Teen Leadership Program

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9th-11th Grade Overnight Camp Program

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

Under the supervision of our most senior instructors, teen leaders work behind the scenes in every aspect of the camp experience, from teaching outdoor activities to younger campers to planning all-camp events to working in the dining hall. They learn to lead from within a group and in front of it, developing both solid leadership skills and the confidence to put them to use.

Their two-week session also includes an extended expedition, the opportunity to deepen their skills in their favorite adventure sports and all of the other big and little moments—playing games, going for an impromptu hike, sharing stories, hanging out with new friends—that make overnight camp so unforgettable. Learn about our Pin Program! 

Entering 11th graders may also apply for our Adventure Educator-in-Training position. 

Camp Details

Grades Entering 9th - 11th
Hours Two-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
Dates JUNE: 18 - July 1
JULY: 2-15, 16 - 29
Policies Cancellations & Date Changes

Pricing: Sign up Early and SAVE

After Feb 28

July 2nd Session: $200 off!

Sibling discount: $100 off per sibling per session

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Leadership Development
Expedition Training
Adventure Sports

During their first week at camp, teen leaders learn and practice a host of important leadership skills, including working with 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 handling behind-the-scenes details to taking charge of a whole group, teens build leadership skills that will serve them in school, work and countless other future endeavors.

In their second week of camp, teen leaders embark on a six-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, summit a high peak and camp under the stars. 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 expedition, team leaders are trusted to assess the challenges they encounter and make their own decisions, an invaluable exercise in building independence, problem solving experience and teamwork skills.

Throughout their two-week session, teen leaders will have a chance to take on a variety of outdoor activities—rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding—learning new concepts and advancing their personal skills in the adventure sports they’re most passionate about.

Lifelong Credentials

Lifelong Credentials

In addition to the abundance of practical feedback they receive from our staff throughout their two-week session, our teen leaders 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 nationally recognized training in Leave No Trace principles
  • The opportunity to become an Adventure Educator-in-Training with Avid4 Adventure (entering 11th-12th graders)



Meet Your Director, Heather Cardneau

Growing up at summer camp transformed my life.  I have a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management from Northern Michigan University, and I have worked for the past four years as the Director of SpringHill’s Overnight Camp Teen Program.  My desire is to provide quality outdoor experiences that will transform campers’ lives. I believe that the outdoors provides an excellent platform for learning, growing, and seeing what you are made of. Outdoor adventure is much more than the trails, rocks, or water.  When you unplug from the barrage of media constantly telling you who to be, and you begin to master skills that the outdoors can teach, I believe you’ll become stronger, more confident, and embrace your true self. Camp provides an escape and a chance to slow down and reflect on who you want to become.  In my past 10 years of working with teenagers, I have discovered that everyone deeply desires to be known, know others, and a place to belong.  Colorado Mountain Camp can be that place. Can’t wait to see you there!

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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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