Explorer Camp Colorado Springs - K to 1st - Day Camp

Five- and six-year-olds are hardwired for adventure. Every day they’re breaking ground—learning something new, discovering a different corner of the world, building their own identities.

Our Explorer Day Camp which has a comfortable camper to staff ratio of 5:1 is made for these pint-sized pioneers, from the most tentative to the most intrepid. It’s a place where K – 1st graders can feel fully supported as they start getting comfortable with a range of exciting outdoor activities—hiking trails, paddling canoes and kayaks, maneuvering striders or pedal bikes—thoughtfully balanced by creative pursuits like yoga, art and music.

Led by our supportive instructors, campers harness their natural curiosity as they strike out into the world of outdoor adventuring, figuring out what they love to do and building confidence in who they are.


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Early Drop Off $25

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Canoeing & Kayaking



Yoga, Art & Music

Places We Go: Monument Lake, Quail Lake

Explorers take to the water for carefully controlled flat-water instruction, getting familiar with their equipment and environment, practicing paddling techniques and water safety and gaining confidence stroke by stroke.

Places We Go: Palmer Park

Whether they’ve never been on a bike before or have plenty of experience on two wheels, we get kids comfortable with biking technique, safety, and equipment. The first day is spent on site at our camp location and the second is out on the trail to put their skills to the test. Bring your own bike or use one from our fleet, which can accommodate kids of any size.

Places We Go: Woodmen Valley

Age appropriate and eye opening, our hikes teach campers about the flora and fauna around them and Leave-No-Trace principles as they start building awareness of their surroundings and respect for the natural world.

For half of the day, to balance out their daily adventures, kids also explore more introspective activities. They will be learning about breathing and balance in storytime yoga, practicing self-expression and artistic techniques in art and engaging their bodies and voices through music.

Sample Schedule

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

AM: Kayaking
PM: Yoga
AM: Art
PM: Biking (on site)
AM: Biking
PM: Yoga
AM: Music
PM: Canoeing
AM: Hiking
PM: Art


Bryan MacInnes

Bryan is truly an outdoor enthusiast!  Most of his free time is spent outdoors, and some of his favorite areas in Colorado include the Catamount Trail by Green Mountain Falls, the Lower Cataract Falls trail in the Gore Range and the Rainbow Trail along the Sangre de Cristo Range by Westcliffe.  His favorite outdoor activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, and canoeing. Bryan has worked as a teacher for 3rd and 5th graders and has volunteered at nature centers leading exploratory programs from children ages 4-15.  “I consider it an honor to show your kids the great outdoors and hope they come to love it as much as I do. See ya’ at camp!”

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.


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.