Whatever their level of experience, we get campers comfortable riding at Staunton State Park’s world-class mountain biking trail system. Campers practice braking, cornering, uphill climbing, and managing a variety of features on two wheels. They will also learn more in-depth bike maintenance skills, and try riding on and jumping off rocks.
At Staunton State Park’s nearby awe-inspiring walls and crags, campers of all skill levels will master techniques for conquering a variety of climbs. Campers get to practice their climbing skills and push themselves on fun routes. They also learn how to set anchors for a top-rope climb, tie knots, use climbing commands, belay each other and make sure their whole group practices sound judgment.
Out on the water at Nelson Pond (on-site) and Wellington Lake (off-site), campers hone their paddling skills, learning new strokes, attempting rescues and taking on all kinds of fun challenges like obstacle courses, races, and running across the boat bows. As they get comfortable on the water, these acquired skills prepare them for their Whitewater Rafting experience with Liquid Descent Rafting!
For a true backcountry experience, campers will venture out for an unforgettable trip. Along the way they’ll explore remote Colorado wilderness, attempt to summit a high peak, whip up delicious meals as a team, and practice the Leave No Trace Principles. Campers work on their team collaboration and have the chance to experience a “solo,” a controlled, personal time alone for 2ish hours in the woods to reflect. A popular practice with youth trip guiding, they emerge from this journey with lasting knowledge, skills, and confidence they can use on future adventures.
Campers let the arrows fly on our on-site archery range, building strength and marksmanship skills as they learn about archery techniques, equipment, and safety and range commands.
Using their rock climbing skills and plenty of safety equipment, campers climb 40 to 60 feet up Windy Peak’s giant ponderosas and will get some of the best views of camp, practice rappelling, and challenge themselves with their balance on branches!
Out on our on-site Challenge Course, campers take on fun teambuilding challenges—walking across suspended logs, crossing a “river” without falling in, getting the whole team from one side of a “spider’s web” to the other without touching it—designed to build team camaraderie and develop conflict resolution and problem solving skills.