Expedition Backpacking Colorado - 7th to 8th Grade - Expedition Camp

Built for campers looking for a backcountry experience, our weeklong Expedition Backpacking Summer Camps are ideal for beginning backpackers and expedition enthusiasts alike.

In a tight-knit group of up to 13 campers and 2 skilled, supportive instructors, expedition backpackers will spend up to six hours hiking and exploring the park’s spectacular terrain. Routes may include longer hike days and also “layover” days where campers get an opportunity to carry light day packs on excursions to nearby peaks or high alpine lakes. Throughout the week, they’ll make 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, use backpacking best practices, hone their interpersonal skills, and develop an increased appreciation for the natural world.

Away from the comforts of home, this camp fortifies kids with self-reliance, imparting the skills and confidence they need to fuel many future journeys—and even lead your family’s next outdoor adventure.

PRICING

Camp Length One Week
Price $1,175
Total Camp Hours 125

Add-Ons Price
DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Sleeping Bag and Pads To minimize Covid risks we are not renting sleeping bags.
Packing lists and gear purchase options will be available.
Backpack rental $25

CAMP DETAILS

GRADES

Entering 7th-8th

Hours

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

Location

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

Camp Location: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest - Steamboat, CO

Financial Assistance

Apply for Financial Assistance

CAMPS

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Location Grades Dates
Expedition Backpacking 7th-8th #COEX061922-1WEX Colorado Expeditions 7th - 8th 06/19/22 - 06/24/22 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-8th #COEX071022-1WEX Colorado Expeditions 7th - 8th 07/10/22 - 07/15/22 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-8th #COEX071722-1WEX Colorado Expeditions 7th - 8th 07/17/22 - 07/22/22 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-8th #COEX072422-1WEX Colorado Expeditions 7th - 8th 07/24/22 - 07/29/22 Register Now
Expedition Backpacking 7th-8th #COEX080722-1WEX Colorado Expeditions 7th - 8th 08/07/22 - 08/12/22 Register Now
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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 protocols 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 brief, structured “solo” experience. They will also gain valuable skills using a map and compass. Coupled with their other adventures, these experiences push their comfort zones, build their confidence and give them a sense of independence that lasts well beyond the camp 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 AM
Camp Pack Up
9 AM
Hike
Noon
On Trail Lunch
1 PM
Hike
5:45 PM
Camp Set Up
6 PM
Dinner
7 PM
Evening Circle
8 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