Camp for 1st – 6th graders is held at The Jefferson County Outdoor Lab at Mt. Evans 201 Evans Ranch Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439.
Camp for 7th – 10th graders is held at The Jefferson County Outdoor Lab at Windy Peak, 20973 Wellington Lake Road, Bailey, CO
Staff-in-Training (11th-12th graders) work with the CMC staff and a select group of peers at our Mt. Evans location for 1st-6th graders
As Colorado Mountain Camp continues to grow each season, we are very aware of the importance of maintaining a small family feel and providing personal attention to each camper. Two overnight camp locations allows us to reduce the number of campers at each location and continue to keep the camper experience at the center of everything we do.
A few of our goals:
- We want staff to know campers on a personal level and provide each camper with an individualized experience based on their ability level.
- We want campers to have easy access to all activities. Campers should not feel overwhelmed by crowds, or wait in lines for an opportunity to climb or participate in a game, etc.
- We want to provide excellent supervision at all times and at all levels: safety supervision, helping campers to quickly develop great camp friendships, and helping campers feel comfortable away from home.
Mt. Evans and Windy Peak are truly “sister camps”. Jefferson County owns both facilities and uses them throughout the school year for outdoor programming for students within the district.
Both locations have stunning features. Mt. Evans, with over 500 private acres, and surrounded by several thousand acres of JeffCo Open Space, provides ample opportunity for adventures to happen on site or within a very short drive. Highlights of the property include a historic barn, wildlife center, on-site rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, backpacking, and so much more!
Windy Peak is nestled on over 200 acres adjacent to the Colorado Trail. It boasts historic buildings and artifacts, a Kiwanis Astronomy lab, a stocked trout pond maintained by Trout Unlimited, cabin accommodations, and breathtaking views.
The major difference is that we serve different grade groups at each location. Campers entering 1st-6th graders will be at Mt. Evans and those entering 7th-11th graders will be at Windy Peak. Camp traditions, recognition ceremonies,incredible dining services, and cultural aspects will be very similar, with adjustments for age range.
We know that having campers at two locations is not ideal logistically for families. We stagger drop off and pickup times between the locations, as well as parent’s day activities, to allow families to make it to both locations during the same session and not miss out on any of the fun!
We do not allow visitation while your child is enrolled as we have found it can be a difficult experience for a child away from home. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter as it will be a great help to your child and many others in their adjustment to camp life. We offer tours during our summer operation only for campers attending the following summer. Until that time, you can see photos of our facilities for both Mt. Evans and Windy Peak.
Both Colorado Mountain Camp locations sit at approximately 8,200 feet in the majestic Rocky Mountains.
We usually have beautiful weather throughout the summer (average days in the 70s or 80s and average evenings in the 50s). However, we’ve also been known to have rainy days, hot days, thunderstorms and sometimes even warm summer snowfall. If you follow our packing list in our Pre-Camp Guide your child should be prepared for whatever weather comes our way.
See the Colorado Mountain Camp packing list in our Pre-Camp Guide.
Give our Customer Experience Team a call at (800) 977-9873 or email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Camp schedules vary from day to day depending on the group and day, but here’s a typical schedule:
6:15am: Morning Clubs (Optional)
6:30am: Rise and shine
7:15am: Flag raising
8:15am: Prepare for the morning
8:45am: Morning session
1:30pm: Afternoon session
4:30pm: Trading Post, Shower, and Field Games
7:15pm: Prep for the evening
7:30pm: All Camp activity
8:30pm: Evening Clubs (Optional)
9:30pm: Lights out
For younger campers, we intentionally limit choice so they can experience the range of activities we have available. As kids grow older, we enable more choice into the program in what activities they want to focus on, providing enough staff and structure to keep them comfortable and enough freedom to allow for self-direction and discovery.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up
In order to provide each family with a smooth and personalized check-in experience, we have staggered check-in times for each camp location and request that you drop-off at your designated time and not prior to our gate opening. If you have campers at both locations, please review the information closely. After the check-in process, parents will have the option of taking a self-guided tour of our facilities. Please plan on 30 minutes at a minimum for drop-off or an hour if you plan on taking a tour, assisting with camper move-in, etc.
