11th – 12th Grade Overnight Camp

Colorado Mountain Camp’s Staff-in-Training Program gives teens entering 11th-12th grades a summer full of hands-on adventure, learning and leadership. At the end of two weeks, you’ll leave the program with newfound skills and the confidence to make a profound impact on your school, community and future profession.

Staff-in-Training work with the CMC staff and a select group of peers at our Mt. Evans location for 1st-6th graders to keep every aspect of camp running smoothly. You’ll roll up your sleeves to help out with camp maintenance, plan activities and expeditions and assist in the office or kitchen. And of course, you’ll spend part of every day adventuring. From supporting instructors as they lead activities to mentoring younger campers as they learn, you’ll put your outdoor skills and leadership abilities to work in countless meaningful ways.

How to apply:  After you register, our team will reach out to you within 1 week to set up an informational interview.  The informational interview is simply to help you learn about the program and assess whether it is the right fit.  If for any reason you decide not to continue, we will refund your tuition.  Space is limited, so register early!

Camp Details


Entering 11th- 12th


Two-week session, Sunday - Saturday. Pick-up/drop-off times will be posted in the spring in the Pre-Camp guide.


JUNE: 17-30
JULY: 1-14, 15-28, 29-AUG. 11

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Sibling discount: $100 off per sibling per session

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Pricing: Sign up Early and SAVE

Camp Price $1,195
Backpack/Sleeping bag & pad rental $20/$20
Camp shuttle to-from Denver International Airport $40 one-way
$80 round-trip

Your Adventures

Adventure Sports

Camp Maintenance

Camp Operations

Leadership Training

Work with CMC instructors to lead groups of campers on land as they rock climb, mountain bike, hike and hone their survival skills on overnight expeditions. You’ll also help them get comfortable on the water with sports like kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding and fly fishing.

Staff-in-Training spend part of every day keeping our camp facilities clean, tidy and in working order, taking on tasks like washing dishes in the dining hall, restocking the bathrooms, emptying the trash, cleaning program areas and assisting campers on their quest to earn a Golden Dustpan pin.

Every day offers new ways to keep camp operating efficiently, from doing food prep in the kitchen and running the trading post to helping campers get packed for expeditions and arranging logistics for camp pick up.

As Staff-in-Training, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice fundamental leadership skills, including techniques for managing groups, communicating effectively with kids and parents and planning and leading camp activities.

What You'll Take Away

In addition to a crazy rewarding and enriching two weeks at camp, you’ll leave your session with:

  • A strong foundation for future work with kids in the outdoors
  • Practical professional skills and job experience
  • A nationally recognized training in Leave No Trace principles
  • Avid4 Adventure “Expedition Guide Training”
  • References and job recommendations from our staff
  • Community service credit (if applicable)

Meet Your Camp Director

Heather Cardneau

Heather Cardneau

Growing up at summer camp transformed my life.  I have a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management from Northern Michigan University, and I have worked for the past four years as the Director of SpringHill’s Overnight Camp Teen Program.  My desire is to provide quality outdoor experiences that will transform campers’ lives. I believe that the outdoors provides an excellent platform for learning, growing, and seeing what you are made of. Outdoor adventure is much more than the trails, rocks, or water.  When you unplug from the barrage of media constantly telling you who to be, and you begin to master skills that the outdoors can teach, I believe you’ll become stronger, more confident, and embrace your true self. Camp provides an escape and a chance to slow down and reflect on who you want to become.  In my past 10 years of working with teenagers, I have discovered that everyone deeply desires to be known, know others, and a place to belong.  Colorado Mountain Camp can be that place. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Already registered? All the information you need about your overnight camp adventure – where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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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.