From our frinds at the Boise Police Department:
The 2011 Raft Along Program will be held on Tuesday June 28th. We will be taking 700 kids rafting. This is the 16th year we have run this program and we look forward to another successful year. The purpose of the program is to bring area kids and police officers together to break down barriers, and develop understanding by working together rafting.
The event is hosted by Cascade Raft Company, Inter West Transportation, First Student Bus Co., American Catering and Boise PAL. The kids are transported by bus to Cascade Raft Headquarters north of Horseshoe Bend on the Payette River. The kids are teamed with officers and a professional guide, given safety equipment and placed in rafts for the journey down river.
We float the calmer section of the river so it is safe for the kids. We have volunteer kayakers that float along with the rafts and act as safety boaters. The kids learn how to work together paddling the rafts to navigate the river safely.
Kids ages 8 to 16 are eligible to participate. Each child must fill out a rafting waiver form and have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form available at http://www.boisepal.org/RaftALong.html. Pre-registration for all kids planning to float is mandatory! (Waiver form and additional information attached for your convenience.) We recommend that you get your waivers in for each child who will be floating as soon as you can–these trips fill up FAST and we won’t be able to guarantee a spot to any late-comers.
Boise Police Dept