Middle School - Colorado Camp
14 Days, specifically designed for 12-14 year olds! Introductory adventure skills and BIG FUN in the mountains of Colorado.
- June 30 - July 13
- July 16 - July 29
- No Experience Necessary
- Whitewater Raft in Salida
- Explore San Isabel National Forest
- Rock Climb the Sawatch Range
- Mountain Bike in Breckenridge
- Backpack Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
- Community Service: 6 Hours
EXPERIENCE WHITEWATER RAFTING: COLORADO'S ARKANSAS RIVER
LEARN TO MOUNTAIN BIKE: BRECKENRIDGE
LEARN TO ROCK CLIMB: COLORADO
HIKE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Colorado Discovery is designed as a “Gateway” introductory trip. We want 12 – 13 year old campers to fall in love with adventure, camping and being outside.
Campers gain experience in leadership, independence, teamwork, and FUN. Campers excel in a small and supportive group. Without teachers, electronics or grades, we find that Colorado Discovery campers discover a summer which is relaxed, fun and filled with new experiences and friendships!
For many Colorado Discovery campers, this is their first time away from home. This is okay! Bold Earth trip leaders are highly experienced helping campers of this age group feel comfortable, confident and successful.
The name says it all: Colorado Discovery is a fun and age-appropriate adventure! Our responsibility is to provide a perfect environment for discovering Colorado, adventure, new friends, and amazing memories.
The trip is designed for younger campers to enjoy essential Colorado activities: white-water rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, swimming and so much more!
Our goal is to help campers fall in love with being outside, exploring the wilderness and having fun! Please view Colorado Discovery Trip Blogs for a camper’s perspective of Colorado Discovery.
To receive a list of Colorado Discovery references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Some AWESOME Highlights:
- Whitewater Rafting
- Rock Climbing Course
- Mountain Biking
- Backpack Introduction
- Intro to Adventure & Camping
- Cooking with Friends
- Community Service: 6 Hours!
- NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Few Colorado Discovery campers are experienced whitewater rafters, rock climbers, mountain bikers, backpackers or camp cooks… Colorado Discovery teaches all the necessary skills to have a BLAST!
Our leaders are fun, inclusive and supportive. Bold Earth campers succeed, gain confidence and return home screaming “I WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!”
The Bold Earth team works countless hours securing incredible campgrounds in Colorado! Yes, you will be comfortable!
We understand campers may be new to camping. Bold Earth provides tents, campers bring their own sleeping bag and pad. Trip leaders help campers stay organized, warm and dry while making sure each camper sleeps well!
By the end of your trip, campers feel at home camping outside, setting up their tents, cooking, picking a great camping spot and sleeping under the stars. Some Camping Highlights:
• Sitting around a campfire with a group of friends for life
• Counting shooting stars
• Hearing the river as you fall asleep
•Watching the sunset over the Rocky Mountains
•Living the wild and wonderful Colorado life
• Lots of S’mores!
• 3 People per Tent
YES! Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth campers LOVE to eat and we understand that playing hard all day requires the right nutrition. Yes, we enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten-free, kosher, allergies, and most special diets.
In teams, campers decide what meals to make and shop for the food with the Trip Leaders. Bold Earth Trip Leaders will help you with kitchen basics, then put control in the hands of campers. All Bold Earth meals include meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, and choices. Bring your appetite and eat well!
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers
• 2-3 adult trip leaders (one male and one female)
Colorado Discovery will include a maximum of 13 campers and 2 adult trip leaders. Group size is especially important on an introductory adventure trip. Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility, and fun.
Leadership is a planned part of every day. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, more confident, more independent and appreciative of the world around them.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands-on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 6 Hours
Project: After a super fun day of mountain biking outside of Breckenridge, Colorado Discovery campers give back to the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Working with Breck Bike Guides and the Town of Breck campers help to build and maintain mountain biking trails in the area. These are the very same trails that we enjoy during the biking portion of our trip. Campers will spend the day with shovels and tools, learning about the ecology of the beautiful mountain ranges we visit. For more information visit the Breck Bike Guides.
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 30 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Colorado Discovery Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Colorado Discovery Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag & their backpack. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Campers should either bring a credit card or enough cash to check their bags home.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Yes! The MAJORITY of Bold Earth campers join alone – 85% to be exact. Coming alone allows campers the chance to truly grown and learn independence.
However, some students want to share this experience with their best friend, which is fine. Bold Earth will allow up to 3 people that know each other in one group.
We will be traveling by 15 passenger vans, with a roof-rack for all of our personal gear. The van will be driven by your experienced and carefully screened leaders.
All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van and maximize the trip experience for active adventure. YES, we stop frequently to throw a frisbee and for bathroom breaks – DUH!
Bold Earth is based in Colorado! Bold Earth was born out of a passion for adventure that developed right here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We are the locals, we are the experts and we will be your guide to this amazing state.
Colorado is noted for its dynamic landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, desert lands and on a good year the Denver Broncos. The state was named after the Colorado River, which Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. With more than half the state located in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is in the middle of all the action. Tourism and recreation make up a majority of Colorado’s economy – oil, mining, and agriculture are other components.
Colorado was originally inhabited by Native Americans for more than 13,000 years. The eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains was a major migration route that was important to the spread of early peoples throughout the Americas. The Ancient Pueblo Peoples lived in the valleys and mesas of the Colorado Plateau. The Ute Nation inhabited the mountain valleys of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the Western Rocky Mountains, even as far east as the Front Range of the present day. The Apache and the Comanche inhabited the Eastern and Southeastern portions of the state as well. Colorado has a rich and long history.
More recent Colorado history grew out of the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. An estimated 100,000 gold seekers flocked to the region during the 1850s, populating much of the state and developing most of Colorado’s infrastructure. Farming and other agricultural elements played into the design of current Colorado as well.
Colorado today is a blend of cultures and people. Because of its landscape, Colorado is widely known as being an adventure capitol dedicated to recreation and outdoor adventures. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking and snow sports are incredibly popular and regularly practiced. Among the many activities, Colorado is famous for is its world-class ski resorts such as Vail and Aspen. If you cannot get enough of the mountains and adventure, Colorado is where you come to live and play.
With 300 days of annual sunshine, summer is the perfect time to visit Colorado. The weather in Colorado during summer months is beautiful.
Sunshine, blue skies, clear night skies, 80-90°F (25°-30°C) during the day and 50-60°F (12°-15°C) at night.
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.