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 five-day, four-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 backpacking trip.
Campers spend their first and last night camping on site at Mt. Evans. They start on-site by learning the foundational skills for backpacking and expedition preparation. Over their 5 days on trail at Rocky Mountain National Park, campers hone their technical skills, working on everything from backcountry cooking to campsite selection. They develop outdoor ethics using the Leave No Trace principles, and work on their interpersonal skills, building camaraderie with their fellow backpackers and learning about expedition behavior.
Expedition backpacking is one of our truest adventures where weather and terrain varies. Participants will hike an average of 5-10 miles a day learn how to pace yourselves while carrying their own gear. By the time they arrive back at camp for the closing ceremony, they will be fortified with self-reliance, backcountry skills, and an increased confidence in the great outdoors.
Make sure to also check out our 2-week program for 4th-6th graders!