Colorado Mountain Camp at Windy Peak gives kids the best of Avid4 Adventure’s outdoor adventure sports in an amazing Rocky Mountains setting, elevating their comfort and confidence in the outdoors to a new level. Campers will build skills in a wide range of outdoor pursuits, stretch themselves to try new things, live and learn from staff mentors who are outdoor industry experts, and make friends who share similar interests. Whether your child is brand new to some of our activities, heading away from home for the first time, or an expert in any number of disciplines, every camper will find opportunities to learn and grow. More immersive than day camp, the overnight experience lets kids dive deeper into every adventure, building lasting skills and confidence.
At Colorado Mountain Camp, our youngest campers, grades 2-4, focus on building technical proficiency and confidence through their participation in a different outdoor sport every day—mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and Standup Paddleboarding are the backbone sports of their program. In addition to these multi-sport experiences, campers entering grades 4-6 will head off-site on a three-day adventure camping trip. For our oldest campers, grades 6-8, a multi-day expedition is the foundation of their experience, with additional days dedicated to improving their skills in our core sports. We sprinkle in other exciting adventures such as horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and low ropes courses for campers in each age group.
For all campers, time at Colorado Mountain Camp is wrapped in campfires, music, skit nights, camp traditions and bonding with peers and staff. Enduring friendships and excitement around growing as an outdoor expert make campers excited to come back to year after year.
Campers at CMC are coached and mentored by a consistent team of staff members throughout their time at camp, all of whom are certified and trained in their adventure activities. Our staff are both cabin leaders and teachers in the field, inspiring campers with a daily picture of how individuals can maintain active outdoor lifestyles.
CMC is one of the few residential camps focused on building skills and comfort with outdoor adventure sports. Every grade group has the opportunity to participate in each of our sports. Here are some examples of the technical skills we teach:
Throughout the week, in every activity, campers also learn the principles of Leave No Trace, building awareness, appreciation and respect for the outdoors.
As your kids grow, our camp grows with them, offering up new experiences and fresh challenges from 2nd grade all the way through young adulthood.
With our youngest campers, we focus on building confidence as they meet new friends and try out a structured set of new activities. We promote challenge by choice—encouraging kids to try each of our adventure sports, but only if it’s comfortable—and invite them to start figuring out what they enjoy most. Every day they will participate in a different adventure activity –rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, or hiking. All activities are on site during these one-week sessions, including a one-night campout, so kids can practice adventuring in a safe environment as their confidence grows.
Our entering 4th and 5th graders make the jump to a two-week session, and a three-day off-site camping trip, developing their outdoor skills more deeply and establishing a sense of responsibility away from home. While we still offer plenty of structured activity, we encourage kids to start making individual choices about which adventure sports to focus on and push the boundaries of their comfort zones by teaching them more advanced skills in each of these sports. They also focus on developing team-building skills and learn how to assume responsibility for their living environment.
Our senior campers thoroughly experience the incredible richness the Rocky Mountains have to offer by prepping and preparing for an off-site multi-day expedition. During this trip, they are developing specific outdoor skills, leadership, and team work. Campers will still get the best of both worlds by spending several days on-site participating in our core adventure sports, coached by our expert staff. They’re immersed in the outdoor experience and working to develop deep technical competence—and confidence—in activities they’re passionate about.
High schoolers should check out our Teen Leadership Program (entering 9th – 12th graders) where they can take their outdoor and leadership skills to the next level.
* 4th graders can choose between a one-week session with 2nd and 3rd graders or a two-week session with 5th graders.
The last day of camp is Parents’ Day, an opportunity to come watch and participate with your kids in outdoor activities. Your campers will show what they have learned during their week at camp, and you’ll get a few pointers from your kids if you choose to participate in an activity. You will receive an email before the summer starts with more Parents’ Day details.
Windy Peak is a gorgeous location in the Rocky Mountains close to Bailey, Colorado. Designated as a historic site, Windy Peak has the look and feel of the quintessential sleep-away camp, complete with great and healthy food, comfortable lodging and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Windy Peak has 13 cabins, all of which are single-sex and staff supervised. In the dining hall, Director of Food Services Renee (who has an advanced culinary degree and a passion for healthy eating) oversees a professional staff that cooks up delicious meals and accommodates food allergies and other dietary requests (such as vegan and gluten-free).
Safety is our first priority. While risk is inherent in all outdoor activities, we pride ourselves on teaching kids to assess every situation, use sound judgment and make good decisions as they take appropriate risks.
Here’s how we manage safety and risk:
Learn more about our safety policies and track record.
7:00 am: Rise and shine
7:30 am: Breakfast
8:15 am: Prepare for the Day
8:45 – 11:45 am: Adventure activity
12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch and Rest hour
1:30 – 4:30pm: Adventure activity
4:30 – 5:30pm: Shower and games hour
5:30 – 6:15pm: Dinner
6:30 – 8:30pm: Choice activity: skits, live music, skills clinics, all camp games, etc.
8:45 – 9:15pm: Cabin time and lights out