RIVER DISCOVERY INC

INSPIRE | EMPOWER | HEAL

aka River Discovery   |   Boise, ID   |  www.riverdiscovery.org

Mission

River Discovery offers outdoor adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthening of the mind, body and spirit. We work year round to create, build, and fund life changing outdoor adventures for cancer survivors and the people who love them. Programs are created to inspire, empower, and heal survivors of all ages and with any diagnosis.

Ruling year info

2007

Board Chair

Ben Murray

Main address

PO Box 8336

Boise, ID 83707 USA

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Formerly known as

Camp Discovery Idaho, Inc.

Camp Discovery, Inc.

Child Life Support Services, Inc.

EIN

20-5965547

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Cancer (G30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer patients spend a great deal of time managing their physical health and medical appointments during treatment. It can be an exhausting and draining experience that takes a lot out of the individual, dampening their spirits and damaging the confidence in their body. While doctors and nurses are managing patient's health, River Discovery inspires empowerment and healing through taking risks, challenging the body, building a community of cancer warriors through experiences in nature and the healing power of being on the water in the outdoors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Cancer Survivor and Co-Survivor Retreat

Adventure Registration[/button] This 3-day adventure for adult cancer survivors and 1 adult co-survivor/caregiver. This retreat takes place in beautiful Donnelly, Idaho on the banks of Lake Cascade. Participants will challenge themselves with rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, games and more – offering experiences to connect and share with someone special who has been on this cancer journey with you. Must be 18 years old to participate.

The 2021 lottery draw will be held on April 1st and the 1st round of selected participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The campsite has sand and uneven terrain where participants access the river. The ability to self-ambulate and maintain balance with minimal assistance is mandatory for this extended-day River Adventure. Bathrooms and showers available for our use.

“It was a very rewarding experience and I left with an extra spring in my step (that I have not had for quite a while).”

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
People with diseases and illnesses

The trip of a lifetime for 18 adult cancer survivors at any point in their cancer journey. This 6-day/5-night adventure provides the unique opportunity to meet and bond with other survivors while rafting and camping on the Main Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. Strangers quickly become friends as adventurers raft by day, share dutch oven meals on sandy beaches, chat by the campfire in the evening, and sleep under the stars along riverbanks that are only accessible by watercraft.

The 2021 lottery draw will be held on April 1st and the 1st round of selected participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. All of the campsites have sand, uneven terrain, and some rocky areas where participants access the river. The ability to self-ambulate and maintain balance with minimal assistance is mandatory for this extended-day River Adventure.

“It was a fabulous confirmation that cancer has not taken away my ability to be out in the natural world, to enjoy the outdoors and so many activities that bring joy to my life. And that I am not too old a dog to learn a new trick or two.”

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

This river adventure allows families to participate in an exciting 1-day adventure out of Banks, Idaho that promotes healing and strengthens the mind, body and spirit.

A fun filled day on the Cabarton Run of the Payette River with Bear Valley Rafting is a perfect summer adventure for cancer survivors and their busy families. Enjoy the views and wildlife during the relaxing calm stretches, followed by some exciting whitewater. Hold onto your hat as you wrap up your trip at Howard’s Plunge!

“We had SO much fun – It was a day to be remembered!”

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Family relationships

SUP/Kayak Summer Sessions. Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) is a great opportunity to learn a new outdoor sport that is tailored to your ability. Paddle boarding offers you a chance to experience a water activity working on your strength, flexibility, balance and paddling fun. Paddle Boarding can be customized to your abilities and is a great introduction to water activities.

This adventure is scheduled in partnership with our friends at Idaho River Sports throughout the summer. Participants will have two hours to paddle around the beautiful new ponds at Boise’s Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond. Cancer patients and survivors are free of charge.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Caregivers

A Partnership Program.

Mountain retreat focused on widows of cancer founded by Marni Henderson with Coalesce Discovery. The death of a spouse is a natural part of our human experiences. The challenge of living as widows or widowers and without the person we hoped to spend our future lives with is devastating. It is heartbreaking and life-altering. We find ourselves trying to pick up the pieces of our shattered lives. These pieces might include our identity, financial stability, future plans, human touch, emotional support, memories or a co-parent. Although the journey into grief for widows is a preciously intimate experience, something magical happens when we come together in our healing.

Sunrise Retreat for widows of cancer is a place for you to find connections, deep understandings, and guidance. But, most of all – hope. As we honor the past, we bring awareness to the present and begin to rediscover a new vision for a future.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Caregivers
Widows and widowers

A 3-day adventure designed to allow 14 Educators/Cancer Survivors to float 39 miles of the Salmon River from Vinegar Creek to Lucille with H20 Rafting. Led by experienced guides, this trip will give participants the opportunity to meet and bond with other adult survivors. All gear, meals and camping supplies provided. Perfect for newcomers and experienced rafters alike, the Salmon River drifts past miles of breathtaking mountains and craggy cliffs with world-famous rapids.

A lottery draw will take place on April 1st and the 1st round of selected participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The adventure program is free but does require a $30 registration fee. All selected participants require a medical release from their physician in order to complete the registration. All of the campsites have sand, uneven terrain, and some rocky areas where participants access the river. The ability to self-ambulate and maintain balance with minimal assistance is mandatory for this extended-day River Adventure.

“I got more out of this adventure than I could ever imagine. I have had serious medical issues and being with this group allowed me to open up and also absorb so much from others.”

Participants must pre-register for a lottery draw- pre-registrations are accepted through March 31, 2019. A lottery draw will take place on April 1st and the 1st round of select participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. The river adventure programs are offered for free, although an application fee is required. All selected participants require a medical release from their physician in order to complete the registration.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Teachers

Grab a friend or family member and join us for a fun day! Reserved for alumni who have participated in any of our events in the past and created to keep us connected out in nature. Snowshoes provided upon request.

“It was a great day. I appreciate the opportunity to gather with others who gave an understanding of what it means to be a survivor. Can’t wait for another adventure!”

- 2-hour snowshoe hike with wonderful views of Idaho Nature
- Enjoy a boxed dinner and Hot Chocolate at the end of the trail
- Head home happy and renewed

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Family relationships

Mosaic art materials are provided to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital for all pediatric patients to create an expressive art project. Pieces designed either in the craft room or individually, working with child life specialists to help with a supportive environment to help kids cope with the stress associated with the hospital experience. Art work is then returned to the young creative artist as a keepsake.

When Joe Tonsmeire received his cancer treatment at St. Luke’s in downtown Boise, ID, he and his family spent a lot of time in the Pediatric wing. On an afternoon escape from the hospital, Joe found Reham Aarti’s nearby shop and worked with her to bring mosaic art projects to the children in the hospital. That partnership continues today through River Discovery.

“We are so grateful for the mosaic program in partnership with River Discovery! We’ve been able to provide countless therapeutic interventions with all ages of patients for many reasons - including inpatient oncology, new diagnosis’, trauma, and surgeries. Having a way to help our patients express their emotions and process their hospitalization has been a true gift and our patients love the beautiful product they are able to create.” - Miranda Laramie, Certified Child Life Specialist, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boise

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Families
People with diseases and illnesses
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteer health care providers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

River Discovery is building a volunteer base of nurses, social workers and other professionals to enhance and enrich our annual programs through volunteerism.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, People with diseases and illnesses, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 River Discovery was able to grow one of our original programs, Mosaic Art Therapy for the St. Luke's Children's Hospital - serving10 times the number of children as in past years.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

River Discovery has been reaching out to the Grant community to find like minded organizations to help fund our outdoor adventures for cancer survivors an their families and caregivers.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

River Discovery has continued to grow our partnerships with other non-profits in 2019 and have combined our resources to reach more survivors and their families and add to our programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

River Discovery was founded on the basic idea that nature can heal the body, mind and spirit. Cancer affects many aspects of people's lives including their ability to trust their body, challenge themselves, and allow themselves to let go and live.

Cancer affects many aspects of people's lives including their ability to trust their body, challenge themselves, and allow themselves to let go and live. Taking survivors of all ages, demographics and stages of cancer on adventures in nature rejuvenates the spirit, inspires and empowers the individual and provides their strength and confidence and take on the healing challenges the future may hold.

Healing time spent outdoors, even without physical activity, improves your mood and reduces depression and anxiety. River Discovery’s programs get survivors outdoors, engaged in recreational physical activity, and connected with one another for emotional and peer support. River discovery programs strive to empower survivors and their loved ones to embrace an active lifestyle rich with recreation, friendships, and nourishing foods, all of which have been demonstrated to improve overall health.

We work closely to integrate our programs with other local non-profits that focus on the good health and well-being of cancer survivors and their loved ones allowing us to reach a more diverse population within our community.

River Discovery contracts with a licensed outfitter to provide professional guides and high quality rafting and camping equipment. A safe and fulfilling adventure is a top priority so we always bring along professional medical and mental health volunteers. Each adventure promotes the essentials of healthy survivor-ship with frequent physical activity, good nutrition and a variety of activities to inspire, empower and heal survivors and their loved ones.

Over the last 14 years River Discovery has continued to expand our programs to include all ages, diagnoses, demographics and stages of cancer. In 2017 we added the Healing Waters White Water Rafting trip for children or teens who have lost a parent to cancer and the rest of their surviving family and the Sunrise 3-Day Retreat for Widows of Cancer. In 2018 River Discovery created a winter adventure for our alumni that includes snow-shoeing and natural hot springs. In 2019 a 3-day lower Salmon adventure was created to focus on a specific group of survivors. In 2019 the focus was fist responder cancer survivors and in 2021 we will be taking a group of educators/cancer survivors down the river.

We continue to grow our collaborations with other non-profits. River Discovery enjoys partnering and collaborating with a number of non-profits including:

John & June’s Mission: Hike 2 Heal
Shinecology
Camp Rainbow Gold
Casting for Recovery
Expedition Inspiration
Coalesce Discovery
Idaho2Fly
Surviving Hearts

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RIVER DISCOVERY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ben Murray

Mary Bower

Retired River Guide

Amy Tonsmeire

Wilderness River Outfitters

Ben Murray

Retired Director of Nursing

Tracy Marler

Medical Device Representative

Glenn LaRock

St. Luke's Cancer Institute

Jennie Newman

Boise State University

Kathi Denton

Lisette Felix

ICCU

Kim Mehlhaff

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Liz Ryder

St. Luke's Cancer Institute

Dan Hernandez

St. Luke's Cancer Institute

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability