Discover 3 reasons overnight camp must be your child’s summer adventure
January 15, 2015 | Emily Moeschler
You provide the kids, and Colorado Mountain Camp supplies the experiences
Summer camp is a rite of passage for kids. When yours are ready to try overnight camp, Colorado Mountain Camp (CMC) at Windy Peak is waiting to provide the adventures. Colorado’s magnificent backcountry offers kids from 2nd through 12th grades a unique setting to learn, explore and thrive while under the supervision of highly-trained counselors and staff. CMC offers experiences that challenge your child’s curiosity of nature while nurturing their decision-making and confidence.
Want to learn more about what makes CMC unique? Read on . . .
1. Exhilarating activities
Campers experience rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and hiking – no day the same; no experience dull. Age-specific activities like horseback riding, tree climbing and backpacking expeditions are also incorporated. No worries about campers missing traditional activities – arts and crafts, archery and skits are offered.
Grade-level groups have their own focus starting with independence and comfortability and spanning teamwork and communication, conflict resolution and decision-making, and inter/intra-personal relationships. Curriculums teach age-appropriate skills while cultivating love and respect for the outdoors. According to CMC Director, Ian Roberts, “We want kids to replicate activities back at home long after camp.”
2. Lasting benefits
Confident, independent, responsible – these are words used by parents after their child’s camp experience. By learning how to assess situations, use sound judgment and make good decisions as they take appropriate risks, campers facilitate their experiences. Roberts believes that kids show their “camp self” throughout their session, which means they let their guard down, experience new things and conquer fears.
CMC encourages kids to try activities, build skills and learn tools to be successful in life. As confidence increases, kids are more inclined to reach beyond their comfort zone and grow. CMC empowers kids to succeed or to fail and learn something from each experience – and make life-long friends along the way.
Older campers can take advantage of the Leadership Development curriculum and eventually become part of our team, using the skills learned throughout their CMC experience.
3. Amazing staff
Roberts believes CMC’s staffing excellence sets CMC apart from other camps. Counselors not only are required to have impeccable safety and education certifications, but the rigorous interview process ensures that they have the technical and interpersonal skills that make your child feel safe, motivated and supported throughout their CMC experience.
Passion, patience, a sense of humor, and a love of working with kids are as important as hard skills. Staff adds the magic to every child’s experience. “Everyone – from the counselors to the cook – believes in the outcomes of camp and changing and enhancing the life of a child,” said Roberts.
While Avid4 Adventure day camps expose campers to different activities, CMC takes that concept and expands it to a deeper level. CMC offers kids a world of adventures they’ll remember for years.
To learn more about CMC, consider hosting a house party and having a piece of camp come to you. Email Ian at [email protected] for information and scheduling.
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About the Author: Lynne Marsala Basche spent most of her career on the island of Manhattan at two New York publishing companies. A multi-year Avid4 mom and a new contributor to the Avid4 website, Lynne’s writing adventures also take her to championing volunteerism and regional recreation stories as a staff writer for the Castle Pines Connection newspaper, as well as supporting separate large corporate communications programs. By trying to keep pace with her mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, lacrosse playing, unicycling, tae kwon do-loving 11-year old son, she, like most Avid4 parents, loves sharing the value of outdoor recreation and its positive influence on children’s health and confidence development. Lynne lives in Castle Pines, Colorado and regularly immerses herself in outdoor activities with her family where she also runs her freelance writing company, Blue Spruce Creative