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Wilderness Adventure Camp

Sign up for a summer of adventure in the Colorado Wilderness

camp type
1 Day + 4 Day-3 Nights Tents/Rafting
Dates & Locations

Your Summer Adventure

Pack your backpack and get ready for a week of adventure in the high-country with Catamount Institute’s professional outdoor staff. The great outdoors will be your home as you discover the wilderness first hand!

Dates Times Days Location Status
July 27 – 31 Dropoff Monday 9:00am – Pickup 4:00pm
Drop off Tuesday 8:00am – Pick-up Friday 4:00pm
Monday - Friday Prospect Lake
John Wesley Ranch

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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!


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


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 closer to the overnight location is at 9:45 AM at Woodland Park City Hall, 220 W South Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80866


Pick up will be at Catamount Institute at 4:00 PM. If you live closer to Woodland Park, pick up will be at 3:00 PM at Woodland Park City Hall, 220 W South Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80866

Our camp staff will be busy preparing for camp in the mornings so we kindly ask you do not bring your child any earlier than 9am.
Camp Registration has more details about camper pick-up and drop-off locations.


    • Pack a 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 and adventuring. Sometimes an extra pair of socks can come in handy as well.

For the overnight days (Tuesday-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 (large backpack or duffel bag) that will be put into the back of the van containing: 
        • Essentials: 
          • 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 & chapstick (we cannot provide)
          • Sunglasses 
          • Brimmed hat 
          • Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, brush, etc.  
          • Glasses or contacts (with solution) if needed 
          • Feminine hygiene products if necessary 
        • Gear: 
          • Sleeping bag
          • Sleeping pad 
          • Pillow
          • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
          • Camping bowl, tupperware with lid, etc. (must be able to withstand boiling water)
          • Eating utensil (spoon, fork, or spork) 
          • Extra zip-lock and trash bag to pack dirty/wet clothes in
        • Warm clothes for night time/to sleep in:
          • Warm stocking-type hat
          • Long underwear and/or long pants
          • Sweater, jacket, long-sleeve, etc.
          • Long, warm socks 
          • Light mittens or gloves
        •  Changes of clothes: 
          • 3-5 short sleeve shirts (at least 1 synthetic-not cotton) 
          • Long sleeve shirt for sun protection and/or warmth 
          • 1-2 pairs of shorts
          • 1-2 pairs of pants
          • Mid-weight jacket or heavy fleece 
          • 4-6 pairs of underwear
          • 4-6 pairs of socks
        • For your feet: 
          • Pair of sturdy, well broken in, closed-toed shoes (if they aren’t already wearing)
          • Lightweight, closed-toed camp shoes (tevas, crocs, tennis shoes, etc.) 
        • For rafting:
          • Towel
          • Modest swimsuit
          • Shorts & T-shirt (non cotton) 
          • Water shoes that will not slide off (tevas, chacos, etc., NOT crocs) 
        • Optional:
          • Glasses secure strap to keep glasses on during adventure activities 
          • Insect repellent
          • Cards, books, games, field guides
          • Camera 
          • Binoculars 
          • Notebook and pencil 
          • Bandana 
        • What NOT to bring:
          • Deodorant or other smelly substances as we will be camping in the outback 
          • Cell phones, video games, TVs, radios, iPods or other mp3 players
          • Knives, pocket knife, sharp objects, or other items that could be utilized as a weapon. If your camper brings these items, the item will be held by staff members until the end of camp on Friday and it could result in the removal of the camper from camp. 

We have a zero-tolerance rule for drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and vaping. Brining and/or using any of these items will result in the camper’s immediate removal from camp. Even prescription or over-the-counter medication not accompanied by the required documentation can result in removal from camp.

This camp is great for anyone from those who have never been hiking 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.

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.

We will be camping outdoors in the mountains in tents for all three nights. We will provide tents for that night. Please do not expect your camper to have electricity or good service as we will be up in the mountains and rafting.

Homesickness is normal for campers, especially if it is their first time away from home or 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 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 than one child is registered and is $10 off each registration. Limited need-based scholarships are available click here for the application

Please pack any and all medications the campers may need in their original containers with prescriber notes. Make sure their name is clearly printed on the medication and instructions of use are included. Check all medications into camp upon arrival.

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.