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Summer Adventure Courses & Camps - Ages 9-18

Youth Summer Course

Climb and explore the mountains with the CMC Youth Education Program! Specialized multi-day courses offer outdoor skill-building and adventure! We offer programs for a wide range of ages and all abilities. Enjoy an educational and entertaining summer camp in Golden through the CMC! For more information call 303-996-2741 or e-mail dougmaiwurm@cmc.org


Day Camps

 

Mountain Explorers

Learn about Colorado's mountain ecosystems through discovery and adventure! Each day explores a new place and activity theme to strengthen observation & teamwork, while participants practice basic skills needed for travel in the mountains. Participants will make a field journal, learn about the '10 Essentials' and Leave No Trace, build shelters, rock climb, canoe a local reservoir, sled on a glacier, and play games.

Ages: 9-12.  Maximum 12 participants.

Cost: $320 CMC members / $395 non-members.  *July 2-6 session cost is $250 CMC members / $325 non-members.   Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Course fee includes instruction by AMGA certified Single-Pitch Instructor and trained outdoor educators, equipment use, transportation to and from outdoor sites, field journal, outdoor safety kit, and snacks.

Course meets 9:00a - 3:30p, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in downtown Golden with daily field trips to local open space parks. Drop-off and pick-up is at the AMC.


Rock Climbing Courses

 

Intro to Rock Climbing

Indoor and outdoor climbing instruction for youth with little or no climbing experience, but lots of interest! This course focuses on technical rock climbing instruction, decision-making, and meeting new friends.

Participants will learn about outdoor safety, equipment, knot tying, belaying, and rappelling in a small, supportive environment. Five day format includes one day of indoor climbing and four days of outdoor climbing.

Ages: 11-14. Maximum 12 participants.

Cost: $320 CMC members / $395 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Course fee includes instruction by AMGA certified Single-Pitch Instructor and trained outdoor education staff, equipment use, transportation to and from outdoor sites, and snacks.

Course meets Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 3:30p, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in downtown Golden with daily field trips to local open space parks. Drop-off and pick-up is at the AMC.  


Intermediate Rock Climbing

Do you want to gain experience on real rock and learn new techniques? This course is catered to youth who are interested in outdoor climbing and are ready to go beyond the basics.

Students advance skills and technique by learning the intricacies of climbing on various rock types. Each day we will travel to a new outdoor location to practice climbing, rappeling, and rope-work on different types of rocks and environments. At the end of the week, students put it all together on our epic 'Graduation Climb.'  Previous climbing experience is recommended.

Ages: 12-15. Maximum 12 participants.

Cost: $340 CMC members / $415 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Course fee includes instruction by AMGA certified Single-Pitch Instructor and trained outdoor education staff, equipment use, transportation to and from outdoor sites, and snacks.

Course meets Monday- Friday, 9:00a - 3:30p, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in downtown Golden with daily field trips to local open space parks. Drop-off and pick-up is at the AMC.


Advanced Rock Climbing

Up your outdoor game and gain the skills to become a more independent climber!  You’ll learn about climbing anchors, advanced rope skills, mental strategy, and climbing physics.  Students who master the course progression will have the opportunity to lead outdoor sport climbs and follow a multi-pitch traditional route under the mentorship of YEP’s senior climbing staff.    Previous climbing experience is required. For teens who’ve taken Intermediate Rock Climbing or equivalent.

Ages: 14-18.  Maximum 9 participants.

Cost: $420 CMC members / $495 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Course fee includes instruction by AMGA Rock Guides and trained outdoor educators, equipment use, transportation to and from sites, and snacks.

Course meets Monday- Friday, 8:00a - 4:30p, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in downtown Golden with daily field trips to local open space parks. Drop-off and pick-up is at the AMC.


Overnight Adventures

 

Teen Ventures Multisport Road Trip

Experience the best of Colorado!  On this this 5 day trip we’ll spend our days climbing, hiking and paddling in some of the state’s most iconic places.  Evenings will be spent around camp where participants will play games, cook, assist with chores, and share stories.  Course instruction will encourage decision-making and teamwork in a small co-ed group environment. 

In 2018 we’ll be heading to the Penitente Canyon, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the Arkansas River!

Ages: 13-16. Maximum 10 participants.

Cost: $600 CMC members / $675 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Includes transportation, meals, instruction, NPS admission, and equipment.


 

 

Teen Ventures Backcountry Trekking

Find your outdoor potential!  On this trip you’ll hike the vast expanses of the Flat Tops Wilderness, summit peaks, and sleep under the stars.  Along the way you and your team will learn the backpacking skills, leadership, and teamwork needed to successfully trek in the backcountry.

Ages: 14-18.  Maximum 9 participants.

Cost: $500 CMC members / $575 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Includes transportation, meals, backcountry permits, instruction, and any necessary gear.


Teen Ventures' Outdoor Leadership Summit

Have what it takes to lead? Join Teen Ventures for its flagship 5-day camping and outdoor skill-building retreat, set in stunning Golden Gate Canyon State Park! This program is designed to teach the basics of group management, rock climbing site safety, wilderness first aid, and teambuilding facilitation as they pertain to outdoor leadership.  Participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Basic certification, accredited by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

Ages: 14-18.  Maximum 10 participants.

Cost: $500 CMC members / $575 non-members.  Learn more about the benefits of CMC membership

Includes transportation, meals, instruction, WFA certification, and any necessary gear. 


 

Financial assistance is available - click to download a YEP Campership Application form.