Expedition Advanced Paddlesports Colorado - 7th to 8th Grade - Expedition Summer Camp

Dive into adventure with our Advanced Paddling Expedition, a weeklong camp for campers who already have previous paddling experience and are ready to take their paddling skills to the next level.* For the camper who has over 3 days of hard skirted kayak experience, feels comfortable executing a wet exit in a current, can catch an eddy and successfully bow draw. They will continue to increase their technical skills in kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting, and every night on dry land, camping under the stars.

Supported by two experienced Avid4 Adventure staffers and professional guides from a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, the team of up to 13 campers will practice more advanced paddling skills as they raft and kayak the river’s rapids. They’ll also venture to nearby lakes to work on their kayak rolling and off to more advanced rapids to work on edge control. When they’re not paddling, campers will turn their attention to the art of camping, learning to cook, clean and sleep comfortably in the great outdoors. 

After a week soaking up new skills, forging friendships and deepening their appreciation of the natural world, expedition campers will come away with fresh reserves of confidence, energized for their next adventure.

Difficulty Rating: 4Advanced Level Adventure: For the camper seeking a more vigorous activity level through specialized activity days. These trips also focus on building more advanced technical skills in the activity. Some trips may require previous experience in the activity.

Wilderness Rating: 1Improved Site Camping: Campers sleep in basecamp tents. No access to showers, or running water. Campers will have access to portable toilets or pit toilets that do not have flush capabilities. All water is brought to site filtered and used for drinking, hand washing, and food preparation.

*Paddlers should have at least 3 days worth of paddle experience in skirted hard shell kayaks. Participants should know how to wet exit in current, catch an eddy, and bow draw. If you have taken our Avid4 Paddlesports course before, this is a great next level trip.


Camp Length One Week
Price $2,100
Total Camp Hours 125

Add-Ons Price
DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip



Entering 7th-8th


1-Week Session
Sunday Check-In: 10:00 AM
Friday Check-Out: 3:30 PM


Drop-Off/Pick-Up: 1501 Empire Rd, Louisville, CO

Camp Location: Buena Vista, CO

Financial Assistance

Scholarship Information


Location Grades Dates
Expedition Advanced Paddlesports 7th-8th #COEX062523-1WEX-ADV Colorado Expedition 7th - 8th 06/25/23 - 06/30/23 Register Now

The Week's Adventures


Stand Up Paddleboarding

White Water Rafting



Campers will practice flat-water kayaking skills, including bracing, rolling and self-rescue techniques, plus hone their whitewater skills—river reading, hydrology, rapids scouting and more.

Campers will build core strength and good balance atop paddleboards as they play fun games, work on team building, learn proper paddle strokes, practice rescue techniques, and maneuver their boards.

Campers will have a blast white water rafting while they will learn the basics of rafting, safety and equipment and how to use paddling techniques as they learn to work together floating down the river.

Throughout the week, campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork. Through games during downtime, stories around the campfire and time alone reflecting, they’ll build confidence and comfort within the group and as an individual.

Campers will learn to maintain a campsite, setting up and breaking down their equipment, keeping their space tidy and cooking their own meals in the backcountry which fosters independence and valuable skills they will use throughout their lives. They’ll play games during downtime and swap stories around the campfire, building deep, lasting friendships with their fellow expedition-mates.

Sample Schedule

Every camper’s schedule is a little different. However, to get an idea of a typical day, here’s our rough schedule:

7 AM
Rise and shine!
7:15 AM
Morning Circle
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Self & Group Care
9 AM
Adventure #1
1 PM
Adventure #2 (or continuation of #1)
5 PM
Hang Out & Bond
5:45 PM
Evening Circle
6 PM
7 PM
Evening Activity
9 PM
Tent Time / Bedtime

Expedition Pre-Camp Guide

Already registered? All the information you need about your expedition rock climbing 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.