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.

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 – be it Oregon’s Mt. Hood wilderness, Washington’s gorgeous Mt. Adams, or any of the other other destinations we offer – you can be sure students 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.…

Trip Type: Backpacking
Trip Location: Adventures Oregon, Adventures Washington
Trip Length: Combo (2-4 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

As you’ve likely noticed, since you’re on our website, we do lots of different types of trips. We run some of the most beautiful rivers in the Pacific NW, climb some of the most epic rocks, hike from stunning vista to lush meadow and all the while challenge pre-conceived notions and provide opportunity for relationship-building dialog.…

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 2 days of adventures with a day Whitewater Rafting and a day on our Challenge Course. 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 only in its ability to draw a group together, but also…

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’re looking to build relationships with your teens, take on Class III and IV rapids, and experience a life-changing adventure with your students… all in the confines of a single day… then this…

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 crew will work as a team to overcome obstacles, building group dynamics and communication. On the high ropes, your teens will overcome individual challenges, such as walking across a log suspended 35 feet in…

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 students like 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 failures and victories while encouraging others, and…

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 River is a beautiful river in the heart of the Cascades, located about 3 hours southeast of Portland. We offer trips on both the Upper and Lower sections of the river, and both spots are powerfully pristine destinations for memory-making. Your students will enjoy quality time together as…

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

Mountains to Missions

Mountains to Missions trips are 4 – 7 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,” as they say. Your…

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)

Spend 2 to 5 days on the Deschutes River enjoying Class III – IV whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, caving and camping. Camp out under the stars as you travel down the river as a group and grow together through all the week’s challenges.

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

During this 2 and 1/2 day trip, students will enjoy the ultimate duo: a day of rock climbing and a day of whitewater rafting. You decide what’s important, and we’ll map it out for you, whether your purpose is to draw a group together, or give participants the confidence to step out and face life’s…

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 teens 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 solid…

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 3 days of adventures with a full day each of Whitewater Rafting, Rock Climbing and Challenge Course. With endless potential, this trip will allow you to experience the heart of YD Adventure’s capabilities. It’s an infusion of fun and spiritual insight, and if your group has never experienced Adventures,…

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’re 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! There are so many rivers to chose from, and our raft trips (as with all our trips) are super customizable to accommodate what your group…

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: