When our family of two teens, two adults, arrived, we found out we were too early. We were were given paper work to sign in and directed to a local eatery to buy a lunch. Originally, we brought snacks, but were advised that the time out on the river would be around four hours. However, hot dogs, beverages, are provided for free at the end of the day.
The time rafting could have went wrong, but the guides helped so much. The problem with family-rafting is people of very different athletic ability, and strength, have to find a way to steer the raft without it going too far off course. Every time my husband would paddle, he would cause us to go to one side. We tried my teens in the front, diagonal, etc. The guides were so patient, and helpful. Several times, we had to be pulled off rocks. As a teacher, I really appreciated their style. One of the guides would observe us, give some pointers, then let us work. It was just like what a great teacher would do. Teach, and then let the kid work, then observe and help. I would say that alone was so very awesome. The guides were so nice, humorous, and helpful. The owner even came over to help. During the second half of the day, because of the guides, and a lot of work, we were able to figure out a method. My husband would just steer us, but we would row. It worked out great. I can't say enough about how the guides were so helpful. Also, it looks crowded, but the river is big. Even bumping into to each other, once in a while, we had enough room.
I would say that this is a kind of an all-day activity. Be prepared to have a relaxing, full day, from check-in to the the end of the trip, when hot dogs are served. You will be tired, but the scenery, and the atmosphere is very mindful of days at summer camp. The trip back and forth to the river even included a school bus. Yes, just like you remember. I would highly recommend Jim Thorpe River Adventures.