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CMC Pre-Camp Guide

CMC Pre-Camp Guide

CMC Pre-Camp Guide

Where is camp?

Entering 1st – 6th Graders: Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab 201 Evans Ranch Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439

Entering 7th – 11th Graders: Windy Peak Outdoor Lab 20973 Wellington Lake Road, Bailey, CO 80421. View detailed map

How can I reach the director?

To reach the Colorado Mountain Camp Director, Heather Cardneau, at Windy Peak please call 720.249.2412 x62 or email H[email protected]

To reach the Colorado Mountain Camp Director, Eric Rightor, at Mt. Evans please call 720.249.2412 x61 or email [email protected]

Where can I upload forms and camper information?

You should receive an email from DocuSign with a packet of paperwork. You can access forms for your doctor to fill out here.

Use our Parent Login to update your emergency contacts, add a friend request, or update medical information.

Where can I see photos of camp?

Photos of each session are posted in the evenings, starting the second night your camper is at camp (Monday night when a session starts Sunday). The Director will email you a password to access photos. Thank you for your patience as we have a lot of fun photos, and they take time to upload!

Click here to view CMC – Mt. Evans photos for 2017.

Click here to view CMC – Windy Peak photos for 2017.

When is drop-off/pick-up?

Please refer to the Drop-Off/Pick-Up section in the brown tabs below for your camper’s specific drop-off/pick up times.

How can I make changes to my camper's session?

Please email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-977-9873 to cancel or transfer sessions. To add a backpack, sleeping bag & pad, or camp store money, please login to your online account.

Information needed for camp

  • Welcome from Our Directors
  • Drop-Off & Pick-Up
  • Parent/Camper Communication
  • Packing Lists
  • Health & Wellness
  • Camp Store FAQs
  • Transportation
  • Food at CMC

Welcome from Our Directors

  • Welcome to the Avid4 Adventure Family!

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome your child and family to Colorado Mountain Camp for the 2017 season. Our “home away from home” and positive community is a place where your camper can take healthy steps towards fostering personal growth.

    CMC staff treat their campers as though they were their own family, and younger brothers and sisters. These relationships are why Colorado Mountain Camp is so highly regarded in the industry. Our staff provides the safety nets for your camper to discover new interests, new hobbies, go beyond expectations, and be empowered to be their best self.

    While your camper is in our care, we will help him/her learn life skills that encourage wellness and personal growth. We will create opportunities for decision-making, conflict resolution, responsibility, resourcefulness, and teamwork. The camp experience revolves around making friendships and establishing a sense of place for each and every camper.

    We take pride in our efforts to give your child an invaluable experience while creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us by sending your child(ren) to Colorado Mountain Camp. We would like to remind our returning families, and inform our new families, that if you have any concerns during your child’s stay at camp, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how your child is doing.

    Yours truly,

    Heather Cardneau – Windy Peak, CMC Director & Eric Rightor – Mt. Evans, CMC Director


Drop-Off & Pick-Up

  • Drop-Off, Pick-Up & Parents’ Day


    In order to provide each family with a smooth and personalized check-in experience, we have staggered check-in times for each camp location and request that you drop-off at your designated time and not prior to our gate opening. If you have campers at both locations, please review the information closely. After the check-in process, parents will have the option of taking a self-guided tour of our facilities or a guided tour with our staff. Please plan on 30 minutes at a minimum for drop-off or an hour if you plan on taking a tour and assisting your camper move in. 

    Pick-Up & Parents’ Day

    Come ready to get wet and be active! We will have closing ceremonies and then provide you with the opportunity to go paddling, biking and more with your child. Families will be able to participate in 2-3 activities in the time allotted.   Campers may not leave camp with anyone except their parents or guardian unless arrangements have been made with our camp office in advance. 



    Camp location:  The Jefferson County Outdoor Lab at Mt. Evans, 201 Evans Ranch Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439

    Mini Camp/1st Grade

    Start Date Drop-Off Pick-Up
    6/18, 6/25, 7/30, 8/6

    Sunday: 12:30-2:30

    Wednesday: 8:30-10:30

    8/2, 8/9

    Wednesday: 12:30-2:30

    Saturday: 8:30-10:00

    For pick-up, please arrive for the start of your time slot to be part of all ceremonies and activities with your child.

