Youth Programs



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 8-13. For teens 14-17 years old, check out our Junior Leader Program! We can also create custom programs including birthdays, scout troops, private lessons etc. upon request. With offerings for all skill levels, we have a paddling experience for you!

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


Kids Stand Up Paddling
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Kids Paddling Sampler
Learn to canoe, kayak & stand up paddle in our 3-day sampler
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Kids Kayak Series
The perfect way to introduce your kids to kayaking
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Mysteries of the Marsh: A Paddling Nature Camp
Paddling, turtle catching, and bug identification;
what could be more fun?
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Kids Adventure
Add new skills, play games and take trips!
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Kids Camp Explorer
4 full days of paddling and camp skills!
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 3-5
Teen Stand Up Paddling
The best possible combination of paddling and surfing
skill level:  open to all
ages:  Youth entering grades 6-8
Teen Paddling Sampler
Get a taste of how much fun paddling can be! Learn to canoe, kayak and stand up paddle
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 6-8
Teen Kayak Series
Get your teen outside and on the water kayaking
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 6-8
Teen Camp Explorer
Four full days of paddling and camp skills.
skill level:  beginner
ages:  Youth entering grades 6-8
Kayak Adventures
Take your skills to the next level!
Move from beginner to advanced with this class.
skill level:  intermediate
ages:  Youth entering grades 6-8