Adventure Camp Highlands Ranch - 2nd to 7th - Day Camp

Our Adventure Camp transports 2nd – 7th graders out to authentic local settings for thrilling, fulfilling outdoor experiences. Whether they’re returning or first-time campers, every day is a different adventure—mastering mountain biking, climbing a local crag, hiking a trail, paddling a canoe or kayak—and every challenge is calibrated to their age and ability.

Grouped by grade, campers build skills and confidence as they return to our program year after year. 2nd – 4th graders concentrate on getting comfortable with new activities, with plenty of support and inspiration from our staff and returning campers. Once they reach 5th – 7th grade, campers shift their focus to teamwork, mentorship and deepening their technical competence.

Led by the best outdoor instructors around, campers develop the know-how and lasting self-assuredness that propel them toward a lifetime of exciting and nourishing outdoor adventure.

PRICING

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Camp Pricing Single 2-Fer 3-Peat 4-Pack
Number of Camps 1 2 3 4
Price Per Camp $459 $434 $426 $409
YOU SAVE! - $50 $100 $200

* Why your kid should do multiple weeks of Avid.

* Why we charge what we do.

* We are committed to inclusivity for all. Are finances a barrier for you? Apply For Financial Assistance or Check Out Payment Plans.

* Multi-week discount applies to individual camper only.

ADD-ON PRICES Price
Optional:  
Early Drop Off $25
After Care $75
Lunch Option $25

CAMPS

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Grades Dates
Adventure Camp #HR060120 2nd - 7th 06/01/20 - 06/05/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR060820 2nd - 7th 06/08/20 - 06/12/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR061520 2nd - 7th 06/15/20 - 06/19/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR062220 2nd - 7th 06/22/20 - 06/26/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR070620 2nd - 7th 07/06/20 - 07/10/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR071320 2nd - 7th 07/13/20 - 07/17/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR072020 2nd - 7th 07/20/20 - 07/24/20 Register Now
Adventure Camp #HR072720 2nd - 7th 07/27/20 - 07/31/20 Register Now
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THE WEEK’S ADVENTURES

Rock Climbing

Canoeing & Kayaking

Mountain Biking

Hiking

Places We Go: Morrison Cliffs

We transport campers to nearby crags to learn the ins and outs of skillful scaling, including climbing techniques, equipment use and safety precautions.

Places We Go: Chatfield Reservoir

Our flat-water instruction program gives campers practice and confidence with paddling equipment and safety, getting them comfortable with the basics before taking on deeper skill building in both kayaks and canoes.

Places We Go: Waterton Canyon, South Valley, Meyer Ranch Park, Flying J Ranch 

Whether they’re first-time bikers or regular riders, we get campers familiar with biking technique, safety and equipment (plus some bicycle maintenance basics) out on local trails. Campers can bring their own bikes or borrow from our fleet, which accommodates campers of any size.

Places We Go: Roxborough State Park, Glendale Open Space, Apex Park

Our hikes get campers out into nature and back to basics, teaching them about the flora and fauna they encounter and the principles of Leave No Trace as they explore and gain respect for the natural world.  

Sample Schedule

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

Monday
Climbing
Tuesday
Hiking
Wednesday
Kayaking
Thursday
Biking
Friday
Canoeing

MEET YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR

Sam Murray

I love working with kids who are excited to explore and learn about the outdoors. Kids keep me feeling young and excited to go to work every day. They are constant sources of energy, fun, and inspiration. I feel incredibly grateful for my family and role models growing up because they helped me learn to appreciate being outdoors and having adventures and I want to support kids making that discovery for themselves. I have avalanche safety training (AIARE Level 1, AIARE Rescue), Avid Lead Climbing Certification and Wilderness First Responder Certification. I grew up going to a sleep-away camp in Maine called Camp Agawam and we still enjoy a strong relationship with many of our friends from our time there. I love feeling connected to landscapes and wildlife. Climbing, biking, hiking all give me opportunities to connect with myself and the landscape in new ways. My favorite place to be outside of the camp season is exploring the mountains on my splitboard with my dog and my girlfriend/adventure partner, Emma.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blues 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 Clues 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