E-CAMP is our program exclusively for students in grades 6-8! We go on outdoor adventures, develop outdoor skills and spend time getting to know ourselves and friends a little bit better. E-CAMP runs in the summer, fall and spring and each section incorporates various activities aimed at giving students positive experiences in the natural world, building a community and working on personal development.
Each day of E-CAMP (other than the overnight camp-out, April 28-29) runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm and is $15 per child. The camp-out will run from 6pm Friday, April 28 to 11am Saturday, April 29 and will cost $30 per child. Drop off and pick up for all events will take place at our East Drake site, though we will be taking off-site field trips for some programs (see below). You can register individually for each spring program, but we highly encourage students to sign up for every program date, as this will encourage community-building and group-bonding. Click here to register.
Monday, February 20: Snowshoeing and Winter Skills
We’ll spend some time at the ELC learning winter skills, such as tracking animals in the snow and building quinzhees, before heading out to Lory State Park to go snowshoeing. We will be outside the entire day, so please be prepared for cold, snowy weather. If you need to borrow any outdoor clothing, please contact us ahead of time. Snowshoes will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own.
Saturday, March 25: Outdoor Skills and Leadership
Bring your know-how and problem solving skills; we’ll need everyone’s help to work through progressively harder team challenges on this day. Plus, we’ll have some guest speakers who will teach us outdoor skills like fly fishing, tying flies, fire building and more!
Friday, April 7: Mountain Biking
Snap on your helmet and prepare for adventure as we go mountain biking with Overland Mountain Bike Club. Students are encouraged to bring their own bike and helmet, but we can provide these if the student doesn’t have their own. We will bike from the ELC property and hit several Natural Areas along the way.
Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29: Overnight Camping Experience
Back by popular demand is our end of semester overnight camping experience at the ELC. We’ll test our outdoor skills as we set up camp, build a fire, cook together and more. And, it wouldn’t be a true camping celebration without campfire songs and s’mores roasting. Camping gear is available to borrow for this experience, please contact us ahead of time if you need to borrow any gear.
Summer 2017 E-CAMP
August 7-11, 2017
Overnight trip to the CSU Mountain Campus on Tuesday, August 8-Wednesday August 9
Join us for another year of our middle school summer camp, E-CAMP!
This camp aims to connect youth entering grades 6-8 to the natural world through learner-led inquiry, hands-on and active exploration and fun in a community of peers.
This is the perfect camp for students who are interested in wildlife, the environment, and want to learn to identify as many Colorado animals and plants as they can in a week. We will learn about wildlife by meeting and interacting with professionals who study and record wildlife, conducting daily Bio Blitzes, recording our wildlife data, and taking a fun overnight trip to the CSU Mountain Campus. Our time at the CSU Mountain Campus will include a day hike, wildlife ID, and evening campfire activities.
We have full and partial scholarships available for both Spring and Summer E-CAMP. Please contact us at (970) 491-1661 or email us at email@example.com if you are interested in a scholarship.