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School’s almost out — do your kids have fun things to do?

Mountain Recreation is introducing new outdoor summer camps this year

By Lauren Glendenning Brought to you by Mountain Rec
For more information about Mountain Rec’s summer camps, including a full list of all camp descriptions, or to register, visit MountainRec.org/camps.

School might be getting out soon, but most parents’ jobs don’t provide a summer break — that’s why Mountain Recreation wants parents to know it has them covered this summer at its three locations in Eagle, Edwards and Gypsum.

Mountain Rec has made some major upgrades to its summer youth programs, covering more categories and more age groups this summer than ever before.

“We’ve added an entire lineup of camps, called Explorer Camps, through a partnership with SOS Outreach,” said Stacey Todd, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor for Mountain Rec.

There are also new Art (ages 5 to 12) and Gardening (ages 13 to 15) camps on the schedule this summer, including programs featuring mixed media, paper mache, pottery and painting. On the gardening side, Mountain Rec has teamed up with the Colorado State University Extension to provide a robust education component to the one-day-per-week gardening camp.

“The idea behind all of these new camps is that ‘there’s something for everyone, and everyone is doing something,’” Todd said.

Not to worry, the Mountain Rec staples of Sports Camps and Rec Kids Day Camps are still available with the same great programming as previous years.

Just bring a toothbrush

The goal of the Explorer Camps, which are also open to high school students, is to offer as many life-changing experiences in the outdoors as possible. Todd said many Eagle County youth don’t have the knowledge or equipment to access outdoor recreation, so the partnership with SOS Outreach pulls from both organizations’ strengths in order to deliver new options to the community.

Lifelong backcountry learning

“We have this natural progression now with so many camps for all these different age groups — Wee Outdoors (ages 3 to 5), Young Explorers (ages 5 to 8), Backyard Adventure Camps (ages 7 to 15) and SOS Outreach Wilderness Camps (ages 9 to 17) — it creates a progression for kids growing up and being introduced to the outdoors, stepping up their intensity every year,” Todd said. “We are so pleased to see these camps already filling up and many of them selling out.”

To register before they’re all sold out, visit MountainRec.org/camps.

EXPLORER CAMPS (new this summer!)
From single-day activities at Camp Hale to 5-day wilderness trips in the White River National Forest, your child will develop an appreciation for our very own backyard as they learn to navigate and conquer the great outdoors.

Each camp is designed to help build necessary skills and knowledge of the outdoors for kids to safely and properly recreate on their own.

BACKYARD ADVENTURE CAMPS

H20 Camp (ages 12 to 15)
This 3-day camp delivered in partnership with Stand Up Paddle Colorado is designed for youth who want a basic introduction to stand up paddle boarding some of the best water in the area.

This 3-day camp delivered in partnership with Stand Up Paddle Colorado is designed for youth who want a basic introduction to stand up paddle boarding some of the best water in the area.
August 12-14 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Price: $230

Adventure Day Camp (ages 7 to 12)
Participants will be exposed to a variety of activities including hiking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, and mountain biking. Activities vary per week.

Session One: June 17-19 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Session Two: July 8-10 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – SOLD OUT
Session Three: July 29-31 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – SOLD OUT
Price: $125

Climbing Camp (ages 9 to 15)
This camp will introduce and teach standard rock climbing techniques such as knots, belaying, and the correct way to move over rock.
Edwards: July 24-26 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Gypsum: August 5-7 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Price: $125

SOS OUTREACH WILDERNESS CAMPS*
These multi-day overnight camps concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of backcountry navigation and camping skills. From the basics of camp setup to outdoor cooking to team building, kids will build lasting friendships as they become more comfortable with the outdoors.

Overnight camps leave at 9 a.m. from the Edwards Field House and return to the Edwards Field House at 4 p.m.

Overnight: Intro to Camping, 3 days  (ages 9 to 13)
Session One: June 19-21
Session Two: July 1-3
Session Three: Aug. 5-7
Price: $175

Overnight: Intro to Backpacking, 3 days (ages 9 to 13)
Session One: June 24-26
Session Two: July 8-10
Session Three: Aug. 7-9
Price: $175

Overnight: Flat Tops Backpacking, 5 days (ages 14 to 17)
July 15-19
Price: $295

Overnight: Multi-Sport Adventure, 5 days (ages 14 to 17)
July 15-19
Price: $295

Overnight: Holy Cross Backpacking, 5 days
Session One: July 22-26 (ages 14 to 17)
Session Two: July 29-Aug 2 (ages 11 to 13)
Price: $295

*SOS Outreach operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service – White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

Art Camps (ages 5 to 12)
Students will create unique works of art and explore their creative potential. Each week we will learn a new form of art.

Session One: Clay Series
June 17 – June 20 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Price: $99

Session Two: Mixed Media
July 8-11 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Price: $99

Session Three: Paper Mache
July 22-25 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Price: $99

Session Four: Pottery & Painting
Aug. 5-8 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Price: $99

Teen Gardening Camp (ages 13 to 15)
Participants will plant and learn how to take care and harvest a garden through fun interactive lessons about plants, insect, and soil and water conservation.

Every Monday from June 17 to Aug. 12 (9 a.m. to noon)
Price: $99 (registration deadline is June 17)

To register before they’re all sold out, visit MountainRec.org/camps.