Adventures for cancer survivors and loved ones of all ages!
Our unique adventure programs offer youth, teens and adults a life-changing experience in the great outdoors. River Discovery adventures range from 1-day to 6-day river adventures, paddle board sessions, and survivor and co-survivor retreats. These programs immerse participants in the beauty and serenity of Idaho’s outdoors and expose them to the recuperative benefits of nature.
River Discovery programs often include hiking, swimming, rafting, paddle boarding and kayaking that strengthen the mind, body and spirit. Activities can be customized to accommodate any fitness level or limitation; no experience required. A medical release from a physician is required.
River Discovery contracts with a licensed outfitter to provide professional guides and high quality rafting and camping equipment. A safe and fulfilling adventure is a top priority so we always bring along professional medical and mental health volunteers. Each adventure promotes the essentials of healthy survivor-ship with frequent physical activity, good nutrition and a variety of activities to inspire, empower and heal survivors and their loved ones.
You may pre-register for each program by clicking the link below, additional registration paperwork will be emailed in order to complete your registration.
LOTTERY REGISTRATION OPENS January 1, 2019
Joe & Fran Tonsmeire Salmon River 6-day Adventure - August 24-30, 2019
FIRST RESPONDERS Salmon River 3-Day H20 Adventure - July 10-12, 2019
3-day Adult Survivor & Co-Survivor Retreat - July 19-21, 2019
Sunrise Retreat for Widows of Cancer - July 19-21, 2019
Youth Survivors and Family 1-day Adventure - June 26, 2019
Healing Waters Family Float 1-day Adventure - August 7, 2019
Paddle Out Cancer Stand Up Paddle Board Sessions - Summer 2019
2019 Outdoor Adventure Program Details
FIRST RESPONDERS* 3-Day Adventure - July 10-12, 2019. A brand new adventure designed to allow 20 First Responder Cancer Survivors to float 39 miles of the Salmon River from Vinegar Creek to Lucile with H20 Rafting. Led by experienced guides, this trip will give participants the opportunity to meet and bond with other adult survivors. All gear, meals and camping supplies provided.
Perfect for newcomers and experienced rafters alike, the Salmon River drifts past miles of breathtaking mountains and craggy cliffs with world-famous roller coaster rapids.
Participants must pre-register for a lottery draw- pre-registrations are accepted through March 31, 2019. A lottery draw will take place on April 1st and the 1st round of select participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The river adventure programs are offered for free, although an application fee is required. All selected participants require a medical release from their physician in order to complete the registration.
* A first responder typically includes paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and other trained rescuers.
Youth and Family 1-day Adventures. The Youth Survivor & Family Adventure, for pediatric cancer patients and their families, and the Healing Waters Family Float, for children or teens who have lost a parent to cancer and the rest of their surviving family. This river adventure allows youth and their families to participate in an exciting adventure that promotes healing and strengthens the mind, body and spirit. A fun filled day on the Cabarton Run of the Payette River is perfect for kids and busy families. It provides a great opportunity to build family bonds and enjoy Idaho’s natural beauty while experiencing a fun and educational adventure on the river.
1-day youth and family adventures are offered free to children 6 years+ and their immediate family. Please complete the
pre-registration form now to reserve your spot.
Joe & Fran Tonsmeire Salmon River Adventure
August 24-30, 2019. This 6-day Adult Adventure program offers adult cancer survivors the trip of a lifetime. This 6 day/5 night adventure provides the opportunity to meet and bond with other adult survivors while rafting and camping on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Main Salmon River.
Participants must pre-register for a lottery - pre-registrations are accepted through March 31, 2019. A lottery draw will take place on April 1st and the 1st round of select participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The adventure program is free but does require a $60 registration fee. All selected participants require a medical release from their physician in order to complete the registration.
3-day Adult Survivor & Co-Survivor Retreat
July 19-21, 2019. This 3-day adventure for adult cancer survivors and 1 adult co-survivor/caregiver. This retreat takes place in beautiful Cascade, Idaho on private banks of the Payette River. Participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves with rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, hikes and more. This unique opportunity offers the chance to connect and share with someone special who has been on this cancer journey with you. Participants must pre-register for a lottery - pre-registrations are accepted until March 31, 2019. A lottery draw will take place on April 1, 2019 and the 1st round of select participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The adventure program is free but does require a $30 per couple registration fee. A complete application with medical release is required for participation.
Sunrise Retreat for Widows of Cancer
July 19-21, 2019. A retreat experience for widows of cancer to replenish, rejuvenate and re-ignite their spirit. Relax by the creek-side camp fire, have a massage, rise to the gentle flow of yoga, seek adventure as we paddle the Payette River, find creative inspiration through art and connect with other widows. A beautiful natural setting that supports, nourishes, celebrates and honors the widow’s journey. Participants must pre-register for a lottery draw, pre-registrations are accepted throu March 31, 2019. A lottery draw will take place on April 1, 2019. Space is limited to 8. A $30 registration fee is required. All other onsite expenses covered. Join the Sunrise Retreat Facebook page HERE.
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Paddle Out Cancer: Stand-up Paddle Board Sessions
Summer 2019. Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) is a great opportunity to learn a new outdoor sport that is tailored to your ability. Paddle boarding offers you a chance to experience a water activity working on your strength, flexibility, balance and paddling fun. Paddle Boarding can be customized to your abilities and is a great introduction to water activities.
This adventure is scheduled in partnership with our friends at Idaho River Sports throughout the summer. Participants will have two hours to paddle around the beautiful new ponds at Boise's Ester Simplot Park. Cancer patients and survivors are free of charge. Caregivers will be charged a $10 fee and are encouraged to join in the fun.
Mosaic Art Program
Mosaic Arts provided to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital brought to you by River Discovery and Mosaic Essentials ~
When Joe Tonsmeire received his cancer treatment at St. Luke’s his family spent a lot of time there. An afternoon escape from the hospital Joe found Reham Aarti’s shop nearby and worked with her to bring mosaic art projects to the children in the hospital.
Mosaic art materials are provided to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital for all children in treatment to create an expressive art project. Pieces can be created either in a group setting or individually in their rooms. These mosaic pieces are created by the young artists with wooden cut outs, ceramic and glass tiles, buttons, rocks, and beads. Reham Aarti assists with grouting the final pieces. Art work is then returned to the young creative artist for a keepsake.