Survival Skills Camp Boulder - 2nd to 7th - Day Camps

Our Survival Skills Day Camp teaches campers the power and amazing value of the natural world as they learn to survive and thrive outdoors. Taught by our expert instructors, campers spend a full week exploring the Front Range, hiking, canoeing, and learning essential survival skills—navigation, animal tracking, tool making, fire safety—to keep them self-reliant and safe in the wilderness.

Campers take on challenges suited to their age and skill level, advancing as their proficiency increases. We also group them by grade — 2nd – 4th graders or 5th – 7th graders — giving them the customized instruction they need to hone their survival skills and build confidence outdoors.

Survival Skills Day Camp campers don’t need any previous survival or outdoor experience.

As part of our Covid safety measures, we are offering two Boulder locations to limit the capacities at a camp drop-off/pick-up facility.
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PRICING

Camp Length One Week
Price $509

Add Ons  
Lunch and Extended Care To minimize Covid risks we
are not offering these in 2021.

Camp Details

GRADES

Entering 2nd - 7th

Hours

1-Week Session
M - F from 9am-3pm

Location

Boulder New Vista:
June 1 - Aug 6: New Vista High School, 700 20th St, Boulder, CO 80302
August 9-20: Harlow Platts Park, 1360 Gillaspie Dr, Boulder, CO 80305


Boulder Shining Mtn:
Shining Mountain Waldorf School, 999 Violet Ave, Boulder, CO 80304

THE WEEK’S ADVENTURES

Hiking

Survival Skills

Canoeing

Places We Go: Enchanted Mesa, Shanahan Ridge, Mt. Sanitas

On their hikes, campers learn basic navigation skills, explore the principles of Leave No Trace and learn to observe and identify useful plants as they build awareness, appreciation and respect for the world around them.

We teach campers how to track animals, identify scat, find food and medicine in the wild and fashion utensils and shelter from gathered materials. We also cover the basics of flintknapping, tool making and fire safety, giving campers hands-on practice with hand-drill and bow-drill fire tools.

Places We Go: Boulder Reservoir

Out on the water at Boulder Reservoir, campers master the basics of paddling a canoe, getting familiar with water safety and canoeing equipment as they hone their technique. They’ll also learn how to read terrain to lead them to water and purify the water they find.

MEET YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR

Cassidy Morris

I love working with staff who celebrate authentic outdoor adventure and to watch the energy from our instructors get absorbed by the kids that they instruct. It is essential to introduce outdoor adventure to kids in order to give them a space to be creative, active, and true to themselves and their peers. Kids have such genuine spirits and they remind me to be my silly, humble, and compassionate self. One of my favorite moments to witness at camp is watching staff tune in to their authentic child spirit. The outdoors is where I can connect to my best self and I love being able to share it with others. In the summer, you can find me hiking or climbing all over Colorado. In the winter, I’m usually skiing in between work shifts.

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 Blues Clue’s 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