lunch on the river, while Thunder Mountain Bike Park will provide food vouchers for the “Backyard” food stand. Participants may bring their own gear for either activity. If the condition or appropriateness of your child’s equipment is in question, please contact us. Whitewater equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, helmet) is included in the base price. Bike park lift tickets are provided. Bike rentals must be purchased separately. Those enrolled in the program may book a rental at 50% off of walkup prices.

Give your child the outdoor experience of a lifetime this summer!

Boats and Berms


Zoar Outdoor
7 Main St
Charlemont, MA 01339
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