Campers get comfortable with rock climbing at Mt. Evans, with climbs for every ability level including Chipmunk Mountain, Rowan’s Castle, Baklava Boulder, and Baskin Robbins! They learn climbing techniques, commands, equipment basics and safety precautions, incrementally working their way up the crag as their proficiency grows. These sites are ideal for getting campers comfortable on authentic, uncrowded crags.
Campers learn flat-water skills on site in Jackson Pond, where we help them incrementally develop comfort with their equipment and environment through fun games and challenges. They gain experience with canoeing and kayaking and practice paddling, water safety and rescue techniques, building balance and confidence.
Grouped by ability level so they’re challenged just the right amount, campers learn the biking techniques and bicycle maintenance skills necessary for riding on single track dirt trails. Whether they’re first-time riders or have plenty of biking experience, every camper gets out on our on-site trails to practice riding, gliding and braking.
We take campers out for short hikes, teaching them what all hikers need to know about being out on a trail—proper etiquette, what to wear, how to identify various flora and fauna—as they start building awareness of their surroundings and respect for the outdoors. While on the trail, campers also have a nationally recognized, instructor-led training on Leave No Trace principles.
Often the culminating experience for our youngest campers, our one-night camp out takes campers to our on-site campsite to spend a night in the wilderness. They work together to select a campsite, set up their tents, find water, cook meals—all skills they can take with them on future expeditions.
In collaboration with an offsite provider, our youngest campers learn horsemanship skills, including safety around horses, grooming techniques and how to saddle and bridle. They also learn the amazing art of equestrian vaulting. After saddling up and learning to steer, they go for an extended and supervised ride.
Campers build teamwork skills and take on low ropes course challenges to build strong bonds with their group. Throughout, they develop communication skills, patience, empathy and self-confidence.
Campers spend their first two or three days on stand up paddleboards where they will get comfortable balancing on their board, learning paddle strokes and practicing rescue techniques. Stand up paddleboarding is loved by many for its convenience, overall strength building, and incredible views.