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 runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and is $15 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.
Monday, Feb. 18: Snowshoeing/Hiking
We will drive students to a local trail head (location TBD) and go snowshoeing (if there is enough snow) or go hiking. Either way, we will be outside all day, so dress in layers and be prepared for cold weather. We will learn and practice Leave No Trace skills, some basic first aid principles and how to stay safe while hiking in the winter.
Saturday, Mar. 30: Fishing and Tracking
We’ll spend the whole day at the ELC, learning how to track animals by looking for signs of where they travel on the property and experiment with making some simple traps. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited, our guest speakers for the day, will teach us about the fish that live in Colorado and give us a lesson in fly casting. We’ll end the day with a snack around the campfire!
Friday, Apr. 12: Winter Mountain Safety and Survival in Rocky Mountain National Park
We will drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park, where the educational rangers will guide us in a snowshoe hike starting from Bear Lake. We will learn about winter safety and survival; what materials to bring and what skills to know in order to survive a winter worst-case scenario. Students will assess avalanche danger, use avalanche safety equipment and enjoy the last of winter in the mountains!
Scholarships and Registration
We have full and partial scholarships available for E-CAMP. Please request a scholarship before you register for E-CAMP. Registration for Spring 2019 E-CAMP will open at 6 am on January 16. Click here to register.
You will have the option either to pay for Spring E-CAMP online with a credit card at the time of registration, mail us a check after registering or pay on the day of the program. Payment for Spring E-CAMP is due in full by the day of the program.
Cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the day of the program will receive a full refund. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given, but you may request a credit towards future programs. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer E-CAMP is now full. Please email us at email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
July 29-August 2
8:30am-4:30pm each day (plus overnight trip, see below)
Cost for the week of camp is $115 per child for ELC members and $125 per child for non-members.
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 take action to protect and restore the natural areas they love. We will learn about wildlife by recording our wildlife observation both at the ELC and at the CSU Mountain Campus during our overnight visit. We will dive deeper into our study of ecosystems by exploring what keeps the environment healthy and how interactions between all living things helps our natural areas thrive. We will practice being good stewards of the ELC by taking action in a hands-on ecological restoration project with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.
We will travel to the CSU Mountain Campus on Wednesday and return on Thursday. This overnight trip will include a day hike, wildlife ID, and evening campfire activities.
Scholarships and Registration
We have full and partial scholarships available for E-CAMP. Please request a scholarship before you register for E-CAMP. Registration for Summer 2019 E-CAMP will open at 6 am on January 16. Click here to register.
You will have the option either to pay for Summer E-CAMP online with a credit card at the time of registration, or to mail us a check after registering. Payment for Summer E-CAMP is due in full by May 1. If payment is not received by May 1, you will forgo your spot in the camp(s).
Cancellations made prior to May 1 will be refunded at 100%. After May 1 and up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp, a 50% refund will be given. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has your child aged out of E-CAMP? Check out our new Counselor-in-Training summer program!