Camp Cup

This year's event

July 9 & 10, 2018 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Downriver Race, Freestyle Throwdown, Slalom Race, Ice Cream Social, Pizza Party, Free Raffle, Guest Coaching, River Obstacle Course, and more!


10:00am - Registration
11:00am-12:00noon - Free practice in the gates and at the Falls
12:30-4:00pm - Coaching sessions (in Freestyle, Slalom, Downriver, and River Safety)
4:00-5:00pm - Hometown Throwdown-style freestyle event at the NOC wave 
5:00-6:00pm - Ice Cream Social at Endless River Adventures

10:00am - Registration
11am-12noon - First set of runs
12:00-1pm - Pizza Lunch provided by NOC and Counselor Cup
1:00-3:00pm - Second set of runs and Rolling Challenge
3:00-4:00pm - Closing ceremonies, free raffle and t-shirts!

Camp Cup RacersHistory

The Alzar School organizes the Camp Cup every year on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.  This fantastic event is a way for young paddlers to network and be exposed to slalom and downriver racing.  We are always looking for more camps to attend and more partners to support the event.

In the 90’s, Kent Ford (an Alzar School Advisory Committee member) started the Camp Cup as a way to bring together the many camps of western North Carolina.  Sometime around 2001, the event fizzled, but the Alzar School was keen to bring it back to life in 2008, arranging a day of slalom and downriver races for almost 90 young paddlers.  Then, in 2009, the Camp Cup became a two-day event, with guest coaches training campers in the gates and in Nanty Falls on the first day. That year, 112 kids participated. The growth continued in 2010 and 2011, with more than 140 young paddlers converging at the Nantahala for two more great events.

Each year, the event evolves to make it even more fun.  In 2011, Endless River Adventures hosted an icecream social for camps at their headquarters.  The event was nominated for, and won, ACA Sanctioned Event of the Year in 2010.

More info

Want to read more about the event?  Check out:Loop at NOC

The Alzar School is again organizing the Camp Cup again for 2017. Would you like to involve your camp?  Send us an email at

Event Partners

This event is only possible with the support of national agencies, local outfitters, outdoor retail companies, and the participating camps.  These partners make it the fantastic event it has become.

Want to become a partner for this amazing event for more than 100 young paddlers?  Email

Register for Camp Cup

To register your camp and campers for the Camp Cup, please visit our event page.

All participants and volunteers will need to have event membership with the American Canoe Association.  We recommend that camps help make sure every participant gets a t-shirt by contributing $5/person (camper and staff) that attends and rely on additional donations from camps and other businesses to make the event possible.