About Youth Dynamics Adventures in Oregon

At the heart of Youth Dynamics Adventures is the desire to spread the love of Christ with youth, using adventure and creation to inspire growth and transformation.

In Oregon, we use beautiful spaces that make up our backyard to reach the youth around us. We challenge gravity as we climb at beautiful Bulo Point on Mount Hood. We explore the twists and turns of the powerful Clackamas and Deschutes rivers, cheering for the wild parts and taking advantage of their quiet moments for deep conversation. Our hearts are for Jesus, and we use nature and adventure to facilitate the sharing of our hearts. Does it get much better than that?

Program Design

Youth Dynamics Adventures guide whitewater, orchestrate team building, dig-in deep with scripture studies, and love leaning in with whatever group we are with. We have seen God work mightily in our lives, and are excited to share stories and His creation, with those we come in contact with. All of our experiences are custom, created specifically for each group. Whether you are trying to create unity in your church youth group or build community in your school, group home, Christian group, or youth-related organization, we are with you.

Youth Dynamics Adventures – Oregon

Mailing Address:
PO Box 385
Canby, OR 97013

Email: oregon@yd.org
Phone: (503) 692-9070

SUMMER STAFF

Want a summer job with lasting significance and a great view? Our summer staff are a vital part of our ministry, filling roles like adventure guide, expert boat tosser, social media groupie, camp chef extraordinaire, tent setup specialist and more. We train our guides from the ground up, and you will walk away from the summer with community and experiences you cannot get just anywhere!

BOOK A TRIP

Do you want to treat your group to an experience that – believe it or not – may be even better than playing on their phones? We build custom trips that fit into where your group is at. Working on community? Studying a book of the Bible? Wanting cohesion in a cliquey environment? It is amazing what can happen when the foundation is The Word, the setting is the great outdoors, and the people are on board. Let’s adventure together!

HOST HOMES

Do you have a heart for hospitality, and for participating in the Gospel? If so, consider being a host family for a summer! Host homes are local people who believe in relational adventure ministry, and desire to support our Summer Staff by providing them room and board and offering “home” when they are between trips. It is a huge blessing to be able to provide a restful space for our staff to recuperate during a crazy busy ministry season.

Oregon Adventure Trips

  • All Trip Types
  • Backpacking
  • Challenge Course
  • Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
  • Inflatable Kayaking
  • Leadership Development
  • River
  • Rock Climbing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Backpacking

Wherever you’re headed you can be sure your group will walk away changed as they learn basic map and compass skills, backcountry cooking, and how to camp in the wilderness using Leave No Trace principles. Beyond these learning basics, your students will gain the experience needed to be good leaders and followers. Spend a short…

Trip Type: Backpacking
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon, Adventures Washington
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days), 4-6 days
Trip Features:

Clackamas River

Only a short hour’s drive outside of the Portland metro area lies a true jewel of the Northwest, the Upper Clackamas river. This permitted section of whitewater within Mt Hood National Forests Wild and Scenic area hides some of the biggest waves in Oregon. Your students will enjoy a thrilling day together as they rocket…

Trip Type: River, Inflatable Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Single Day
Trip Features:

Custom Adventure Combo

Youth Dynamics Adventures does a lot of different types of trips. We adventure on some of the most beautiful rivers in the Pacific Northwest, climb some of the most epic rocks, and hike from stunning vista to lush meadow—all the while challenging preconceived notions and provide an opportunity for relationship-building dialog. Our goal is to…

Trip Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
Trip Location: Adventures Idaho, Adventures Oregon, Adventures Washington
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
Trip Features:

Dangle and Dip

Enjoy two days of adventures with one day of whitewater rafting on our local rivers and one day on our challenge course at Eagle Fern Camp, outside Estacada. This is the ideal trip if you want to focus on unifying a group and building relational bridges of trust. The power of this trip lies not…

Trip Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days)
Trip Features:

Deschutes River Rafting

The Deschutes River is well-loved for good reason and is arguably one of the best single-day trips we have to offer. If you are looking to build relationships with your group, take on Class III and IV rapids, and experience a life-changing adventure with your group… then this is the trip for you! With Boxcar,…

Trip Type: River, Whitewater Rafting
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Single Day
Trip Features:

Extended Inflatable Kayak Trip

Experience the thrill of tackling Class III rapids in your own inflatable kayak! Spend 3 to 4 days kayaking on the Lower Deschutes River, camping under the stars and enjoying a thrilling adventure! Nuff said? (did we mention we feed you?)

