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Wilderness Adventure Camp

Wilderness Adventure Camp

Wilderness Adventure Camp – Tent Camping

Ages 13-15 | $655

Challenge yourself and meet new friends who love your wild sense of adventure. Start your week with a gear shakedown and learn Leave No Trace camping skills and have a dinner camp-stove cook-off.  Take your new skills to Buena Vista for an overnight whitewater rafting trip on the Arkansas River.  We’ll tent camp on a river beach before paddling more the following day.  Take time to focus on yourself and reflect on your adventures.  Build your own shelter and spend a solo night in the wilderness.  Have no fear if this sounds too scary, you may choose to camp with a friend.  The Catamount Institute staff will be near-by, giving you a safe solo experience, without you really being alone.  Lose yourself in the wilderness this summer and discover who you really are.

  • 3 Nights Tent Camping
  • Leave No Trace backcountry skills
  • Solo camping experience & shelter building
  • Rafting trip with Wilderness Aware Rafting Company
  • River beach campout on the Arkansas River
  • All meals included

July 31 – August 4
Dropoff Monday 9:00am – Pick-up 4:00pm
@ Catamount Institute
740 W Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO
Drop off Tuesday 8:00am – Pick-up Friday 4:00pm
Drop off in Colorado Springs or Divide! More informationto come!


Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is camp drop off?

The first day of camp will happen at Catamount Institute then the overnight will take place at Catamount Center in Woodland Park.

Can I get a ride from Colorado Springs?

Sign your camper up to ride in the vans with us from Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs.  Catamount Institute is located at 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 MAP. There is a $25 fee to ride in the van round trip.

How tough is this camp?

This camp is great for anyone from those who have never been backpacking to the campers who have gone to Catamount Institute camps for years. There will be some tough hiking and hard work while rafting but the pay off is worth it.

Where is the rafting?

Catamount Institute is proud to work with Colorado Rafting Company Wilderness Aware Rafting. The rafting takes place on the Arkansas river which is located just outside Buena Vista, Colorado. Wilderness Aware Rafting offers outstanding guides, 39 years of white water experience, and a unique knowledge and appreciation of the natural environment. Learn more on their site

What should I bring ?

For this wilderness camp in tents, come dressed to be outside all day in the rain or hot sun. Campers will be doing some serious outdoor adventure so please send them in clothing you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. 

Basics (Required)
Backpack (can borrow from Catamount if needed)
Pack Cover
Sleeping bag in stuff sack (can borrow from Catamount if needed) – minimum temp. rating 20°F
Sleeping Pad (can borrow from Catamount if needed)
Headlamp and batteries (Flashlight O.K.)
Knife or multi-purpose tool (Swiss army style, 3 in. blade or less)
2-3  liters water capacity – Camelback style bladder, hard plastic bottles (nalgene style), or metal.

2-5 T-shirts
1 Long sleeve shirt for sun protection (optional)
1 pair of shorts (or zip-offs)
1 pair of lightweight pants, not cotton and zip offs are good
2-5 pair underwear
4 pair socks wool/ synthetic blend (wear 2 pair, pack 2 pair)
Sun hat (wide brimmed preferred)

To keep you warm: NO COTTON
Mid-weight jacket or heavy fleece
Long underwear top and bottom- not cotton
Beanie-type hat
Light gloves or mittens

To Stay Dry:
raincoat & rain pants (NOT the thin ponchos)

For your feet
Hiking Boots(well broken in)
lightweight camp shoes, closed toed

Personal Gear
Camping bowl/tupperware with lid and spoon(must withstand boiling water)
Toothbrush and toothpaste – travel size
Sunscreen & Chapstick w/ sunscreen for lips
Insect repellant  – travel size (optional)
Comb or brush (optional)
Glasses or Contacts (with solution)
Notebook and pencil
Personal Medication if required (with Doctor’s note)
Camera (not phone) – optional
Deck of cards or small light game (optional)
Extra zip-lock and trash bags to pack clothes in for waterproof storage
Duct tape- can wrap around water bottles

For Rafting
Swimsuit and/or shorts
Water shoes/Sneakers/Secure Sandals(no flip flops)
Quick dry apparel and wetsuits are available from the rafting company at an additional cost*.
Splash Jacket – $10
Wetsuit – $20

*July on the Arkansas river can be very warm, we do not believe wetsuits or splash jackets are necessary for this time of year but it is a personal preference. If your camper would like these items please send the correct amount in cash.

Electronics/Video Games
Cell Phones
Over the Counter Medications unless accompanied by the correct documentation as listed above.

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures

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Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo St.
Colo Spgs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-0910
Fax: (719) 471-0910