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.