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4th-6th Grade Expedition Backpacking

Built for 4th – 6th graders looking for an authentic backcountry experience, our week-long camp is ideal for beginning backpackers or expedition enthusiasts eager for more. Designed around a four-day, three-night expedition into the heart of Colorado’s backcountry, this transformative camp fosters the skills and confidence campers need to fuel many future journeys into the wild—and even lead your family’s next camping trip.

Campers spend their first two days on site at Mt. Evans, learning time-tested techniques for packing, menu planning, navigation and more, plus building camaraderie with their fellow backpackers through teambuilding activities. The expedition that follows lays a foundation of backcountry skills, and develops campers’ connection with the natural world.

By the time you arrive back at camp for our closing ceremony, you’ll be fortified with self-reliance, camping skills, and a newfound understanding of the great outdoors. Learn about our Pin Program! 

Make sure to also check out our 2-week program for 4th-6th graders!

Camp Details

GRADES Entering 4th - 6th
Hours One-week session, Sunday - Saturday. Pick-up/drop-off times will be posted in the spring in the Pre-Camp guide.
Lunch All meals provided. by camp.
Shuttle CMC shuttle to-from Denver International Airport:
$70 one-way
$140 round-trip
Policies Cancellations & Date Changes
Dates JULY: 2 - 8, 9 - 15, 16 - 22, 23 - 29, 30 - Aug. 5
AUGUST: 6 - 12
LOCATION Mt. Evans 201 Evans Ranch Road Evergreen, CO 80439
Saturday stay over option for campers doing two one-week sessions: July 8, July 22. Cost: $120.

Pricing: Sign up Early and SAVE

Through July 29
1st Camper $695
Sibling Price $595
Total Discunt per Sibling $100 off!

Other discounts not applicable to this program

Sibling discount: $100 off per sibling per session

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The Week's Adventures

Environmental Awareness
Gear Management
Backcountry Cooking
Expedition Skills

Campers spend the week getting in tune with the vast, mountain-studded terrain of Colorado’s backcountry, learning wilderness first aid basics, figuring out how to read the weather and honing their navigation skills using maps, compasses and GPS. They also practice the principles of Leave No Trace as they learn how to pick a campsite and answer nature’s call (and bury the results) in the woods.

We teach campers how to plan and pack for any outdoor expedition, getting them familiar with the incredibly compact gear they’ll need for cooking, cleaning and sleeping. On their expedition, they’ll work together to master the skills of setting up and breaking down tents and learn how to effectively and independently use backpacking gear like bear canisters and water treatment systems.

In addition to planning expedition menus that ensure every member of their group will consume enough calories per day, campers learn the basics of backcountry cooking, including how to safely fill and light a camp stove and whip up tasty meals outdoors. They’ll even have the chance to be in charge of a feast for the whole group.

More than just the logistics of backpacking, campers learn valuable interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork. They have opportunities to lead a group hike, putting their navigation and leadership abilities to work, and to do a solo, an independent exploration designed for reflection and personal growth. Each new experience imparts a sense of ownership and autonomy that inspires them during the week’s expedition and beyond.

Meet Your Director


Meet Your Director, Eric Rightor

I have dedicated my personal and professional life to the outdoors and I am sold on its power as a both a playground and a classroom.  I am thrilled to be part of the Avid4 Adventure team and provide your child with an incredible experience here at Mt. Evans.  For the past 10 years, I have been designing and leading overnight camp programs for kids, including at Camp Coniston, North Woods Camp for Boys, Pleasant Valley Camp for Girls, and lastly as the Executive Director at Camp Bauercrest.  I have seen first-hand the power of the outdoors to teach, test, and transform kids into their best selves – confident, independent, and part of something greater than they imagined.  While the activities are undeniably fun and the Mt. Evans location is gorgeous, the magic of camp is between these lines where friendships are formed, role models are made, accomplishments are celebrated, challenge is embraced, and moments last for a lifetime.  I believe so strongly in our community here at Colorado Mountain Camp and can’t wait for you and your child to experience CMC for yourselves.  I look forward to seeing you at Mt. Evans this summer!



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

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