Overnight Camp: Colorado Mountain Camp at Windy Peak

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Overnight Camp: Colorado Mountain Camp at Windy Peak

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Overview

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.

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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.

Staff and Adventure Sports Set CMC Apart

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:

  • windy2Rock Climbing: Kids learn the ins and outs rock climbing techniques, precautions and equipment, as well as the history of the sport. They do top-rope climbing at camp on a spectacular crag that provides climbs for every ability level. Experienced climbers can challenge themselves through bouldering and advanced climbing clinics.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Kids learn flat-water skills at camp in the paddle pond, where we help them incrementally develop comfort with the equipment and environment. They practice paddling techniques and water safety and learn the history of the sports. Two-week campers paddle and explore Lake Wellington, one of Colorado’s largest high alpine lakes.
  • Mountain Biking: Avid4 Adventure’s fleet of mountain bikes can accommodate kids of any size. Younger campers mountain bike right at camp, while older campers ride the trails of Colorado’s famous Buffalo Creek biking system. Kids not only learn technique, safety and the history of mountain biking, but also some basics of bicycle maintenance.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding: The fastest growing adventure sport in the world, SUP is always a huge hit at camp.  SUP not only provides kids another opportunity to gain comfort in a water environment, it also builds core strength and balance.  All campers learn SUP through fun games and challenges in the pond and on Lake Wellington.
  • Whitewater Rafting: We work with Colorado licensed rafting companies to take kids out on the Arkansas River for a half day of rafting. They learn techniques for staying safe on the raft and paddling through small rapids, along with some local history.
  • Horseback Riding: Kids learn the basics of horsemanship, including safety around horses, grooming techniques and how to saddle and bridle. After saddling up and learning to steer, they explore trails on horseback.
  • Camping: One-week campers go on an overnight campout, hiking to a nearby on-site location where they can have the experience of spending a night in the wilderness. Two-week campers go on a multi-day camping trip off-site, with extended expeditions for 6th – 8th graders. These overnight adventures provide kids with unforgettable experiences such as ascending high peaks, cooking in the backcountry, and watching sunrise on a mountain.

Throughout the week, in every activity, campers also learn the principles of Leave No Trace, building awareness, appreciation and respect for the outdoors.

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Growing with Colorado Mountain Camp

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.

Entering 2nd – 4th Graders*

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.

Entering 4th – 5th Graders*

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.

Entering 6th – 8th Graders

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 School and Beyond

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.

Parents’ Day

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. 

Location

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).

Check out photos of the property, view the site layout or review the map and directions.

Safety

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:

  • Our staff is uniformly excellent. Comprised of professional educators who are experienced with kids and well trained in their disciplines, our senior staff is all age 21+ (average age is 27) and certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR; many also have additional safety certifications.
  • We have an experienced camp nurse and clinic on site.
  • We kick off every activity with an age-appropriate talk about potential risks.
  • When we travel off site, we use our 15-passenger camp vans, helmed by Avid4 Adventure drivers. All of our drivers are age  21+, have had their driving records examined and have completed our defensive driving program.
  • While canoeing, kayaking or whitewater rafting, campers wear life jackets at all times.
  • When choosing our partners (such as whitewater rafting companies), we carefully consider their experience, staff certifications and safety records.

Learn more about our safety policies and track record.

day-in-lifeA Day in the Life

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

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