After you arrive, you’ll be met by staff members who will give you information about where to park, help you unload your car (if needed) and direct you to the check-in location. At the check-in location, our team will help you check in, collect forms and medications (if applicable), answer any questions you have and begin the self-guided tour of camp allowing you and your camper to meet the other campers and staff. We’ll handle taking your camper’s belongings to the correct cabin while you enjoy a day exploring our beautiful camps!
Pick-Up & Parents’ Day
Plan for an extended stay on the last day of the session to enjoy camp with your camper!—this is Parents’ Day is, an opportunity for you to experience first hand what your kids did and learned throughout their camp session. Come dressed for fun, as parents will have the opportunity to participate in some outdoor activities with their campers. Campers may not leave camp with anyone except their parents or guardian unless arrangements have been made with our camp office in advance.
Complete details will be provided in the spring of 2017.
After you arrive: You’ll be met by staff members who will give you information about where to park, help you unload your car (if needed) and direct you to the check-in location. At the check-in location, our team will help you check in, collect forms and medications (if applicable), answer any questions you have and walk you and your camper to meet the other campers and staff. After that, you’re welcome to stay for a tour of camp led by our camp director. We’ll handle taking your camper’s belongings to the correct cabin.
At Mt. Evans only, on select dates an “Adventure Bridge Day” is available for campers who are doing two consecutive one-week sessions to stay at Colorado Mountain Camp on the Saturday between their sessions. The dates Adventure Bridge Days are offered are:
The Adventure Bridge Day includes all meals, lodging, laundry, and a full-day of adventure programming. Your camper will be placed with a 4th-6th grade group and participate their scheduled activities for the day. Activities could include any of our adventure sports, depending on the group’s schedule. The cost for an Adventure Bridge Day is $125.
Due to the short duration of our sessions, we don’t allow visitors until Parents’ Day on the last day of the session.
My Camper & Important Forms
All forms are available through your parent account here. All medical information should be uploaded directly in your parent account. Allergies and medications should be entered into the camper registration forms.
Colorado Mountain Camp provides an active environment—mountain biking, boating, hiking and rock climbing are central to all of our programs, and take place at high altitudes. It’s important that campers have some level of fitness, but more importantly, that they have a good attitude and are ready to have fun! All programs are designed to ease campers into the camp setting and become more challenging as they build skills and confidence. If our staff assesses that a camper’s positive experience or safety is at risk because he/she is not physically able to perform a specific sport or if a camper’s behavior is detrimental to the group, we will re-group that camper with a group at an appropriate level for that specific sport or activity.
We’re happy to accommodate cabin requests as long as the requests are mutual, listed on the registration forms of both campers, and the campers attend the same week. We organize cabins based on grade/age and make assignments carefully to promote an accepting and inclusive atmosphere. Unfortunately, we cannot place single-week campers in cabins with multi-week campers, nor can we mix genders.
We welcome gender-expansive campers, offering gender support plans to ensure that we support their authentic identities throughout their time at camp. We also serve kids with medical needs like diabetes. We have successfully accommodated campers with a wide range of challenges including ASD, deaf, down syndrome, crutches and more. While we cannot support all needs, we encourage you to give our Customer Experience team a call at 800-977-9873 so we can discuss your camper’s situation.
Our goal is to provide a fun, empowering experience for every camper. You will receive weekly communication from the director about what’s happening at camp, and you will receive daily photos starting on the second night (ex: Monday night for sessions that start Sunday). Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any specific questions you have concerning your camper. We’ll be in touch if we have any concerns or questions about your child.
Your camper’s safety and comfort are extremely important to us. It’s essential that you discuss any and all concerns (e.g., anxiety) or habits (e.g., bed wetting, sleepwalking) with the Director so that our staff is equipped to handle them. You can also communicate this information by filling out our Get To Know You form provided during the registration process. We treat every camper with sensitivity and respect.
Staff & Safety
Our staff members are all at least 18 years old, and our senior staff and activity leaders are all at least 21 years old. Our average counselor age is 25. We hire people who have extensive experience (both personally and professionally) in the outdoors, who are passionate about education and who demonstrate a genuine commitment to helping kids learn and grow as outdoor adventurers.
All of our staff members attend a mandatory two-week long training session prior to the first day of camp, during which they are professionally trained in risk management, counseling and activity-specific skills. All staff members are certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Small Craft Water Safety, and Defensive Driving. Our staff also participate in an intensive in-house training for mountain biking, rock climbing, and Leave No Trace, and often come to us with their own nationally recognized certifications.