    2nd-4th; 4th-6th; Expedition Backpacking

    Grades Drop-Off Pick-Up

    1 week camp 2nd-4th

    Sunday: 12:30-2:30

    Saturday: 8:30-10:00

    2 week camp 4th-6th

    Sunday: 12:30-2:30

    Saturday: 9:30-11:00

    Pick-up times are staggered according to grade to allow for ease of traffic. If you have campers in both grade groups, please come for the 8:30am pick-up. For pick-up, please arrive for the start of your time slot to be part of all ceremonies and activities with your child.



    Camp location: The Jefferson County Outdoor Lab at Windy Peak, 20973 Wellington Lake Road, Bailey, CO.

    Grades 7th – 11th 

    Drop-Off Pick-Up

    Sunday: 1:30-3:30pm

    Saturday:  9:30am – 11:30am

    Please arrive for the start of your pick-up time slot to be part of all ceremonies and activities with your child.

    Visiting Camp

    We have no camp visitation days while your child is enrolled as we have found it can be a difficult experience for a child away from home to see other parents and relatives visiting. This, in turn, can cause morale problems throughout the camp. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter as it will be a great help to your child in their adjustment to camp life. All parents are welcome to visit the facility prior to the opening of camp, or during any session your child is not attending. If parents would like to schedule a tour prior to their camper’s session, they may do so by contacting the director.

Parent/Camper Communication

  • Parent/Camper Communication


    Campers are allotted time each day to write letters home to friends, family, pets, etc. Campers are not required to send letters home, but it is highly encouraged by the staff. CMC will provide materials such as paper, pen, stamps, envelopes, etc as needed to encourage your campers.

    If you are not receiving letters (and it is expected that you should), please send an e-mail to [email protected] for Mt. Evans or [email protected] for Windy Peak, and we will look into it.

    Letter writing tips to set up your camper for success:

    • Your child may appreciate a letter or two from home. To help them adjust to being away from home, please do not write any distressing news.
    • You may also give us prepared mail for your child during check-in, and we will be happy to deliver a letter 2 or 3 times a week. Provide instructions with your letters.
    • For our international families, please contact our office for guidance on your camper’s communication home.

    Mailing address for letters only (not packages): 

    Colorado Mountain Camp- Mt. Evans
    Camper Name- Camper Group
    PO Box 1198
    Evergreen, CO 80437


    Colorado Mountain Camp – Windy Peak
    Camper’s Name -Group Name
    PO Box 741 Bailey, CO 80421

    You can only send letters via the United States Postal Service to these addresses; letters via FedEx or UPS will be returned.  Please see below for how to send packages.  Group names can be found in your confirmation email that will be released approximately two-weeks before your scheduled session.


    Campers love packages! We are happy to accept packages at camp and deliver as you indicate.

    PLEASE DO NOT SEND PACKAGES TO THE MAILING ADDRESS. Only packages sent to our physical address will arrive AND THEY MUST BE SENT THROUGH UPS OR FEDEX. The post office will not deliver to the physical address.  

    It is important to note that what you send in the package will most likely be distributed among other campers, traded for other items, etc..  Please also know that all food items will be stored in a separate location from your camper (We have tons of critters running around and do not want them in the cabins.).  If your camper has forgotten an item from home, please contact our office to arrange for your camper to receive his/her forgotten item. 

    Send Windy Peak packages to:

    Colorado Mountain Camp- Windy Peak
    Camper Name- Camper Group
    20973 Wellington Lake Road
    Bailey, CO 80421

    Send Mt. Evans packages to:

    Colorado Mountain Camp- Mt. Evans
    Camper Name- Camper Group
    201 Evans Ranch Road
    Evergreen, CO 80439


    Parents, friends, family, pets, etc. are more than welcome and encouraged to send an email to their camper. Simply email [email protected] or [email protected]. Please title the subject of the email with “camper name – cabin number”.

    Camper email is downloaded multiple times each day and printed for distribution daily. Sending 2-3 emails per week is the ideal number.


    Please do not expect phone calls from your child. Part of the CMC experience is to live unplugged for a period of time. News of friends speaking to their parents on the telephone can cause problems with other campers and make their adjustment to camp life more difficult. You are welcome to discuss your child’s progress with our Camp Director, who will return all incoming calls and emails the same day. Please do not send cell phones as there is no cell phone reception and Avid4 is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.

