Mini-Camp: An Introduction to Overnight Camp for Young Campers

1st Grade Overnight Camp

Designed for entering 1st graders who are eager to experience the fun of overnight camp but aren’t ready for a full week away, Mini Camp offers a nurturing, eye-opening introduction to everything Overnight Camp has to offer. Over the course of four days and three nights on site, our supportive staff helps these adventurers-in-training get comfortable with our camp environment, activities and traditions, building a solid foundation for future overnight adventures.

During the day, campers will try their hands (and feet) at adventure sports tailored to their ability level, with the goal of building proficiency and confidence in biking, climbing, kayaking and more. In the evenings, they’ll experience the camaraderie of cabin living and take part in the activities, songs and ceremonies that make overnight camp so much fun.

With just the right mix of hand holding and confidence building, excitement and downtime, teamwork and self-reliance, kids have an unforgettable mini adventure, paving the way for many more summers at our Overnight Camps.


CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $595

* Get Info on Avid4 Adventure Camps Here

* Save an additional $75 on the June 30 - July 3rd session!

* We are committed to inclusivity for all. Are finances a barrier for you? Apply For Financial Assistance or Check Out Payment Plans.

Camp shuttle to-from Denver International Airport $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $20
Sleeping bag & pad rental (for camping days only, not for cabins) $20

Camp Details


Entering 1st


Four-day camp, Sunday - Wednesday. Pick-up/drop-off times are available in the Pre-Camp guide.

The Week’s Adventures


Rock Climbing

Water Sports



Challenge Course

One-Night Camp Out

Mt. Evans offers climbs for campers of all levels including Chipmunk Mountain, Rowan’s Castle, Baklava Boulder, and Baskin Robbins!  Our youngest climbers learn the basics—equipment, techniques, commands, safety precautions—and practice building their comfort and proficiency on the crag.

Kids learn flat-water skills on site in Jackson Pond, gaining confidence in paddling, water safety and rescue techniques. They’ll practice navigating canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, building balance and comfort through fun games and challenges.

Whether they’re experienced bicyclists or taking their first ride, kids will have plenty of opportunities to practice riding, gliding and braking on our on-site trails. They’ll also learn techniques and safety strategies for biking on dirt trails and some basic bicycle maintenance.

Out on short hikes, we teach kids about appropriate gear, trail etiquette, and how to identify certain kinds of flora and fauna. Young hikers build awareness of their surroundings, gain respect for the outdoors and take part in a nationally recognized, instructor-led training on Leave No Trace principles.

On our on-site low ropes course and throughout their four days at camp, kids hone their teamwork skills through low ropes course challenges and getting-to-know-you games, practicing communication skills, patience, empathy and self-confidence.

Campers get to enjoy a night under the stars! During our one-night camp out at our on-site campground, kids learn how to set up tents, the basics of cooking outdoors, and they enjoy fun games and night time stories. 

Meet Your Director

Eric Rightor

I have dedicated my personal and professional life to the outdoors and I am sold on its power as a both a playground and a classroom. I am thrilled to be part of the team here at Avid4 and provide your child with an incredible experience here at Mt. Evans. For the past 10 years, I have been designing and leading overnight camp programs for kids, including at Camp Coniston, North Woods Camp for Boys, Pleasant Valley Camp for Girls, and lastly as the Executive Director at Camp Bauercrest. I have seen first-hand the power of the outdoors to teach, test, and transform kids into their best selves – confident, independent, and part of something greater than they imagined. While the activities are undeniably fun and the Mt. Evans location is gorgeous, the magic of camp is between these lines where friendships are formed, role models are made, accomplishments are celebrated, challenge is embraced, and moments last for a lifetime. I believe so strongly in our community here at Colorado Mountain Camp and can’t wait for you and your child to experience CMC for yourselves. I look forward to seeing you at Mt. Evans this summer!


“Skye’s camp experience truly made an impact on his life, bothphysically and mentally, when he really needed it. We will be back next year!”
– Heather, Mom of 1st grader

“My 6 year old came home more confident and independent. She loved taking part in ‘big kid’ activities like rock climbing, overnighter, stand up paddleboarding and more.”.


Already registered? All the information you need about your overnight camp adventure at Mt. Evans – 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.