Designed specifically as a Colorado Young Teen Camp, this classic Colorado adventure is a perfect introduction to the beauty and challenge of a Colorado summer. We jump right in with two days of whitewater rafting through the world-famous Browns Canyon! We navigate fun and exciting rapids with our professional guides, paddling past magnificent peaks and camping beside the river.
LEARN TO ROCK CLIMB: COLORADO
Learn to rock climb in the mountains of central Colorado! With instruction tailored to participants of all ability levels, we scale magnificent granite cliffs and challenge ourselves in a thrilling yet safe environment. Professional climbers teach us the essentials of this awesome sport which builds incredible skills and personal confidence. After our full days of climbing, we enjoy some much deserved relaxation in the Mount Princeton hot springs! We celebrate our first success on Bold Earth's Colorado Young Teen Camp.
HIKE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Learn the basics of backpacking and camping as we spend three days in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado. Blue skies, clear lakes and stunning views abound during this quintessential Colorado Middle School Program. We learn backcountry skills, topographical map navigation and Leave No Trace ethics while exploring pristine mountain lakes, tumbling waterfalls and the hike to the top of a 13,000 foot mountain!
LEARN TO MOUNTAIN BIKE: BRECKENRIDGE
Our multi-sport middle school colorado camp concludes with two days of mountain biking led by professional guides in Breckenridge! We ride trails suited for all skill levels amidst a landscape of Aspen trees, summer wildflowers and snow-capped peaks. Later, we give back by completing a community service project by doing a little trail work.
- Welcome to Colorado
- Hike & Explore Arapahoe National Forest
- Whitewater Raft & Rock Climbing
- Mountain Bike in Breckenridge
- Backpack Rosalie Peak
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
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, counselors, 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 ok. Bold Earth trip leaders are highly experienced working with this age group.
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 raft, rock climb, backpack, mountain bike, 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 campers perspective of Colorado Discovery.
Some AWESOME Highlights:
- Whitewater Rafting
- Rock Climbing Course
- Mountain Bike
- Backpack Introduction
- Intro to Adventure & Camping
- Cook., Organize & Dance
- 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 and vegetables. 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 the Friends of Dillon Ranger District campers help to build and maintain hiking trails in the area. TheFriends of Dillon Ranger District helps to maintain the hiking trails in some of Colorado’s most beautiful areas. Campers will spend the day with shovels and tools, learning about the ecology of the beautiful mountain ranges we visit.
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. 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 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 the 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.
Over 15,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We make it very easy for you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing 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. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic. To receive a list of references: Click Here. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
THIS EXPERIENCE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!
Colorado Discovery was probably the best two weeks of my life. I had an insane amount of fun, met amazing people, and made memories that I will absolutely never forget.
Jen (Trip Leader) is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. So interesting, and eager to share and discuss her stories and wisdom about life. Hilarious, yet also a good leader who knows when seriousness is necessary.
Emory (Trip Leader) was so great at hanging out with all the campers, making jokes, and connecting with all of us. In addition, he was confident and knew how to handle things, so I always felt really safe around him. (cont...)
This experience has changed my life and I can't wait to go on another Bold Earth trip!
PARENTS, Heidi & Jonathan: The blog was excellent. It really gave us a great sense of what Rachel was doing day to day. The leaders took great care to mention each child. The updates were incredibly detailed. Both leaders were very responsive, and from what Rachel told us personally made a huge difference in her experience
STILL SMILING AND TELLING STORIES!
Everything was great on Colorado Discovery! Noah was very active and fun with all the campers. Liz was funny and crazy in a good way!
PARENTS, Susan & George: We were very pleased as first time Bold Earth participants. Morgan is still smiling and telling stories today about his trip. The Trip Leaders were very enthusiastic. They made Morgan feel welcome and at ease right away. He had great things to say about them.
I REALLY HAD A GREAT TIME!
I learned so much on Colorado Discovery. I hope I can do Bold Earth again next summer! Thank you so much.
PARENTS, Gail & Shayne: Very positive experience overall. Thank you. Max had a wonderful time and got to experience things he has never done before. Noah and Liz seemed very engaged and trustworthy. They appeared to have sound rules with many opportunities for Max and the others to explore their independence.
I did so many new things with Bold Earth on Colorado Discovery! All the leaders were great and I made many great friends!
Everything on Colorado Discovery was successful! I had the greatest time and I want to go again!!
