Staff In Training Colorado - 11th to 12th - Expedition

The expedition kicks off with a six-day backpacking trip in the stunning mountains of Colorado. SITs will hike, explore, build community, and receive a specialized Leave No Trace training. Groups will head to Windy Peak Outdoor Lab, 225 acres of breathtaking wilderness adjacent to the Colorado Trail, where they will reflect on all that they’ve learned. Next, groups will replenish food supplies, and pack up gear for their next adventures. Then they will head to the rich landscape of Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming to begin the second half of their expedition. Participants will spend six-days building technical skills in paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking and hone their sport-specific skills with their fellow SITs.

From navigating the backcountry to building lifelong friendships and gaining hands-on leadership skills, this is an opportunity of a lifetime —one you won’t want to miss.

How to apply: Within a week after submitting your registration, we’ll send you an official application for the Staff-in-Training program. Our team will review your application and notify you on whether or not you’ve been accepted (if not, we’ll refund your tuition). Space is limited, so register early!

* Departure and pick up are in Louisville, CO.


Camp Length Two Weeks
Price $2,770
Total Camp Hours 293

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 these in 2022.
Packing lists and gear purchase options will be provided.
Backpack Rental $25

Camp Details


Entering 11th-12th


2-Week Session
Sunday Check-In, 10:00 AM
Friday Check-Out, 3:00 PM


Drop-Off/Pick-Up: Drop-Off/Pick-Up: 1501 Empire Rd, Louisville, CO 80027
1501 Empire Rd, Louisville, CO 80027

Camp Location: Colorado and Wyoming

Camp Location: Colorado and Wyoming

Your Adventures


Rock Climbing

Mountain Biking

Whitewater Rafting




Standup Paddleboarding

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.

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.

On flat water, campers will spend a full day mastering the basics of stand up paddleboarding, perfecting their strokes and balance. Once they hit moving water, they’ll learn to paddle through rapids and even how to catch waves and carve turns on a paddleboard-turned-surfboard.

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.