Mt. Evans Resident Camp Mt. Evans - 2nd to 3rd - Resident

The Avid4 Adventure 2nd – 3rd grade Resident Overnight Camp experience is all about trying new things and gaining a measure of independence. Throughout their two-week session, we help young adventurers get familiar with new surroundings, new people and new activities, helping them confidently stand (and climb, and bike) on their own two feet.

We group campers by grade and team them with dedicated instructors who lead, live and eat with them all week, keeping campers so active and engaged that they’re often too busy to miss home. Buoyed by this support, they take on a range of designed-for-their-level adventures—climbing, biking, kayaking, a one-night camp out —and get immersed in the shared fun of games, songs and traditions that make overnight camp unforgettable.

By the end of the week, campers have experienced and accomplished more than they ever imagined, fortified with a newfound sense of independence and a strong foundation for future adventures.

*This session is two weeks long.


Camp Length Two Weeks
Price $2,580

DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $20
Sleeping Bag and Pads To minimize Covid risks we are not renting these items in 2021.
Packing lists and gear purchase options will be provided.

Camp Details


Entering 2nd-3rd


2-Week Session

Sunday Check-In:
4th-5th: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
2nd-3rd: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Friday Check-Out:
2nd-3rd Grade:
12:30pm - Gates Open
12:30 - 1:00 - Arrival to Small Groups
1:00 - 1:20 - Small Group Closing
1:20 - 1:45 - Departure

4th-5th Grade:
1:45 - 2:15 - Arrival to Small Groups
2:15 - 2:35 - Small Group Closing
2:35 - 3:10 - Departure


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
8:15-9 AM
Prepare for the day's adventures
9-12 PM
Adventure #1
12-12:45 PM
12:45-1:30 PM
Rest & Recharge (read, nap, etc.)
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 (depends on age)

The Week’s Adventures


Rock Climbing




On-Site Overnight

Challenge Course

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Campers get comfortable with rock climbing at 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!   They learn climbing techniques, commands, equipment basics and safety precautions, incrementally working their way up the crag as their proficiency grows.  These sites are ideal for getting campers comfortable on authentic, uncrowded crags.

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

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 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, gliding and braking.

We take campers out for short hikes, teaching them what all hikers need to know about being out on a trail—proper etiquette, what to wear, how to identify various flora and fauna—as they start building awareness of their surroundings and respect for the outdoors. While on the trail, campers also have a nationally recognized, instructor-led activities on Leave No Trace principles.

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

Campers build teamwork skills and take on low ropes Challenge Course to build strong bonds with their group.  Throughout, they develop communication skills, patience, empathy and self-confidence.

Campers spend time on Jackson Pond with stand-up paddleboards where they will get comfortable balancing on their board, learning paddle strokes, playing games and practicing rescue techniques. Stand up paddleboarding is loved by many for its convenience and overall strength building.

Meet Your Camp Director

Eric’s passion for outdoor adventure and youth development started early on and has only grown 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.


“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 – 3rd Grade Overnight Camper

“The high point of my child’s experience was everything… made new friends, loved the leaders, couldn’t stop talking about the adventures.” – Parent of a 2nd-3rd grade camper

“My son had a wonderful time, came home more confident and full of enthusiasm for the outdoors, and has less interest in electronics and video games ever since! Good job!!!” – Parent of 2nd-3rd grade camper


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.