Float Your Boat


The Southern Valley County Recreation District (SVCRD) and generous local donors have made it possible for our local youth to earn their own kayak, stand-up paddle board or surf board! 

Kelly’s Whitewater Academy is inspiring young athletes to pick up a paddle and learn how to navigate the river.  This academy gives students the knowledge and ability to utilize one of Cascade’s main recreational attractions, The North Fork of the Payette River. The SVCRD organizes the Float Your Boat program that will allow participants to earn ownership of their own river equipment.  The 5th-12th grade students, who live within the Southern Valley County District earn their equipment by tracking 60 hours of pre-approved service rendered to our community, passing a swim test at the Cascade Aquatic Center and participating in Kelly’s Academy in the gear they wish to receive. Service projects are organized and supervised by the SVCRD with parental consent. Once participants fulfill the 60 hour community service requirement and the completion of Kelly’s Whitewater Academy, the SVCRD awards participants with their equipment (Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak, or River Surf Board) and safety gear at no cost to participants.  A special ceremony is held to award the youth with their equipment/gear.  This is an incredible opportunity for our youth!

Each summer, students who are willing to commit to completing the volunteer service required and Kelly’s Whitewater Academy may sign up for the Float Your Boat Program. This program is offered to first timers to the program. No repeat students will be accepted into the program in order to allow us to reach more youth in our area. 

If you would like to donate to this amazing program for our youth, please visit our facility. We accept monetary donations, as well as usable and lightly used river gear. If you have questions about donating to our program, please contact Greta Baier at 208-382-5136. Thank you!

For more information about Kelly’s Academy, click here.

2018 graduates of Float Your Boat  (Photo courtesy of Melissa Shelby from Star News)