Avid4 Adventure is accredited by the American Camp Association, Leave No Trace Youth Program, licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, and a member of the Western Association of Independent Camps.
While no outdoor adventure activity is totally without risk, we demonstrate our deep commitment to safety by teaching campers good judgment. We encourage kids to take well-communicated, calculated risks and approach challenges with intelligence and information—skills useful not just at camp, but in all aspects of their lives. Learn more about our approach to safety and safety statistics or review our Risks & Release form in the registration process for more information on our activities, their risks and participant and parent responsibilities.
Drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll answer them or give our Customer Experience Team a call at 800-977-9873.
Health & Homesickness
We have a full-time registered nurse working in our on-site health clinic while camp is in session. All of our staff are also trained in (at minimum) Wilderness First Aid and CPR, and we have physician on call to advise us on any other medical concerns. Our health clinic is a clean, private, comfortable place to treat cuts, bruises, stomachaches and homesickness, or just to provide a quiet spot for campers to regroup. Our health care staff takes meticulous care of every medical situation, especially when dispensing medicine. If you have specific medical concerns, we’re happy to put you in contact with our nurse prior to camp.
When you register, you can sign our Over The Counter Medications waiver, giving us permission to give your child the basic medications we keep on hand at the CMC clinic, as needed:
- Activated charcoal – If directed by Poison Control
- Aloe Gel – Sunburn
- Anbesol – Mouth sores
- Antacid/Pepto-Bismol – Upset stomach
- Anti-fungal cream – Foot infections
- Auralgan otic solution – Ear wash
- Benadryl – Allergic reactions
- Betadine – Topical wound cleaning
- Calamine lotion – poison ivy/poison oak exposure
- Carmex – Lip burns/dryness
- Chloraceptic – Sore throat
- Chlor-Trimeton – Non-drowsy allergy relief
- Double antibiotic ointment – Topical treatment for minor cuts or burns
- Hydrocortizone cream – itchy skin
- Ibuprofen – Cramps, sore throat, aches, pains
- Immodium – Diarrhea
- Milk Of Magnesia – Constipation
- Pepcid – Allergic reactions/upset stomach
- Robitussin DM – Cough
- Saline solution – Eye wash
- Throat drops – Sore throat
- Tylenol – Pain or fever
- Zyrtec and/or Claritin – Allergic reactions
If your child needs to take regular medication at camp, simply fill out our Permission to Administer Medication form when you register, detailing the exact guidelines and requirements for any medication your child takes.
All medications should come to camp in their original packaging—we cannot accept medication separated in plastic bags or pill holders. We need a doctor’s signature giving us permission to administer ANY medications your child brings from home.
If you don’t want to provide a doctor’s note for the medications listed under “Basic Medications” above, please sign our Over The Counter Medications waiver, allowing us to give your child what we have at the CMC clinic, rather than bringing it from home.
If your child has severe allergies or respiratory issues, please fill out the Severe Allergy Health Care Plan or Respiratory Health Care Plan form when you register so our nurse is aware of your child’s needs.
Our camp staff or nurse will provide any minor medical treatments on site. For any emergency or major medical treatment, there is a larger medical facility in Conifer and Evergreen (a 30-minute drive from camp). If a child becomes acutely ill, we will contact his or her parents and keep the child in our clinic for no more than 24 hours. Any child with a contagious illness will be sent home. In the rare event that a camper has to stay overnight in our health clinic, we will always notify his or her parents. We also contact parents immediately in the event of an accident or injury that requires more than just a Band-Aid or ice.
Our highly qualified staff are trained to make camp a welcoming and safe environment for every child. We establish routines, build immediate rapport with campers and keep kids’ schedules jam-packed to avoid downtime. Additionally, our Get To Know You form in camp registration process helps us understand and address your child’s specific needs. You can access that in your account here.
The vast majority of homesickness passes within the first 24 – 48 hours of camp. In the rare instance that a child is truly struggling, we’ll call you for advice and to make a plan for how to proceed. We have never had a camper who needed to go home due to homesickness.
It’s perfectly normal for campers (and their parents) to miss home at some point during the camp session. Before camp begins, you can help prepare your child with a few strategies recommended by the American Camp Association:
- Encourage independence throughout the year. Practice short separations, such as sleepovers at a friend’s house.
