You may have heard that we're expanding our expedition camps in 2019, offering eight different expeditions across Colorado and Wyoming that cover a range of adventure sports and outdoor experiences. So why the expansion? And what exactly are these new camps all about? We're glad you asked…
Why more expeditions?
We're expanding because campers (and their families) loved last year's expeditions, and, simply put, we want as many young people as possible to experience them. They provide an incredible opportunity for kids and teens to get immersed in nature through a full week camping in the backcountry, clearing their minds of daily distractions and learning invaluable lessons in both teamwork and independence.
What makes expeditions special?
Different from our resident camps, where campers live in cabins and regularly come together in larger groups for theme meals, silly skit nights and talent shows, our expedition camps offer a gratifyingly back-to-basics journey, full of opportunities for reflecting and building self-sufficiency. Out in stunning state and national parks in Colorado and Wyoming, campers travel in small groups of no more than 13 (plus two instructors), a perfect size for forging friendships and building connections out on the trail and around the campfire.
Other places offer expedition programs, but none of them is Avid4 Adventure. We design every experience with kids and teens in mind, from the equipment we use to the staff we hire. We also train our instructors together at one time, in one place, to create a consistently excellent experience for campers. And finally, we offer single-week expeditions, which we've found are a great fit for a lot of families.
But what do expedition campers actually do?
Basically, they go on a weeklong trip entirely outdoors, adventuring every day and camping in tents every night. These trips come in four different flavors:
- Expedition Backpacking (5th – 6th grades): A true wilderness adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, this expedition offers full days of hiking as campers travel from one beautiful place to another, setting up their campsite, cooking their meals and experiencing the satisfaction of carrying everything they need for the week on their backs.
- Expedition Mountain Biking (5th – 8th grades): These expeditions (designed for campers with mountain biking experience) are based in Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming, known for its dramatic scenery and miles and miles of bike trails. Campers will set up camp in one spot and spend hours each day honing their trail riding skills, plus a day rafting on the Cache la Poudre River.
- Expedition Rock Climbing (5th – 8th grades): Designed for 5th – 8th graders with rock climbing experience, these expeditions offer daily opportunities for kids to hone their skills on the rocky outcroppings and featured formations of Staunton State Park in Colorado. They’ll learn camping fundamentals as they pitch tents and make meals outdoors, plus spend a day rafting through Clear Creek Canyon.
- Expedition Multi-Sport (5th – 12th grades): Backpacking meets adventures from biking and climbing to rafting and geocaching in these expeditions for campers of every level. In Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming and Steamboat Lake State Park in Colorado, campers will take on a different adventure every day and learn camping basics as they sleep in tents every night.
The expeditions themselves are incredibly cool, but what's even cooler is what campers take away from them: deep technical skills in their sport or sports of choice, an impressive knowledge of every facet of camping, meaningful friendships and mentorships and, perhaps most importantly, newfound confidence and independence they'll carry with them throughout their lives.
Learn more about our Expedition camps today!