Expedition Backpacking 7th – 8th Grade in Colorado

Built for 7th – 8th graders looking for a small group, backcountry experience, this weeklong expedition is ideal for beginning backpackers and expedition enthusiasts alike. 

In a tight-knit group of 10 campers, supported by two skilled instructors, expedition backpackers will spend up to six hours hiking and exploring spectacular terrain in the great outdoors. Routes may include longer hike days and also possible “layover” days where campers get an opportunity to carry lighter day packs for excursions to nearby destinations like peaks or alpine lakes. Throughout the week, they’ll set up camp in picturesque places, pitching tents and cooking meals together on backcountry stoves. They’ll learn to adapt to a range of weather conditions and environments, understand and use backpacking best practices, hone their interpersonal skills, and develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world. 

The purpose of this adventure is simple. While disconnecting from technology and screens, this expedition allows campers to connect with their fellow backpackers and with the incredible beauty that surrounds them. Away from the comforts of home, this Expedition fortifies kids with self-reliance, imparting the skills and confidence they need to fuel many future journeys—outdoors and beyond.

PRICING

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CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $995

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ADD-ON PRICES Price
Sleeping bag & pad rental $20
Backpack Rental $20

CAMP DETAILS

GRADES

Entering 7th-8th

Hours

One-week session, Sunday - Friday. Pick-up/drop-off times are available in the Pre-Camp guide.

CAMPS

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Grades Dates
7th-8th Grade Expedition Backpacking Session 5 7th - 9th 07/12/20 - 07/17/20 Register Now

The Week's Adventures

Gear Management

Backcountry Cooking

Expedition Skills

Teambuilding

Campers will get familiar with the equipment they need for backpacking—from compact cooking, cleaning and sleeping gear to camping basics like bear canisters and water treatment systems—learning how to set it all up, break it all down and pack it efficiently. They’ll spend each day’s hike with their gear on their backs, experiencing the empowerment that comes with carrying everything they need for the week on their own.

Camping in the woods means cooking and eating in the woods, and campers learn everything that entails, from menu execution to food storage to safely filling and lighting a camp stove. Backpackers will take turns cooking and cleaning up energy-packed meals for the group.

As they explore and adventure, campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork. They’ll gain experience leading as they guide the rest of their group on a hike, and spend some time alone reflecting during a structured “solo” experience in the woods. They will also gain valuable skills using a map and compass. Coupled with their other adventures, these experiences push their limits, build their confidence and give them a sense of independence that lasts well beyond the Expediton week.

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.

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
Breakfast
8:15 AM
Self & Group Care
9 AM
Adventure #1
Noon
Lunch
12:45 PM
Siesta! & Relax
1:30 PM
Adventure #2 (or continuation of #1)
4:30 PM
Daily Debrief
5 PM
Hang Out & Bond
5:45 PM
Evening Circle
6:00 PM
Dinner
6:45 PM
"Free Choice"
7:45 PM
Evening Activity & Campfire Chats
9:00 PM
Tent Time / Bedtime

Expedition Pre-Camp Guide

Already registered? All the information you need about your expedition backpacking adventure – where to go, what to bring, Expedition photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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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