Windy Peak Resident Camp 6th - 8th Graders: Overnight Camp

Once campers reach middle school, they’re ready to push themselves into bigger challenges and take on a full two-week program at Avid4 Adventure Overnight Camps. They are ready for a four-day backpacking trip that tests their problem-solving skills and adventuring savvy. They are ready to build solid technical skills in our core sports – whether they are total beginners or seasoned experts – ranging from rock climbing and mountain biking to canoeing and kayaking. In short, they’re ready for Avid4 Adventure’s Resident Overnight 6th – 8th Grade Program.

Throughout their two-week session, campers also try other exciting outdoor activities including archery, whitewater rafting, tree-climbing and a camp betterment project – an exercise in leaving their environment better than they found it. Rounding out the experience is plenty of time for games, traditions and bonding that only happens at overnight camp, leaving campers with character-shaping confidence and lifelong memories.

PRICING

CAMP PRICING Price Per Session
Camp Price $2,455

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* Save an additional $245 on the June 28th - July 11th session!

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ADD-ON PRICES Price
Camp shuttle to-from Denver International Airport $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $20
Sleeping bag & pad rental (for camping days only, not for cabins) $20

Camp Details

GRADES

Entering 6th-8th

Hours

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

Two Weeks of Adventure

Videos

Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing

Canoeing, Kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding

Backpacking

Archery

White Water Rafting

Tree Climbing

Challenge Course

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 a bike taking on increasingly technical trails as their proficiency increases. 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 for as many as they can! As they get comfortable on the water, these acquired skills prepare them for their Whitewater Rafting experience with Mile-Hi Rafting!

Campers venture out into the backcountry for an unforgettable four-day backpacking trip. Along the way they hike between 15 – 20 miles, attempt to summit a high peak, whip up delicious meals on a backcountry stove, and participate in Leave No Trace activities. Campers work intensively on their team collaboration and also experience a “solo,” a time alone in the woods to reflect on their personal development. They emerge from this journey with lasting knowledge 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.

We work with Colorado licensed rafting company, Mile-Hi Rafting, to take kids out for a half-day of rafting. Mile Hi Rafting offers fun professionally guided whitewater rafting trips on exciting Clear Creek and the famous Arkansas rivers. They learn to paddle through small rapids, stay safe on the water and work as a team to navigate their raft through the rapids. 

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, 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.

Meet Your Camp Director

Claire Dunlap

Claire discovered her passion for working with kids at overnight camp in 2010 and has been in the camping industry every year since. She went to Murray State University in her home state of Kentucky, where she majored in Outdoor Recreation and Youth and Nonprofit Leadership. After college, she spent her first summer working at Southwoods, a camp in Upstate New York, as an Outdoor Adventure Instructor and quickly climbed to becoming the Director of the Outdoor Adventure program in 2012. Claire was hands-on in the program until 2017 and led her staff and campers on hiking, camping, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, and paddling adventures all over the Adirondacks. She’s also directed programs for the YMCA and Camp Adventure, where she worked on military bases to serve in their Child Development Centers. She loves working with kids because it provides an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than herself, empowering campers to be themselves, and grow outside their comfort zones. Claire has a reputation for personal connection and creating safe, supportive environments for kids to realize their potential and discover new passions. Claire spent the last two seasons with Avid4 Adventure as the Senior Assistant Director at Windy Peak to now as the Director. You can find her exploring the outdoors, riding her beloved bike Windy, believing in unicorns, traveling the globe, and spending time with friends and family.

Testimonials

“This was the first sleep away camp and backpacking experience for my daughter. The counselors were incredibly welcoming and reassuring. Over the two weeks she not only learned the challenging outdoor skills but also, and more importantly, the soft skills of leadership, collaboration and communication. She made incredible bonds with her counselor and made new friends. She loved the thrill and adventure of the backpack; especially being in new situations and learning new skills. The camp pushed her out of her comfort zone and helped develop her self confidence.”
-Shelby, parent of 6th – 8th grade camper

WINDY PEAK CAMP PRE-CAMP GUIDE

Already registered? All the information you need about your resident overnight camp adventure at Windy Peak– where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

Find it here

WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

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.

OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY