5th-6th Grade Expedition Backpacking
Built for 5th – 6th graders looking for an authentic backcountry experience, our week-long camp is ideal for beginning backpackers or expedition enthusiasts eager for more. Designed around a four-day, three-night expedition in the backcountry, this transformative camp fosters the skills and confidence campers need to fuel many future journeys into the wild—and even lead your family’s next camping trip.
Campers spend their first two days on site at Mt. Evans, learning time-tested techniques for packing, menu planning, navigation and more, plus building camaraderie with their fellow backpackers through team building activities. The 4-day expedition at either Rocky Mountain National Park or the Great Sand Dunes National Park (varies due to permits), lays a foundation of backcountry skills, and develops campers’ connection with the natural world.
Expedition backpacking is one of our truest adventures where weather and terrain varies. Campers will hike an average of 3-5 miles a day, and you’ll learn how to pace yourselves while carrying your own gear. By the time you arrive back at camp for the closing ceremony, you’ll be fortified with self-reliance, camping skills, and a newfound understanding of the great outdoors.
Make sure to also check out our 2-week program for 4th-6th graders!