    If your child writes distressing letters, which homesick children commonly do, do not become unduly alarmed. We have found that some children may write their first letter on the evening of the first night. You receive the letter two days later, and while you are reading it, your child has fully adjusted and is having a wonderful time on kayaking or horseback riding. Be assured that we are deeply concerned about the welfare of your child, and that he or she will always have our full attention. Should you have any anxiety in this regard, please feel free to call or email the Camp Director. The Director is happy to discuss your child’s progress. To help your child successfully transition to being away from home, please do not give them the option of returning home at any time prior to the end of the session. There is no pro rate option under these circumstances, and children who have this in mind prepare for an abbreviated stay and never allow themselves the chance to have fun.  We will let you know if your child is having a more difficult time adjusting than the average camper.

Packing Lists

  • Packing List

    To download the required packing list for all CMC campers, please click on this link: CMC Packing List

    Rental Items & Items for Purchase

    Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads are available to rent through your online account. We will also have items available for campers to purchase at our trading post. Please view a complete list of our trading post items here: Trading Post items for purchase

Health & Wellness

  • Health & Wellness

    NURSE & HEALTH CENTER: A resident nurse is employed and living on the premises at all times. Parents will be notified if their child is confined to the infirmary for longer than a 24-hour period. Should a condition arise of a serious nature, the Camp Director will contact the parents or guardians, or your personal physician if necessary, by telephone.

    If your child is to take any medication while at camp, please do not pack your child’s medication in their luggage. Instead, present it to the staff at the check-in table at the departure location. 

    • All prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements must be turned in to the camp nurse upon check-in.  
    • All medications must be in their original container (not in a pill box, ziploc bag or other container) and must have supporting documentation from a prescriptive authority for administration.
    • Any medications without appropriate documentation WILL NOT be administered to your child.
    • Our clinic provides the medications listed below.  If you do not have a signature from your doctor giving us permission to administer your child’s Tylenol from home, for example, we can provide it through our clinic because it is one of the medications listed below.
    • If you have not already signed our waiver giving us permission to administer our clinic’s medications, we will provide that to you at check-in.  


    • Activated Charcoal- If directed by Poison Control
    • Aloe Gel- Sunburn
    • Anbesol- Mouth sores
    • Antacid/Pepto- Upset stomach
    • Anti-fungal Cream- Foot infections
    • Auralgan Otic Solution – Ear wash
    • Benadryl- Allergic reactions
    • Betadine- Topical wound cleaning
    • Calamine Lotion – poison ivy/poison oak exposure
    • Carmex- Lip burns/dryness
    • Chloraceptic- Sore Throat
    • Chlor-Trimeton– Non-drowsey allergy relief
    • Double Antibiotic Ointment- Topical treatment for minor cuts or burns
    • Hydrocortizone cream – itchy skin
    • Ibuprofen- Cramps, sore throat, aches, pains
    • Immodium- Diarrhea
    • Milk Of Magnesia- Constipation
    • Pepcid- Allergic reactions/upset stomach
    • Robitussin DM- Cough
    • Saline Solution- Eye wash
    • Throat Drops- Sore Throat
    • Tylenol- Pain or fever
    • Zyrtec and/or Claritin- Allergic reactions

    Under the supervision of the Camp Nurse, each camper will receive an initial health screening upon arrival to camp. The screening will look at overall observable health, a scalp check, throat and mouth check, and skin check.

    Lice Treatment Plan

    Lice is a very common problem and not one that occurs from being “dirty.”   It also cannot live without a human host. So it’s not possible for lice to be living at camp prior to campers arriving. The only way it gets into camp is on an infected camper. The American Camp Association’s educational webpage on lice has excellent information for you to read if interested. Additionally, the CDC has an excellent website with plenty of information. 

    Colorado Mountain Camp’s No Lice/No Nits Policy and our Lice Screening Process:

    During the initial orientation of campers to CMC on the first day, a lice screening is conducted in the nurse’s office by our contracted partner, Lice and Easy Boutique, to determine if lice, nits, or eggs are present on a camper.  

    If your camper has lice, nits or eggs, you may choose one of two options:

    1. pay Lice and Easy Boutique $250 for a one hour session to remove the lice on site or
    2. take the camper home to remove the lice yourselves and return to camp after your camper is completely lice free.  

    Lice and Easy Boutique will begin treatment immediately so that your camper can stay in his/her cabin on the first night. We will also put all of the camper’s clothing and bedding in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.  If you choose to not pay for the Lice and Easy Boutique $250 service, you may take the camper home to be treated and bring them back after they are completely lice-free.

    Prevention Before Camp

    We encourage you to have your campers checked for head lice at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp.  If your camper had head lice or was exposed to it (family member, friend, etc) within four weeks of their arrival to camp, please notify us. We are committed to doing all we can to keep lice out of our community.

