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Earning a portion of the trip price ensures that you are responsible and invested in getting the most out of your river program.

We do our best to keep the price of the program as low as possible. As a way of earning your river trip, you are responsible for earning a portion of the money yourself. Work with your parents to come up with reasonable and realistic goals for your portion; your parents can pay the other half. Limited financial aid funding is available for those in our open-enrollment programs.

Your trip fee covers pre-trip support, food, equipment, sleeping supplies, waterproof bags, professional guides, and transportation to and from the river from Flagstaff, Arizona.

When is the deposit and final payment due?

The deposit (which usually comes from your parents) is due when you submit your application. The portion you earn is due 4 weeks prior to your launch date. If you are applying for financial aid your deposit is $50..

What are some ways I can earn my portion of the trip price?

It depends if you are going on the trip as an individual or as part of a group. If you are part of a group, you can organize fundraisers such as selling bagels at school or hosting a spaghetti dinner. If you are going as an individual, you can save money through working at a job, babysitting, or having friends and family sponsor your community service hours. Some participants have held garage sales and car washes with their family as a way to raise funds. Get creative!

Can I get a refund if I am unable to go on my trip?

Grand Canyon Youth reserves the right to cancel any program and/or alter trip dates due to weather, safety concerns and/or any unforeseeable circumstances. Participants who cancel more than 60-days before their departure are entitled to a program refund less a $50 application processing fee. Participants who cancel 59-days or less from their trip departure date are ineligible for a refund.

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