Mt. Evans Resident Camp Mt. Evans - 1st to 2nd Grade - Resident

The Avid4 Adventure 1st – 2nd grade Resident Overnight Camps experience is our introductory experience to overnight camps and is all about trying new things and building one’s independence. Throughout their one-week session, we help young adventurers get comfortable with their new surroundings, make friends, and help them confidently stand (and climb, and bike) on their own!

Upon arrival, you’ll meet your group’s dedicated instructors who will lead, live and eat with the campers all week. Buoyed by this support, they take on a range of designed-for-their-level adventures—climbing, biking, kayaking, and a one-night camp out in tents —and get immersed in the amazing community of shared fun, songs and traditions that make overnight camp unforgettable.

By the end of the week, campers will have experienced and accomplished more than they ever imagined, fortified with new friends, new skills and a newfound sense of independence. They’ll leave camp ready for the next adventure.

PRICING

Camp Length One Week
Price $1,490
Total Camp Hours 120

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.

Camp Details

GRADES

Entering 1st-2nd

Hours

Sunday Check-In:

3rd-5th: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
1st-2nd: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm


Friday Check-Out - All Grades:

12:30 pm - Gates Open
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Parents Arrive at Camp
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Large Group Closing Ceremony
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm - Small Group Closing Ceremony
1:45 pm - Campers & Parents Depart from Camp

The Week’s Adventures

Rock Climbing

Kayaking

Biking

Hiking

On-Site Overnight

Challenge Course

Stand Up Paddleboarding

We have great rock climbing right on-site at Mt. Evans, offering climbing for all levels across a variety of locations including Chipmunk Mountain, Rowan’s Castle, Baklava Boulder, and Baskin Robbins! They will learn the basics of commands, equipment, and safety before we teach proper technique and progression as their proficiency grows.

Campers learn flat-water skills on site in Jackson Pond, where we help them incrementally develop comfort with the equipment and their environment through fun games and challenges. They gain experience with kayaking and practice paddling, water safety and rescue techniques, building balance and confidence on the water.

Grouped by ability level so they’re challenged just the right amount, campers learn the biking techniques and bicycle maintenance skills necessary for riding on our single track dirt trails. Whether they’re first-time riders or have plenty of biking experience, every camper gets out on our on-site trails to practice riding, managing obstacles, gliding, banking, and braking.

We enjoy over 500 acres at Mt. Evans to explore on the miles of trails we have on property. We teach what all hikers need to know about being out on a trail—proper etiquette, what to wear, group awareness, and environmental briefings —as they start building respect for the outdoors. While on the trail, campers also learn and practice the Leave No Trace Principles from our instructors through fun games and thoughtful discussion.

Often the culminating experience for our youngest campers, our one-night camp out takes campers to spend a night in the wilderness. They work together to set-up the campsite, treat water, cook meals—all skills they can take with them on future camping and backpacking trips.

Campers love to challenge themselves and build teamwork on our low ropes Challenge Course. It’s the perfect training group for the group to develop communication skills, patience, empathy and self-confidence with one another.

A crowd favorite, we teach the fun of stand-up paddleboarding and help campers get comfortable balancing on their board, learn paddle strokes, practice rescue techniques, and play games to better their skills on the water. Stand up paddleboarding is loved by many for its ease of entry, level of challenge, and amazing fun on the water.

Schedule

Every camper’s schedule is a little different. However, to get an idea of a typical day, here’s our rough schedule:

6:30 AM
Morning Clubs - optional!
7-7:30 AM
Rise & Shine & Flag Raising
7:30-8:15 AM
Breakfast
8:15-9 AM
Prepare for the day's adventures
9-12 PM
Adventure #1
12-12:45 PM
Lunch
12:45-1:30 PM
Rest & Recharge
1:30-4:30 PM
Adventure #2
4:30 PM
Daily Debrief & Shower
5:45-6:45 PM
Flag Lowering & Dinner
6:45-7:45 PM
Free Choice
7:45 PM
Evening Activity - skits & games
9 PM
Cabin Time & Bed Time - age dependent

Meet Your Camp Director

Garrett’s first camp experience was in 2014, when he went out on a whim to work at a summer camp outside of his home city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That decision led to falling in love with camp and a five-year progression from a group counselor to the Program Director for YMCA Camp Edwards.  After earning his B.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he felt compelled to reenter the outdoor education space, leading Garrett back to camp to serve a program for individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the heart of Texas, then to leading an experiential education backpacking program in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and ultimately to Avid4 Adventure to join the leadership at Mt. Evans in 2019.  While planning to return in 2020, the pandemic led him to pivot into the privilege to help lead at TGHTR, a youth homeless shelter program in Boulder County. Through all of these experiences and more, Garrett has been in awe at the resilience and empowerment that young folks discover in themselves while overcoming challenges in collaboration with others in the outdoors. These transformative lessons has led Garrett back to Avid4 where he is excited to lead and learn alongside our campers and continue this work at Mt. Evans. When Garrett isn’t working, you can find Garrett exploring with friends, hiking the backcountry with his dog Marvin, cheering for his beloved Packers, and engaging in life talks around a campfire.

Testimonials

"Avid4 has been a wonderful resource over the past couple years to help her identify with her adventurous and nature-loving spirit. That translates into confidence overall."
Kelly, parent of 2nd Grade camper
Mt. Evans

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