Mt. Evans Resident Camp Mt. Evans - 4th to 5th - Resident

Entering 4th – 5th graders are ready to experience nearly everything our resident overnight camps have to offer. These adventurers spend their two-week session engaged in our signature outdoor sports—rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling and hiking—alongside other exciting pursuits like archery, and a three-day backpacking trip in the Mt. Evans wilderness.

Whether campers are new to adventure sports or experienced outdoor athletes, our seasoned staff know how to meet them where they are, helping campers deepen their technical abilities and build confidence outdoors. When they’re not adventuring, campers have campfires to attend, skit nights to plan and games to play—in short, plenty of opportunities to thrive as part of a team, forge lasting friendships, and have a lot of fun from morning till night.

*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 4th-5th


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

Two Weeks of Adventure


Rock Climbing

Mountain Biking





Challenge Course

Campers spend a full day exploring different climbing sites at Mt. Evans, learning the ins and outs of climbing techniques and safety protocols from an experienced lead climbing instructor. They learn to set up equipment, tie knots, use climbing commands and belay each other as they take on climbs tailored to their ability level.

Accompanied by an experienced lead mountain bike instructor, campers take their bikes off-site for a full day of learning biking techniques, maintenance, trail etiquette, and how to fall before practicing their skills on the world-class trails in over 500 acres surrounding Mt. Evans.

Campers practice their paddling skills at Jackson Pond for Kayaking and SUP learning a variety of strokes and rescue techniques and taking on increasingly ambitious and fun challenges—like walking across boat bows or trying a handstand on their paddleboards — as their skills and confidence grow. 

Out on Mt. Evans’ many trails, campers focus on understanding and appreciating the world around them, investigating plant life on the nearby trails and learning local history. They also receive Leave No Trace activities and apply the principles throughout their session.

On their three-day, two-night backpacking trip, campers hike through our amazing Mt. Evans property and learn skills to launch them into a lifetime of camping—reading maps, pitching tents, hanging bear bags, and cooking tasty meals—as they become comfortable, confident explorers.

Campers build strength and marksmanship skills on our on-site archery range in the effort to hit the bullseye.  They’ll learn about archery equipment, safety and history while practice shooting techniques and range commands.

Campers focus on teamwork all session long and they put it to the test at our Challenge Course with activities like traversing suspended cables with a partner, participating in trust falls and navigating a giant spider’s web. They’ll polish up their team’s communication skills and learn to work together to solve challenges.

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.


“We wondered what magic the counselors were using on a kid who is usually reserved and unwilling to try something new unless he feels ready. We watched our son’s confidence bloom in front of our eyes! That is exactly what we were hoping for from this experience. Colorado Mountain Camp is a magical place!”
-Kate, parent of 4th – 5th Grade Overnight Camper

“My daughter made friends when it is often difficult for her to talk to others. She said she missed us, but she was so active and enjoying all of the fun that she didn’t have much time to miss us too much. She said that she was the youngest in her group, but she felt welcome by all. I just wanted to take a moment to thank the Avid staff, as there is no camp out there that I trust to take my daughter for two weeks. The happiness and adventurous spirit she returns with reminds me that she is not only okay, but better than when I brought her to camp.’


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.