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Catamount Institute and Rocky Mountain Field Institute Present
Building Outdoors Leaders Today a teen leadership program

Leadership Program
Trainings & Spring Break
Dates & Locations
High School Junior & Senior (16+) to participate in U.T.A.H. trip
Price- No cost for Southeast COS Schools

Be an Outdoor Leader

The Catamount Institute and Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) are proud to announce the development of a new outdoor leadership program for high school students in the Pikes Peak Region beginning in January 2021. We have 25 slots available! There is no cost for participation, however your presence at the majority of the after-school sessions is required. This is made possible through the Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region. 


Overall Requirements:
High school student – From Southeast Colorado Springs
Be ready to spend time outdoors
Participants must be physically fit and able to carry 20% of their body weight and hike 5 miles on uneven terrain.
Attendance at the majority of the sessions is mandatory to participate in the spring break trips

Tentative Program Dates

Meet & greet: 12/15/2020
After-school session 1: 01/12/21
After-school session 2: 01/26/21
Saturday session 1: 01/30/21
Saturday session 2: 02/06/21
After-school session 3: 02/09/21
After-school session 4: 02/23/21
Saturday session 3: 02/27/21 
After-school session 5: 03/09/21
Saturday session 4: 03/13/21

After-school Programs

The Catamount Institute and RMFI will host at least 6 after-school sessions and 4 Saturday sessions to prepare students for a week-long outdoor adventure in Utah over spring break. The sessions are an opportunity for all grade levels to gain confidence in the pursuit of outdoor adventures, career knowledge, and themselves. We aim to provide students the tools they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. Each session will include a career component where the students are able to work with local professionals from organizations like Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services.

U.T.A.H. - Ultimate Teen Adventure Holiday!

High School Juniors and Seniors 16+
March 20-27, 2021

RMFI leads an annual trip to Indian Creek, Utah, which is located within Bears Ears National Monument. This section of the National Monument is a world renowned rock climbing destination surrounded by rich Native American heritage and cultural resources. In 2021, they invite you to join the 8-day overnight camping excursion over spring break. The goal is to contribute to the preservation of Indian Creek through the completion of recreational impact mitigation, restoration, and stewardship programs. Students will be provided with a unique opportunity to blend hands-on environmental stewardship learning with outdoor skills and leadership development in the magnificent Canyonlands region of Utah.

Aspen Valley Ranch Campout

High School Freshman and Sophomores

March 22-24, 2021

Located in beautiful Woodland Park, Aspen Valley Ranch has been a resource in the community for outdoor education and training programs. For those who are unable to attend the U.T.A.H. trip, these students are able to attend a 3-day, 2-night camping trip at the ranch. Here the Catamount Institute staff will be facilitating environmental education programs that will give the students a chance to practice their outdoor skills gained in the afterschool programs. Although this program is open to all grade levels we highly encourage those who are eligible for U.T.A.H. to participate in that trip.

Application closes December 4, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures 
Have questions call Janelle at 719-471-0910 x109 or click here to contact us!

Due to state regulations, The Catamount Institute and RMFI are only able to take students ages 16+.

We got you covered! The Generation Wild Pikes Peak Region fund will cover transportation to Utah and personal outdoor gear.

We want you to have a positive experience in the outdoors and with us. You are qualified for both trips and are welcome to participate in any and all activities you feel comfortable in doing.

There will not be accessible showers near the campsite. There will be an opportunity to shower in public facilities during the visit to the city of Moab.  https://www.discovermoab.com/shower-facilities/

Food will be provided for both overnight trips and Saturday programs. We will accommodate all dietary needs.

The B.O.L.T. staff have extensive combined experience in facilitating outdoor education, leadership development, camping programs, first aid, environmental conservation, and trail restoration projects. Please learn more about our organizations at the following webpages: https://www.catamountinstitute.org  https://www.rmfi.org/

Catamount Institute and Rocky Mountain Feild Institute follow all COVID-19 restrictions by local, state, and Federal officials. Spending time outdoors is one of the safest places to be right now. With the fresh air, UV rays from the sun, and space to spread out, the CDC and Colorado Department of Health recommend spending time outdoors. However, this does not mitigate the risk 100%. We closely watch the numbers of cases in our area and adjust the program accordingly in 2021. All participants and staff must wear masks at all times unless they are more than 6-feet from another person, sleeping, or eating. The Colorado Department of Health allows ten people to participate in an outdoor guided activity at all levels except for purple. If El Paso county is at level yellow, a group of 25 can participate; otherwise, it will be split into smaller cohorts. Unless there is a stay-at-home order, the program will be allowed to continue.Here are some of the ways we are working to create a safer environment:
  • No more than 10 students per group
  • Activities that encourage social distancing
  • Contactless drop off and pick up
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Staff and students wearing masks 
  • Hand sanitation stations
  • Daily disinfecting of high contact surfaces and materials
  • No more than 10 students indoors at one time (except in an emergency)
  • For overnights, no more than two people per tent and will sleep head to toe.
  • Traveling in vans: less than 10 people per van, masks will be worn at all times.
Please do not attend BOLT if you have been in contact with someone who has experienced symptoms or if you have experienced symptoms. Check out this symptom tracker from the Colorado Department of Public Health.Please note: Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in Catamount Institute programs or accessing Catamount Institute facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. Catamount Institute in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in Catamount Institute programs or accessing Catamount Institute facilities.

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