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Wilderness Adventure Camp

Wilderness Adventure Camp

Wilderness Adventure Camp –
1 Day + 4 Day-3 Nights Tents/Rafting

Ages 13-15 | $675

Challenge yourself and meet new friends who share your wild sense of adventure. Start your week on Monday with a gear shakedown and learn Leave No Trace camping skills, then have a dinner camp-stove cook-off at the Catamount Institute’s offices before departing Tuesday morning for the mountains to put your new skills to the test.  Camp out in tents and tarp shelters the rest of the week, exploring the science of the wilderness and your own relationship to it. Finish the week in Buena Vista for an overnight whitewater rafting trip on the Arkansas River! We’ll tent camp by the river, with meals provided by the rafting company. Lose yourself in the wilderness this summer and discover who you really are.

  • Monday Gear Check
  • 3 Nights Tent Camping
  • Leave No Trace backcountry skills
  • Rafting trip with Wilderness Aware Rafting Company
  • Map, compass, and navigation skills
  • Shelter building
  • No Gear? No problem! You can use ours (backpacks and sleeping bags)
  • Tents Provided
  • Lunch Tuesday-lunch Friday included
  • Rafting trip with Wilderness Aware Rafting Company

July 30 – August 3

Dropoff Monday 9:00am – Pickup 4:00pm
Drop off Tuesday 8:00am – Pick-up Friday 4:00pm


Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is camp drop off?

On Monday camp drop off is at Catamount Institute at 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907. With pick up at
4:00pm the same day.
On Tuesday if you signed up to ride in the van from Catamount Institute your drop off location is 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907 MAP.  Drop off at Catamount Institute is 8:00am and the van will be leaving promptly at 8:15am.
If you are driving your camper your drop off location is Catamount Center 3168 Co Rd 28, Woodland Park, CO 80863.  Drop off at the Catamount Center is at 9:45am. Take highway 24 W for 21.8 miles through Woodland Park, CO. Turn left onto Edlowe Rd. (County Road 28). Follow Edlowe Rd. for 3.6 miles (all the way to the very end). Drive through the Catamount Center front gate and follow the road until you see the green Director’s House on the left. Drive past the Director’s House and park on the left side of the road in the visitor parking area. MAP
Pick up on Friday will be at City Hall in Woodland Park, 220 W South Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80866 – Our camp educators will be in touch with the ETA based on the ending time of rafting. Please let us know if you would like to be dropped off in Woodland Park.
Pick up at the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs will be at 4:30pm*.
If you have any questions about pick up or drop off please call (myself)Chris at 719-471-0910 x106 or reply to this email.

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 $30 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 www.inaraft.com


Please click the link below to sign the waiver for the rafting portion of this camp.


If you have trouble with this form call us at 719-471-0910 x106 and we can help.

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 Institute if needed)

Sleeping bag (minimum temp. rating 20°F)(can borrow from Catamount Institute if needed)
Sleeping Pad (can borrow from Catamount Institute if needed, limited supply)
Headlamp and batteries (Flashlight O.K.)
Whistle(Catamount Institute can provide)
2-3  liters water capacity – Camelback style bladder, hard plastic bottles (nalgene style), or metal.Clothing
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 mittensTo 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 repellent  – 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, no crocs)

Wetsuits and rain ponchos will be available from the rafting company at no additional cost.*

*August 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 they should request them at the start of the raft trip.

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

Have questions call Chris at 719-471-0910 x106 or click here to contact us!

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Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo St.
Colo Spgs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-0910
Fax: (719) 471-0910
Website: www.catamountinstitute.org
Email: info@catamountinstitute.org