Mt. Evans Resident Camp Mt. Evans - 5th Grade - Resident

New for 2022, we are excited to offer our 5th graders with an unique program here at Avid4 Overnight Camps to celebrate their development and provide an amazing experience just for them. From a full day at Denver Adventures for an incredible ziplining adventure, to spending time at our Windy Peak to learn from our oldest campers and much more, this two-week camp engages our oldest Mt. Evans’ campers with a peak experience built just for them with the same camp traditions, core sports, and wild fun we’re known for.

Whether campers are new to adventure sports or experienced outdoor athletes, our staff know how to help each camper deepen their technical abilities and build confidence outdoors. In addition, our 5th grade program has more opportunities for campers to reflect, grow, and try new things at this critical age for development. We are excited for your 5th grader to enjoy our amazing camp community with plenty of opportunities to forge lasting friendships, explore the outdoors and learn about themselves while having fun from morning till night.


Camp Length Two Weeks
Price $2,980
Total Camp Hours 290

Add-Ons Price
DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $25
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


Entering 5th


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

Two Weeks of Adventure


Rock Climbing

Mountain Biking






Windy Peak Mentorship

Challenge Course

Campers will spend a full day at different climbing sites at Mt. Evans, learning the ins and outs of climbing techniques and safety protocols from our experienced lead climbing instructors. They learn proper climbing techniques, how 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 to learn single-track riding, biking techniques, maintenance, trail etiquette, and more on great local mountain biking trails.

Campers practice their paddling skills at Jackson Pond for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, learning a variety of strokes and rescue techniques and taking on increasingly ambitious and fun skill challenges—like running across boat bows or trying a handstand on their paddleboards — as their skills and confidence grow.

On their three-day, two-night backpacking trip, our campers will embark on an introductory backpacking trip into the Colorado wilderness! Led by our trained instructors, they will learn skills to launch them into a lifetime of camping—reading maps, pitching tents, hanging bear bags, cooking tasty meals, and the Leave No Trace Principles—as they become comfortable, confident explorers.

Campers build strength and marksmanship skills on our on-site archery range using both recurve and compound bows. They’ll learn about archery equipment, safety and technique while practicing on the range.

Our 5th graders will be the only group to enjoy the amazing experience at our longtime partner, Denver Adventures! Here they will learn from experienced high ropes guides as they traverse the canopies on the longest ziplines in Colorado for an adrenaline-packed adventure.

Exclusive for our 5th graders, they will have the opportunity to visit our Windy Peak campus to spend time with our oldest campers. They will experience new programs, learn more about Windy Peak, and chat with both our teen leaders and Camp Leadership to prepare them for the next adventure.

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. A favorite of our campers!

Meet Your 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.

"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. Mt. Evans is a magical place!"
Kate, Parent of 4th Grader
Mt. Evans


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.