Survival Skills Camp: Kid Vs. Wild

Denver – Washington Park – Survival Skills Camp

Our Survival Skills Day Camp teaches campers the power and amazing value of the natural world as they learn to survive and thrive outdoors. Taught by our expert instructors, campers spend a full week exploring the Front Range, hiking, canoeing and learning essential survival skills—navigation, animal tracking, tool making, fire safety—to keep them self-reliant and safe in the wilderness.

Campers take on challenges suited to their age and skill level, advancing as their proficiency increases. We also group them by grade—2nd – 4th graders in Skills Camp, 5th – 7th graders on our Adventure Team—giving them the customized instruction they need to hone their survival skills and build confidence outdoors.

Survival Skills Day Camp campers don’t need any previous survival or outdoor experience.

Camp Details


Entering 2nd-7th


9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Care: 8:00am - 5:30pm


Skills Camp: Entering 2nd-4th Graders
JUNE: 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
JULY: 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-Aug 3
AUGUST: 6-10, 13-17

Adventure Team: Entering 5th-7th graders

JUNE: 4-8, 11-15, 18-23, 25-29
JULY: 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-Aug 3
AUGUST: 6-10, 13-17

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Camp Price $459
Ext Care AM/PM $25/$75
Lunch $22.50

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Survival Skills


Places We Go: Lair ‘O the Bear Park, Mt. Falcon Park, Mount Galbraith Park, Genessee Park

On their hikes campers learn basic navigation skills, explore the principles of Leave No Trace and learn to observe and identify useful plants as they build awareness, appreciation and respect for the world around them.

We teach campers how to track animals, identify scat, find food and medicine in the wild and fashion utensils and shelter from gathered materials. We also cover the basics of flintknapping, tool making and fire safety, giving campers hands-on practice with hand-drill and bow-drill fire tools.

Places We Go: Smith Lake

Out on the water at Smith Lake campers master the basics of paddling a canoe, getting familiar with water safety and canoeing equipment as they hone their technique. They’ll also learn how to read terrain to lead them to water and purify the water they find.


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.