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Outdoor Explorers

Pikes Peak or Bust!

camp type
Day Camp +1 Overnight
Dates & Locations
Ages
9-11
Price
$399

Explore all things outdoors

Explore with us as we travel from your own backyard to the mountaintops. We’ll spend the week investigating the different beautiful ecosystems and landscapes of Colorado Springs and the boundless opportunities for learning and understanding what they have to offer. We’ll become naturalists, looking at the outdoors with a whole new perspective.

Dates Times Days Location Status
Pikes Peak of Bust 1 Mon-Wed 9am-4pm
Thur 9am - Fri - 4pm
June 15-19 Sondermann Park
Overnight - Golden Bell
Full - Waitlist Available
Pikes Peak or Bust 2 Mon-Wed 9am-4pm
Thur 9am - Fri - 4pm
July 20 - 24 Sondermann Park
Overnight - Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp
Full - Waitlist Available

Frequently Asked Questions

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures 
Have questions call Mac at 719-471-0910 x105 or click here to contact us!

Monday-Wednesday:

      • June 15-17: Drop off is at 9:00 AM and pick up is at 4:00 PM at Catamount Institute, 740 W Caramillo St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907  
      • July 20-22: Drop off is at 9:00 AM and pick up is at 4:00 PM at Catamount Institute, 740 W Caramillo St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907  

Thursday:

      • June 18: If your camper is riding in the van, drop off is at 8:30 AM at Catamount Institute. We will be leaving promptly at 9:00 AM. Drop off at the overnight location is at 10:00 AM at Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center, 380 CO Rd 512, Divide, CO 80814.
      • July 23: If your camper is riding in the van, drop off is at 8:30 AM at Catamount Institute at Sondermann Park. We will be leaving promptly at 9:00 AM. Drop off at the overnight location is at 10:00 AM at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, 709 CO Rd 62, Divide, CO 80814. 

Friday: 

        • June 19: Pick up from Catamount Institute is at 4:00 PM. Pick up from the overnight location is at 2:45 PM. 
        •  June 24: Pick up from Catamount Institute is at 4:00 PM. Pick up from the overnight location is at 2:45 PM. 

Camp Registration has more details about camper pick-up and drop-off location.  This information will be emailed to you before camp.

For the full days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) of camp:

  • A snack, lunch, and water bottle.
  • Any and all medications the campers may need in their original containers with prescriber notes (see additional information in faq question below and in registration forms).
  • Campers will be outside so we recommend they put sunscreen on in the morning before camp and bring a bottle with them (we cannot provide sunscreen).
  • Wear or bring a brimmed hat, rain jacket, and sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots.
  • Clothing you don’t mind getting wet and muddy as campers will be outside exploring. Sometimes an extra pair of socks can come in handy as well.
  • Keep in mind we will be working with RMFI on Tuesday and climbing on Wednesday so dress accordingly

For the overnight days (Thursday and Friday) of camp:

  • Pack a daypack (a smaller backpack) that your child will bring on the van with them containing:
  • Snack, lunch, water bottle filled with water
  • Rain jacket and a light jacket

Pack an overnight bag (larger backpack or duffle bag for all belongings) that will be put into the back of the van containing:

  • Any and all medications the campers may need in their original containers with prescriber notes (see additional information in faq question below and in registration forms).
  • Sunscreen (we cannot provide)
  • Sunglasses
  • Brimmed hat
  • Glasses or contacts (with solution) if needed
  • Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, brush, etc.
  • Feminine hygiene products if necessary

The overnights at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp and John Wesley Ranch are located at rustic cabins in the mountains. All cabins contain twin-sized bunk beds but campers need to pack and bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, and any other desired bedding from home. The bathroom and shower facilities are in the eyesight of all cabins. There is no electricity and mobile phone service is limited in the cabins.

Homesickness is normal for campers, especially if it is their first time away from home or the first time camping. Our staff members will be there to help your child conquer homesickness in a way that builds their confidence and independence. When filling out the camp registration forms, please provide any input that you think will help us support your child.

All employed by Catamount Institute have passed background checks through the state of Colorado. They also go through the application, interview, and reference check process. All are trained in CPR and First Aid with some having higher certifications such as Wilderness First Responder. All summer employees go through an extensive week-long training before campers arrive. Instructors have a very diverse professional background ranging from environmental education to outdoor recreation. They all have experience with and a passion for working with children and connecting kids to the outdoors!

Most of our camp experiences have a 5:1 camper-to-staff ratio with none of them exceeding 8:1.

Early bird pricing is available until 3/31. Sibling discounts are available and will automatically be applied when more then one child is registered and is $10 off each registration. Limited need based scholarships are available click here for the application

All medications (including over-the-counter medicines and “as needed” medications) must be turned in to the Camp Staff upon arrival at camp. Please do not pack medication in luggage. We encourage families to include only enough medication for the child’s stay. Medications are distributed during mealtimes and bedtime.

Please be sure medication is in the original container and labeled with the child’s name
and address as well as the phone number of the pharmacy with the
practitioner’s name*

  • Current and correct dosage is listed*
  • Medication is listed on the child’s “Physical Exam Form”
  • Medication is from a licensed pharmacy
  • Medication is not expired.

*We cannot dispense medication that is not in its original container, and we can only dispense the dosage in the manner prescribed. If the medication needs to be dispensed differently than how it was prescribed on the bottle,
you must bring a letter signed by your doctor stating the new dosage.

At Catamount Institute, we strive to create programs that are enjoyable for as many children as possible. The health and safety of our campers are our top priorities in everything that we do. Due to this, there are some limitations of our program and its staff. We are not able to provide a one-on-one attendant to address a camper’s individual personal needs. We are also not able to accommodate some medical/health conditions that are beyond the scope of our staff’s medical training. Before enrolling a child with any special needs, please contact us to discuss potential accommodations. Our goal is to make camp an equal opportunity for all.