Mt. Evans Resident Camp 1st Graders: Introduction to Overnight Camp

Designed for entering 1st graders who are eager to experience the fun of overnight camp but aren’t ready for a full week away, Mini Camp offers a nurturing, eye-opening introduction to everything Overnight Camp has to offer. Over the course of four days and three nights on site, our supportive staff helps these adventurers-in-training get comfortable with our camp environment, activities and traditions, building a solid foundation for future overnight adventures.

During the day, campers will try their hands (and feet) at adventure sports tailored to their ability level, with the goal of building proficiency and confidence in biking, climbing, kayaking and more. In the evenings, they’ll experience the camaraderie of cabin living and take part in the activities, songs and ceremonies that make overnight camp so much fun.

With just the right mix of hand holding and confidence building, excitement and downtime, teamwork and self-reliance, campers have an unforgettable mini adventure, paving the way for many more summers at our Overnight Camps.


CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $610

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Camp shuttle to-from Denver International Airport $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $20
Sleeping bag & pad rental (for camping days only, not for cabins) $20

Camp Details


Entering 1st


Four-day camp, Sunday - Wednesday. Pick-up/drop-off times are available in the Pre-Camp guide.

The Week’s Adventures


Rock Climbing

Water Sports



Challenge Course

One-Night Camp Out

Mt. Evans offers climbing for campers of all levels across a variety of locations including Chipmunk Mountain, Rowan’s Castle, Baklava Boulder, and Baskin Robbins!  Our youngest climbers learn the basics—equipment, techniques, commands, safety precautions—and practice building their comfort and proficiency on the crag.

Kids learn flat-water skills on site in Jackson Pond, gaining confidence in paddling, water safety and rescue techniques. They’ll practice navigating canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, building balance and comfort through fun games and challenges.

Whether they’re experienced bicyclists or taking their first ride, kids will have plenty of opportunities to practice riding, gliding and braking on our on-site trails. They’ll also learn techniques and safety strategies for biking on dirt trails and some basic bicycle maintenance including safety checks before each ride.

Out on short hikes, we teach kids about appropriate gear, trail etiquette, and how to identify certain kinds of flora and fauna. Young hikers build awareness of their surroundings, gain respect for the outdoors and take part in a nationally recognized, instructor-led activities on Leave No Trace principles.

On our on-site Challenge Course and throughout their four days at camp, kids hone their teamwork skills through low ropes course challenges and getting-to-know-you games, practicing communication skills, patience, empathy and self-confidence.

Campers get to enjoy a night under the stars! During our one-night camp out at our on-site campground, Camp Chipmunk, kids learn how to set up tents, the basics of cooking outdoors, and they enjoy fun games and night time stories. 

Meet Your Director

Eric’s passion for outdoor adventure and youth development started early on and has only gotten stronger since becoming a camp professional 10 years ago. Born and raised in Boston, Eric started going to overnight camp at age 10 and has only missed one summer since, which he did to realize his dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He spent 14 years at YMCA Camp Coniston in New Hampshire, climbing the ranks from camper to senior leadership, before becoming the Senior Program Director of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Overnight Camps and the Executive Director of Camp Bauercrest. Eric has his B.A. in communications, legal institutions, economics and government from American University in Washington, D.C., and despite the best efforts of many to draw him into a different career, he simply cannot let go of his belief in the power of camp. Eric has seen and experienced first-hand the power of outdoor adventure in teaching kids the valuable lessons that will enable them for success, no matter their life’s pursuit. When he’s not at work, you can find him competing at the curling club, skiing down the slopes and exploring the backcountry with his dog Roscoe in every way he can.


“Skye’s camp experience truly made an impact on his life, bothphysically and mentally, when he really needed it. We will be back next year!”
– Heather, Mom of 1st grader

“My 6 year old came home more confident and independent. She loved taking part in ‘big kid’ activities like rock climbing, overnighter, stand up paddleboarding and more.”.

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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.