PARENTS, Carrie & Mark: I was so pleased with the experience that Sydney had on Colorado Discovery. She has an even greater appreciation of the outdoors and the joy of sharing it with others. I can't tell you all enough how happy it makes me to see her showing even more love for the outdoors. She actually had a really hard time adjusting to sleeping in a bed when she got back, so out came the tent! Her experience will follow her with everything she does and I appreciate that gift you have all given her.
I really loved Colorado Discovery! It was one of the best experiences of my life and I had fun the whole time! Thank you so much for this opportunity, Bold Earth!
PARENTS, Alice & Thaxter: Carter had the time of his life (his words) and clearly, he came back having enjoyed the friendships he made, the challenges he faced and an appreciation for hard work and responsibility. I only wish the program had been longer, as his comment when I pick him up is that it is bittersweet to be home as he loved his Bold Earth time so much.
TRULY AN AMAZING AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!
Colorado Discovery was truly an amazing and unique experience and I would recommend it for others.
PARENTS, Amy & Gregory: We are extremely impressed with Bold Earth. Ted had an awesome time, and he only has great things to say about the trip, leaders, activities, and kids. I loved how incredibly positive, thoughtful, inspiring and fun the trip sounded, bringing together manageable challenges, tons of fun and thought-provoking discussions. Teddy's leaders, Jen and Emory, were great. They were very tuned into Teddy, patient with him, caring, supportive, responsible and so fun loving.
I loved every minute of Colorado Discovery! Thank you!
PARENTS, Jennifer & Jason: This has been absolutely the best camp experience Jack has ever had and we really appreciated how thoughtful the counselors were. Jen and Emory were enthusiastic and absolutely amazing...wish we could have them both again next year!
I loved having Jen as one of my Trip Leaders. Emory was a lot of fun. If anyone wanted to call me for a recommendation for the Colorado Discovery trip, I would be happy to speak with them.
PARENTS, Alyssa & Marc: Colorado Discovery sounded great. Rachael said that Jen and Emory rocked it: Leaders sounded excellent. She had a ball. Thanks!
Colorado Discovery was the greatest time of my life... It literally could not have been better. Thanks so much!
PARENTS, Elizabeth & Isaac: I fell in love with Bold Earth through the eyes of my son Ian. Now that I have experienced camp through my son Isaac's eyes, I know what a huge impact this experience has had on Isaac's life. Isaac was at a kind of cross road and was looking for self confidence, meaningful relationships and heroes he could look up to. He found all of those in his experience as a camper. Through the guidance and wisdom of Jen and Emory, Isaac felt comfortable enough to share his fears, jokes and simply open his heart to everyone in his group. As an educator and a parent I am so very thankful that Bold Earth provides children with challenging experiences, meaningful relationships and experience where child feel safe, have fun and grow. Thank you for taking the risks to provide what is so very necessary for all children.
I especially liked climbing and the camping was very fun. I made very good friends on Colorado Discovery!
PARENTS, Sandra & Albert: Complete success: adventure, new friends, trip leaders. We had some previous doubts about Alberto's integration in such a different environment, but fortunately everything has been great!
Colorado Discovery is the best summer I've ever had!
PARENTS, Maria: I have already recommended Bold Earth to two of my friends. Noah (Trip Leader) was responsible, sensitive, and reliable. AJ learned a lot from him. I was as excited as AJ to talk about Bold Earth when sharing with my friends about our summer experiences.
I loved Colorado Discovery.
PARENTS, Ken & Matthew: Colorado Discovery met and exceeded our expectations. Both my son and nephew had an amazing time and made friends that they are still in touch with. We plan to make Bold Earth part of Gabriel and his sister’s summer plans for the foreseeable future.
My first trip with Bold Earth was awesome and filled with fun. I didn’t want to come home. I will definitely go on trips with Bold Earth several times the upcoming summers!
PARENTS, Veronique & Vincent: This was our family’s fifth Colorado Discovery experience and everytime it is a new and different one. Theodore came back very exhausted and very very happy. He has been probably the most talkative about his trip, expressing all the energy he is able to put in something...that means...A LOT! He said it was way too short and could have done a week more... I would have loved that actually. He is ready for next year and hopes that he will have a great experience of backpacking. Many thanks for everything you give to our children: the team spirit, the nature and environmental awareness, the challenge and open mindset.
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.