- Involve your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more your child owns the decision, the more comfortable he or she will feel at camp. Look at pictures of camp, and let your child pack his or her suitcase.
- Talk candidly with your camp director with any anxieties that you or your child may have.
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. Consider role-playing anticipated situations, such as using a flashlight to find the bathroom.
- Our camp has a no-phone-calls policy—honor it.
- Send a note or care package ahead of time to arrive on the first day of camp.
- Acknowledge that you will miss each other in a positive way. For example, “I am going to miss you, but I know you’ll have a great time at camp!”
- Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal.
- Don’t bribe. The reward for a successful stay at camp should be your child’s newfound confidence and independence, not a material object.
- Don’t plan an exit strategy. If a “rescue call” comes from your child, be patient and help put the timeframe into perspective. Avoid the temptation to bring your child home early.
- Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.
Campers are in an activity group of no more than 13 campers, who are all about the same age, along with two staff members. The activities campers do are geared to how old they are and how much experience they have. The small size of camper groups will make it easy to get to make new friends. Usually campers are in a co-ed group, although occasionally, depending on our registration numbers, we create some all-boys or all-girls groups.
Campers have time to hang out with kids from other groups when the whole camp comes together for meal times, all-camp activities, morning and evening clubs, and opening and closing ceremonies.
Nope! Kids come to Colorado Mountain Camp from all over the country and world, and we always have a mix of new and returning campers. We spend lots of time helping campers get to know each other and build friendships through games and team building activities.
All kinds. You’ll have a chance to kayak, rock climb, mountain bike, hike and participate in some low ropes course challenges. There may also opportunities, depending on grade level, to try stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, overnight camping, horseback riding, backpacking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, tree climbing, and lots of other adventures.
Campers eat in the dining hall when they’re on site at camp, or in the great outdoors when they’re out on overnights and expeditions. Mealtimes in the dining hall are more than just a chance to fill up—they’re a time for the entire camp to be together to eat with their cabin groups, visit with friends and family from other cabins, listen to announcements, and sing songs. They’re social events that happen three times a day.
Our kitchen crew makes almost everything from scratch in our state-of-the-art kitchen, whipping up kid-friendly, family-style meals. We serve fresh fruit in the morning and have a full salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner also boast a fantastic desert, like Oreo pie, blackberry cobbler, apple cake or chocolate chip cookies. Here are some sample menus from last year:
Our summer camp menu rotates every two weeks, and there’s always something available to appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. We encourage campers to try new foods. We can accommodate food allergies, vegetarian diets, gluten-free needs, and more. Make sure to have your doctor fill out the medical forms found in your registration confirmation email if your camper has special allergies we need to accommodate.
There is no limit to the number of servings available and we are serious when we say that no one ever leaves our dining hall hungry!
Menus for off-site adventures and overnight expeditions vary, as campers need to carry their food with them from location to location. Many times campers will have the opportunity to provide input into their meals and help plan the menu. They’ll also get to try their hands at “backcountry cooking,” making meals using their camp stoves.
In the dining hall, our professional staff plan and prepare our meals.
Cancellation & Date Changes
Through April 30th, we are happy to transfer your camper into any other available session at no charge. Simply drop us an email at [email protected] with your camper’s name, current session, and the session you’d like to transfer to. Starting May 1st, we can transfer your camper into any other available session for a $15 per-session fee.
If you need to cancel your camp session within 24 hours of signing up, we can issue you a full refund. Simply send an email within that 24-hour period to [email protected] with your full name, your camper’s full name, the camp that you’re registered for and your camp dates. Our customer experience team will email a confirmation that your registration has been cancelled within 48 hours of receipt. If you need to cancel your session any time after 24 hours of registering, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ll refund you the cost of camp, less the following cancellation fees:
- Through April 1: $100 cancellation fee per session
- April 2 – May 15: $250 cancellation fee per session
Starting May 16, we cannot issue any refunds.
We can transfer you to any other available session this or next summer. Please contact us at [email protected] or give our Customer Experience Team a call at 800-977-9873 to discuss your situation.
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CMC PRE-CAMP GUIDE
Already registered? All the information you need about your overnight camp adventure – where to go, what to bring, Parents’ Day details, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide. Find it here. »