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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. View detailed map

How can I reach the director?

To reach the Colorado Mountain Camp Director, Ian Roberts, please call 1-800-977-9873 x117.

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?

Click here to view camp photos. Once camp starts, you will receive an email from us with a password to access our Colorado Mountain Camp photos page.

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. This will be updated in the spring for our 2017 season.

Information needed for camp

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

Welcome from Our Director

  • 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 feel some anxiety during your child’s stay at camp, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how your child is doing.

    Yours truly,

    Ian Roberts

    Colorado Mountain Camp 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, assisting with camper move-in, etc. 


    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. 



    Grade 1: Mini Camp, Wednesday Drop Off

    12:30- 2:30pm:  Drop-off for 1st grade participants

    Grade 1: Mini Camp, Wednesday Pick Up

    8:30- 10:30am:   Pick-up for 1st grade participants

    Grades 1-6: Sunday Drop Off

    12:30pm:  CMC gate opens & cars may enter

    12:30-2:30pm: Drop-off for Mini Camp, 2nd-4th, 4th-6th, & Expedition Backpacking program participants. 

    All Grades: Saturday Pick-Up

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

    1st & 2nd -4th grade programs: 8:30am – 10:00am

    4th -6th grade programs: 9:30am – 11:00am  



    Sunday Start: 

    1:30pm:  CMC gate opens & cars may enter

    1:30-3:30pm:  7th-8th & 9th-11th grade program participants. 


    Saturday Pick-Up:

    9:30am – 11:30am:  7th-8th & 9th-11th grade programs.


    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.

Parent/Camper Communication

  • Parent/Camper Communication

    MAIL: 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] Mt. Evans or [email protected] Windy Peak, and we will look into it. Your child may also expect a letter or two from home. Twice a week is sufficient. To help them adjust to being away from home, please do not write any distressing news. You may also send prepared mail for your child on the day of registration and we will be happy to deliver a letter 2 or 3 times a week, just let us know. For our international families, please contact our office for guidance on your camper’s communication home.

    You may mail letters to:

    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. Please either phone or email us, and we will happily provide your camper’s group name.

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

    You may send Windy Peak packages to:
    Colorado Mountain Camp-Windy Peak
    20973 Wellington Lake Road
    Bailey, CO 80421

    You may 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] with the name of the camper and group in the subject line.

    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 our 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 in three days, or 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 a three-day or abbreviated stay and never allow themselves the chance to have fun. We assure you, we will let you know if your child is having a more difficult time adjusting than the average camper.

Packing Lists

  • Packing List

    When planning for Colorado Mountain Camp, keep in mind that participants need to be prepared for the climate and program activities such as hiking, camping, horseback riding, climbing, mountain biking, and more.  In an outdoor mountain setting, short skirts/shorts and revealing shirts are not appropriate and comfortable clothing and shoes are a must! 

    We highly recommend that you send old clothes and linens with your camper. Some items may be lost or damaged. Please remember that we are in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and our weather can be unpredictable! Our temperatures usually reach 75 to 80 degrees in the daytime all summer and drop to 25°- 40° at night in June and early July with warmer nights, 35°- 48°, from mid-July through August. Our summers offer beautiful, sunny days with occasional afternoon showers and cool, crisp evenings and nights. This list has been created with your camper’s comfort and preparedness in mind.

    LAUNDRY: Laundry services are not available at camp. There is a washer and dryer available for essential laundry (super muddy items, accident in the bed, etc).

    Packing List for All Campers

    Listed below are items required for the well being and safety of all participants.

    * Items marked with an asterisk are available in the camp store. Please see our camp store section for more information.

    Bag for cabin:

    • One suitcase, duffel bag, or soft-sided footlocker and a sleeping bag are sufficient for packing for a one week or two week session of camp. Space is limited in the cabin, pack with this in mind.

    Sleeping bag & pad:

    • Please see expedition list below for sleeping bag requirements for two-week campers. ALL campers should have a sleeping bag with a rating of 15-20 degrees and filled with synthetic fibers or down. Cotton is not advised. A sleeping pad under the sleeping bag provides great insulation from the cold ground when camping out. Sleeping bags & pads for camp outs/expeditions only (not for sleeping in cabins) may be rented by logging into your online account

    Day pack (book/school pack size) with the following items in it:

    • *2 water bottles (round with screw top lids that don’t leak-Nalgene brand is best)
    • Rain gear (poncho or coat/pants combination)
    • Medium weight jacket (warm-long sleeved fleece works best)
    • Wool or Fleece Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
    • *Lip balm with SPF
    • *Baseball cap or bandana
    • *Sunglasses with UV protection
    • *Disposable Camera
    • *Flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries

    Required Clothing & Personal Items:

    • Windbreaker Jacket (not needed if a rain jacket is brought)
    • Sweatshirt (hooded or crewneck)
    • T-Shirts (5-10) – a few t-shirts should be non- cotton athletic shirts for hiking/backpacking. No sleeveless, tank or tube tops.
    • Hiking Pants (1 pair) – comfortable, lightweight, and loose fitting. Polyester or non-cotton fabric is best.
    • Shorts (5 pair) – suitable for hiking/backpacking. At least one pair should be loose, long shorts to be worn with a climbing harness. No short shorts; polyester or nylon is best.
    • 2-3 pairs of jeans or long pants
    • 1 pair of sweat pants or wind pants
    • 1 set of pajamas or appropriate sleeping attire
    • Socks (8-10 pair) – cotton socks
    • Hiking Socks (4 pair) – Wool or wool/poly socks
    • Underwear (12 pair)
    • 1 bath towel, 1 wash cloth, 1 beach towel
    • Laundry bag (for dirty clothes)
    • Comfortable hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes, must be closed-toed (2 pair)
    • 1 pair flip-flops for the shower (cannot wear during regular camp activities)
    • Swim Suit (1) – appropriate for co-ed water activities, one-piece only for girls
    • Pillow

    Toiletry Kit:

    • Toothbrush/paste
    • Deodorant
    • Soap/shampoo/conditioner
    • *Comb or brush


    • Stationery – with pre-addressed, stamped envelopes and pen
    • Sketch pad or journal and a few books for reading
    • Address list of friends and relatives
    • Favorite Stuffed animal or photos from home
    • Deck of Cards
    • Costumes, wigs, funny clothing for special occasions
    • Linens for a twin mattress (most campers sleep in their sleeping bags)
    • Extra blanket for warmth


    Expedition Gear List – additional packing list for 2-week campers.

    Hiking can be a strenuous activity. The key to staying warm, dry, and comfortable is layering. Make sure that you have adequate and appropriate layers for changing conditions. Be aware of your personal preferences and needs when assembling your gear and select what to bring accordingly. Keep in mind that you will be the one carrying it.


    Never underestimate the variability of weather. Daytime temperatures range from 30◦ – 90◦ F and higher, nights can be 50◦ less than a daytime high. Expect rain, snow, and sunshine.

    Outerwear required

    • Rain jacket and pants (1): lightweight waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or similar product.
    • Fleece jacket or vest (1)

    Clothing required – NO COTTON!

    • Cotton absorbs water and sweat which makes you colder. You lose heat through water 20X faster than air. Hence, when cotton gets wet “cotton kills.” Bring clothing that is fast drying and wicks away water such as nylon, fleece, wool, and similar synthetic products.
    • Long-sleeved polypro top for sun, bugs, cold (1)
    • Hiking shorts, nylon (1)
    • Pants (1): quick-drying, lightweight. Zip-off pants are great.
    • Wicking T-shirts (2): synthetic ONLY! One for hiking, one for camp.
    • Underwear (3 pair): synthetic preferred
    • Wool hiking socks (2-3 pairs) 
    • Sock liners, synthetic (2 pairs): optional

    Clothing accessories required

    • Baseball cap or Sun hat with brim
    • Wool or fleece hat
    • Bandana

    Footwear required

    • Hiking boots required. Preferably waterproof and well broken in. We will be carrying loads in which trail runners or other athletic shoes will not give adequate support and the trails are rocky and root covered! A sturdy boot that comes over the ankle. Leather or Gore-tex with a vibram sole. Younger campers who might not hike extensively can get away with a less expensive boot. Older campers who plan to hike extensively should invest in good quality trail hiking boots
    • Sandals (for fording, in camp)
    • Lightweight Gators (optional). Used for protecting your boots and lower legs when hiking in snow or brush.

     Must Haves

    All of the items below may be rented from us in advance by logging into your online account. Please rent ASAP as supplies are limited.  Rentals are for the expedition portion of the session only: 

    • Backpack (minimum of 3,000 cubic inches). Available to rent for a nominal cleaning fee. 
    • Sleeping Bag. The most practical bag is a mummy-style, three season bag with a temperature rating of 20 degrees or lower. Available to rent for a nominal cleaning fee. 
    • Sleeping Pad. Used beneath the sleeping bag for warmth and insulation. Available to rent and comes with sleeping bag rental above. 

    Backpacking accessories required

    • Headlamp with spare batteries. Black Diamond headlamps are available at the camp store.
    • Black Garbage Bags (2)
    • 1-quart Nalgene/ Water Bottles (2-3): Nalgene style bottles work best. Campers also bring a Camelbak to use on hikes.
    • Assorted Zip Lock Bags (clothing, gear, etc.)
    • Sunglasses, polarized- Campers will spend time every day between 8,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation. The sun is very powerful at this elevation. Make sure sunglasses have UV protection.
    • Sunblock, min SPF 25 (small amount)
    • Lip balm (unscented with sunscreen)
    • Bowl
    • Spork
    • Mug
    • Personal medications
    • Toothbrush & trial-sized paste
    • Pack towel (optional)
    • Stuff sacks (for: clothing, miscellaneous personal items, snacks)
    • Feminine Hygiene products if needed

    Optional Gear… think weight!

    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellent
    • Journal & pen
    • Watch
    • Digital/Disposable Camera
    • Small paperback book (if you’re a reader)


    Televisions, computers, cell phones, iPods, make-up, fireworks, expensive watches and jewelry, expensive cameras, knives, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, money, one-of-a-kind items such as special t-shirts, family treasures, pets.

    Colorado Mountain Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged items.



Health & Wellness

  • Health & Wellness

    NURSE & HEALTH CENTER: A resident nurse are 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 48-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

    Head lice have reappeared over the past few years in schools, camps, and workplaces across the U.S. This is a national issue that is discussed and addressed at length at several American Camp Association (ACA) conferences that we have attended over the past few years, and self-contained communities like camper are especially vulnerable and must be vigilant to control this problem. Despite taking every precaution and doing our best to keep this out of camp, it still has the potential to make its way into Colorado Mountain Camp. During the initial orientation of campers to CMC on the first day, a lice screening occurs with the nurse to determine if lice is present on a camper.

    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 ACA’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. You will find from reviewing those websites that we are doing everything we should be doing to prevent and control the spread of lice in camp. Below is our step-by-step plan so that you are prepared when you arrive to camp.

    STEP 1: Colorado Mountain Camp’s No Lice/No Nits Policy
    During the initial orientation of campers to CMC on the first day, a lice screening occurs with the camp nurse and clinic staff to determine if lice, nits, or eggs are present on a camper.

    If any positive cases of lice are found, we will treat the camper onsite. The camper’s parent will be billed for this service if needed. We will begin treatment immediately so that camper’s can stay in their cabins on the first night. We will also put all of that camper’s clothing and bedding in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.

    We encourage you to have your campers checked for head lice at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp. If any sign of lice is found, please call your pediatrician to arrange for appropriate and immediate treatment well BEFORE your camper comes to camp and inform us that such treatment has occurred. 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.

    *Please be aware! Having your pediatrician check for lice prior to arrival at camp is NOT always a guarantee, as there is a 3 to 7 day period of gestation during which the nits are invisible.

    STEP 2: Prevention Before Camp
    You can purchase lice prevention shampoo before camp begins. This is completely optional and not required, but we encourage families to take preventative measures before coming to camp. We especially encourage campers who are traveling campers who are traveling by bus or plane to purchase and use the preventative products.

    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.

    STEP 3: Screening Upon Arrival at Colorado Mountain Camp
    When your camper arrives to camp, she will have a brief medical check-in with our medical staff, and then proceed to the lice screening station. One of the camp staff will check their hair, and any case of lice or nits found will then be verified/confirmed by the camp nurse and medical staff members.

    STEP 4: If Lice/Nits are Found….
    If any positive cases of lice are found, the camp nurse will treat the camper onsite with approved products stocked in the clinic. We will begin treatment immediately so that campers can stay in their cabin on the first night of camp, and the camper’s parent will billed $100 for this service. If a parent chooses not to pay for this service, he or she may take the camper home to be treated and bring them back after they are completely lice-free.

    Additionally, all of their clothing and linens will be put in a high-heat dryer for approximately 30 minutes prior to being delivered to their cabin. This process kills any lice that may have survived on any of their belongings.

    STEP 5: Partnering Together
    We are committed to doing all we can to keep lice out of our community. WE encourage you to have you camper checked for head lice by a pediatrician prior to camp. If any sign of head lice is found, please call your pediatrician to arrange for appropriate and immediate treatment well BEFORE your child leaves for camp and let us know that such treatment has taken place. However, remember that lice have a gestational period during which they are invisible, therefore if your doctor says your camper is all clear, they could still appear upon arrival at 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.

    Our counseling staff is educated by medical staff on how to check for and treat the lice, and the counselors will continue to educate the campers on preventing the spread of it.

    We understand that many of you will have questions or want to contact us, and we welcome you to do so by email or phone. We are happy to answer your questions and provide any information that you may need.

    Thank you for your understanding and support in helping us have a lice-free summer at CMC! We understand that all of these efforts are being made solely in the best interest of the campers, so that the may have a stress-free summer that is not interrupted by lice treatments.

Camp Store FAQs

  • Trading Post FAQs

    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, camera, etc), a chance to pick up some new gear (hat, backpack, carabiner, etc), or satisfy a craving for some snacks (clif bars, fruit leathers, powerade, 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, disposable cameras, water bottles, bandanas, carabiners, backpacks, sunglasses, stationary, snacks, drinks, and much more! If there is a question about items offered, please ask Ian as stock/inventory may change from year to year. An updated list of merchandise will be provided once an order is placed in April/May. 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)?
    At the time of registration, parents/guardians have the opportunity to allocate an additional amount of money to the campers “trading post fund”- this is optional. The additional amount allocated will be added to the camper(s) tuition and paid for all at once during checkout. If you have already registered for camp and would like to add money to the trading post, please fill out our online order form and we will send you a receipt within a week confirming your purchase.   

    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 2014, 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 so they can just “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 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 2014, 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 so they can just “spend the money”.

    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.

    How does staff purchase items from the Trading Post?
    Staff may purchase items from the TP during their groups scheduled time. Staff items will be recorded by the program director at the time of purchase. The list will then be given to the camp director, who in turn will enter the items and costs online. The cost of the item will be deducted from the staff’s paycheck.


  • 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.

    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

    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.

    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 her name.

    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 timeframes 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 9am-12pm MST.        

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

    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!

    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?

    In the dining hall, our professional staff plan and prepare our meals.

Contact Us

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