    Additionally, you can put all of your camper’s clothing, bedding, stuffed animals, etc. in a high-heat dryer for 30 minutes prior to packing them up for camp. As long as these items don’t come into contact with anyone or anything else between the dryer and duffle bag/backpack, this may kill lice or nits that might be on their belongings that you aren’t aware of.

    Thank you for your understanding and support in helping us have a lice-free summer at CMC!

Camp Store FAQs

  • Trading Post FAQs

    LOGIN to your online account to add trading post money.  If your camper is already at camp, please call or email your camp to add additional funds (contact info at the top of the Pre-Camp guide page).

    What is the Camp Store/Trading Post?
    Colorado Mountain Camp operates a small camp store/trading post onsite for campers and staff. The trading post allow campers the opportunity to purchase items they may have forgotten (toothbrush, stamps, etc), a chance to pick up some new gear (hat, backpack, carabiner, etc), or satisfy a craving for some snacks (clif bars, fruit leathers, beef jerky, etc).

    When is the Trading Post Open?
    The trading post is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons for campers (campers will be dismissed to the TP by group). Special TP times are arranged for groups that are leaving on an expedition of 5 days or more (to pick up last minute items). The trading post will be open on Sunday afternoons and Saturday mornings for parents and families to pick up any additional items they would like.

    What is offered in the Trading Post?
    The trading post offers branded shirts, hats, bandanas, carabiners, backpacks, sunglasses, stationary, friendship bracelets, snacks, and much more! View a complete list of trading post items here. Additionally, all care packages and mail received at camp will be distributed to campers as they visit the TP.

    What is the average cost of an item in the Trading Post?
    Items in the TP vary. However, a majority of all items in the TP are less than $10 with an average being right around $5-$8. Smaller items such as drinks, snacks, carabiners, key chains, etc. can be purchased for $5 or less. Medium items such as bandanas, water bottles, stationary, disposable cameras, etc., can be purchased for $10 or less. Larger items such as bike jerseys, hats, shirts, backpacks, etc., can be purchased for $20 or more. The most expensive item is the Camelbak Cloudwalker, which sells for $55.

    How do I add money for my camper(s)?
    Please login to your online account
    to add trading post money. However, if your camper is currently at camp, please call or email your camp to add additional funds as they will not be tracked through our registration system. 

    What is the recommended amount that I should leave?
    The maximum amount is determined by the parent(s) at the time of registration. From reviewing the average amounts allocated in previous years, we recommend an amount of $30-$50 for all one-week campers and recommend an amount of $50-$100 for all two-week campers. You are more than welcome to leave more than or less than the recommend amount. It is highly encouraged to not leave an “open” amount or a very large amount such as $200+. We find that the campers end up buying items for everyone in their cabin or group or purchase multiples of the same item to “spend the money.” 

    How does my camper know how much they have?
    A report will be generated with a listing of the camper(s), as well as the allocated funds, and given/emailed to the Program Director (who runs the TP). When a camper comes to the TP, they will be told how much money they have to spend. As they purchase items, the Program Director will subtract the items from the balance and record the item on the sheet as well as the remaining balance.

    How do I know what my camper purchased/ do I get a receipt?
    The Program Director will record all items purchased by individual campers. The list will be kept with the camp director, once the session ends. You may request a list of items purchased and will be emailed by the camp director. A receipt will NOT be provided as the original receipt/confirmation you receive at the time of enrollment serves as the receipt for services.

    What happens if all of the money allocated is not spent?
    Any unused portion of the trading post monies will be NOT be refunded. All remaining monies in the campers TP fund will be applied to the Avid4 Adventure Scholarship Fund. The additional funds are NOT considered a donation, but as part of the fees for attending camp.

    What about refunds and exchanges?
    Colorado Mountain Camp will NOT provide a refund for items that are lost, stolen, broken, etc. If it is determined that an item is defective, the camper may exchange the item in the TP for another identical item. If the item is out of stock, the camper may choose another TP item of equal value.

    Can my camper(s) bring cash or check with them?
    Since the campers all have their own secure TP accounts, we ask that no cash or checks be left with your child at camp. Avid4 Adventure is not responsible for any cash or checks that are lost, stolen, misplaced, etc. The TP will not accept any forms of currency so we strongly request that campers not bring extra spending money to camp.


  • Transportation to Colorado Mountain Camp

    By Plane

    For campers who are flying into Colorado, CMC will provide a shuttle service to and from the Denver International Airport (DEN) with prior communication and acceptance with the camp office.