Trip Type: River, Inflatable Kayaking
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days)
Trip Features:

High & Low Ropes Course

Experience a full day of thrills on the high ropes course and group bonding on the low ropes course. On the low ropes, your group will work as a team to overcome obstacles, building group dynamics, and communication. On the high ropes, your group will overcome individual challenges, such as walking across a log suspended…

Trip Type: Challenge Course
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: 1/2 Day, Single Day, Combo (2-4 days)
Trip Features:

Inflatable Kayaking (IK)

If your group likes to find themselves in the driver seat, then how about spending the day in an inflatable kayak! Just like a single-person raft, inflatable kayaks are highly maneuverable and exceptionally exciting to navigate. Plus, they present an opportunity for individualized challenge, inviting youth to experience personal victories – and failures – while…

Trip Type: River, Inflatable Kayaking
Trip Location: Adventures Idaho, Adventures Washington, Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days), Single Day
Trip Features:

Life & Leadership Training

The 6 week Life & Leadership Training (LLT)  is an opportunity for young adults to work closely with stateside missionaries who use wilderness adventures to share the love of Christ. During the six week internship students will experience discipleship, adventure, challenge and leadership!  The program runs from July 5 – August 16 and is aimed at…

Trip Type: Leadership Development
Trip Location: Adventures Idaho, Adventures Oregon, Adventures Washington
Trip Length: 6 Weeks
Trip Features: Leadership Focus

McKenzie River Rafting

Sandwiched between Bend and Eugene, the McKenzie is a beautiful river in the heart of the Cascades, located about three hours southeast of Portland. Youth Dynamics Adventures offer trips on both the Upper and Lower sections, and both spots are powerfully pristine destinations for memory-making. Your group will enjoy the quality time together as they…

Trip Type: River, Whitewater Rafting
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Single Day
Trip Features:

Mountains to Missions

Mountains to Missions trips are four to seven day* trips that combine thrilling adventures with inner-city service work in downtown Portland. The result: heightened personal challenge, incredible group bonding, and the opportunity for sweet character transformation before your very eyes. Pick from one of three formats and “choose your own adventure.” Your adventure options: River…

Trip Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
Trip Features:

River Adventure Program (RAP)

Youth Dynamics Adventures most remote river trip, we spend two to five days (the more, the better!) on the stunning Upper Deschutes River. You will experience Class III – IV whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, caving, and camping. We travel down the river as a group and grow together through all the challenges throughout…

Trip Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
Trip Features:

Rock and Roll

On this two and a half-day trip, your group will enjoy the ultimate duo: one day of rock climbing and one day of whitewater rafting. Whether your purpose is to draw your group together or give each person the confidence to step out and face life’s challenges head-on—you decide what is important, and we will…

Trip Type: Combo Trip (Rope, Rock, Raft…)
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days)
Trip Features:

Rock Climbing

Join us for a day of rock climbing and rappelling! Encourage your group as they step over the “edge” into a new level of trust. On our rock climbing courses, we take you to some of the most beautiful climbing sites in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Rock days typically include climbing, belaying, rappelling, and a…

Trip Type: Rock Climbing
Trip Location: Adventures Idaho, Adventures Oregon, Adventures Washington
Trip Length: 1/2 Day, Single Day
Trip Features:

Rope, Rock, Raft

Our premiere Combination Adventure Trip! Enjoy three days of adventures with a full day each of Challenge Course, Rock Climbing, and Whitewater Rafting. This is one of our most popular trips. It typically involves a day at Eagle Fern Challenge Course, camping in Wasco County, climbing at Horsetheif Butte, and rafting the Deschutes River. However,…

Trip Type: Challenge Course, River, Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 days)
Trip Features:

Whitewater Rafting

If you are looking for adventure, quality time, and relationship-building, rafting is for you! It’s fun, it gets you all together in one place, and, well, you’re on the water in a raft! Whether you book a trip in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, there are so many rivers to chose from. Each raft trip is…

Trip Type: River, Whitewater Rafting
Trip Location: Adventures Idaho, Adventures Washington, Adventures Oregon
Trip Length: 1/2 Day, Single Day, Combo (2-4 days), Extended (5-10+ days)
Trip Features:

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