Adventure Camp Palo Alto - 5th to 7th - Day Camp

Our Adventure Day Camp transports 5th – 7th graders to local settings for fulfilling authentic outdoor experiences. Whether campers have never tried adventure sports or already have experience, our instructors support them to build new skills in mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, climbing and outdoor education. Sports take place at scenic local spots that can be returned to for years to come!

Beyond developing their individual abilities, campers focus on teamwork, working as a group to navigate their surroundings, paddling in pairs on stand up paddleboards or helping each other transport and set up gear. As their technical know-how grows, so does their ability to communicate and thrive in team environments.

With thoughtful guidance from our top-notch team of instructors, campers will develop experience and self-assuredness that create a solid foundation for lifelong outdoor participation.

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THE WEEK’S ADVENTURES

Rock Climbing

Mountain Biking

Hiking

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Outdoor IQ

Places We Go: Castle Rock State Park, Skyline

We take campers to natural rock sites where they learn the ins and outs of climbing techniques, equipment, and safety on climbs calibrated to their ability level.

Places We Go: Monte Bello Open Space

Whether campers are riding for the first time or the hundredth, we get them comfortable with biking technique, safety, equipment, and maintenance at local sites. They can bring their own wheels or borrow from our fleet, which has bikes for campers of all sizes.

Places We Go: Monte Bello Open Space

On stunning local trails in scenic, nearby sites campers get out into nature and back to basics. They learn about flora and fauna and Leave No Trace principles as they explore and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

Places We Go: Stevens Creek Reservoir

Campers build strength and balance on stand up paddleboards, where they play games and gain confidence on the water at local destinations.

Places We Go: Huddart Park

Campers spend a full day building skills to increase their confidence in outdoor settings, learning to set up shelter, cook on backpacking stoves, read maps and GPS devices, assess risks and understand what it takes to be self-reliant in the outdoors.

Sample Schedule

We've put together a pretty awesome day camp schedule for your kids! Here's a sample:

Monday
Hiking
Tuesday
Mountain Biking
Wednesday
SUP
Thursday
Rock Climbing
Friday
Outdoor IQ

MEET YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR

Lessley Bender

I first discovered the incredible beauty of the outdoors after I moved to California from the East coast. I fell in love with the Sierras, the redwood forests, and exploring them on foot or by bicycle. I love spending time with people outdoors, sharing my knowledge of plant science, and getting out in the backcountry any chance I get. I also love cooking food to share after a great adventure with friends! 

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blue’s Clues? It was the most successful kids’ show of all time. Do you remember that book that your child insisted on reading over and over again? How could you forget it? Why was Blue’s Clues so successful and why did your child NEED to re-read that book? Because repetition promotes learning, growth, and empowerment.

Based on our experience (and a bunch of brain science), we know that multiple weeks of Avid camp will benefit your child – it will result in greater skill development, increased self-confidence, higher levels of risk assessment/environmental awareness, and an improved ability to connect socially with others.

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