Skills Camp: Authentic Outdoor Experiences

Mill Valley – Skills Camp

At our Skills Day Camp, 2nd – 4th graders venture out to nearby parks, trails, mountains and beaches for authentic outdoor adventures. Whatever their age or ability level, campers have an exciting new experience every day—mountain biking, trail hiking, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and outdoor education—each designed to impart new skills and increase their confidence outdoors.

Our experienced instructors use time-tested techniques to support campers at every ability level, building their confidence, increasing their technical competence and teaching them the lifelong skills of assessing risk and exercising sound judgment.

Led by the best outdoor instructors around, campers develop a deeper understanding of the natural world, unlock the potential of local recreation sites and build a rich foundation of outdoor skills they can use throughout their lives.

There is a shuttle to/from San Francisco available. Details can be found here.


Camp Pricing Single 2-Fer 3-Peat 4-Pack
Number of Camps 1 2 3 4
Price Per Camp $589 $564 $556 $539
YOU SAVE! - $50 $100 $200

* Why your kid should do multiple weeks of Avid.

* Why we charge what we do.

* We are committed to inclusivity for all. Are finances a barrier for you? Apply For Financial Assistance or Check Out Payment Plans.

* Multi-week discount applies to individual camper only.

Early Drop Off $30
After Care $85
San Francisco - Mill Valley Shuttle $75

Mountain Biking


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Outdoor IQ


Places We Go: China Camp State Park

From the experienced riders to those new to biking, campers will learn about biking technique, safety, equipment and maintenance on some of Marin’s most beautiful trails. Campers can bring their own bikes or borrow one of any size from our fleet. With our proven technique, those new to biking have the opportunity to become confident on two wheels.

Places We Go: Marin County Open Space (Blithedale Summit, Camino Alto, King Mountain, Baltimore Canyon, etc.)

We take campers out to beautiful local trails in Marin County Open Spaces teaching them about flora and fauna and the principles of Leave No Trace as they expand their understanding of the natural world.

Places We Go: McNear’s Beach

Campers play games and take on fun challenges as they learn the basics of stand up paddleboarding, building strength and skill as they paddle in local bodies of water.

Places We Go: Camino Alto Open Space

Campers spend a day off site bolstering their outdoor know-how—learning fundamentals of orienteering, outdoor cooking, basic first aid, and outdoor living. Campers are empowered to take charge during outdoor experiences, appreciate the value of teamwork, and build strong foundations for future adventures.

Places We Go: Paradise Beach Park

Our kayaking program helps campers grow incrementally more comfortable on the water as they get familiar with their environment and equipment. They learn about water safety, tides and paddling techniques, practicing their new skills nearby.

Sample Schedule

We've put together a pretty awesome day camp schedule for your kids! Here's a sample:

Mountain Biking
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Outdoor IQ


Zachary Hykan

I love to work with kids because they bring such high energy and passion for learning new activities and skills. It’s inspiring for me to see kids leap head first into a new thing, even when it’s hard or scary.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blues Clues? It was the most successful kids show of all time. Do you remember that book that your child insisted on reading over and over again? How could you forget it. Why was Blues Clues so successful and why did your child NEED to re-read that book? Because repetition promotes learning, growth, and empowerment.

Based on our experience (and a bunch of brain science), we know that multiple weeks of Avid camp will benefit your child – it will result in greater skill development, increased self-confidence, higher levels of risk assessment/environmental awareness, and an improved ability to connect socially with others.


While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.