Staff-in-Training

11th – 12th Grade Staff-in-Training Resident Overnight Camp

Our Staff-in-Training program gives teens entering 11th – 12th grades a summer of hands-on adventure, learning and leadership. Designed to teach what it takes to become a leader at camp, this transformative two-week session imparts skills and confidence you’ll carry with you back to school and into future endeavors.

Working with a group of 1st – 6th graders at our Mt. Evans location, you’ll have the opportunity to mentor younger campers and guide them on daily outdoor adventures. You’ll roll up your sleeves to pitch in with camp operations and practice everything from activity planning to group management. You’ll receive specialized training in Leave No Trace principles and even try your hand at being a zipline guide. From kayaking with campers to communicating with parents to coordinating events, you’ll adventure and lead in countless meaningful ways.

How to apply:  Within a week after you register, we’ll send you an application for the Staff-in-Training program. Our team will review it to assess whether the program is the right fit for you (if not, we’ll refund your tuition). Space is limited, so register early!

PRICING

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CAMP PRICING Alumni Only
Nov 1 - Nov 30
Early Bird
Dec 1 - Jan 25
After Jan 25
Camp Price $1,770 $1,795 $1,895
Total Savings Save $125! Save $100!  

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Save an additional $75 on the June 30 - July 6th session!

Learn about Payment Plans and Financial Assistance

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

Camp Details

GRADES

Entering 9th-11th

Hours

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

Dates

JUNE: 16-29, 30- JUL. 13
JULY: 14-27, 28-AUG. 10

CAMPS

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Grades Dates
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 1 - Female Cabin 11th - 12th 06/16/19 - 06/29/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 1 - Male Cabin 11th - 12th 06/16/19 - 06/29/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 2 - Female Cabin 11th - 12th 06/30/19 - 07/13/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 2 - Male Cabin 11th - 12th 06/30/19 - 07/13/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 3 - Female Cabin 11th - 12th 07/14/19 - 07/27/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 3 - Male Cabin 11th - 12th 07/14/19 - 07/27/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 4 - Female Cabin 11th - 12th 07/28/19 - 08/10/19 Register Now
Staff-in-Training Program (11th-12th) Session 4 - Male Cabin 11th - 12th 07/28/19 - 08/10/19 Register Now
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Your Adventures

Adventure Sports

Leave No Trace Training

Camp Operations

Leadership Lessons

Work with Avid4 Adventure instructors to lead groups of 1st – 6th grade campers on land as they hone their rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking skills. You’ll also help them get comfortable on water with sports like kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding and fly fishing.

Spend time each day diving into the Leave No Trace Seven Principles as part of an exclusive program we designed in partnership with Leave No Trace. You’ll teach, learn and even earn a certificate in Leave No Trace fundamentals.

Each day offers ways to help keep camp running smoothly, from food prep and facility cleanup to expedition packing and Parent’s Day logistics. You’ll go behind the scenes to see what makes our overnight camps tick, building your work ethic and an undeniable sense of accomplishment.

As a Staff-in-Training, you’ll take time every day to learn and practice fundamental leadership skills, including the basics of Love and Logic, camper management, delivering feedback and running environmental briefings. You’ll even pitch, plan and run your own all-camp event.

What You'll Take Away

In addition to a rewarding, 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
  • References and job recommendations from our staff
  • Community service credit (if applicable)

testimonials

"Rory is a strong, independent, self-motivated little girl. She excels at everything she tries and she is very athletic. However, when it comes to biking, she has zero confidence. We’ve tried using strider bikes for a few years but she just didn’t get it."
Rory, Parent
Boulder, CO
"One of the most incredible things about kids is their hardwired willingness to try new things. But as they approach their teens, that enviable disposition starts to diminish, worn away by feelings of self-consciousness or self-doubt. Avid4 Adventure awakens that innate try-new-things mentality, creating an environment that makes it comfortable and fun for kids of all ages—even tweens—to try something new."
Cole
Highlands Ranch, CO
"Anyone who is even remotely interested in the pursuit of outdoor education, working with kids outside, or growing as a seasoned outdoorsmen, should take part in the Avid4 Adventure community."
Diego, Adventure Educator-in-Training
Boulder, CO
"Anyone who is even remotely interested in the pursuit of outdoor education, working with kids outside, or growing as a seasoned outdoorsmen, should take part in the Avid4 Adventure community."
Katie
Parker, CO

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. Avid4 Adventure’s Resident Overnight Camps can be that place. Can’t wait to see you there!

Meet Our Staff

MT. EVANS CAMP PRE-CAMP GUIDE

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

Find It Here

WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

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.

OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY