Expedition Staff-in-Training 11th – 12th Grade in Colorado

Avid4 Adventure’s Staff-in-Training (SIT) program gives teens entering 11th – 12th grades a summer of expedition-based adventure, learning and fun. Designed to deepen your adventuring skill set, teach lasting leadership skills and foster new friendships, this transformative two-week expedition imparts skills and confidence you can carry with you into any future endeavor.

The expedition kicks off with a six-day backpacking trip in Colorado where you’ll hike, explore, spend time with your fellow SITs and receive specialized Leave No Trace training. Then back at Windy Peak, you’ll have a few days to reflect over all that you’ve learned in the first half of your expedition and set goals to get the most out of the second half. Then you’ll head back down to Boulder to help with the Expedition check-in, switch out your gear and food, and head up to Curt Gowdy to begin Round 2 of your expedition. You’ll wrap up your experience with a six-day multi-sport expedition of your own in Curt Gowdy State Park, spending the morning honing your own skills in our core sports so that, in the afternoon, you can help teach the younger campers.

From navigating the backcountry to mentoring campers to supporting your peers, you’ll adventure and lead in countless meaningful ways.

How to apply: Within a week after you register, we’ll send you an application for the Staff-in-Training program. Our team will review it to assess whether the program is the right fit for you (if not, we’ll refund your tuition). Space is limited, so register early!

We are tracking the state and county public health orders closely. Expeditions are small, self-contained, and self-quarantining groups that are well suited for this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are hopeful to be able to run our Expeditions. Of course, depending on the changing recommendations from the CDC, state and county governments, and medical experts, we may need to cancel or adjust these programs. Click here for cancelation and refund policies.

* Departure and pick up are in Boulder, CO.


CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $2,395

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Rentals not available.  

Camp Details


Entering 11th-12th


Two-week session, Sunday - the following Friday. Pick-up/drop-off times are available in the Pre-Camp guide.


Grades Dates
Staff-in-Training Expedition 11th-12th Session 3 11th - 12th 07/12/20 - 07/24/20 Join Waitlist

Your Adventures


Rock Climbing

Mountain Biking


Whitewater Rafting




Spend six days hiking through the backcountry, you will learn what it takes to become a backcountry guide, carrying your gear on your back, pitching tents in picturesque spots and getting to know your expedition-mates. You’ll also learn the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, earning a certificate in the fundamentals of how to enjoy the outdoors respectfully and sustainably. 

Try your hands and feet at climbing the nearby Vedauwoo’s striking crags, brushing up on climbing techniques, equipment best practices and safety precautions as you take your skills to the next level.  

Explore Curt Gowdy’s 50+ miles of dedicated mountain biking trails on your own two wheels, reviewing bike maintenance and safety and honing your technical and trail riding skills.

Take to Curt Gowdy’s reservoirs for a canoeing adventure, fine-tuning your paddling technique, building balance and learning the basics of water safety and rescues.

Head to Cache la Poudre River for a day of whitewater adventure. Led by licensed rafting guides, you’ll work as a team to navigate your vessel and splash through a range of rapids. 

On your six-day expedition in Curt Gowdy State Park, you’ll set up and break down your own campsite, sleep in tents, make meals on camping stoves and maintain a clean, cozy, organized home away from home.

Practice important interpersonal skills like communication and problem solving as you play, hang out and adventure alongside your fellow SITs. Learn to lead your team and be led by them, strengthening your bonds through teambuilding exercises and games.

Learn fundamental leadership skills, including the basics of Love and Logic, camper management, delivering feedback and running environmental briefings. Lead lessons alongside seasoned Avid4 Adventure instructors, supporting younger expedition campers as they learn to bike, climb and paddle.

What You'll Take Away

In addition to a rewarding, enriching two weeks at camp, you’ll leave your expedition with:

  • A strong foundation for future work with kids in the outdoors
  • Practical professional skills and job experience
  • A nationally recognized training in Leave No Trace principles
  • References and job recommendations from our staff
  • Community service credit, if applicable (just ask!)

Expedition Pre-Camp Guide

Already registered? All the information you need about your Staff-in-Training Expedition camp adventure – where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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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.