    • The fee for this shuttle service is $75 one-way and $140 round trip.
    • All participants under 12 years old must travel with an Unaccompanied Minor Form, purchased at the time airplane reservations are made; this is provided through the airline must be prepaid.

    Colorado Mountain Camp has pre-designated pick up/ drop off times.

    We understand that flying is expensive and arrival/departure times can vary and change the cost of the ticket, however, we ask that you schedule your arrival/departure times within the pre-designated time-frames we offer.

    • There will be an additional $50 charge when camper arrive outside of the “standard” time, because we will have to hire an additional staff member to arrange for pickup.

    Sunday Arrival
    Please schedule for arrival to DIA between 9:00 am-12:00 pm MST.        

    Saturday Departure
    Please schedule departure from DIA between 7:00 am & 10:00 am.


    Campers flying into Denver will be met at the baggage claim by Avid4 Adventure camp personnel wearing a staff uniform and holding a sign with your camper’s name on it. Campers will then be escorted to a marked Avid4 Adventure van for the 2-hour trip to camp. Campers should carry a list of phone numbers, including Colorado Mountain Camp, and a small amount of travel money. The camp director will inform the parents/guardians by telephone, that their camper had arrived safely.

    Tickets, passports, money, cell phones, and Unaccompanied Minor forms will be collected from the camper and placed in the camp office until departure.


    Our staff will escort your child to the airline check-in counter and if your camper is 12 and under, accompany your child to their gate until he/she boards their flight. For campers over 12, our staff will escort your child to the check-in counter and remain with them until he/she proceeds through the main security area. Time spent in DIA will vary widely depending upon flight changes and delays. Expect a long day!

    Travel Tips

    It is highly recommended that campers pack a change of clothes in their carry-on/backpack along with any money, identification, tickets, medications, and paperwork. This is essential in the instance that their luggage arrives late. Please be sure to label clearly your camper’s luggage with his/her name.

    Pre-Camp Checklist

    No later than 30 days prior to departure, the camp director must have the following information:

    • Name of camper
    • Airline
    • Flight number
    • Cell phone number of camper

    International campers should be sure to contact us to make special arrangements. All campers will receive further information prior to their camp session.

    If you have any questions regarding transportation please call (720) 249-2412 ext 117 or email the director at [email protected]

Food at CMC

  • Food at CMC

    We really take pride in our outstanding kitchen staff and the work they do to prepare amazing, healthy meals for campers with all appetites and dietary restrictions.  Our kitchen crew makes almost everything from scratch in our state-of-the-art kitchen, whipping up kid-friendly, family-style meals. We serve fresh fruit in the morning and have a full salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner also boast a fantastic dessert.  During their session, kids will have a different meal every single day, so they will enjoy a large variety of options.  There is no limit to the number of servings available and we are serious when we say that no one ever leaves our dining hall hungry!

    Please see our menus here and answers to some of our frequently asked questions below:

    Food served during a two-week session:

    Week 1:

    CMC Main Menu- Week 1

    CMC GF Menu- Week 1

    CMC Vegetarian Menu- Week 1

    Week 2:

    CMC Main Menu- Week 2

    CMC GF Menu- Week 2

    CMC Vegetarian Menu- Week 2

    Where do campers eat?

    Campers eat in our dining hall when they’re on site at camp, or in the great outdoors when they’re out on expeditions. Meal times in our dining hall are more than just a chance to fill up—they’re a time for the entire camp to be together to eat with their cabin groups, visit with friends and family from other cabins, sing songs and listen to announcements. They are social events that happen three times a day.

    Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

    We can accommodate food allergies, vegetarian diets, and gluten-free needs. Make sure to have your doctor fill out the medical forms found in your registration confirmation email if your camper has special allergies we need to accommodate.

    What will my camper eat off-site?

    Menus for off-site adventures and overnight expeditions vary, as campers need to carry their food with them from location to location. Many times campers will have the opportunity to provide input into their meals and help plan the menu. They’ll also get to try their hands at “backcountry cooking,” making meals using their camp stoves.

    Who provides the food?

    At Colorado Mountain Camp, we hire a professional food service team to deliver the great food we enjoy each summer. Our staff are led by experienced chefs with diverse experience in the culinary field from catering to fine dining and are excited to raise the bar at CMC to show what ‘camp food’ can really be.

    For more information please visit our Food at CMC page.

Contact Us

Email or call our Customer Experience Team at 1-800-977-9873 if you have any questions we haven’t answered above.