5th – 6th Grade Expedition Backpacking Camp
Built for 5th – 6th graders looking for a backcountry experience, our weeklong camp in either the Rocky Mountain National Park or the San Isabel National Forest & Great Sand Dunes National Reserve** is ideal for beginning backpackers and expedition enthusiasts alike. Located outside Estes Park in northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park spans the Continental Divide and boasts soaring mountains, stunning lakes and over 350 miles of adventure-ready trails. The Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado is full of forest, wetlands, and alpine lakes.
In a tight-knit group of 10 campers and two skilled, supportive instructors, expedition backpackers will spend up to six hours hiking and exploring the park’s spectacular terrain. Routes will include longer hike days and also “layover” days where campers get an opportunity to carry light day packs on excursions to nearby peaks or high alpine lakes. Throughout the week, they’ll make camp in picturesque places, pitching tents and cooking meals together on backcountry stoves. They’ll learn to adapt to a range of weather conditions and environments, use backpacking best practices, hone their interpersonal skills, and develop an increased appreciation for the natural world.
Away from the comforts of home, this camp fortifies kids with self-reliance, imparting the skills and confidence they need to fuel many future journeys—and even lead your family’s next outdoor adventure.
**On 5/21/19 we gained approval to move the camp Sessions beginning on 7/21, 7/28, and 8/4 to San Isabel National Forest & Great Sand Dunes National Reserve. We determined that the backpacking route in this area is a better route than the one initially designated for us to use in RMNP for those particular weeks.