Mountain Leaders - July 24-28, 2023

Youth Program

Mountain Leaders

6-8th graders, spend the week outdoor rock climbing, learning wilderness first aid, gaining skills in wilderness survival, orienteering, “backcountry” cooking, and learning basic snow/glacier travel techniques!

Interested in an adventure filled week of learning unique mountain skills and having endless fun? Join us for a camp experience that truly has it all! You will spend the week outdoor rock climbing, learning wilderness first aid, gaining skills in wilderness survival, orienteering, “backcountry” cooking, and learning basic snow/glacier travel techniques! Aside from that, you will gain valuable insight into your own leadership style. 

  • Age: For youth going into grades 6-8. 

  • Dates: July 24-28, 2023

  • Location: Each day, we will meet and start our day at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) at 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401. This is a week-long day camp. We will depart daily from the American Mountaineering Center. Transportation from the AMC to offsite locations in the front range is provided.

  • Cost: CMC Family Members - $635/week, Non-Members - $685/week. CMC Members with a Family Membership receive $50 off. Learn about all the benefits of becoming a CMC member
    • Please note, if you have an individual membership and wish to sign up your child, you will need to create a separate guest account with a different email. You can also choose to upgrade your individual membership to a family membership to be able to register your child on your account and receive the discount.
    • Course fees include instruction, shared group gear (ex: ropes), harnesses, helmets, shoes, transportation from the American Mountaineering Center to/from the trailheads, snacks, and backcountry permits.
    • AT CMC, WE BELIEVE THE OUTDOORS ARE FOR ALL. If you need financial assistance for our camps, click here to apply! If you would like to set up a payment plan to finance your next adventure, email us at

Refund/cancellation policy: Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of this camp will be processed with a $20 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the camp will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made 7 days prior to the event unless it relates to a medical reason with a signed note from a medical provider.  If the CMC cancels the class for any reason, a full refund will be issued.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more details and information about the camp. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Program Requirements

This program has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

CMC Will Provide the Following:

  • Field journals
  • Snacks
  • Medical/First Aid Kits
  • Safety Equipment (GPS devices, etc.)
  • Climbing Gear – harnesses, shoes, helmets, ropes, belay devices, etc.
  • Permits, maps, guidebooks

Participant Packing List:
If you are unable to bring any of the items below, please let us know. CMC does have a few extra items that we are happy to loan out for the week.

  • Clothes (comfortable clothing for climbing and hiking):
    o Loose fitting pants or shorts
    o T-shirts and a long sleeve shirt
    o Closed-toe, sturdy hiking shoes
    o Sweater and/or warm layer
    o Rain jacket
    o Brimmed hat
    o Sunglasses
    o Warm hat and gloves (for hiking trips)
    o Bandana or buff
  • Mask (optional)
  • Bug spray (must be labeled with child's name)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (must be labeled with child's name)
  • Water bottle (at least 1 liter)
  • Lunch and snacks (in a sack)
  • Backpack large enough to carry all personal essentials for a day hike/climb
  • Personal medications (inhaler, EPI pen, etc.) – please have all containers and
    bottles labeled and also listed on the medical form
  • Journal, pencil, pen, books (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
    **Cell phones, gaming devices, tablets, and iPods are NOT allowed on this course.
Program Materials

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