Intro to Skateboarding: Boarding Basics

Highlands Ranch – Intro to Skateboarding

Soon-to-be skateboarders learn the fundamentals—and experience the fun—of self-sufficient skating in our skill-building half-day camp. Led by an experienced team, boarding beginners will learn the basics of skateboarding and riding mechanics in a supportive, on-site environment.

Grouped by grade—2nd – 4th graders in our Skills Camp, 5th – 7th graders on our Adventure Team—campers learn to skate with a 5:1 camper-to-staff ratio, giving them plenty of individualized support as they progress from one new skill to the next. They spend the week getting comfortable on their boards, learning about their equipment and gear and familiarizing themselves with skateboarding’s unique culture. By week’s end, they have the skills and self-assurance to take what they’ve learned to take what they’ve learned to skate on their own.

Campers are welcome to bring their own gear, or they can borrow ours.


Camp Pricing Single
Price Per Camp $219

* Prices do not include a one-time $18 Registration Fee per camper that covers all 2019 camps.

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Early Drop Off $25
After Care $75

Camp Details


Entering 2nd - 7th


Skills Camp: Entering 2nd-4th Graders
See Camp Dates Below

Adventure Team: Entering 5th-7th graders
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Lunch Info

Lunch not available for half-day programs


Skateboarding Skills

Safety and Equipment

Skating Etiquette

Campers get comfortable riding on both long and short boards, learning basic skills including balancing, riding transitions, carving and tic tacking. They’ll also learn some beginning tricks and put their skills to the test through various drills and courses.


We get campers familiar with the gear they need to ride—boards, pads, helmets—and give them some practice doing basic maintenance on their boards. They also learn the skateboarding rules of the road and how to fall safely.

Throughout the week, we introduce campers to the fundamentals of skateboarding culture, terminology and etiquette, so they’re comfortable joining the regulars at their local skate park.

Camp Director

Talia Baker

Talia has loved the outdoors ever since she was a kid– hiking, kayaking and exploring nearby farms in rural upstate New York. Her passion for teaching started early. By age 13, she was working at a 100-acre U-pick farm, educating students about local agriculture. After graduating from Cornell with a B.S. in agricultural education, she worked creating educational summer programs for local camps and children’s gardens.

She started at Avid4 Adventure as an instructor, honing her skills in mountain biking, rock climbing and canoeing, becoming certified in Wilderness First Aid and as a Wilderness First Responder. As the director of our Highlands Ranch camps, she loves helping kids get connected to the natural world and to each other. When she’s not at her day jobs as an Avid4 Adventure Camp Director or as a Distance Learning Coordinator at Respect Academy, you’ll find her hiking or playing rugby.

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.