Windy Peak Resident Camp Windy Peak - 9th to 11th - Resident

Our Leaders-in-Training Program gives teens life-changing opportunities to take on meaningful leadership roles at camp, push their limits on a five-day expedition in the wilderness and grow their outdoor skills – all towards building lasting knowledge and experience they can use throughout their lives.

Under the supervision of our experienced instructors, Leaders-In-Training have the opportunity to work behind the scenes in every aspect of the camp experience, from teaching outdoor activities to planning all-camp events. Along the way, they develop solid leadership and hands-on teaching experience, plus the confidence to put them to use.

Their two-week session also includes an extended, 5-day backpacking trip, the chance to earn a First Aid certification, and daily opportunities to engage in their favorite adventure sports. And that’s on top of all the other incredible moments—playing games, going for impromptu hikes, sharing stories, hanging out with new friends—that make overnight camp so unforgettable.

Entering 11th – 12th graders can apply to become part of the Brand New Avid4 Adventure Staff-in-Training Expedition Program

*This session is two weeks long.


Camp Length Two Weeks
Price $2,580

DEN Airport Camp Shuttle $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
Backpack rental $20
Sleeping Bag and Pads To minimize Covid risks we are not renting these items in 2021.
Packing lists and gear purchase options will be provided.

Camp Details


Entering 9th-11th


2-Week Session

Sunday Check-In:
9th-11th: 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
6th-8th: 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Friday Check-Out:
9th-11th Grade Program
2:00pm - 2:30 - Arrival to Small Groups
2:30 - 2:50 - Small Group Closing
2:50 - 3:15 - Departure

6th-8th Grade Program
3:30 - 4:00 - Arrival to Small Groups
4:00 - 4:20 - Small Group Closing
4:20 - 4:45pm - Departure

Your Adventures

Leadership Development

Backpacking Leadership Training

Adventure Sports

Lifelong Credentials

During their first week at camp, Leaders-in-Training learn what it takes to lead, including mentoring younger campers, teaching every aspect of an adventure activity, leading a group and modeling good behavior. Our experienced staff provides real-time feedback to these young leaders, teaching a wide range of tips and techniques that would take weeks to acquire in other settings. From public speaking to teamwork and conflict resolution, teens build leadership skills that will serve them in school, work and countless other future endeavors.

Leaders-In-Training embark on a five-day adventure into the backcountry. Before they leave, they work together to organize every aspect of the trip, from menu planning to supply decisions to gear packing. Out in the wilderness, they’ll navigate backcountry trails, cook their own meals, attempt to summit a high peak and camp under the stars all while using Leave No Trace curriculum. They’ll also take part in a solo experience, hiking out from basecamp to spend some reflective time on their own. While our staff is with them every step of the way on this extended backpacking trip, teens are trusted to assess the challenges they encounter and make their own decisions, a vital exercise in building independence, problem-solving experience and teamwork skills.

Throughout their two-week session, Leaders-in-Training will have the chance to take on a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and rock climbing. They’ll push themselves to learn new skills and advance their proficiency in the adventure sports they’re most passionate about.

In addition to incredible personal growth and the abundance of practical feedback they receive from our staff throughout their two-week session, our Leaders-in-Training leave camp with some very valuable credentials:

  • – A ton of great experience and a strong foundation for future work with kids in the outdoors

  • – A First Aid certification from American Red Cross

  • – A nationally recognized training in Leave No Trace principles

  • – The opportunity to become Staff-in-Training with Avid4 Adventure (Expedition Experience for entering 11th-12th graders)

Meet Your Camp Director

Meet Your 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.


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.

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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.